19 World Cup things we loved this weekend: Messi, Mbappe, Hannibal…

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Lionel Messi salutes the fans during Argentina's World Cup victory over Mexico at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar, November 2022.

It’s Monday morning and you’re back to work after a weekend of non-stop football. Fire up that second screen and angle it away from your boss as you soak in the final day of four separate kick-offs in the World Cup.

There are few things we love more than the World Cup group stage, and Qatar 2022 hasn’t disappointed. We enjoyed some brilliant drama over the weekend, including a Saturday in which superstars like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski well and truly stepped up for their respective nations.

Here are 19 of our favourite moments from a World Cup weekend that will live long in the memory.

Lionel Messi

Messi delivered when Argentina needed him the most.

Pablo Aimar

Messi has that kind of effect on you…

Bangladeshi Argentina Fans

Football is great, eh?

Andy Murray

Murray became the thousandth person to troll Piers Morgan to widespread acclaim.

Robert Lewandowski

He finally scored a World Cup goal.

Kylian Mbappe

He doesn’t even need the ball to embarrass defenders.

Ousmane Dembele

Such a silky footballer.

Carlos Queiroz

He absolutely bodied Klinsmann here.

Thibaut Courtois

See ya later!

Walid Regragui

Morocco scored a famous victory over Belgium and their manager celebrated in the most appropriate fashion.

Hannibal Mejbri

The shithouse moment of the 2022 World Cup so far.

Wojciech Szczesny

One of the best saves we’ve seen in a long time.

Costa Rica

Fair play.

Luis Enrique

Admirable honesty from the Spain coach.

Ivan Perisic

What a player he’s been.

Leon Goretzka

Built like a brick wall.

Ian Wright

Subtly hitting out his and Laura Woods’ critics.

Jamie Carragher

He slotted home this open goal with aplomb.

Saudi Arabia fan

That’s loyalty for you.

Atiba Hutchinson

What was going on here?


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