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Spain forward #11 Ferran Torres scores a penalty during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E football match between Spain and Costa Rica at Al-Thumama Stadium on November 23, Doha. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

So 16 matches were played and there are 48 more matches to be played in 2022 World Cup. There have already been four 0-0 draws — only one in Russia 2018 — but some teams have recorded impressive victories.

England are facing the worst buildup to a World Cup in their history in Qatar. But Gareth Southgate’s side shrugged off any criticism by beating Iran 6-2, their second biggest win of the tournament.

Similarly, France came into the World Cup after losing their dynamic midfield duo of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante to injury, not to mention Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.

After falling behind Australia early on, it looked as though the defending champions’ curse would befall France, as had the previous four winners in their opening games. But an Olivier Giroud brace and goals from Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe sealed France’s return and a flying start to its World Cup defence.

Spain’s 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica set a new level of excellence at Qatar 2022 – arguably the most dominant performance in World Cup play this century. didn’t do la rosa The score was seven, but Luis Enrique’s side did not allow Costa Rica to take a single shot during the 90 minutes. dominance.

Meanwhile, Brazil carries a heavy burden as pre-tournament favourites, and it barely showed in the first half against Serbia. Richardson then went to work, delivering an acrobatic finish including an early contender for the goal of the tournament, grabbing a double. Seleção 2–0 victory.

Brazil showed off their incredible attacking prowess as Neymar Jr and young stars like Vinicius Jr, Rafinha, Richarlison and Rodrigo took center stage in a new and exciting Brazil side to showcase the 2022 edition. Good good (the beautiful game) in the World Cup.

However, the biggest winners from the first round of fixtures were arguably not from Europe or South America, but from Asia.

Saudi Arabia came into the tournament as one of the lowest-ranked sides and with an unknown team solely associated with domestic club football.

On their way to the Green Falcons, the Argentine team was unbeaten in 36 matches and led by Lionel Messi in search of the only trophy that has eluded him in his illustrious career.

But the Saudis did not disappoint, coming from behind to score two spectacular goals to pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

Just a day later, Japan followed up with a seismic shock of its own, overturning Germany. Like Saudi Arabia, Samurai Blue went behind to a first-half penalty, but converted it to seal the most famous victory in Japan’s history.

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