Famous World Cup upsets: Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina 2-1 in Doha on Tuesday, producing one of the greatest World Cup upsets in history.
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1950 – USA 1 England 0
After deciding to play in the World Cup for the first time, England arrived in Brazil as one of the favorites. A rag-tag band of players representing the United States ended England’s status as one of football’s superpowers in Belo Horizonte when Joe Gaetjens scored the winning goal.
1966 – North Korea 1 Italy 0
Pak Doo-Ik’s goal stunned a powerful Italy team and sent the Azzurri crashing out of the World Cup. Fans pelted the Italian squad with tomatoes when they returned to Rome. Eusebio’s Portugal defeated North Korea 5-3 in the quarterfinals.
1982 – Algeria 2 West Germany 1
Algeria entered the World Cup finals in Spain as rank outsiders, playing in its first World Cup. Rabah Madjer and Lakhdar Belloumi scored either side of a Karl-Heinz Rummenigge goal to secure a famous victory. However, Algeria’s tournament ended in heartbreak with the infamous “Disgrace of Gijon”, when West Germany beat Austria 1-0 to advance both teams.
1990 – Cameroon 1 Argentina 0
With their Diego Maradona-inspired victory at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, Argentina entered the finals in Italy as the defending champions. Even Maradona couldn’t stop Cameroon’s ‘Indomitable Lions’ from pulling off a huge upset at the San Siro in Milan with Francois Omam-Biyik scoring the winner. Despite playing with nine men, Cameroon reached the quarterfinals.
2002 – Senegal 1 France 0
It was expected that France, the World Cup champions in 1998 and Euro 2000 winners, would once again make a deep run at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. However, Senegal, playing in their first World Cup, derailed French hopes with Papa Bouba Diop’s goal. As a result, France was eliminated in the first round of the tournament.