(CNN Spanish) — Day 1 of the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup ended this Thursday and, as expected, emotions have not been lacking.
Although we’ve only had five days of action in the World Cup, there’s already been everything: surprises, records, wins and many other things.
Next, we show you the best moments that the first full day of groups in Qatar has left us.
Nine moments in day 1 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022
1. The surprises
Without a doubt, the biggest surprise so far is the comeback victory that Saudi Arabia achieved against Argentina, which is considered one of the great favorites to win this World Cup.
The 2-1 victory against the Argentine team was even described as the biggest statistical surprise in the World Cups by the Nielsen Gracenote company.
The other surprise was the victory that the Japanese team achieved against Germany. As in Argentina against Saudi Arabia, the Japanese team also achieved their victory through a comeback, after trailing at half time and then scoring twice in the second half of the game.
2. Silent protest
Minutes before the Germany vs. Japan, the German team came together for the traditional team photo. But in this case something changed: all the players of the European team covered their mouths with their hands.
They did this in the form of a protest for “freedom of expression” within the framework of FIFA’s ban on the use of the “OneLove” ribbon.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo’s record
Another World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo, another goal for Cristiano Ronaldo. In the Portugal vs. Ghana, the Portuguese captain and all-time top scorer at the national team level became the first man to score in five FIFA World Cups: Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, Russia 2018 and now Qatar 2022.
4. The biggest wins so far
The selections of England and Spain gave the biggest bell on day 1 of the group stage. Not only did they take victory in their debut match in Qatar, but they did it in thunderous fashion with more than 5 goals.
The English played against Iran and won 6-2; meanwhile, the Spanish gave a lecture against Costa Rica and obtained a 7-0 victory.
5. Japanese fans and their tradition of cleaning the stands
After the match against Germany, the Japanese fans who saw their team win cleaned the stands of the stadium.
It should be noted that this is not the first time this has happened: the Japanese have also been seen collecting garbage from the stands at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in Russia 2018, in the 2019 Copa América.
This has become a traditional act of collective responsibility to clean the stadiums after the show.
6. Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa’s save
Mexico and Poland met to debut in Qatar 2022. The Mexican team had more opportunities to win, but in the second half a penalty was awarded against them, so everything seemed to lean in favor of the Poles.
However, the captain and goalkeeper of Mexico, Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa, appeared at the best moment: Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers in the world, took the penalty to the left of Ochoa, the same place where the Mexican goalkeeper went to stop the penalty.
Thanks to this save, the match ended in a scoreless draw.
7. Embolo’s “non-celebration”
One of the best postcards from matchday 1 of the groups at the Qatar 2022 World Cup occurred in the Cameroon match against Switzerland.
In the third minute of the second half, Xherdan Shaqiri put a low cross into the box that striker Breel Embolo only pushed to score the first and only goal of the match, with which Switzerland claimed victory.
What caught our attention was what happened after the goal: Embolo did not celebrate and raised his hands as a sign of apology and respect for his opponent. This happened because Embolo’s birthplace is Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Although Embolo is Cameroonian by birth, he has Swiss nationality and has played for that team from the lower categories, as his profile on the specialized Transfermarkt site shows.
8. Not even injuries stopped France
N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and Lucas Hernández. Multiple injuries have hampered France for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
However, that didn’t stop the world champion team from making a winning debut in Qatar. Although they began by losing their match against Australia, the French team organized themselves in a better way and ended up thrashing 4-1.
9. Richarlison’s great goal to close the day
The game Brazil vs. Serbia was the one that closed all day 1 of the groups of the World Cup in Qatar. As expected, the “Canarinha” took the 2-0 victory.
Both goals came from striker Richarlison, but the second was quite a brushstroke: a three-finger pass from Vinícius Jr., Richarlison controlled, the ball rose and he hit it with scissors to score close to the Serbian goalkeeper’s right post.