Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest World Cup upsets in history on Tuesday, stunning South American giants Argentina with a 2-1 group stage win. in Doha. Here’s a look at five more famous crashes in WC history.
Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest World Cup upsets in history on Tuesday, stunning the South American giants with a 2-1 group victory over Argentina in Doha. Here’s a look at five more famous crashes in WC history.
Biggest World Cup thrillers over the years : 1950 – USA 1 England 0.
England arrived in Brazil as one of the tournament favorites after deciding to play in the World Cup for the first time. But England’s status as one of football’s great powers has been destroyed by a group of players representing the United States. Joe Gaetjens scored the winning goal in Belo Horizonte.
Biggest World Cup thrillers over the years :1966 – North Korea 1 Italy 0.
Pak Doo-Ik etched his name into World Cup folklore with a goal that stunned a powerful Italian side and sent the Azzurri crashing out of the tournament. The Italian team returned to Rome to be pelted with tomatoes by disgruntled fans. North Korea’s run ended with a 5–3 loss to Eusebio-influenced Portugal in the quarterfinals.
Biggest World Cup thrillers over the years :1982 – Algeria 2 West Germany 1.
Algeria reached the World Cup final in Spain as underdogs, the North African team playing in their first World Cup. But goals from Rabah Madjeri and Lakhdar Belloum either side of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s goal secured a famous victory. However, the Algerian tournament would end in heartbreak with the infamous “Gijon Shame” as West Germany beat Austria 1-0 in a mutually beneficial result that sent both teams through to the second round.
Biggest World Cup thrillers over the years :1990 – Cameroon 1 Argentina 0.
Argentina started the final in Italy as defending champions after a Diego Maradona-inspired victory in the 1986 tournament in Mexico. But even Maradona couldn’t stop Cameroon’s “Unstarted Lions” from causing a massive upset when Francois Omam-Biyik scored the winner at the San Siro in Milan. Cameroon, who finished the game with nine men, advanced to the quarterfinals.
Biggest World Cup thrillers over the years : 2002 – Senegal 1 France 0.
1998 World Cup champions and Euro 2000 winners France are making another big run at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. But Senegal, playing in their first World Cup, derailed the French’s hopes when dad Bouba Diop scored the only goal in the tournament’s opening second period. France is eliminated in the first round.