The 2022 FIFA World Cup was the 22nd edition of the quadrennial world championship. It took place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. A total of 32 teams from 5 continents participated in the event. A total of 62 matches were played including quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final.
Argentina won the 2022 World Cup and its third title. France remained the runner-up followed by Croatia and Morocco. It was the first time that FIFA organized a tournament in a desert country. Also, Qatar made heavy investments in the construction of football most popular stadiums for the biggest football championship on the earth.
How many goals were scored in the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
32 teams played 64 matches and scored 172 goals at an average of 2.69 goals per match. Kylian Mbappé of France emerged as the top scorer with 8 goals followed by Lionel Messi of Argentina with 7 goals. Also, he was the best player in the tournament. His role was crucial in winning the World Cup by Argentina. But there is more to know about goals in the World Cup. Some moments can be called golden. Those moments were a treat to the eyes.
Here’re 7 best goals of the World Cup
1. Salem al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)
افضل لاعب سعودي pic.twitter.com/bPfneV2MGK— Fans Salem Al Dawsari (@29FANSALEM29) November 30, 2019
Saudi Arabia was playing against Argentina and it was a group-stage match. Both the teams were in Group C. Considering the past performance of the contestants, Saudi Arabia was considered an underdog in the group dominated by teams like Argentina. But it didn’t undermine the determination of the Arabian Falcons in a green jersey.
Lionel Messi scored a goal for Argentina in the 10th minute into the game but the score was equaled by the goal of Saleh Alshehri in the 48th minute. Then came the golden moment when Salem al-Dawsari scored the second goal for Saudi Arabia in the 53rd minute of the match. He showed amazing footwork in tricking the Argentinian defenders and shooting the ball into the net. Saudi Arabia won the match by 2-1 goals.
2. Richarlison (Brazil)
Sempre fizeram de tudo para evitar que o preto chegasse ao topo… escravizaram, marginalizaram e mataram. Mas nunca vão derrubar quem nasceu para ser grande. A história se esquece dos ratos e agiganta quem luta contra essa gente ruim. Tamo junto sempre, @vinijr 👊🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/8Y3r1J89xj— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) May 21, 2023
Brazil was playing against Serbia in the group stage match of Group G. The first half of the match remained undecided as neither of the contestants was able to make a goal. But the Green-Yellow players were determined to take the lead in the group. The first goal for Brazil was scored by Richarlison in the 62nd minute.
The first goal filled the Tottenham Hotspur star with confidence and he scored another goal to seal the match in favor of Brazil. In the 73rd minute, Vinícius Júnior crossed the ball into Serbia’s box where Richarlison was ready to finish the kick into a goal. He picked the ball with his right foot in perfect time and made a fantastic overhead kick to the goal. Brazil won the match with a 2-0 score.
3. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon)
Vincent Aboubakar put Cameroon on his back 🤩 pic.twitter.com/GB9gryKuTT— GOAL (@goal) November 28, 2022
Cameroon was trailing 3-1 in the group stage match of Group G with Serbia when their captain Vincent Aboubakar charged with the ball to clinch the much-needed lead for his team. The match was into its 63rd minute when Vincent Aboubakar tricked Serbian defender Nemanja and send the ball into the net. It was a high kick that went high over the head of Serbia’s keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
The ball took a long flight to reach the net but fell just short of the line before miraculously landing in the net. An assistant referee checked the video before declaring the goal. Cameroon later made the third goal and drew the match 3-3.
4. Luis Chávez (Mexico)
Amén 🙏🏻 https://t.co/zsrhWINNmw— Luis Chávez (@Lc24C) June 6, 2023
Mexico was playing a group stage match in Group C with Saudi Arabia and leading 1-0 before Luis Chávez scored the second goal that also placed the 26-year-old midfielder in the list of the best free-kick goals.
In the 52nd minute, Luis Chávez picked a dead ball and hit it so hard that it sailed over the heads over the ground leaving the players in awe, and landed into the net. The Mexican players were surprised and Saudi defenders were helpless. Later FIFA shared details of the free kick that surprised everyone even more.
According to FIFA, the ball covered a distance of 95.8 feet at a speed of 75.6 mph to reach the goal. Also, FIFA announced that it was the hardest-hit goal in the group stage.
5. Kylian Mbappé (France)
It was an easy win for France in the Round of 16. French team beat Poland 3-1 to secure easy access to the quarter-final round. Kylian Mbappé scored two goals for France but his second goal at the last minute of the game attracted the attention of the viewers. It was a marvelous goal as ball the just touched a Polish player before landing in the net.
Kylian Mbappé was unaware of the pass made by teammate Marcus Thuram. But Kylian Mbappé was smart enough to notice the opportunity and convert it into a goal before it is lost. He turned the ball to the goal but it touched a Polish defender before curling into the top corner of the net.
6. Youssef en-Nesyri (Morocco)
Youssef En-Nesyri is the first Moroccan player to score at two World Cups 🌟 pic.twitter.com/IXc8sTRlt0— GOAL (@goal) December 1, 2022
Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinal with the help of a goal made by its striker Youssef en-Nesyri. With this goal, Morocco became the first African nation to reach the semifinal of the Fifa World Cup. Youssef en-Nesyri noticed the hesitation of Portuguese keeper Diogo Costa in receiving a pass in the box and capitalized the moment with a shot into the goal in the 42nd minute.
7. Julián Álvarez (Argentina)
Vamos Argentina! 🇦🇷— Araña 🕷 (@julianalvarezzz) November 16, 2022
Todos juntos 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/4VMd2cOYeI
Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semifinal match and entered the final stage only to become a champion. Julián Álvarez deserves special mention in the World Cup goals, especially by Argentina because the goal the forward player made was marvelous.
Julián Álvarez scored two goals in the semifinal match but his second goal placed him in the list of the best players. It came in the 69th minute when Lionel Messi made a pass to Julián Álvarez at the six-yard box and the forward player made no mistake in turning it into a goal. He kept the trust of his captain and millions of fans who were watching the game.