It goes without saying that in football, playmaking is as important as scoring goals. While most of the time it is the goal scorer who gets the plaudits, the players who create the chances are just as important to the team.
Creating chances or assisting a team-mate to score must come after finding a goal for your team. Sometimes the assist provider does most of the work and all the striker needs to do is get the ball into the net.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five best assists in the 2022 World Cup.
#5 Son Heung-min vs. Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea vs. Portugal)
South Korea They came out on top in their final group game against their opponents Portugal Book your place in the round of 16. Ricardo Horta opened the scoring for Fernando Santos’ side in the fifth minute before Kim Young-kwon equalized in the 27th minute.
Desperate for all three points, they didn’t seal the victory until the 91st minute. The ever-reliable Son Heung-min received the ball from inside his own half and dribbled for nearly 70 yards. As soon as he got close to the opponent’s penalty area, he looked up and saw Huang Xican running into the penalty area.
Son waited for a moment, drawing three defenders before playing a sharp through ball to the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker.
He pulled off a fine finish to win the game for his team. South Korea just had one of the best moments of the group stage. But it’s all down to Son’s effort and composure.
#4 Daley Blind to Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands to USA)
this Netherlands The United States dominated most of the round of 16. Their full-backs were at full strength and Denzel Dumfries was the star of the game with two assists and a goal. Daley Blind did well himself, scoring a goal and providing an assist.
After leading 2-0, the Netherlands conceded a goal in the 76th minute, giving the US a glimmer of hope. But they also quickly extinguished it. Minutes after the USA’s goal, Blind received the ball deep on the left wing, unmarked. At this point, there are four USMNT players guarding the penalty area.
Unbeknownst to any of them except the blind, Dumfries was lurking in the distance. After Blind touched the ball, he passed the ball accurately to Dumfries, and the youngster easily sent the ball home to bring the game to a close.
#3 Lionel Messi vs Nahuel Molina (Argentina vs Netherlands)
Argentina Expect trouble trying to break through a tenacious Dutch defense in the quarter-finals. They did find it difficult to find a breakthrough, but not until Messi decided to take matters into his own hands. He didn’t go far with the ball in the Dutch half.
The 35-year-old then drove inside, dragging Nathan Ake in tow. Argentine right-back Navier Molina ran to the edge of the box as Messi charged into the box. Messi didn’t even have to look up.
He casually delivered a no-look pass through Ake’s legs into the path of Molina, and the full-back buried the ball in the back of the net without a mistake. Messi killed six players with one pass.
#2 Vinicius Jr. vs Lucas Paqueta (Brazil vs South Korea)
Brazil In the first half of the round of 16 encounter, the South Korean team beat their opponents. Brazil scored South Korea’s goal as many as four times in the 36th minute and their fourth goal was a terrific one.
Brazil launched a full-on counter attack and it was a three-on-four situation as Neymar played the ball to Vinicius on the left.this royal house Madrid The winger broke into the penalty area, made a half-turn and slowed down.
by that time, richarlison with Rafinha After being targeted by their markers, Neymar appeared to run straight into traffic. That’s when Lucas Paqueta came on the spot and slid into the box in the final moments.
He gave the order and Vinicius sent a brilliant lob into his path, with the midfielder slotting the ball into the bottom left corner in powerful fashion.
#1 Lionel Messi vs Julian Alvarez (Argentina vs Croatia)
Josco GvadioThe 20-year-old Croatian centre-back has excelled at the World Cup and is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of the tournament. Even he couldn’t fight the 35-year-old Messi unscathed.
The score was 2-0, Messi received the ball on the right wing near the halfway line. Gvardio came out to challenge him, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner got the better of him and made his way to the touchline. But Gwadio caught up to him and Messi couldn’t cross.
no problem. He controlled the ball and turned around before dropping his shoulder to send Gvardiol the wrong way. He turned again and this time, he managed to gain a yard on the young centre-back.
Messi then displayed incredible strength, parrying him as he entered the box before moving the ball away from Gvardio’s legs to find Alvarez. All the young striker had to do was sweep the ball home and he did so with ease.