Forty-eight hours after being parted from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo will look to lead Portugal to victory in their World Cup Group H opener on Thursday.
The sides previously met in the 2014 edition, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring the winning goal.
Elsewhere, Uruguay, which boasts experienced attackers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, will be overwhelming favorites when they lock horns with South Korea in Group H. It also has a supporting role from promising young players led by Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde.
The Koreans reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup but failed to get past the group stage in their last two attempts.
Brazil will face Serbia tonight
The Brazilians are in town. Tite will begin his World Cup campaign at the Lusail Stadium this evening and, as always, Brazil’s squad is packed with stars from Thiago Silva to Vinicius Junior and, of course, Neymar.
For Serbia, they have included Aleksandar Mitrovic in their squad despite an ankle injury. He will be hoping to play some role in this FIFA World Cup.
There has already been a shocker at Lusail Stadium with the South American side – Saudi Arabia’s remarkable win over Argentina on Tuesday. The surprising 2–1 victory was celebrated as a coming of age.
Brazil hopes that they can turn on the samba style from the start.
In the second game of Group G, Cameroon will take on Switzerland at the Al Janoub Stadium.