World Cup 2022, Day 13: The schedule and what’s at stake | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

South Korea, Ghana, Uruguay, Serbia and Cameroon are all vying for a spot in the knockout round in Friday’s matches, while Brazil and Portugal have already qualified.

We are finally here — the final day of group matches in Qatar. Let’s dive in. Four games are scheduled for day 13 — Friday, December 2 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Group H: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, 6pm)

Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, 6pm)

Group G: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, 10pm)

Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, 10pm)

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South Korea’s Cho Gue-sung celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the World Cup Group H match against Ghana, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, November 28, 2022 [File: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo]

South Korea vs Portugal

Portugal have already secured a spot in the last 16 — and they will be looking to stay unbeaten against a flailing South Korea, who lost 2-3 to Ghana, to secure the top spot in Group H.

Cristiano Ronaldo and company head comfortably into Friday’s match after edging Ghana and clobbering Uruguay, while South Korea, for their part, will be thrust into a do-or-die moment after mustering just a single point following a scoreless stalemate with Uruguay.

South Korea, however, could take inspiration from their 2002 World Cup 1-0 win over Portugal, where they progressed to the last 16 for a semi-final run, knocking the Seleção das Quinas out.

Coach Paulo Bento will not be helming South Korea’s bench after he was shown a red card for a late-game outburst in his team’s bout with Ghana.

“Qualification is guaranteed but we also want 1st place,” Ronaldo tweeted before the match. “There are no limits for this team or our goals. Let’s go for more! Strength Portugal!”

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A fan of Ghana cheers prior to the World Cup Group H match against South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 28, 2022 [File: Luca Bruno/AP Photo]

Ghana vs Uruguay

It is now or never for Uruguay if they hope to advance to the 2022 World Cup knockout round after being outplayed by Portugal and robbed by goalposts in a goalless draw with South Korea.

For Ghana, the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup, a draw against the South Americans could be enough to propel them into the last 16. But that is only if Portugal can dismantle a feisty South Korea in their Friday confrontation. Ghana were bested by Portugal but showed promise in fending off a spirited South Korea on Monday.

For Uruguay to find the win column at Al Janoub Stadium, veterans Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani — who have struggled thus far — will need to sparkle.

Ghana, meanwhile, have their sights set on redemption, after Uruguay dealt the Black Stars an ignominious quarter-final defeat at South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.


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Serbia’s Strahinja Pavlovic, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal against Cameroon, November 27 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Serbia vs Switzerland

Switzerland are gunning for Group G’s final spot in their Friday bout with Serbia — a rematch of their tightly contested 2018 World Cup encounter that was clouded by political tensions.

It is going to be a daunting uphill trek for Serbia to make the knockout stage, though.

Not only must Serbia overcome the 15th-ranked Swiss, led by Granit Xhaka, by a sizable goal margin, but they will also depend on Cameroon to slide past Brazil for a narrow victory.

Switzerland, sitting at three points, are poised to join Brazil in the last 16. A win will get them there, but so would a draw, but only if underdogs Cameroon can outshine a dominant Brazil.

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A sea of Brazil’s fans pictured at the country’s game with Switzerland at Stadium 974 in Qatar on November 28 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Cameroon vs Brazil

Can Cameroon triumph against the number-one ranked — and undefeated — Brazil, who are soaring high after wins against Switzerland and Serbia?

If so, the Indomitable Lions will need to play their best after a loss to Switzerland and a draw with Serbia. Keep your eyes on striker Vincent Aboubakar, who ensured Cameroon’s survival after netting arguably one of the 2022 World Cup’s most spectacular goals against Serbia.

Brazil, who have already qualified for the tournament’s knockout stages, are expected to rest many of their top players in Friday’s game. It is unclear if Neymar, sidelined from the group stages due to injury, could make a knockout stage comeback.

Brazil will take on one of the Group H opponents — Portugal, Ghana, South Korea or Uruguay — in the knockout stage. They will play the group’s runners-up with a win on Friday. A loss could spell a potential showdown with Portugal, depending on how things shake out on Friday.

Have you missed out on any of the World Cup action? Al Jazeera English has you covered. See which teams have progressed — and which ones are going home — here. Looking to flex your football foresight? Look no further than Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) predictor, who’s calling all the matches in Qatar.

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