No place for Ronaldo, Messi in Best XI of FIFA World Cup after matchday one

Event is currently being played in Qatar

By Web Desk
November 25, 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 could be the final appearance at the mega event for Ronaldo (L) and Messi (R) — AFP 

DOHA: The FIFA World Cup 2022 is currently being played in Qatar with teams battling it out to win the elusive trophy.

The matchday one, which concluded yesterday, resulted in many interesting encounters along with a couple of upsets.

Here is a look at the Best XI of FIFA World Cup 2022 after matchday one, according to whoscored.com.

The team includes two players each from Belgium, France Ecuador, Spain and England. Meanwhile, one player has been selected from Uruguay.

Interestingly, the team doesn't include legendary footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

England, Netherlands eye last-16 berths at World Cup

England head into their second match of the World Cup against the United States on Friday knowing victory would secure a place in the last 16, while the Netherlands could also qualify for the knockout phase.

Gareth Southgate´s men kicked off their campaign with a 6-2 rout of Iran who take on Wales in Friday´s first Group B game.

Regardless of the result of that match, England would progress by beating the Americans, but will have to overcome a talented young side and the weight of history.

Louis van Gaal´s Dutch team could also go through from Group A with a win over Ecuador but would need hosts Qatar to draw with Senegal.

The Oranje edged to a 2-0 success against the African champions in their first outing with late goals from in-form youngster Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

The Netherlands, three-time runners-up, are playing at the World Cup for the first time since finishing third under Van Gaal in 2014.

Qatar are in desperate need of a response after slumping to a tame 2-0 loss to Ecuador in the tournament curtain-raiser which saw the majority of the crowd leave before the final whistle.

Another defeat could see the Asian Cup holders become only the second home team to crash out in the group stage, after South Africa in 2010.