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10 shockers that shook the sports world

Last updated on: July 10, 2014 15:03 IST

10 shockers that shook the sports world

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A nation whose attacking soccer has thrilled the world for generations was left heart-broken on Tuesday after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.

Brazil has hosted one of the most memorable World Cups ever but the country's dream of winning on home soil was not the only thing shattered by a ruthless Germany in an extraordinary match in Belo Horizonte. 

The South American country's pride also took a battering as the carnival atmosphere that had swept over the samba nation gave way to a state of shock and disbelief following Brazil's heaviest ever international defeat.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari issued a heart-felt apology to a country that had spent more than $11 billion to host the World Cup and invested its heart and soul in making the tournament a success.

"My message for the Brazilian people is this. Please excuse us for this performance," he said.

"I'm sorry that we weren't able to get to the final - and we're going to try to win the third place match. We still have something to play for."

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Image: Oscar of Brazil (center) reacts with teammates after being defeated 7-1 by Germany
Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

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USA stun England

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Following the latest ‘disaster’, Rediff.com takes a look at various sporting shockers, which shook the world.

USA 1-0 England (1950) World Cup

Same venue, similar humiliation. However the opponents were different this time. Sixty-four years ago, it was England who were saving their face losing out to the United States.

Coming into the tournament as favourites, England were facing a side that had an aggregate goal difference of minus 43.

But surprisingly, Americans rode their luck on a Joe Gaetjens’ first-half goal and then defended as if their lives depended on it to register the unlikeliest of wins.

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Image: American goalkeeper Frank Borghi saves in front of Tom Finney during the England-USA match
Photographs: Keystone/Getty Images

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When Uruguay broke Brazilian hearts

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Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (1950) World Cup

Same World Cup, it was minnows Uruguay’s turn to humiliate mighty Brazilians.

Brazil was expected to ease past Uruguay for the title.

Friaca gave the hosts the lead but Juan Alberto Schiaffino equalised before Alcides Ghiggia hit the winning goal with 11 minutes left.

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Image: Former Uruguayan striker Juan Schiaffino is seen showing old pictures of Maracana stadium
Photographs: Andres Stapff/Reuters

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Douglas knocks out Tyson

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Buster Douglas stuns Mike Tyson, Tokyo 1990 

Before the fight, Tyson was unbeaten as a professional and routinely knocked his opponents out in the first round. That all changed 35 seconds into the 10th round when massive underdog Douglas knocked Tyson out for the first time in his career, causing one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.

Tyson would never completely recover. He went on to win subsequent fights and even regain the world heavyweight title briefly. But the dominant reign of the man who some thought early in his career would be considered the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time was over.

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Image: Challenger James "Buster" Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson in their heavyweight title fight
Photographs: Masaharu Hatano/Reuters

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India stun West Indies to lift World Cup

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India beat West Indies by 43 runs, World Cup final, Lord's, June 25, 1983

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India, with just 17 wins in their first nine years in one-dayers, were considered fortunate to just be at a World Cup final.

And there was surely no way they could even stand up to the mighty West Indies which had the world's best fast bowlers.

At the half-way stage, when India were bundled out for 183, it appeared all was going according to script.

However, Kapil Dev's team came up with a brilliant all-round display in the field and overcame all odds to conquer the world.

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Image: Kapil Dev hoists the limited-overs' World Cup in 1983


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Minnows Bangladesh cause a major upset

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Bangladesh caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2007 World Cup by defeating India and being instrumental in their early elimination from the tournament.

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It was the first time the teams faced each other in a World Cup match.

After dismissing India for 191 in 49.3 overs, Bangladesh scored 195-5 in 48.3 overs.

Tamim Iqbal was Bangladesh’s batting hero while Mashrafe Mortaza was the man-of-the-match for his bowling as India was beaten by five wickets.

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Image: Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh celebrate beating India
Photographs: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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Pak Do Ik's day of glory

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North Korea 1 Italy 0, 1966 World Cup 

Twice World Cup winners Italy took on unheralded North Korea, playing in their first World Cup in England with a huge win expected for the Europeans.

But Pak Do Ik's goal ensured a massive upset and the Asian team went down in folklore.

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Image: Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi fails to save a shot from North Korean forward Pak Doo Ik (right)
Photographs: Central Press

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Graf decimates Zvereva

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Steffi Graf beats Natasha Zvereva in 1988 French Open final

Germany's Graf thrashed Zvereva of the Soviet Union 6-0, 6-0 to defend the women's title in a match that lasted 32 minutes - the shortest final in the Open era.

It was the first French Open final in which a player had failed to win a game and the first double bagel in a Grand Slam final since Dorothy Lambert Chambers defeated D.P. Boothby at Wimbledon in 1911.

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Image: Steffi Graf
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The least popular underdog victors in history

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Portugal 0-1 Greece (2004) European Championship

Portugal had a golden opportunity to win the European Championship on home soil, only Greece had other plans.

A young Cristiano Ronaldo and an ageing Luis Figo could do nothing to stop the Greek game-plan of stifling and set-pieces as Angelos Charisteas headed in the only goal from a corner. Perhaps the least popular underdog victors in history.

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Image: Angelos Charisteas of Greece celebrates scoring their first goal
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Manchester United's nightmare

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Manchester United lose 1-6 to Manchester City (2011) 

Perhaps the most embarrassing defeats of the Alex Ferguson era.

United were unstoppable and there was a fear in the teams coming to united. All that crashed with this defeat.

Riding high on Mario Balotelli’s brace, before Sergio Aguero made it three. Jonny Evans was sent off and Darren Fletcher responded as United chased the game but left themselves open to three goals in the final minutes through David Silva and an Edin Dzeko double.

It was United's worst home defeat since 1955 and the score proved decisive as City went on to win the Premier League on goal difference – their first-top flight title in 44 years.

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Image: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford
Photographs: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Houghton's stunner decimates Italy

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Cameroon 1 Argentina 0 (1990)

Francois Omam-Biyik's 67th-minute goal completed a remarkable opening game for the tournament in Italy as the reigning champions fell to the Africans who would go on to win the hearts of fans with a dazzling run to the quarter-finals.

Ireland 1 Italy 0 (1994)

Another upset against Italy. Ray Houghton's shot from the edge of the box gave minnows Ireland their most surprising World Cup win against the three-time champions who would go on to lose the final against Brazil.


Image: Roy Keane of Ireland kicks the ball as Giuseppe Signori of Italy tries to break it up
Photographs: Simon Bruty/ALLSPORT

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