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Germany’s 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil stunned the world. Here are some similar shocking World Cup results:

United States 1 England 0 (1950 group stage) — Arguably the biggest World Cup upset when a group of American amateurs stunned mighty England in their group match. Haiti-born Joe Gaetjens scored the winner before halftime in what is still considered the biggest World Cup upset.

Uruguay 2 Brazil 1 (1950 final) — It was a different format and hosts Brazil only needed a draw to clinch what could have been their first title but the bitterness of the surprise defeat to Uruguay remains to this day embedded deeply in the country’s collective psyche. It’s known as the ‘Maracanazo’.

West Germany 3 Hungary 2 (1954 final) — The Mighty Magyars had thrashed underdogs West Germany 8-3 earlier in the tournament and were overwhelming favourites to win the trophy. But Helmut Rahn’s 84th-minute winner completed a stunning turnaround that has since become known as the “Wonder of Berne.”

v North Korea 1 Italy 0 (1966 group stage) — Complete unknowns, the North Koreans, shielded in their Stalinist regime, staged one of the biggest upsets, stunning star-studded and twice World Cup winners Italy in the group stage.

East Germany 1 West Germany 0 (1974 group stage) — It was seen as the battle of Capitalism vs Communism and when Juergen Sparwasser scored to help his team beat hosts West Germany 1-0, it was hailed behind the Iron Curtain as a victory over the evil West.

Algeria 2 West Germany 1 (1982 group stage) — It was a classic David vs Goliath battle with the North Africans stunning the mighty Germans. They in turn punished them for the defeat by playing out a 1-0 win over neighbours Austria days later in a result that sent both nations through and sent Algeria out.

Cameroon 1 Argentina 0 (1990 group stage) — 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, group stage) — 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.

Senegal 1 France 0 (2002 group stage) — Another World Cup opening disaster for the reigning champions. This time it was France who fell from grace after winning the trophy four years earlier.