More than 2.45 million people attended the first 48 matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup while teams from five confederations made it to the round of 16, football’s governing body FIFA said on Saturday.
The number was higher than that of the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the group stages, FIFA said in the report.
Of all the matches in the first round of games, the most attended match was between Argentina and Mexico at Lusail Stadium with an attendance of 88,996 people.
Lusail will be the venue for the final, as well.
According to FIFA, this year was the first time teams from all continents made it to the round of 16 knockout stages since 2002.
“This is the first time two African teams [Senegal and Morocco] have reached the round of 16 – only previous time came in 2014 [Algeria and Nigeria],” the governing body said.
Morocco topped their group after defeating Belgium and Canada, while drawing with Croatia in their opening match. Meanwhile, Senegal defeated Qatar and drew with Ecuador and Netherlands in their Group A fixtures.
South Korea, Australia and Japan qualifying was the first time three nations from the Asian Football Confederation made it to the round of 16 of the World Cup, the report added.