Surprises of the 2022 World Cup: Top nations who have been eliminated in the group stages

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Thirty-two countries kicked off the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 20 with the goal of winning the biggest trophy in football. But for many leading nations, that ambition has already been crushed, majorly due to the surprising results we have seen in the tournament so far. Saudi Arabia’s shocking victory over a strong Argentina team is just one of the many shockers from the group stage.

The result of that fixture went against all historical football data and statistics, as the Arabians had very little chances of emerging victorious. Such data and football statistics can all be found on the trusted Football API put up by Sportmonks, which all aid in gaining knowledge and in the creation of Football apps. 

After most nations have played their final fixture, here are top nations who have been unexpectedly eliminated from the tournament. 


The Germans were optimistic going into the 2022 FIFA World Cup, judging from the rising talent combined with the experienced players they possessed in their national squad.

However, all did not go as planned for the Die Mannschaft, as they were defeated by Japan in the opening game, in a fixture that goes against all historical football data and statistics. After they won the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, Germany further solidified their claim as one of the best football nations in the World. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive World Cup, they will not be going to the Round of 16 stages; following their major upset in the 2018 finals.


The Red Devils took home the Bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup after they defeated England in the third-place fixture. The golden generation could not replicate their 2018 success, and even being highly rated among the rankings, crashed out of the group stages after a series of poor performances. After a scrappy 1-0 win against Canada, they were stunned by Morocco, who went on to top the group. This was a major feat by the African side, one which proved all historical football data and statistics that gave Belgium the edge wrong.


The North American side who are ranked in the top 15 nations according to FIFA, could not make it out of the group stage of the tournament, due to a goal differential. In a group that contained Argentina and Poland, it was obvious that the team would be tested, but expectations were equally not low for them. They matched Poland on points (4) and goals scored, but conceded more goals than the Polish team. This saw them finish in 3rd place, with Poland progressing to the next stage.