Ranking the best goalkeepers from Day 1 of the 2022 World Cup

Best Goalkeeper

A strong World Cup campaign hinges on the play of the best goalkeepers, and there are many outstanding keepers on display in Qatar.

Look at our top 10 goalies from the opening round of group-stage games.

10. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)

Milinkovic-Savic had a hectic night in goal for Serbia against Brazil, and although he did allow two goals, he made some impressive save and played well overall.

9. Wojciech Szczesny (Poland)

In their 0-0 draw with Mexico, Poland’s goalkeeper Szczesny was one of the few bright spots. He did a good job of keeping a clean sheet.

8. Bono (Morocco) (Morocco)

We now think Morocco’s goalkeeper is the best Bono because he made some great saves to keep a clean sheet against Croatia and didn’t forcefully put a bad album on our phones.

7. Aymen Dahman (Tunisia)

Even though Tunisia’s goalkeeper Dahmen wasn’t tested as much as he would have liked against Denmark, he still made five saves to help his team get the point.

6. Mohammad Al-Owais (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Owais, the goalkeeper for Saudi Arabia, also had a quieter day than expected during his team’s surprise win over Argentina. However, the goalkeeper did his job, blocking five shots at his goal.

5. Andries Noppert (Netherlands)

In one of the best stories of the World Cup, Noppert made his international debut on the biggest stage just two years after he had been without a club and was thinking about retiring. The story was better because he was great against Senegal and made some really good saves.

4. (Mexico)

Every four years, Ochoa comes out of nowhere to look like one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and it looks like that will happen again this year after he saved Robert Lewandowski’s penalty to give his team a point.

3. Yann Sommer (Switzerland)

For a good reason, Sommer was named the Man of the Match in Switzerland’s first game against Cameroon. The veteran goalkeeper kept Cameroon from scoring five times.

2. Thibault Courtois (Belgium)

Courtois probably wasn’t too happy that Kevin De Bruyne was named Man of the Match instead of him when Belgium played Canada, and rightly so. He stopped a penalty kick and two other shots to help his team win, even though they didn’t deserve to.

1. Shuichi Gonda (Japan)

Gonda made an incredible eight (!) saves against Germany, including four in a row, to help his team get three points and possibly get out of the Group of Death.