The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been full of surprising moments. Everything from major upsets to inspiring acts from fans has been witnessed at the mega tournament that only happens every four years.

A total of 32 teams from around the world participated in the tournament, which once again reiterated the FIFA World Cup’s dominance as the most important sporting event on earth after the Olympics.

Aside from being the most expensive edition in the history of football, it is also deemed one of the most surprising tournaments. The memories of this tournament, from surprise victories, tears, and spectacular goals, will surely be etched into millions of hearts.

The power of football has created a great impact on several cultures. A survey launched by Real Research, an online survey app, attempted to gather public opinion on the surprising moments in FIFA 2022 World Cup.

The survey report analysis further highlights the following:

  • 45.47% watched all the FIFA World Cup 2022 games
  • 5 in 10 (50.04%) highly agree that the FIFA World Cup 2022 is the most shocking tournament in its history
  • 44.96% observed Germany was not playing well enough in general during the World Cup 2022

Only 4% Did Not Watch Any of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Games

45.47% watched all the games, 28.13% watched most of them, and 22.38% watched some of the FIFA World Cup 2022 games.

There have been a lot of surprising moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup that made it the most shocking tournament in its history. To this, 5 in 10 (50.04%) highly agree, and 32.29% somewhat agree. While 13.93% remain neutral, 3.75 disagree.

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Surprising Moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup

One of the surprising moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup is Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina. Among the shocking match outcomes, survey respondents chose the most dramatic moment from the FIFA world cup 2022. Responses are the following:

South Korea’s win over Portugal (49.81%), Japan’s win over Spain (17.24%), Germany’s loss to Japan (9.57%), and Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina (9.54%).

Figure 1: Shocking match outcomes in the FIFA 2022 World Cup

In addition to the shocking match outcomes, there were also many surprising moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup. According to survey respondents, these include the instance where the referee abruptly ended the South Korea-Ghana match (54.17%).

Others were surprised when Germany was eliminated despite winning 4-2 against Costa Rica (24.69%), and 9.16% were shocked by Ronaldo claiming the header, but the goal was credited to Fernandes.

Japan, Spain, and Germany Controversy

During the Japan-Spain match, Ao Tanaka’s goal in the 51st minute has been subject to controversy. The majority of the survey respondents (25.93%) believe the ball was out of bounds; therefore, Japan should not have won. 23.34% believe the ball was still in, while 23.16% say the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) footage was unclear.

Figure 2: Respondents’ opinion on the Japan-Spain match Ao Tanaka’s goal controversy

Subsequently, Japan’s controversial win against Spain resulted in Germany’s elimination from Group E despite their 4-2 win against Costa Rica.

23.76% of respondents believe Germany’s elimination was just fair, and 44.96% observed Germany was not playing well enough in general during the World Cup tournament. However, 31.28% think it was unfair for Germany since Japan’s goal should not have been counted in the first place.

Ronaldo, a Substitute Player

Another occurrence from the surprising moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup was when Ronaldo was dropped from Portugal’s starting line-up for Switzerland, and Morocco matches.

This gathered various reactions, where most respondents (49.69%) disagreed with Portugal’s decision. In contrast, 27.95% believe Ronaldo deserved to be benched as a consequence of his bad behavior during their match against South Korea.

Who Will Win the World Cup?-Respondents’ Predictions

One of the surprising moments in the FIFA 2022 World Cup was the teams that made it to the semi-finals round. Among these teams, the survey asked respondents which team they expect to reach the semi-finals match. A majority (29.19%) expected Argentina, and the rest expected France (25.72%), Morocco (16.95%), and Croatia (14.68%).

Figure 3: Respondents’ prediction on which team will win the FIFA World Cup 2022

Regarding which team the survey respondents predict to win the FIFA World Cup 2022, most (31.58%) expect Argentina will win, while others expect it to be France (24.96%), Morocco (14.75%), and Croatia (10.97%).

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Survey TitlePublic Opinion on the Surprising Moments in FIFA 2022 World Cup
DurationDecember 13 – December 20, 2022
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.