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World Cup highlights Portugal tops Ghana; Richarlison puts on a show for Brazil

Brazil beat Serbia, 2-0, on Thursday in Qatar. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

It was Thanksgiving in the United States, but it was just another day of soccer at the World Cup. The last eight teams to make their debuts in Qatar took the field Thursday in Group G and Group H games. Switzerland beat Cameroon, 1-0, in the first game of the day, and then Uruguay and South Korea played to a 0-0 draw. Portugal, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, topped Ghana in a wild, 3-2, match, and top-ranked Brazil closed the day with a 2-0 win over Serbia.

Richarlison makes the World Cup gasp with a wonder of a goal in Brazil’s win

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  • Five-time champion Brazil, the best team in the world according to the FIFA rankings and without a World Cup title in 20 years, opened its pursuit of a sixth overall with a win over Serbia. Richarlison had two goals in the victory, including one on a beautiful scissor-kick volley.
  • Breel Embolo scored the only goal in Thursday’s opener, giving Switzerland a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Group G. Embolo was born in Cameroon. International superstars Luis Suárez and Son Heung-min went head-to-head in the second game, and Uruguay and South Korea played to a scoreless draw in Group H. And five goals after halftime highlighted a wild win for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal over Ghana.
  • The World Cup continues Friday with four more group stage games, including the United States against England. Find the full schedule and group standings here.
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Five-time champion Brazil, the best team in the world according to the FIFA rankings and without a World Cup title in 20 years, opened its pursuit of a sixth overall with a win over Serbia. Richarlison had two goals in the victory, including one on a beautiful scissor-kick volley.
Breel Embolo scored the only goal in Thursday’s opener, giving Switzerland a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Group G. Embolo was born in Cameroon. International superstars Luis Suárez and Son Heung-min went head-to-head in the second game, and Uruguay and South Korea played to a scoreless draw in Group H. And five goals after halftime highlighted a wild win for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal over Ghana.
The World Cup continues Friday with four more group stage games, including the United States against England. Find the full schedule and group standings here.

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The last eight teams to make their debuts in Qatar took the field on Nov. 24 in Group G and Group H games. (Video: The Washington Post)

World Cup in Qatar

The latest: The World Cup continues with Group G winner Brazil taking on Group H runner-up South Korea in a round-of-16 game in Doha, Qatar. The winner of this game will play Croatia in a quarterfinal on Friday after the Croatians beat Japan in penalty kicks earlier Monday. Follow our live coverage for the latest news, analysis and highlights.

USMNT: The U.S. men’s national team fell to the Netherlands, 3-1, on Saturday in the opening match of the round of 16. The United States has not won a World Cup knockout match since 2002, when it beat regional rival Mexico in the round of 16 in South Korea.

Knock out round schedule: A World Cup group stage filled with shocking upsets and dramatic turnarounds will now give way to a knockout round that promises more surprises.

Perspective: “The incremental progress was clear, but more than that, the players performed in a matter that indicates they are on a path to immense growth. There is a cohesion and energy about the United States that should inspire belief.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.

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