Lionel Messi (35, PSG) and the Argentine national soccer team, which has fulfilled the long-cherished wish of Argentine soccer fans, are predicted to be unable to overtake Brazil, which is ranked first in the FIFA rankings. Regarding the expectation that Argentina could not win the first place despite Brazil’s elimination in the quarterfinals, foreign media explained, “The points in the penalty shootout are fewer than the victory within the regulation time.”
Multiple foreign media such as ESPN, Fox Sports, and Goal.com predicted the FIFA rankings to be reflected after the 2022 Qatar World Cup ended on the 20th (hereinafter Korean time). According to the ranking announced, Korea is ranked 25th, up 3 notches from last October, and is 3rd in Asia. The official ranking will be announced on the 22nd.
The most impressive part is definitely Brazil’s No. 1 Mercury. In the last match of Group G of the group stage, Brazil lost 0-1 to Cameroon, but Brazil, which proudly advanced to the round of 16 as first place, met Korea and won 4-1. Brazil, whose morale soared, was considered the ‘championship candidate’, but had to swallow tears as it was blocked by impregnable Croatia in the quarterfinals.
On the other hand, after the shocking slump in the first match of the group stage, Argentina gradually revived their performance and eventually lifted the championship cup. They defeated the Netherlands and Croatia in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, to advance to the final. In the final, they drew 3-3 until overtime against France, who were seeking their second consecutive defeat, and won 스포츠토토 the final championship by winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out. It was the 3rd championship in 36 years since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with Maradona.
The reason why Argentina is not expected to rise to the top even after winning the World Cup in Qatar is because of the penalty shootout. Argentina won both the Netherlands in the quarterfinals and France in the final via penalty shootouts. According to foreign media, the ranking points for a penalty shootout are significantly less than winning within the regulation time.
ESPN said, “Argentina won the ‘Copa America’ in 2021 and became world champions in a row, but it is still not enough to win first place.” If Argentina or France had won in the 120th minute, they would have been in first place.”