5.5 C
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
HomeSportsSome of the standout individual performances during the World Cup group stages

Some of the standout individual performances during the World Cup group stages


Related stories

Online Encounters: The FabGuys.com UK Login Conundrum

In the realm of digital connectivity and modern interpersonal...

Privacy Breach Shocks Corinna Kopf’s Online Realm

In an era where personal privacy is often compromised...

Where To Party In London?

Well, London is a popular place for its nightlife,...

Cable Management is Critical for Business

Cables make the world go round. With the rise...

Time Keeping Importance In Your Company

Working entails many benefits that the employees should have...

With 21 World Cups having taken place since the esteemed football tournament’s inception in 1930 – football fans have been treated to some incredible individual performances that will stand the test of time.

The 22nd instalment of the quadrennial event is currently underway in Qatar – the first ever to be held in the Middle East – and it too has produced some awe-inspiring displays of individual brilliance that will be remembered long after the World Cup concludes on December 18.

With that in mind, read on as we take a look at some of the best performances at the World Cup throughout the group stages to date.

Kylian Mbappe – France vs Australia

In what is arguably the most impressive showing of any player at this year’s World Cup, 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe tore the Socceroos’ defence to shreds. Registering a goal in the 68th minute and an assist in the 72nd, Mbappe’s speed, vision and skill made it an absolute match-up nightmare for Australia’s right-back Nathaniel Atkinson.

Mbappe continued his rich vein of form against the world number ten ranked side Denmark, recording two goals en route to a 2-0 victory – thus booking France a round of 16 berth. His brace against the Danes ensured the wonderkid surpassed 30 international goals, the second most of any Frenchman – behind only Thierry Henry who has 51.

As a result of his incredible start, Mbappe is currently the favourite in the world cup golden boot odds – garnering a short price of 5/2.

Adrej Kramaric – Croatia vs Canada

After conceding the first goal to Canada inside the first two minutes, Croatia’s chances of repeating their 2018 World Cup success appeared to be going up in smoke. It took one of the Vatreni’s most experienced statesmen to get them back into the contest, with Andrej Kramaric opening Croatia’s goalscoring with a calculated finish across the goalkeeper.

The 76-cap international picked up where he left off in the second half, producing a cool finish to bag a second and put his team 3-1 up with 20 minutes remaining – ensuring the game was out of reach for Alphonso Davies and company. To no-one’s surprise, Kramaric’s performance earnt him man of the match honours.

Richarlison – Brazil vs Serbia

When Tite decided to pick Tottenham Hotspur’s Richarlison over Gabriel Jesus for the main striker role at the World Cup – there were many who felt that would prove to be the wrong decision. Jesus has been in exceptional form for his club Arsenal, notching up five goals and six assists in 14 Premier League games this season. Contrast that with Richarlison, whose three assists in ten games makes for poor reading.

However, its Richarlison’s prior performances for his country that was the reason behind his selection. It paid dividends in their first group fixture, with the 25-year-old finding the back of the net on two occasions, the second of which was an unbelievable display of skill and acrobatics.

Aaron Mooy – Australia vs Tunisia

After being thumped 4-1 by France in their opening game, many expected the Socceroos to fall to their second consecutive defeat when they took on African nation Tunisia. The Tunisians would’ve been particularly confident given their showing against Denmark, in which they held the Kasper Hjulmand-managed side goalless en route to an unexpected draw.

However, the Australians still have enough talent littered in their squad to be competitive. And that they were, in large part thanks to a brilliant performance from their midfielder Aaron Mooy. Although Mooy didn’t register a goal or an assist, it was his patience, precision passing and control in the Socceroos’ engine room which ultimately proved the difference between the two sides as Australia upset their African opponents 1-0. It was nothing short of a clinical display from the former Premier League and current Scottish Premiership Football player.

Cody Gakpo – Netherlands vs Senegal

Similarly to Kylian Mbappe, it’s not just one Cody Gakpo performance that has stood out at this year’s World Cup, with the 23-year-old scoring in all of the Netherlands’ three group games. In doing so, he became just the second player to open the scoring three times in the same group stage of a World Cup.

His form is a worrying sign for Premier League teams not named Manchester United, with the PSV Eindhoven forward having reportedly agreed to a deal with the Red Devils.

SEO Journalist, covering live and breaking news in United Kingdom.She also reports on the latest political news, social issues, treanding lifestyle and sports.She is passionate about making sure the region's stories get the very best coverage.


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here