World Cup 2022 has been nothing short of electrifying so far
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This year is the first time I've been able to tune into the World Cup closely. I didn't watch one game in 2018 or 2014. That means that 2010 was the last time I watched a World Cup match. That also happens to be the last time that my home country of USA played in a World Cup match. Both of those facts changed this year with World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
As of writing this article on Tuesday morning, I have watched all but one match so far. I've got Denmark vs Tunisia game playing next to me as I write. Sadly, I wasn't able to get up early enough for the 5 AM Argentina match. Argentina and Brazil were my two favorites to win this World Cup, but I like getting my sleep. I thought for sure Argentina would blow out Saudi Arabia in their first match, especially considering the Argentineans were on a 36-game win streak. If you've been keeping up with all of the games so far, then you know that is not at all what happened.
Let's talk about some of the best moments in World Cup 2022 so far...
The opening match Ecuador🇪🇨 vs Qatar🇶🇦
My Prediction: Ecuador
The first day of the World Cup only had one match, but it was a pretty good one. The host nation of Qatar faced a tough Ecuador squad. Truthfully, it wasn't even close. This marked the first time that a host nation lost their opening match ever in World Cup history. Qatari fans left the stadium in disappointment. While Ecuador's Enner Valencia showed his skills by knocking in two great goals.
Result: 0-2 in favor of Ecuador
England🏴 dominates against Iran🇮🇷
My Prediction: England
England was predicted to be one of the better teams this year and they surely proved that with a very strong performance against their first opponents. The English were up 3-0 at halftime and it looked like they'd keep a clean sheet and maybe even score a few more goals during the second half. England ended up smashing through three more goals for a total of 6. Iran however capitalized on a few sloppy English defensive errors late in the game to at least score a couple of goals and keep from being made to look like they didn't deserve to be on the pitch.
Result: 6-2 in favor of England
Senegal🇸🇳 struggled to keep up with Netherlands🇳🇱
My Prediction: Netherlands
The Senegalese players seemed to me to be the stronger team during the first half. Even without their superstar forward Sadio Mané, they kept attacking but were unable to secure a goal. The second half was much more of a close competition, but late in the game, the Dutch ended up nailing two goals to give their country the win. I wouldn't count Senegal out of their group, but they will surely have a tough time beating Ecuador and Netherlands who are both ahead in scores now.
Result: 0-2 in favor of Netherlands
USA🇺🇸 draws with Wales🏴
My Prediction: USA
This game was a huge one here in the United States. Our squad is very young, but at least they managed to qualify for the World Cup again finally. It had been 8 years for USA, but Wales hadn't made an appearance in much longer. It was 64 years ago back in 1958 that the Welsh last made it to the World Cup games. Needless to say, both teams were hungry to win. This match was dominated by USA in the first half where they scored their only goal. The second half was the opposite where Wales seemed to be in control. Eventually, they were given a penalty kick and Gareth Bale came in clutch to even the score. These teams were evenly matched and the final score shows that. Now both teams must prepare to face the English. Neither can afford to lose another game or their chances of making it to the knockout stage are pretty much done for.
Result: 1-1 draw
Argentina🇦🇷 stunned by Saudi Arabia🇸🇦
My Prediction: Argentina
I so sad that I wasn't awake to watch this game. I thought for sure that Messi and his Argentina squad would annihilate Saudi Arabia. I imagined something similar to the England win, but I was totally incorrect. Just goes to show you that anything can happen in the World Cup. I noticed in the stats after the game that Argentina had 10 offsides call on them, so I'd say that's what cost them the game. The Saudi Arabians were able to pull off what very well may be the biggest upset in World Cup history. I think Argentina still has a decent chance to make it to the knockout stage and I really hope that they do. However, they aren't going to have it easy and must play each game as if it will be their last.
Result: 1-2 in favor of Saudi Arabia
Denmark🇩🇰 plays to a stalemate against Tunisia🇹🇳
My Prediction: Denmark
As I watch the Danes battle it out with the Tunisians, I notice that both squads have an immense desire to come out on top. Most expect the Danish to be the resulted victor, but the fourth Arab nation to play in the 2022 World Cup, Tunisia refuses to go down. They'd much rather join Saudi Arabia as winners rather than concede with Iran and Qatar teams who had very disappointing performances. The game just finished before I completed this blog and the result was not as exciting as you may have expected. The match ended without a single goal.
Result: 0-0 Draw
Looking forward to more World Cup 2022
We are just getting started with all of the great matches that will be played in Qatar. I still see Brazil as the strongest team on the playing field and very much look forward to their Thursday/Thanksgiving day match against Serbia. These teams are familiar with each other as they met in the 2018 World Cup where Brazil won 2-0. I expect another win for the Brazilians, but again you just never know what will happen until it does.
What was your favorite moment of the World Cup so far?
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It is like my first time watching football World cup and making guess who will win and that Argentina vs Saudi Arabia match was more than a thriller and didn't expected this big upset.
So far, just enjoying and waiting for the world war reunion in football matches... I mean matches between Japan vs Germany, USA vs Iran !LOL
I bet you are having a lot of fun with it, I know I am.
I don't think many predicted that Argentina would lose, even Saudi Arabian fans most likely thought they didn't have much of a chance.
As you can see from the results of the HiveBuzz votes for that game, only 5 people guessed correctly, while over 400 were incorrect.
Having too Much fun seeing unexpected results.
That Ratio really tells how big upset it was.
Well, sadly another upset Japan defeated Germany...by same 2-1. !LOL
I'm happy to see the underdogs win, although yes I had predicted Germany would win the match and was incorrect yet again.
So far it has been a World Cup with surprises Argentina, Germany have lost Denmark and Croatia tied with weak rivals on paper but we need to see Brazil and see what it can offer us and be the great candidate to lift the Cup. My favorite moment so far it is the celebration of Grealish and dedicate it to his friend who has a physical disability.
Argentina and Germany losing was pretty shocking indeed. Denmark and Croatia surely can score in their next match I'd hope. If Brazil manages to showcase its potential to the fullest, then the other teams will be all but forced to fear them.
right now Brazil is the top candidate, we just need to prove it on the field and we hope to see the recovery of the teams that have not won on this first date
Oh my god!! Japan defeated Germany 😅
Masterfully done! You article the entire thing very well ❤️
Japan deserved that win after helping clean the stadium on a day when their team didn't even play. I will definitely talk more about them tomorrow in my next World Cup post.
This World Cup is already the most interesting World Cup I have ever seen. I don't understand how Argentina can lose against Saudi Arabia and Japan defeated Germany. These are unbelievable scores. I don't know what else we will see, but if Argentina continues like this, they will dream of the cup 🤣.
This is the first World Cup I've had the free time to watch all of the games. I picked a good year to do it!
I just hope Brazil doesn't succumb to an upset during their first match. Unlikely, but at this point anything can happen.
This world cup is really full of surprises, In most cases, our expectations didn't match the reality. It's like the underdogs are playing to prove a point lol. I won’t be surprised if an underdog manages to win the cup by the end of the tournament.
If I were playing in the World Cup, there's no way I'd want to lose. Even if the world doubted my team's chances, I'd still have some hope to win.
The shocking results are indeed turning this world cup into what it's really meant to be. Am loving every bit of it. Am certain we shall see an inferior team reach the latter stages of the tournament.
Once we get to the knockout stage it will be especially interesting to see who can last the longest.
the world cup of surprises and so far the best have been Spain and England and Belgium, Brazil remain to be seen as well as the recovery of Argentina
Spain is showing complete dominance even more so than England did. I want to see and Argentina versus Brazil match so badly at some point during this World Cup.
yes Spain is the best team so far and I hope I can also see Argentina vs Brazil
World cup never disappoint in producing spectacular moments
That's for sure. Watching Spain showcase their youthful squad and their ability to perform at a high level was very enjoyable. I feel sorry for the Costa Rican fans who traveled all the way to Qatar just to get embarrassed.
The world cup competition has been a package of surprises from the host country, to a first winter world cup which disrupted the individual club competition calendars, to players dropping off from the competition as result of injuries, to Qatar loosing the opening match and to the shock defeat Saudi Arabia handed Argentina. And definitely we're looking forward to more surprises.
The team I look forward to winning the competition is Brazil and second favorite for me is France, the defending champion.
I can say I have enjoyed the competition so far every little opportunity I get to watch it. Finger crossed, Brazil all the way. Also I am glad you are now watching the World Cup now since you missed out on some matches from the last one. Nice to read from you 🤭.
The winter world cup is a bit different, but at least the players are enjoying some warm weather. I didn't even think about club schedules being disrupted because of this.
Brazil and France both are looking good. I'm hoping that Portugal comes out strong today too.
who would have thought that Argentina was going to lose there? incredible...
I'm willing to bet less than 5% of people predicted Argentina to lose.
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😊😎🤙 I'll root for BRAZIL, just cuz they are a very cool country and I hear of them and football a lot..
plus, did u know that footballers (as in the individual players) are so popular among girls, like my daughter's age (17). and i think up to mommy age.. there are many posts of them online and girls/women cry and wish for the certain player. (just based on looks of course)
That's why I'm a Brazil fan. I've always been fascinated by their culture and cool players over the years.
I can imagine there are a lot of fan girls 🤣
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