World Cup Day 9 Preview

By Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.

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On Day 9 of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Voice of Nigeria previews the upcoming fixtures scheduled to take place on Monday, as Cameroon take on Serbia in Group G while Brazil faces Switzerland, with Ghana up against South Korea and Portugal challenging Uruguay in the other Group H encounter.

On Day 8, Morocco stunned Belgium 2-0, while Croatia eased past Canada after a 4-1 victory. European giants Germany and Spain’s Group E clash ended in a 1-1 draw, with Costa Rica beating Japan 1-0 to revive its hopes in the competition.

Qatar 2022 promises to deliver another day of thrilling encounters, upsets, stunning goals, drama, wild celebrations and more.

Cameroon Vs Serbia

Africans Cameroon will face off against Serbia by 11am (Nigerian Time), at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar.

Coming off the back of losses in their opening matches, both sides will be seeking for a win for any chance to progress in Group G. Cameroon lost 1-0 to Switzerland in the first match, while Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 in the opening match. A second defeat for either would leave them on the brink of elimination from the FIFA World Cup.

Veteran striker Vincent Aboubakar, along with Eric Choupo-Moting will be looking to claim all three points for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. If Cameroon find form in the match, we should be expecting some fireworks in the encounter.

For Serbia, talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dušan Vlahović, along with captain Dusan Tadic will be looking to form a formidable partnership in attack in order to trouble the defence of the Africans. The match promises to deliver goal-mouth action at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Brazil Vs Switzerland

Favourites Brazil will take on Switzerland in Group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup by 5pm (Nigerian Time), at Stadium 974 in the city of Doha, Qatar.

The Brazilians will be looking to book its place in the last 16 with a victory, but will be without star player Neymar, who picked up an ankle injury during Brazil’s opening fixture.

Striker Richarlison impressed against Serbia, bagging a second-half brace to secure the 2-0 victory, which brought his scoring to nine goals in seven appearances for Brazil.

For Switzerland, the European nation will be seeking to cause an upset against the number one ranked team in world football. Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in their opening fixture. They will have to work very hard and be disciplined throughout the encounter with Brazil to have any chance to get something from the game.

South Korea Vs Ghana

Africans Ghana will take on South Korea by 2pm (Nigerian Time), at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Ghana showed in their first game that they aren’t going to be pushovers, even though they lost in a narrow 3-2 defeat to Portugal. They will be led by captain, André Ayew, along with midfield maestro Thomas Partey and 22-year-old Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus.

The Africans will be looking to record their first three points of this tournament, against a side that failed to have a shot on target in their opening game.

For South Korea, their 0-0 goalless draw against Uruguay earned them a valuable point. Star player Son Heung-min has struggled for form this season for Tottenham, but remains South Korea’s threat  and has scored four goals in his last seven appearances for his country.

It’s a crunch game for both sides, with Ghana needing to avoid defeat to remain in the competition, as a win would boost Ghana’s chances of qualification.

Portugal Vs Uruguay

The match of the day features Portugal up against Uruguay, scheduled to take place by 8pm (Nigerian Time), at the Lusail Stadium in the city of Al Daayen, Qatar.

Following their 0-0 draw with South Korea on Thursday, Uruguay are once again looking forward to trying to overturn the odds in their Group H clash. Star players Luis Suares, Darwin Nunez and Federico Valverde will be looking to use their South American flair to claim all three points against a resilient Portugal side.

For Portugal, the Europeans beat Ghana 3-2 to get its first three points of the Group, but face a tougher test when they clash with Uruguay.

Cristiano Ronaldo, João Félix, Rafael Leão, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva are all set to feature in a game that promises to deliver goals on Day 9 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.



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