2022 World Cup goalkeeper power rankings: Matchday 3

Mitch Wilks
Courtois couldn't inspire Belgium to victory
Courtois couldn't inspire Belgium to victory / BSR Agency/GettyImages
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And just like that, the World cup group stages have come to an end.

We'll forever cherish the beauty of the three games per day format. Waking up to football and then having an excuse not to leave the couch for the rest of the day? Football heritage, right there.

Oh yeah, the football. That was pretty good too. Particularly the goalkeepers. Here are the top 10 best performing stoppers from the final round of group stage action, in the eyes of 90min.


10. Unai Simon (Spain, down 3)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022"Japan - Spain"
One to forget / ANP/GettyImages

Simon was, admittedly, woeful as Spain fell to a shock defeat against Japan.

When you want your goalkeeper to take risks on the ball, you should expect errors, but Simon was so poor. Constantly misplacing passes and putting teammates under pressure, and then failed to keep out a straightforward shot.

9. Shuichi Gonda (Japan, -)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022"Japan - Spain"
A quiet-ish night for Gonda / ANP/GettyImages

No calamities from Gonda as his side further established themselves as the giant killers in Qatar, but Spain being Spain meant he was actually rather quiet.

Simply not tested enough.

8. Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico, -)

Guillermo Ochoa
Goodbye to a World Cup hero / Jam Media/GettyImages

A moment's silence, please, for Mexico and therefore Ochoa's World Cup exit.

The man who spawned in only to appear at the World Cup once every four years and turn into prime Lev Yashin has probably played in the tournament for the final time. It's been one hell of a ride, Guillermo.

7. Mohammed Al-Owais (Saudi Arabia, new entry)

Mohammed Al-Owais
A busy man / Lars Baron/GettyImages

They lost on the day and ultimately finished last, but Al-Owais and his Saudi Arabia teammates exit the World Cup with their heads held high.

He produced 11 saves against Mexico to keep the score down to just 2-1.

6. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia, -)

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic
Milinkovic-Savic stays put / Stu Forster/GettyImages

No movement for Milinkovic-Savic, who put together an impressive campaign for himself between the sticks for Serbia despite their early exit. There's only so much one man can do.

5. Matt Turner (USA, up 2)

Iran v USA: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Turner is looking good / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Arsenal have got themselves quite the keeper, haven't they?

Not his most exciting hour against Iran, but Turner crucially claimed another clean sheet and continues to solidify himself as a very, very handy asset and key to the fortunes of the USMNT.

4. Edouard Mendy (Senegal, new entry)

Edouard Mendy
Mendy and Senegal are into the knockout stages / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Mendy produced four saves to ensure Senegal saw off Ecuador in Group A and advanced to the last 16. He'll need to continue his impressive resurgence if they are to get past England.

3. Andries Noppert (Netherlands, -)

Andries Noppert
Noppert continues to shine / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

The ultimate World Cup superhero story continues.

Noppert is consistently performing in a composed manner for the Netherlands, which is all you can ask of the man who was never meant to be on this stage. Exceptional.

2. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, re-entry)

Thibaut Courtois
Belgium's only good player on the day / Visionhaus/GettyImages

He couldn't stop Belgium from crashing out of the World Cup, but Thibaut Courtois is one of very few in the squad who can leave with his head held high.

If it wasn't for the Real Madrid stopper against Croatia, they would've been comfortably beaten.

1. Wojciech Szczesny (Poland, -)

Wojciech Szczesny
Szczesny keeps top spot / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Not only does Szczesny now boast two penalty saves in as many games, the most recent one came against none other than Lionel Messi.

An absolutely monstrous performance to deny the Argentine and help Poland into the knockout stages. Showing his class.

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