World Cup: Alisson starts with clean sheet, draw for Darwin

Round-upWorld Cup: Alisson starts with clean sheet, draw for Darwin

Published 24th November 2022

Alisson Becker recorded a clean sheet as Brazil kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday night.

The Liverpool goalkeeper completed the match at Lusail Stadium in Qatar, which was settled by a pair of second-half goals from Richarlison, with clubmate Fabinho an unused substitute.

Tite’s Selecao therefore take initial lead of Group G on goal difference ahead of Switzerland, who clinched a 1-0 victory against Cameroon.

Earlier in the day, Darwin Nunez played the full game as Uruguay and South Korea remained locked at 0-0 to begin their Group H campaigns.

The Reds No.27 was part of the South Americans’ attack at Education City Stadium on an afternoon when neither side was able to turn their chances into a breakthrough.

“Wearing this shirt, debuting in a World Cup, there are no words to describe what it feels like,” Nunez posted on social media post-match.

Their stalemate allowed Portugal to establish early control of the section subsequently, claiming three points with a 3-2 victory over Ghana.

Coming up

With the first round of group-stage fixtures now completed, it’s the turn again of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk on Friday.

Van Dijk will captain the Netherlands as they aim to register a second victory in a 4pm GMT kick-off versus Ecuador in Group A.

Alexander-Arnold and Henderson will be with England, who are also aiming to increase their points tally to six when they face USA in their second Group B contest at 7pm GMT.

Published 24th November 2022