Football enthusiasts all across the world have dubbed the FIFA World Cup 2022 “the World Cup that never ends,” and with reason. The tournament has delivered on all fronts, including controversies, big upsets, historic victories, and record-breaking performances.
The event had by far the most unpredictable group stage, where:-
- Saudi Arabia beat Argentina
- Japan defeated Spain and Germany
- Tunisia won against France
Multiple teams had the chance of qualifying for the Round of 16, even during the final minutes of the last game. However, even amid such chaos and greatness, which moments stand out the most?
So far, the following are the top moments from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022:-
Messi’s Magic Against Mexico
After losing to Saudi Arabia in a shocker, the Argentinian team needed heavy motivation. As expected of the legend, Lionel Messi took charge and helped Argentina win with multiple high-quality goals.
South Korea Qualifying to Round of 16
When Ghana took the win away from South Korea during the final moments of the match, everyone thought the team was done for. However, the team managed to make it past the group stages while Ghana could not.
The Thrill Within Group E Till the Final Match
Group E was arguably the most chaotic group in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Every football fan was taken aback when Japan defeated Spain and Germany back-to-back. The pride of Asia ended up entering the Round of 16 while the likes of Germany and Costa Rica were found lacking.
Saudi Arabia Defying Reality Against Messi-Led Argentina
The fact that the 2022 World Cup will be Messi and Ronaldo’s final World Cup made the event memorable even before it began. However, Argentina’s plans were thwarted by Saudi Arabia in the first match itself.
The team ranked 51 in the world, beating Argentina, a team coming off a 36-game unbeaten record. Saudi Arabia even stopped a penalty kick from Messi, surprising the entire football circuit.
Japan Losing Penalty Shootout Against Croatia
Japan, a team, known for their tenacity, lost a penalty shootout against Croatia, breaking hearts worldwide. It was Dominik Livakovic, the Croatian goalkeeper, who equaled the record for most saves during a penalty shootout to help Croatia qualify for the quarterfinals.
Even now, matches like Portugal beating Switzerland 6-1 are occurring, as the World Cup is expected to produce even more thrilling experiences.
In the first row, we have three of the best football players in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar. In the world of football, every single player is priceless. It looks like Messi and Ronaldo will make their final appearances in front of their home crowds in Qatar.
In spite of their quarterfinals match up against Croatia, Brazil appears to be in good shape. The team’s star player, Neymar, scored in their round of 16 triumph over South Korea after suffering an injury in the opening game. At this point in time, it appears that Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, Neymar, and other superstars are on track to go to the quarterfinals.