The 6 biggest shocks in World Cup history (1)
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**Argentina 0-1 Cameroon (1990)
Led by Diego Maradona, defending champions Argentina were expected to make light work of Cameroon in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup, but the Indomitable Lions shocked the planet with a deserved 1-0 win. Francois Omam-Biyik scored the only goal of the curtain-raiser, with the African nation holding on for the victory despite ending the match with nine men. Argentina struggled to deal with their physical approach, and although there were moments where Cameroon overstepped the mark, this was still an incredible triumph for a team whose 22-man squad was made up of 11 home-based players.
**United States 1-0 England (1950)
England’s 1-0 loss to the United States in 1950 was such a shock that British newspapers, assuming there had been a typing error when the result was sent over from Brazil, recorded a 10-0 win instead. The United States, whose side was essentially a bunch of amateurs, had lost their previous seven encounters by an aggregate score of 45-2, and their own manager admitted his players were “sheep ready to be slaughtered”. Incredibly, the Three Lions were beaten by Joe Gaetjens’s first-half goal.
**West Germany 3-2 Hungary (1954)
They may not have the silverware to show for it, but the Hungary of the early to mid-1950s are considered by some to be the greatest international team of all time. Between 1950 and 1956, the Magical Magyars registered 42 wins, seven draws and just one defeat – yet that reverse came in the biggest match they contested in that six-year period, the final of the 1954 World Cup. West Germany fell two goals behind in what came to be known as the ‘Miracle of Bern’, but Sepp Herberger's charges rallied in the rain to the astonishment of Hungarians and neutrals everywhere.
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