Why is the FIFA World Cup the single-most greatest sporting spectacle? If you think of it from a certain perspective, the tournament’s relatively systematic structure can answer this question.
The top-most players from the best footballing nations gather together and put on a show, taking each other on in the world’s most popular sport. The extravaganza at-large is divided into separate matches, which are more often than not determined by decisive moments.
Moments, therefore, are the smallest building-blocks responsible for elevating the World Cup to the soaring heights it currently stands at.
In appreciation of these moments, FootTheBall picks out the 10 greatest moments from the men’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia enters football heaven by beating Argentina
From the tournament build-up to the final reviews, Argentina’s campaign, touted as Messi’s Last Dance, was being scribbled and talked about in boatloads. Despite all the drama, anticipation, and narrative surrounding La Albiceleste throughout the World Cup, the first headline in their opener was seized by Saudi Arabia, who produced one of the greatest men’s World Cup upsets.
Trailing by a goal at halftime, Hervé Renard roused his team to bring down the house in the second segment and do the unthinkable. After Saleh Al-Shehri’s precisely-placed equaliser, five minutes later, Salem Al-Dawsari, with his in-swingling purler, cartwheeled and backflipped his nation into footballing folklore.
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Saudi Arabia beating Argentina never seen that coming what a result 😱⚽ fair play to the Saudis 👍 #ARGKSA
— Stephen F24 (@stephenfrl1990) November 22, 2022
Teun Koopmeiners and Wout Weghorst’s delightful daring
At the eleventh hour (minute), the dying seconds of a tense injury-time, which seemed to drag on forever, were finally upon us. With their team leading 2-1, Argentina fans were dancing and singing and celebrating in the crowd as if their beloved La Albiceleste had already reached their fifth semi-final in men’s World Cups. The frenzied fight, which had brewed in the final quarter of the game, where tempers of all involved were smelting with hostility and fury, was still on show.
Under such circumstances, Teun Koopmeiners and Wout Weghorst, in contrast with everything that was transpiring, composed a chutzpah moment of sheer innovation, guile, and cuteness to equalise…