The 6 biggest shocks in World Cup history (2)
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**Senegal 1-0 France (2002)
Having won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, France were heavily backed to make it three tournament triumphs in a row in South Korea and Japan. Their title defence got off to the worst possible start, however, as Senegal ran out 1-0 winners in the competition’s opening game thanks to Papa Bouba Diop’s 30th-minute strike. Like Cameroon 12 years earlier, the Lions of Teranga went on to reach the quarter-finals, while Les Bleus failed to recover and were eliminated before the knockout stage, failing to score a single goal.
**Brazil 1-2 Uruguay (1950)
The Brazilian public were so confident of victory ahead of this match – which was a final in all but name – that Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Mondo published commemorative editions declaring the Selecao world champions hours before kick-off. Brazil, only needing a draw to win the World Cup on home soil, broke the deadlock through Friaca, but goals from Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia left the Maracana stunned and handed the title to Uruguay instead.
**North Korea 1-0 Italy (1966)
North Korea beat Australia over two legs to qualify for the 1966 World Cup, but little was expected of them in England. Their campaign began with a routine 3-0 defeat by the Soviet Union, yet Myung Rye-hyun’s side bounced back to earn a respectable 1-1 draw with Chile in their second game. The biggest upset was still to come, however, as North Korea overcame Italy 1-0 at Ayresome Park to reach the last eight and send the Azzurri home. They went on to amass a 3-0 lead against Portugal in the quarter-finals, only to lose 5-3 against their Eusebio-inspired opponents.
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