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Mexico 1-0 Germany and the 5 biggest shocks in World Cup history

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 18-06-2018 Barry Arnold
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Mexico made World Cup history and delighted fans from every nation bar one as they bested reigning champions Germany on Sunday.

Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game to give the Mexicans the first huge upset in Russia.

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Everyone loves an underdog, so we’ve taken a look at the biggest World Cup shocks in history:

5. Senegal beat the reigning champions – 2002

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El Hadji Diouf during the World Cup match between France and Senegal in 2002. Pic: Alain Gadoffre / Onze / Icon Sport

The first sign in what was one of the worst World Cup defences in history as Man of the Match El Hadji Diouf inspired Senegal to a 1-0 success.

A Papa Boupa Diop goal saw off the fancied, albeit Zinedine Zidane-less 1998 winners, who went on to finish bottom of their group.

Senegal would progress before going out to Turkey in the quarter-finals.

4. Another African side shocks the champions – 1990

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Team Cameroon celebrates during the opening match of the 1990 World Cup between Cameroon and Argentina. Pic: Serge Philippot / Onze / Icon Sport

An even bigger upset came 12 years earlier, as Africa officially got World Cup fever when Cameroon shocked 1986 World Cup winners Argentina.

This time there can be no excuses of an underperforming international heavyweight, as Argentina would go onto lose the World Cup final to West Germany despite the 0-1 reverse.

Even more shockingly, Cameroon would have a man sent off six minutes before Francois Omam-Biyick’s header, while they finished the game with nine men. 

3. Italy shocked by Korea – 1966 and 2002

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Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after allowing a ‘golden goal’ by South Korean midfielder Ahn Jung-hwan. Pic: JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

Two entries for the price of one here, with the first going all the way back to 1966 when North Korea stunned the Italians with a 1-0 win.

Pak Doo-ik’s solitary goal helped boot Italy out, as North Korea recovered from a 3-0 opening loss to the Soviet Union

Fast forward to 2002, and Italy were shocked again — this time going down to hosts South Korea 2-1 in the group stages. There may be a North South divide but the Italian’s are not fond of facing any Korean side at the finals.

An Italian team that included Buffon, Maldini, Zanetti, Zambrotta, Totti, Del Piero and Vieri went out to to golden goal from Ahn Jung-Hwan in one of the all-time great World Cup moments.

2. England humiliated by the US – 1950 

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English midfielder Thomas Finney (C) tries to head the ball between American defenders Charlie Colombo and Walter Bahr on 29 June 1950 in Belo Horizonte. Pic: STAFF/AFP/Getty Images

The result so shocking it even spawned a film — an amateur United States side defeated one of the best teams on the planet with a 1-0 success over England in 1950.

Haitian dishwasher Joe Gaetjens scored the only goal as the USA beat much-fancied England, who had been a powerhouse following the war.

‘It’s been 60 years,’ said then-England keeper Bert Williams in 2010. ‘It’s taken a lot of forgetting as far as I am concerned.’

1. Miracle of Berne – 1954

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Fritz Walter, (facing in white shirt), shakes hands with beaten rival Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas. Pic: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images

It seems odd to suggest West Germany would be the benefactors of one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever, but context is key.

Hungary, led by all-time great Ferenc Puskas, were unbeaten in four years and had been all-conquering on route to the World Cup final — when the two sides had met in the group stages of tournament, Hungary won 8-3.

But known as the Miracle of Bern, where the final was held, West Germany came back from 2-0 down after eight minutes to score three late goals and stun the world.

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