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The 10 biggest upsets in World Cup history

The 10 biggest upsets in World Cup history

Because everyone loves an underdog story

No one knows exactly how these mishaps happened, but they sure set the footballing world on fire when they did!

2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, from Friday 6 July, BBC + ITV

What’s a World Cup without upsets? Thankfully, as the tournament really starts to heat up, we’ve already been treated to our fair share.


Mexico outplayed Germany in their opening group game, claiming a deserved 1-0 victory and sending fans back home so wild they triggered earthquake sensors! And South Korea pulled it out of the bag against Die Mannschaft with a couple of last-minute winners, which saw the reigning champions crash out of the group stage for the first time since 1938.

We’ve also seen Iceland earn a point against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Switzerland hold the mighty Brazil and hosts Russia defeat Spain on penalties in the last 16, and you can bet there’ll be more to come.


But can any match the ones on this list? Can you believe that Italy were once dumped out by North Korea, or that Germany were once the underdogs against a strong Hungary side? See and believe below as we unveil ten spectacular moments when the beautiful game became the crying game.

The ten biggest upsets in World Cup history

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