As many claims, the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been one of the best World Cup tournaments of recent times. This year there were a lot of controversies and there were a lot of limitations, yet the tournament sailed somehow smoothly and provided fans all over the world with an action-packed month. So we present to you the top 5 best games for this tournament.
Group E – Germany 1-2 Japan
Twelve minutes before halftime, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scored on a penalty, and in the final seconds of the first half, forward Kai Havertz had a goal disallowed for offside.
Die Mannschaft dominated possession and made a staggering 26 attempts on goal, nine of which were on target, but Shuichi Gonda of Japan kept the Germans at bay for the duration of the game with a valiant effort.
The shot-valiant stopper’s actions made it possible for the Samurai Blue to rally late in the game. Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano responded to each other’s goals eight minutes apart to seal an unforgettable victory.
Group H – Portugal 3-2 Ghana
After converting his first penalty kick, Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups.
In the 73rd minute, Andre Ayew of Ghana scored a tap-in to tie the score after a clever team move, but Rafael Leao and Joo Felix of Portugal quickly answered on the counter.
Osman Bukari stirred up the proceedings with a minute left in regulation time, but Fernando Santos’ team managed to hold on despite a late scare when Inaki Williams stole the ball from the Portuguese team’s goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
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Group G – Cameroon 3-3 Serbia
On the half-hour mark, Jean-Charles Castelletto scored after a well-executed corner routine, but Cameroon’s joy soon turned to disappointment at the conclusion of extra time.
To tip the scales in Serbia’s favour, Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored two goals minutes apart, and Aleksandar Mitrovic added another in the second half.
Many people thought Serbia’s day was over after Mitrovic’s effort, but the game still had one more dramatic turn after Vincent Aboubakar was added in the 55th minute.
In order to halve the deficit, Aboubakar outran his defender, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, and the offside trap. Three minutes later, he assisted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in scoring the crucial equaliser.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarter Finals – Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (3-4 on penalties)
Nahuel Molina and Lionel Messi’s goals gave La Albiceleste a 2-0 advantage early in the game. La Albiceleste dominated for the majority of the game.
The final ten minutes of regulation time, however, brought about something entirely different, with substitute Wout Weghorst grabbing a late Dutch double, including one in the eleventh minute of stoppage time.
After that, extra time could not separate the two teams, and Lautaro Martinez converted the go-ahead penalty kick to give his country a crucial victory in a contentious match.
Apart from the fiery match, the clash between the players was one of the most chaotic moments in this World Cup as 18 yellow cards and 1 red card were shown in the extra time before the penalty shootout.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Final – Argentina 3-3 France (4-2 on penalties)
Midway through the first half, after Ousmane Dembele had fouled Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi gave his country the lead, as he frequently does in Qatar, by skillfully converting his penalty.
The South Americans dominated the first half, and Di Maria was at the centre of many of their moves. After a well-executed counterattack, the 34-year-old quickly doubled their lead.
After the restart, Didier Deschamps hoped to give his team some confidence, but it wasn’t until the 80th minute that things started to change. To tie the game and send it into extra time, Kylian Mbappe scored twice in less than two minutes, shocking La Albiceleste.
Following a thrilling overtime period, Messi and Mbappe once more exchanged goals to force a memorable contest into penalty kicks. Emiliano Martinez then distinguished himself by making a save to deny Kingsley Coman, forcing Aurelien Tchouameni wide, and setting up Gonzalo Montiel to score the game-winning goal.
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