In short, Germany and Belgium were forced to leave Qatar early.
In a new World Cup record, three Asian teams advanced to the Round of 16.
For the first time since 1994, no team won all three group stage matches.
The build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 was dominated by Qatar and the controversies surrounding the Arab country hosting the event. However, once the focus shifted to football, it was an exhilarating ride. The FIFA World Cup group stage was a whirlwind of 47 matches that ended with a bang on Friday, December 2.