All 32 teams played one game each at the World Cup in Qatar, with some starting better than others.
Each team is ranked from worst to best.
Annihilated 6-2 by England, Iran was the most disappointing team in the first games. The Asian team will now play Wales after losing their World Cup campaign.
Qatar became the first host country to lose the first game of the tournament after losing 2–0 to Ecuador. They managed zero shots on goal. Lose to Senegal and it’s over.
30. Costa Rica
Poor Costa Rica was torn apart by Spain 7-0. Spain looked incredible, so it’s hard to be too hard on Costa Rica, but they went 90 minutes without a shot on goal.
Humiliated by Saudi Arabia, it was a nightmarish start for one of the tournament favorites. They were in control after Lionel Messi’s penalty, but once the Saudis took the lead, one of the World Cup heavyweights couldn’t come up with an answer.
The Socceroos got off to a good start against France, but once the world champions took the lead, there was no going back. Two second goals killed the game in a 4-1 loss.
Unfortunate to lose to Japan, Germany must now score against the deadly team of Spain, otherwise the World Cup dream is over.
Cameroon have lost their last eight games in the World Cup and still need to play Brazil. We need a victory over the Swiss or goodbye.
Lost due to two late goals against the Netherlands, but still ahead of Ecuador and Qatar.
Naturally, Brazil outplays, but a victory over Cameroon could get this team’s campaign back on track. A 2-0 defeat against Brazil is not a disaster.
They showed a late fight against Portugal and will think that they can still beat Korea and Uruguay.
The 2018 finalists will be disappointed with the draw in Morocco but will now face Canada.
First World Cup since 1986 and they could score a point against Belgium but missed a late penalty.
Disappointing against Korea and now to face Portugal. The second favorites in this group, but now we have to go through a difficult path.
Nice attempt to bring Croatia to a draw.
I would be disappointed with a draw with Mexico, but now we have to beat Saudi Arabia.
We played well with Poland, but now we are faced with desperate Argentina.
Surprised by Tunisia, they now face France. Getting upset against world champions isn’t all that far-fetched.
It took a late penalty from Gareth Bale to save the point against the USA, but their second half was much better. Need to beat Iran before the huge match against England.
Looked good in a draw with Wales. Then play England, but then play Iran in the final game so you can still progress.
13. Republic of Korea
Good result to draw disappointing Uruguay. If they can beat Ghana next time they will be in a good position.
He brought Denmark to a draw, and now he will play with the Australian team, which lost 4-1. The huge fan base in Qatar helps to run this team.
Three points against Qatar and they are now in a good position in Group A to progress.
Always quiet World Cup winners, the Swiss started with a win. They will then face Brazil but are still in a good position.
Far from impressive against Canada, but won.
8. Saudi Arabia
No one gave them a chance against Argentina, but now the Falcons are top of their group. Victory over Poland and the end.
Two late goals gave them an upset victory over Germany. If they can beat Costa Rica next time, they will almost qualify for the next round.
Far from a convincing 2-0 victory over Senegal, the Netherlands now only have to face Ecuador and Qatar.
Survived the late panic against Ghana and won 3-2 with Ronaldo breaking the record to become the first man to score in five World Cups. Portugal will be confident that it will lead the group with Uruguay and the Republic of Korea.
Injuries have hit France with Karim Benzema out of the tournament and Lucas Hernandez out with an ACL injury against the Socceroos, but the world champions look strong. The way they operate against Denmark should give more of an idea of where they are.
Surpassed Serbia with two goals in the second half. It wasn’t a perfect start for the favorites, but how easily they won would have other teams worried.
Destroyed Iran and now controls its grouping. A win over the United States and the Three Lions advance to the next round. It’s terrible how deep this unit is.
It’s nice to see a 7-0 victory for Costa Rica organized by Pedri and Gavi in midfield. They will then play Germany and a victory will knock out the 2014 champions.
Originally published as World Cup Teams Ranked Best to Worst