Wednesday, February 1, 2023

History of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 10 pictures

(Left) Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in the final. It was Messi’s 26th World Cup match; He broke the record of German veteran Lothar Matthaus (25). Messi’s seven goals made him the first player to score in each round (the Round of 16 was introduced in 1986), and with three assists he tied the FIFA Cup record for assists (eight) shared by Pelé and Diego Maradona. equaled the world record. , Messi also became the first player to win the Ballon d’Or twice.

Embappé became the first player since 1966 to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. He is also the top scorer in the final matches with four goals. The 24-year-old’s eight goals in Qatar brought him equal with Pelé’s tally of 12 World Cup goals, just one behind Messi and four behind all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose. Pennsylvania

Messi’s assist at the feet of Josco Guardiol in the semi-finals. Guardiol, 20, is one of the best young defenders in the world. The hulking Argentine picked up the ball near the halfway line and outflanked defenders to pass Guardiol on the wing. Guardiol said of the experience, “One day I will tell my children that I played against the best player in history.” Pennsylvania

Moroccan winger Sofiane Boufal celebrates the historic quarter-final win with her mother. The video of Baufal dancing with his mother went viral. “She sacrificed her life for me. I had to turn professional because of her,” he told CBS Sports. The mothers of Moroccan players often joined them in celebration. Achraf Hakimi’s celebration with his mother is depicted on a mural in Barcelona. reuters had become

Moroccan players toss coach Walid Regragui into the air after defeating Portugal in the quarter-finals. The former right-back’s appointment as head coach three months before the World Cup didn’t go down well with him being labeled a ‘lawyer’s boss’. Morocco beat critics, became the first African team to reach the semi-finals. Pennsylvania

Selfie with Ivana Knoll, former Miss Croatia (2016). Ivana became popular after asserting her right to wear whatever she wanted. She reportedly said, “The dress code forbids showing your shoulders, knees, midriff and everything and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t even have clothes to cover it all. ‘” But, then he said that the local people told him that he can wear what he normally wears. Images: Getty

Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates after scoring the winning goal as the Asian team beat Argentina 2-1 in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. Three teams representing Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea qualified for the second round for the first time. Saudi Arabia and Iran also came close to qualifying from their groups

Neymar is comforted by the son of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic after Brazil lost to Croatia in the quarter-finals on penalties. Neymar put Brazil ahead in stoppage time with a superb goal. With this he equaled Pelé’s record of 77 goals for Brazil. But soon Croatia equalised. AFP

Japanese fans clean up after their team was knocked out by Croatia in the penalty shootout in the Round of 16 | reuters

Japan’s head coach Hajime Moriyasu bowed after the game. Once again won the hearts of the team and the fans in the World Cup. In 2018, heartbreaking pictures emerged of teary-eyed Japanese fans cleaning up after their team’s heartbreaking last-minute defeat to Belgium (3-2; after having taken a two-goal lead). Pennsylvania

Referee Stéphanie Fraupart (centre), with assistant referees Nuza Backe (left) and Karen Diaz Medina after the first half of the Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany. The 38-year-old Frapart became the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup match. Six women were part of the refereeing team in Qatar, including the assistant referee and fourth official

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