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These are some of the biggest World Cup upsets

  • US 1 England 0 (1950)

England arrived at their first World Cup Finals having lost just four times in 30 matches.

Faced with a team of part-timers, England selectors rested star player Stanley Matthews (above). It proved to be a fatal error. Haiti-born Joe Gaetjens, who earned his keep as a dishwasher in a restaurant, secured the Americans a 1-0 win.

  • Uruguay 2 Brazil 1 (1950)

The game came to be known as the "Maracanazo". Hosts Brazil were drawing 1-1 and under the old format (four teams played in a group stage-stye final) were just 10 minutes from winning their first World Cup in the Maracana. Then Uruguay made it 2-1.

  • North Korea 1 Italy 0 (1966)

Pak Do Ik entered World Cup folklore by striking the only goal of the game to secure a remarkable 1-0 victory over Italy in the unglamorous setting of Middlesbrough in England. North Korea went on to lose 5-3 to Portugal in the quarter-finals.

  • Algeria 2 
West Germany 1 (1982)

The North Africans, appearing in their first World Cup Finals, were given little chance against the reigning European champions in the clash in Spain. The German players' over confidence came back to haunt them as Algeria prevailed 2-1.

  • Cameroon 1 Argentina 0 (1990)

Argentina, as defending champions, opened the 1990 tournament in Italy against a Cameroon side with few recognised stars. However, Francois Omam-Biyik's headed goal gave them an astonishing 1-0 win.

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