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The best photos of the 2022 World Cup

Aliena Ace 7 November 26, 2022

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal against Mexico on Saturday. Argentina went on to win the critical match 2-0.

Fans watch the match between Poland and Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring Poland's second goal, securing a 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia on Saturday, November 26. This was Lewandowski's first ever World Cup goal.

Australia's Jackson Irvine falls on Tunisia's Aissa Laidouni as they fight for the ball during their World Cup match on Saturday. Australia won its first World Cup match since June 2010, defeating Tunisia 1-0.

US star Christian Pulisic takes a shot against England in the first half of their World Cup match on Friday, November 25. The shot smacked off the crossbar, and the game would eventually end 0-0.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford dives to make a save in the match against the United States.

Senegal players celebrate at the corner flag after Bamba Dieng scored the third goal in their 3-1 victory over host nation Qatar on Friday.

Mohammed Muntari, center, celebrates after scoring Qatar's first-ever World Cup goal. Muntari headed home a cross in the 78th minute to cut Senegal's lead to 2-1.

Senegal fans attend the match against Qatar. Senegal's football team is nicknamed the Lions of Teranga.

The Netherlands' Cody Gakpo is challenged by Ecuador's Jhegson Mendez, bottom, during their teams' 1-1 draw on Friday. Gakpo scored in the sixth minute for the Dutch.

Iranian players celebrate after Roozbeh Cheshmi scored late into second-half stoppage time to break a 0-0 deadlock against Wales on Friday. Iran added another goal to win 2-0.

Welsh players are dejected as Iran celebrates on Friday.

A fan holds a Mahsa Amini jersey as a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/sport/live-news/world-cup-11-25-2022/h_13ff0249156256f8afb9d32bd699c870" target="_blank">protest before the Iran-Wales match</a>. Recent protests in Iran were sparked by the death of Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being detained by Iran's morality police allegedly for not abiding by the country's conservative dress code.

Richarlison scores a spectacular goal during Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday, November 24. Richarlison scored both of Brazil's goals.

Brazilian superstar Neymar celebrates the first goal, which he helped create.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo does his trademark goal celebration Thursday after converting a penalty against Ghana to become <a href="https://www.cnn.com/sport/live-news/world-cup-11-24-22/h_8535345f4d84a62350470fb731a84412" target="_blank">the first man in history to score in five World Cups</a>. It was the first goal of a match that ended in a 3-2 Portugal win.

Rafael Leão smiles as his shot goes by Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi for Portugal's third goal Thursday.

Ghana's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates with Mohammed Kudus after tying the match at 1-1 shortly after Ronaldo's penalty.

Ronaldo slams his penalty into the upper-left corner of the net.

Ronaldo makes a face as he celebrates his goal with teammate João Félix.

Ghana fans cheer prior to the start of the match against Portugal.

South Korea's Jung Woo-young competes for a ball with Uruguay's Federico Valverde during Thursday's match in Al Rayyan, Qatar. It ended 0-0. The goalless draw was the fourth of the tournament. The record at a World Cup is seven.

South Korean star Son Heung-min wears a protective eye mask against Uruguay after he suffered a fractured eye socket earlier in the month.

Switzerland's Breel Embolo, second from right, shoots past Cameroon's Andre Onana to score the only goal of their match on Thursday.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates after giving Belgium a 1-0 lead over Canada in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, November 23. That ended up being the only goal of the match.

Belgian players insist there is no foul as Canada's Richie Laryea tumbles over in the box on Wednesday.

Canada's Alphonso Davies, left, reacts after missing a penalty early in the first half against Belgium.

Spain's Ferran Torres, right, shoots past Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas to give his team a 4-0 lead in their opening match on Wednesday. Spain went on to win 7-0.

Costa Rica players watch the Spain match from the bench on Wednesday.

Media members work at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, for the Spain-Costa Rica match.

Japan midfielder Ritsu Doan, center, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the team's first goal against Germany on Wednesday. Japan went on to win 2-1.

Germany's Antonio Rüdiger, top right, is first to a header during Wednesday's loss to Japan.

Before kickoff Wednesday, Germany's starting 11 posed for their team photo with their right hands in front of their mouths. The team's social media feed confirmed that <a href="https://www.cnn.com/sport/live-news/world-cup-11-23-22/h_d06430578d0638bd3e9c4c995ea621d0" target="_blank">the gesture was designed to protest</a> FIFA's decision to ban the "OneLove" anti-discrimination armband that many European captains had been hoping to wear in Qatar.

Morocco's Selim Amallah tries to dribble past Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic, left, and Dejan Lovren during their 0-0 draw on Wednesday. Croatia was the runner-up in the last World Cup.

French players swarm Kylian Mbappé after he scored the team's third goal on Tuesday, November 22. Mbappé was one of the leading stars of the team's World Cup triumph four years ago.

French striker Olivier Giroud attempts a shot on goal during a match against Australia on Tuesday. Giroud scored twice as the defending champions won 4-1. His two goals tied him with Thierry Henry for most international goals by a Frenchman (51).

An overhead view of Al Janoub Stadium, in Al Wakrah, Qatar, before the start of the France-Australia match on Tuesday.

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski reacts after he missed a second-half penalty in his team's 0-0 draw against Mexico on Tuesday.

Tunisia's Yassine Meriah stretches to defend a header from Denmark's Andreas Cornelius during their 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi reacts during the match against Saudi Arabia. Messi opened the scoring with a 10th-minute penalty, but the Saudis rallied with two goals in the second half.

US forward Timothy Weah celebrates after scoring a first-half goal against Wales on Monday, November 21. The match ended 1-1.

US fans stand for the national anthem prior to the Wales match.

Walker Zimmerman fouls Wales' Gareth Bale in the box, conceding a second-half penalty that Bale would convert to tie the match at 1-1.

Welsh and American players walk onto the field Monday.

The Netherlands' Cody Gakpo celebrates his second-half goal that gave the Dutch a 1-0 lead over Senegal in their World Cup opener on Monday. The Netherlands added a second goal just before the final whistle to win 2-0.

Senegal's Ismaila Sarr eyes the ball during Monday's match against the Netherlands.

The Senegal-Netherlands match kicks off at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

Senegal fans wait for the start of their team's match against the Netherlands.

England players celebrate after Raheem Sterling scored a goal during their match against Iran on Monday. England won 6-2.

Iranian fans hold up a sign that reads "Woman Life Freedom" during the match against England on Monday. Anti-government protests have entered a third month back in Iran. Outside the stadium before the game, CNN witnessed a number of Iran supporters <a href="https://www.cnn.com/sport/live-news/world-cup-11-21-22/h_64af1374bbf15fe3487b65c05d1b99b1" target="_blank">wearing protest T-shirts</a>, with slogans such as "Free Iran" or "Rise with the women of Iran."

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, center, celebrates England's second goal with colleagues David Lammy, left, and Lucy Powell, right, in his parliamentary office at the Palace of Westminster in London.

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, center, celebrates England's second goal with colleagues David Lammy, left, and Lucy Powell, right, in his parliamentary office at the Palace of Westminster in London.

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Jude Bellingham scores England's first goal against Iran.

England players take a knee before the start of the Iran match. England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Sunday that the team would be making the symbolic gesture. "We think it's a strong statement that will go around the world for young people in particular to see that inclusivity is very important," Southgate said.

Iranian players line up during the national anthems before the match. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/sport/live-news/world-cup-11-21-22/h_50f93bd8ea9d8fd0dccb42479a5b070e" target="_blank">They did not sing</a> during their anthem.

A light show is displayed over the skyline in Doha on Sunday, November 20.

Enner Valencia, third from left, celebrates after scoring a second goal against host nation Qatar in the tournament's opening match. Ecuador went on to win 2-0.

Spectators leave Al Bayt Stadium before the end of the Qatar-Ecuador match. No host country had lost a World Cup opener before.

Valencia slots a penalty kick past Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb to open the scoring in the 16th minute of Sunday's match.

A fan attends the Qatar-Ecuador match on Sunday. Qatar is the first Islamic country to host a World Cup.

Qatari fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.

Fans drink beer as they watch the match from a fan zone in Doha. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/18/football/qatar-world-cup-beer-stadium-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">No alcohol is being sold</a> inside the stadiums during the World Cup. Qatar tightly regulates alcohol sales and usage.

A family watches the opening match from their home in Doha.

People watch as fireworks go off before the start of the opening match.

People dance in Al Bayt Stadium during the opening ceremony.

A girl waves a Qatari flag Sunday at a fan zone in Doha.

Actor Morgan Freeman and Qatari YouTuber Ghanim al Muftah take part in the opening ceremony Sunday.

A performer plays drums during the opening ceremony.

People watch the opening ceremony from a cafe in Baghdad, Iraq.

South Korean singer Jung Kook performs at the opening ceremony.

Dancers light up the ground during the opening ceremony.

A view inside Al Bayt Stadium during the opening ceremony.