Football: 10 Greatest Football Shockers

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Football: 10 Greatest Football Shockers


VICTORY over Portugal made Greece the unlikeliest European champions in history. Here are 10 other international football shocks.

Senegal 1 France 0 WORLD CUP 2002 The reigning world and European champions were brought down to earth in the opening game when Pape Bouba Diop bundled home.The hot favourites to retain their title crashed out without scoring a goal.

Rep of Ireland 1 Italy 0 WORLD CUP 1994 Jack Charlton's unfancied outfit earned their moment of glory in New York thanks to a lob from Ray Houghton. The Italians still went on to reach the final though.

Denmark 2 Germany 0 EURO 1992 Denmark only qualified for the tournament in Sweden as Yugoslavia were banned but they reached the final where goals from John Jensen and Kim Vilfort gave them a famous triumph.

Cameroon 1 Argentina 0 WORLD CUP 1990 The unknown Africans had two men sent off but still beat the defending champions. Omam Biyik's soft header squeezed over the line. Incredibly Argentina still went on to reach the final.

Costa Rica 1 Scotland 0 WORLD CUP 1990 The Scots opened their Italia 90 campaign with a disastrous defeat to unfancied Costa Rica, who were making their World Cup debut. Juan Arnaldo Cayasso hit the only goal. Costa Rica were thrashed 4-1 by Czechoslovakia in the second round. …

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