The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup has been a big celebratory experience for soccer. The experience has been thrilling for fans who traveled to Qatar and those watching from their television sets.
Results from the first round of the group-stage matches at the World Cup suggest that this tournament will be filled with loads of surprises. So far, the performance of several top footballing countries has not been encouraging, and their odds to win the World Cup have been dented. On the other hand, the odds of winning the world cup for some smaller teams have increased significantly.
Here are the top performers from the first round of the matches played in Qatar so far:
Gareth Southgate’s men began their world cup campaign with a bang. The fourth-place finishers in Russia 2018 showed real intent and desire for this campaign by scoring six goals against Iran. England’s performance against Iran has further cemented their place as one of the top teams to watch in Qatar.
Herve Renard’s men shocked the world with an intense performance that saw them defeat Argentina. The Green Falcons were one of the teams with the least chance to win the World Cup, but that has positively improved following their tactically inspiring win against star-studded Argentina.
The reigning champions began their campaign with a fine win against Australia. Although Les Blues are missing key players in Qatar, the dominating 4-1 win against Australia shows that Didier Deschamps’ men are strongly in the race to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
La Furia Roja began the tournament in a high-scoring fashion with Costa Rica picking the ball out of their net on seven occasions. Luis Enrique’s men did not attract much attention heading into the World Cup, but with their stellar opening performance, Spain appears to be on a journey to another World Cup success in Qatar.
Brazil’s opening game in Qatar did not start with the fireworks expected. The first half was closely contested until Richarlison stole the show in the second half with two perfectly taken goals. Brazil has one of the strongest squads heading into this tournament. One can expect that the performance of the Samba Boys will only get better and stronger.
Most fans did not anticipate some of the surprises from the first round of matches in Qatar. This has added to the excitement of the tournament and increased the stake for the next round of games.
The next group stage games will deliver more excitement and surprises. Winning will take teams closer to qualifying for the next round, so fans can anticipate some tough contests.