World Cup 2022 Matchday 5: Biggest Winner, Loser, Player of the Day

The day 5 of World Cup Qatar 2022 delivered another set of surprising results, first team to exit, and another scoreless draw. For more World Soccer actions and hot takes, click here!

Wales vs. Iran

Result: Wales 0 – 2 Iran

Summary: This is a historic day for Iran. They beat Wales and they are able to bounce back from a huge blow they suffered against England and make their knockout stage dreams alive. Iran scored twice in stoppage time and scored four goals at the 2022 World Cup, this is more than goals they made in any previous World Cup competition. Cheshmi and Rezaeian finesse Wales inexperience in the World Cup crunch time. Before that, Wayne Hennessey, Wales’ goalkeeper received a red card after an altercation with the referee’s decision. Wales stretched their games without victory to seven across all competitions.

Player of the Match: Rouzbeh Cheshmi 90+8’

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Qatar vs. Senegal

Result: Qatar 1 – 3 Senegal

Summary: It’s over for Qatar! They became the first host nation to lose two matches in a group stage in the World Cup. Qatar 2022 is really the first of many firsts. Senegal registered their first win of the 2022 World Cup, they also registered their three goals in a single World Cup for a second time, after a 3-3 draw versus Uruguay in 2002. This is also their first match at the World Cup where they won with more than one goal margin. Qatar almost stormed back late in the second half when substitute Muntari scored the first-ever World Cup goal.

Player of the Match: Boulaye Dia 41’

Netherlands vs. Ecuador

Result: Netherlands 1 – 1 Ecuador

Summary: The South American side avoided the defeat, as Enner Valencia scored in the 49th minute to save Estupinan’s attempt. If the first half goal was counted, Ecuador might advance to the knockout stage. The two sides already won their opening game 2-0. It means that they are in a tight race to finish first in the group stage. However, their draw caused Qatar’s elimination. Netherlands are now on the unbeaten streak that stretches to their last 15 World Cup group games. While Ecuador, was also on the four consecutive unbeaten World Cup games.

Player of the Match: Enner Valencia 49’

England vs. USA

Result: England 0 – 0 USA

Summary: USA avoided a defeat as England still have not yet beaten USA at a World Cup. As Iran beat Wales, both teams were in the crucial last group games. USA must defeat Iran in order to qualify for the knockout stage, while England must defeat Wales in order to secure the top spot of Group B. The USA kept a clean sheet against a European nation in the World Cup. While ENgland have gone into 12 goalless draws at the World Cup, the most of any nation in the history of the tournament.

Player of the Match: Christian Pulisic

Biggest Winner: Iran

The highest ranked Asian team in this World Cup made a phenomenal bounce back game as they disappointed Wales. This is very important for the Iranian team aiming to qualify for the knockout stage and avenge their embarrassing defeat over England in their opening game. Now, with all the motivation, momentum, and surmounting support, they will meet USA with all that baggage with an aim of knockout stage qualification that they failed to do in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Biggest Loser: Qatar

It was really over for the host nation. Even though this is just the beginning for the Qatar team, it is still very disappointing and embarrassing that they were the first host nation to concede two straight games. However, their first-ever goal at the World Cup stage will go down as a historic moment for the first Arab host nation. This is just the beginning for Qatar but it was also their biggest loss as they prepared for almost a decade, building this set of players to wave and represent the flag.

Player of the Day: Enner Valencia

The Ecuadorian superstar did not disappoint and deliver himself when he was needed the most. He delivered the most iconic goal in Ecuador football history. He now has three goals in two games and he was looking far better as he was aiming for a knockout stage. He will have all the confidence he needs when they face the formidable African team like the African champion Senegal.

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