The 2022 World Cup will soon enter the semi-finals. Croatia, Argentina, Morocco and France have confirmed their tickets for the last four.
The success of these teams is not without reason. There is the figure of a fearsome goalkeeper who appears heroic to guard the defence.
Apart from the teams that qualified for the semi-finals, several other goalkeepers also stole the show at the 2022 World Cup.
Because there are so many stunning looking goalkeepers, the Golden Gloves award for best goalkeeper of the 2022 World Cup is even harder to predict.
5 goalkeepers who caught the eye at the 2022 World Cup
1. Yassine Bounou (Morocco)
It was inevitable that Yassine Bounou would be an important figure who led Morocco to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in history.
Bounou appeared four times from the group stage to the quarter-finals. He was absent once against the Belgian national team, even though at that time Bounou was singing the national anthem on the pitch. His position was replaced by Munir Mohamedi due to injury.
Throughout his appearance in this tournament, Bounou has only conceded once against Canada in the group stage, and that was thanks to an own goal. Bounou also became Morocco’s savior when they overthrew Spain on penalties in the round of 16.
2. Dominik Livakovic (Croatia)
Croatia might not have progressed this far had it not been for Dominik Livakovic who was in goal.
More recently, Livakovic performed brilliantly as Croatia brought home Brazil in the quarter-finals. According to Whoscored records, Livakovic averages 3.8 saves per game. In detail, Livakovic made 1.6 saves from the penalty area and outside the box. The other 0.6 saves were in small boxes.
The most sensational thing is that in the round of 16, the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper beat three Japanese enforcers. In total, Livakovic held four shots on goal. This number makes him the goalkeeper who has saved the most penalties in a single edition of the World Cup.
3. Shuichi Gonda (Japan)
Even though Japan were stopped in the Round of 16, Samurai Blue’s performance at the 2022 World Cup surprised many.
Imagine, Japan managed to overthrow two former 2022 World Cup champions, Germany and Spain, in the group stage. Both wins were recorded by Japan after leading 0-1 in the first half. Hajime Moriyasu’s side came back in the second half and won 2-1.
Shuichi Gonda became one of the important figures in Japan’s success in escaping from group hell. Despite only playing in four matches, Gonda averaged 3.8 saves.
4. Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
Emiliano Martinez saved penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Stephen Berghuis as Argentina beat the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. This role was so vital in delivering the Tango team to the semi-finals.
Emi Martinez had a poor performance in the first match. Argentina surprisingly fell to Saudi Arabia 1-2 despite winning first.
However, the keeper who rose to prominence with Arsenal proved his quality and rose in subsequent games.
5.Mohammed Al Owais (Saudi Arabia)
Coming from a country you don’t count on, Mohammed Al Owais caught the eye during the 2022 World Cup. It all started in the first game when Saudi Arabia won 2-1 against Saudi Arabia. Argentina.
The greatness of Mohammed Al Owais can be seen from the statistics of his appearance. The 31-year-old goalkeeper made just three group stage appearances but managed 4.7 saves on average.
Against Argentina alone, Al Owais registered five important saves. This amount is the highest in a match of the 2022 World Cup.
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