Best of the World Cup to this point: Top purpose, save, participant, crew and extra

With the knockout stage underway, we’re on the midway level of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. However it’s not too early handy out some superlatives!

Let’s check out the standout groups, performers and moments of the event to this point.


For a lot of, Memo Ochoa’s save on Robert Lewandowski will go down because the save of the group stage, however on condition that the distinction between Mexico advancing and Poland advancing turned out to simply be a purpose and some yellow playing cards, Wojciech Szczęsny’s double save in opposition to Saudi Arabia will get the nod.

Wojciech Szczesny makes an unimaginable save on a PK to maintain Poland forward of Saudi Arabia


The prettiest assists are nearly all the time those which are low-driven and despatched from simply behind the midway line into the field. That being mentioned, Son Heung-min’s sneaky by ball to Hwang Hee-Chan was so spectacular, particularly when you think about what it in the end meant for South Korea.


As if this was going to anybody else however Richarlison. The quantity of ability and precision it takes to set your self up for a volley can’t be undersold and Richarlison made it appear like a routine coaching floor train. And perhaps it was for him, however for everybody at house watching, it was spectacular.

Each angle of Richarlison’s JAW-DROPPING scissor kick purpose for Brazil within the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Every angle of Richarlison's JAW-DROPPING scissor kick goal for Brazil in the 2022 FIFA World Cup


Cody Gakpo has had an impressive group stage, scoring three targets in three video games for the Netherlands.

However Gakpo is 23 years previous, and the Younger Participant of the Match award is given to the most effective participant below the age of 21. That award may in the end go to one in every of Spain’s kids, Pedri and Gavi, however within the group stage, it was Croatian middle again Joško Gvardiol.


Statistically talking, Bruno Fernandes was the participant of the group stage. In three video games for Portugal, the midfield maestro had two assists and two targets. However nobody was extra electrical within the group stage than France’s Kylian Mbappé. He got here into the event with the expectation that he’d be one of many standout performers and he is lived as much as these expectations.


Anybody that had Brazil successful the World Cup earlier than the event ought to solely really feel higher about their decide going into the knockout stage. Even with out Neymar, Brazil has seemed like probably the most cohesive group on the event. It nonetheless has an extended technique to go to the ultimate, but when its continues to impress the best way it has, it ought to a minimum of get there.

Learn extra from the World Cup:

Top tales from FOX Sports activities:

Get extra from FIFA World Cup 2022 Observe your favorites to get details about video games, information and extra