Portugal's power balance and the greatest group stage game ever: Five takeaways from day nine of World Cup 2022

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What. A. Day. Day nine of World Cup 2022 provided, without even a shred of doubt, the best back-to-back entertainment we've seen so far in Qatar. 

The opening two games on Monday might not have looked like thrillers on paper, but Cameroon's 3-3 draw with Serbia and Ghana's astonishing 3-2 win over South Korea provided relentless thrills and spills. 

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio. 

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