10 Biggest World Cup Shocks



Check out our checklist of the largest World Cup shocks within the historical past of the match.

10 Largest World Cup Shocks

The soccer World Cup has produced some superb moments all through its historical past, together with a number of the biggest shocks to ever occur within the sport. We check out 10 of essentially the most sudden and surprising outcomes ever within the match.

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With out additional ado in no specific order.

2014 – World Cup Semi-Last – Germany beat Brazil 7-1

The primary semi-final in 2014 featured hosts Brazil and Germany. Brazil have been with out Neymar and Thiago Silva, however it was nonetheless anticipated to be a good affair. However after 30 minutes, the tie was over. Germany have been completely rampant with Thomas Muller opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Then, from the 23rd to 29th minute, Germany scored 4 extra objectives to be 5-Zero up after half an hour. Nobody within the stadium or watching on tv may imagine what they have been watching, and it was onerous to decipher if Germany have been good, or Brazils defending was atrociously dangerous. We suspect it was each.

Andre Schurrle would later come on after 58 minutes, and scored twice. Oscar scored on the 90th minute to save lots of Brazil some embarrassment. This was the largest loss for Brazil since 1920, and the sport noticed Miroslav Klose turn into essentially the most prolific World Cup goalscorer ever with 16.

Sami Khedira scores to make it 5-Zero towards Brazil within the semi-final (Getty Photographs)

2014 – World Cup Group B Match – Netherlands beat Spain 5-1

Spain have been the defending champions, and the nucleus of their 2010 World Cup profitable aspect continued to play in 2014. One of many favourites for the match, their first sport was towards an uninspired Netherlands aspect. After Xabi Alonso’s 27th minute penalty, Spain have been anticipated to go from power to power, however this was not the case. Robin Van Persie scored within the 44th minute to enter half-time at 1-1.

A tense affair was on the playing cards, however the Netherlands received the second half by 4 objectives with Van Persie choosing up one other, Arjen Robben grabbed a brace, and Stefan de Vrij additionally obtained on the scoresheet.

Robin Van persie scores a flying header to equalise towards Spain (Getty Photographs)

2002 – World Cup Group A Match – Senegal beat France 1-Zero

France have been the defending champions, and even with out an injured Zinedine Zidane, they have been anticipated to characteristic closely on the 2002 match in Korea and Japan. However within the very first sport of the match, Senegal and Man of the Match El Hadji Diouf pulled off one of many biggest shocks ever profitable 1-Zero with a objective from Papa Boupa Diop. France would go on to return backside of their group, whereas Senegal misplaced to Turkey within the quarter-finals.

Diouf takes it previous Desailly in 2002. He could be Man of the Match (Getty Photographs)

2002 – World Cup Spherical of 16 – South Korea beat Italy 2-1

Italy was a World Cup juggernaut trying to get into one other World Cup quarter last. South Korea was one of many hosts who nobody anticipated to be there or get any additional. Christian Vieri’s objective within the 18th minute urged the consequence could be going the Azzurri‘s means, however Seoul Ki-hyeon equalised within the 88th minute to drive extra-time.

Then Francesco Totti will get red-carded, and Ahn Jun-hwan, who had missed a penalty within the 4th minute, scores the profitable golden objective within the 117th minute. South Korea would go on to return fourth within the match.

Seoul Ki-hyeon equalises to push the tie to extra-time (Getty Photographs)

1990 – World Cup Group B Match – Cameroon beat Argentina 1-Zero

Like France in 2002, Argentina have been the defending champions in 1990 and as soon as once more within the first sport of the match, the heavy favourites misplaced to a lowly footballing nation. In 1990 the culprits have been Cameroon and Francois Omam-Biyick.

What makes this much more surprising, is that Cameroon had a participant sent-off six minutes earlier than their profitable objective. One other man would even be sent-off on the 89th minute.

(Regardless of being one of many largest shocks ever, Argentina would nonetheless get to the ultimate and lose 1-Zero to West Germany).

Ahead Francois Omam-Biyick scores the winner in 1990 to shock Argentina (Getty Photographs)

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1982 – World Cup Group 2 Match – Algeria beat West Germany 2-1

Algeria, in any other case generally known as the ‘Desert Foxes’ have been enjoying of their first World Cup. Germany have been European champions and are usually a World Cup colossus of a crew. Germany, assured of success, have been made to pay for his or her complacency, going 1-Zero on the 54th minute. They’d equalise 13 minutes later, however would concede one minute after that to place the rating as 2-1. That was the way it ended up and Algeria had their biggest ever World Cup win.

(Germany did regroup to make the ultimate although, the place they misplaced Three-1 to Italy).

Paul Breitner fends off Algerian midfiedler Mustapha Dahleb. The Desert foxes would win 2-1 (Getty Photographs)

1978 – World Cup Group four match – Scotland beat Netherlands Three-2

The Netherlands ‘Complete Soccer’ period was in full swing, and through the last group sport of Group four in 1978, they have been anticipated to be rampant towards Scotland. This wasn’t the case although with Scotland scoring three objectives to go Three-1 up after 68 minutes. The Netherlands pulled one again three minutes later to create a tense last 20 minutes, however Scotland held on to win.

Nevertheless, Scotland did fail to get out of the group, and the Netherlands went on to lose to Argentina Three-1 within the last.

Archie Gemmill scores a surprise objective towards the Netherlands. They’d go on to win Three-2 (Getty Photographs)

1966 – World Cup Group four Match – North Korea beat Italy 1-Zero

Nothing was anticipated from North Korea in 1966. They have been anticipated to go residence with no factors by any means. A gap Three-Zero loss to the Soviet Union indicated the dearth of power within the crew, nevertheless Pak Doo-ik’s solitary objective helped kick Italy out of the match. They’d then go Three-Zero up towards Portugal earlier than Eusebio went and scored 4 to encourage them to a 5-Three win.

Pak Doo Ik scores the one objective of the sport towards Italy (Getty Photographs)

1954 – World Cup Last – West Germany beat Hungary Three-2

Admittedly, this doesn’t appear like the largest shock consequence ever. However when you think about Hungary had obliterated everybody they’d performed as much as that time, they usually had the genius that’s Ferenc Puskas, then it positively is a surprising consequence. It must be famous, that Hungary have been unbeaten in 4 years, and the 2 sides had met within the group levels of match, the place Hungary received Eight-Three. Additionally they beat South Korea 9-Zero, and Brazil and Uruguay by 4 objectives to 2.

Main into the ultimate, nobody gave West Germany an opportunity, and the sport typically generally known as ‘The Miracle of Bern’ (Bern was internet hosting the ultimate) was showing to be a foregone conclusion when Hungary went 2-Zero up after eight minutes. Germany rallied and scored three objectives to stun the footballing world.

A german defender clears the ball towards Hungary. They’d shock the world by profitable Three-2 (Getty Photographs)

1950 – World Cup Group 2 Match – USA beat England 1-Zero

A USA crew that consisted of part-time gamers, shocked England in 1950. After the struggle, England had a report of 23 wins, three attracts, and 4 losses, so pleasure for World Cup success was prevalent. Nevertheless, Haitian-born Joe Gaetjens scored the one objective of the match within the 38th minute, and the USA had pulled off one of many largest shocks in World Cup historical past.

Frank Borghi saves a shot from England ahead toM Finney (Getty Photographs)

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