Morocco, Japan … The biggest surprises of the 2022 World Cup


For a month, the top 32 nations battled it out in Qatar to win the World Cup. And at the end of a very beautiful tournament, it was Lionel Messi’s Argentina who was crowned, beating the French team in the final. A competition during which we were also able to witness many surprises, like Morocco, Saudi Arabia and even Japan…

The incredible epic of Morocco

And of course, the big surprise of this world Cup 2022 is the exceptional course of the Morocco. In a raised group with the Belgiumthe Croatia and the Canada, we did not give much of the Lions of the Atlas. However, the men of Walid Regragui finished in first place before then creating the sensation against theSpain in the round of 16 since against the Portugal in the quarter-finals. For the Moroccoit ended with two defeats, against the France in the semi-finals and Croatia in the small final. Nevertheless, the Moroccans wrote history in Qatar, achieving the best course of an African nation in the competition.

Saudi Arabia beat future world champions

This world Cup had also started with a result that we did not expect: the victory of theSaudi Arabia facing theArgentina. Led to the score, Hervé Renard’s players managed to reverse the trend to surprise the band at Lionel Messi, who had an incredible unbeaten streak. A setback that had put theArgentina immediately back to the wall, but we know the rest, the Albiceleste did not lose and ended up winning the world Cup when the’Saudi Arabia got knocked out in the first round, but this feat by the Saudis will be remembered for a long time.

Tunisia defeats France

If theSaudi Arabia beat the future world champions, the Tunisia managed to win against those who were reigning world champions in Qatar, theFrench team. In a third group match which did not have much importance for the Blues, Didier Deschamps made many changes. A turnover that will have been fatal for the Francewho was surprised by the Tunisia (1-0) and a goal of Wahbi Khazri. Not enough, however, for the Carthage Eagles to secure a ticket to the round of 16.

Australia supports the Blues

In this group ofFrench teamit is finally theAustralia who collected the second ticket for the round of 16. While we were rather expecting the Denmark in this position, the Socceroos surprised, they who had notably led to the score against the Blues. L’Australia was eventually eliminated in the round of 16 againstArgentina (2-1), however shaking until the end Lionel Messi and his teammates.

Aboubakar offers himself Brazil

After the Morocco and the Tunisiaanother African nation has been talked about in Qatar: the Cameroon. With the Brazilthe Swiss and the Serbia in their group, the Cameroonians failed to reach the round of 16. But now the teammates of Vincent Aboubakar finished on an exceptional note as they managed to beat the Brazil thanks to a goal from the former Lorient striker.

Japan surprises

If the Japan got out of the way Croatia in the round of 16 on penalties, his career is still to be saluted. Indeed, in pool, the Japanese have achieved two great feats, namely beating theGermany as well as theSpain. Two victories that allowed the Japan to finish first in the group, where we also found the Costa Ricawhile he was predicted hell before the start of the world Cup.

Favorites disappoint in Qatar

So there are those nations that have surprised in good ways and those that have surprised in bad ways. And in Qatar, many leaders were not there during this world Cup. Third in 2018, the Belgium was eliminated from the hens in the same way as theGermany, which experienced the same fiasco as 4 and a half years ago. There was also theSpain. Announced among the favorites, La Roja fell in the round of 16 against the Moroccans on penalties. And then there is the Brazil, perceived as the big favorite in Qatar. Finally, it stopped in the quarter-finals against the Croatia for teammates Neymarinconsolable after this disillusion, they who dreamed of bringing a 6th star to the Brazil.

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