There are always football teams that pull off upsets, but here are ten of the greatest from international competitions.
1 Austria 0 – 1 Faroe Islands, 1990
Torkil Nielsen scored the only goal in this match, triumphantly winning the Faroe Islands their first competitive game. It was not Austria’s finest hour or finest team, but the inclusion of Toni Polster and Andreas Herzog should have ensured a better performance.
2. Italy 0 – 1 North Korea, 1966
A gripping match that saw Pak Doo-ik glide a half-volley past Enrico Albertosi just before the half-time whistle. Italy left the tournament humiliated.
3. Senegal 1 – 0 France, 2002
Consisting of their strongest player line-up, this was a shocking result for the reigning European and World champions.
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4. Republic of Ireland 0 – 0 Liechtenstein, 1995
Ireland were strong favourites to defeat Liechtenstein after coming top of their table in qualifying rounds. It was certainly one-sided, but the Irish team simply could not score.
5. Honduras 2 – 0 Brazil, 2001
Brazil losing to Honduras was an embarrassing blow; however, 11 months on, Brazil won the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
6. West Germany 1 – 2 Algeria, 1982
Rabah Madjer and Lakhdar Belluominis, African Footballer of the Year, scored the winning goals for Algeria. Respected as the superior side, West Germany were left shocked.
7. Faroe Islands 1 – 0 Greece, 2014
Once again, the Faroe Islands pulled off a remarkable victory against a well-respected European team. The Faroe Islands performed well, with Joan Edmundsson scoring the winning goal
8. Cameroon 1 – 0 Argentina, 1990
The reigning champions Argentina were defeated by a lone goal scored by Francois Omam-Biyik in the 61st minute. An intense match consisting of plenty of chaos, agility and controversial tackles, two Cameroon players were sent off and superstar player Diego Maradona was left limping.
9. Mexico 0 – 4 Trinidad & Tobago, 1973
The islanders stormed to an astonishing four-goal victory over Mexico to quality for the World Cup.
10. England 0 – 1 USA, 1950
A strong England surprisingly found themselves unable to equalise a goal from Joe Gaetjens in the 38th minute.