Grading Group A teams after MD 3

Cody Gakpo scored the opening goal for Netherlands

The end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage begins with Groups A and B concluding with matchday three.

How did the four teams do according to our metrics?

Netherlands (A)

Cody Gakpo just made himself more valuable come the next transfer window. He is the fourth Dutch football player to score goals in three straight World Cup matches.

This is also the third consecutive World Cup they qualified that the Oranje topped the group stage table.

Senegal (A-)

Kalidou Koulibaly played big for the Lions of Teranga, clinching the pivotal goal. They needed to win as a draw would not be enough to propel them to second place.

This is the second time Senegal reached the round of 16. The first time they did was in their debut in 2002.

Ecuador (B)

Trailing early, La Tricolor’s stint at the FIFA World Cup was reinvigorated by Moisés Caicedo’s incursion at the 67th minute. It was not meant to be as they were behind again three minutes later.

This makes Ecuador the first South American side to be eliminated.

Qatar (C)

It is official. Qatar is the worst performing host based on match results.

All the Qataris can do now is just enjoy the rest of the show.

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JP is an ardent follower of football, including the FIFA World Cup. His favorite clubs are AFC Ajax, West Bromwich Albion, Juventus, and United City FC.

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