Stadium news #44
The first-ever FIFA World Cup match in Qatar took place on 20 November 2022. The national football team of Ecuador won the game after beating Qatar at Al-Bayt Stadium, one of the largest sports venues by capacity in Qatar. The Argentine Republic, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, England, the French Republic, Japan, Korea, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, the Portuguese Republic, Senegal, Spain, the Swiss Confederation and the United States reached the knockout phase of the tournament. In the quarter-finals, the Argentine Republic defeated the Netherlands, Croatia defeated Brazil, England defeated the French Republic and Morocco defeated the Portuguese Republic.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals
The national football team of Morocco became the first African team to reach a FIFA World Cup semi-final after beating the Portuguese Republic 1-0 on 10 December 2022. The Argentines defeated the Croatians after Lionel Messi scored once and Julián Álvarez scored twice in the first semi-final of the tournament. The French defeated the Moroccans in the second semi-final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Theo Bernard François Hernández scored the first goal of the match and Randal Kolo Muani scored the second goal of the match.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup final
The final of the prestigious football tournament took take place on 18 december 2022. The game was played in front of a capacity crowd at the 88,000-capacity Lusail Stadium. The air-conditioned Lusail Stadium became the largest sports venue by capacity in Qatar. A penalty shoot-out took place after the national football teams of the Argentine Republic and the French Republic both scored three goals. The French football star Kylian Mbappé Lottin scored three goals before he scored a goal in the penalty shoot-out. The Argentine football star Lionel Andrés Messi scored two goals before he scored a goal in the penalty shoot-out. The Argentines won their third FIFA World Cup title after beating the French.