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FIFA World Cup flashback: 10 upsets that shocked the world

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, we take a look at 10 major upsets that happened in the history of World Cup.

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Feature 03 Feb 2018, 05:26 IST
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The biggest sporting event in the world, FIFA World Cup is second to none when it comes to sports viewership. This sporting extravaganza had its own share of ups and downs in a total of 20 tournaments held so far. Let us now take a look at some results which completely shocked the entire football world.


#10 USA 1-0 England, 1950

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The USA team in 1950 World Cup

It was a mismatch made in heaven. The American amateur team was no match for the English team which was termed as tournament favourites.

Having lost the opening match to Spain by a scoreline of 3-1, the American team was not even expected to give a fight to the English team let alone winning the game.

The English team attacked from the word go but was denied by the masterclass of USA goalkeeper Frank Borghi. His inspiring play propelled the team to take the lead in the 37th minute. The Americans were 1-0 up going into the halftime. Beaming with confidence in the second half the Americans kept the high powered English attack at bay and handed England a hugely embarrassing defeat.

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