The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was successfully completed on 18th December, as Argentina hailed their third golden trophy after defeating France in the final.
In this world’s grandest football competition which is held once in four years, many historical moments have been made, as well as some records have been written.
Most Upset Match: Argentina and Germany
There are some shocking results during the Qatar tournament, but there are two matches that are most unexpected.
Argentina lost 1-2 to Saudi Arabia in the opening game, once making the world doubt if the South American could qualify from the group stage.
However, Lionel Messi quickly brought his teammates to perform a great comeback, to defeat Mexico and Poland in the next matches, and advanced into the round of 16 as first place of Group C.
The Eagle of Pampas then battled with better, marched into the final and beat France to win Messi’s first world championship in his career.
Germany had an upset match too, but it didn’t end as well as Argentina.
The four times champion lost 1-2 to Japan in their first group match too, but they couldn’t recover in the next battle as they drew 1-1 against Spain, at the end being eliminated in Group E although they beat Costa Rica in the last game.
Morocco – Best African Team
Morocco shined in the Qatar World Cup to be the most surprising team.
The Atlas Lions become the first African team in history to qualify into the semi finals, surpassing the achievement of Senegal which finished as quarter finalist in 2002.
The Moroccan played as a super dark horse this year, by defeating Belgium in the group stage, knocking Spain and Portugal out in the qualification stages, and losing 0-2 to France in the Last 4.
Although they were beaten 1-2 by Croatia in the battle for third place, team Morocco still made the best results of an African national team in World Cup history.
Most Tournament Goals in History
FIFA World Cup 2022 created the record of most goals in a single tournament.
Among the 64 matches, a total of 172 goals had been scored, one more than the 1998 and 2014’s events.
The games with most goals in Qatar this winter were the 7-0 victory by Spain against Costa Rica, and the round of 16 match where Portugal crushed Switzerland 6-1.
Even the grand finale created six goals, as Argentina and France drew 3-3 after extra time.
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