THE World Cup never fails to produce some shocking results and the list of the top ten biggest wins proves that.
Germany’s demolition of Brazil in 2014 is one that immediately pops into people’s minds, while the 2018 tournament included some high-scoring affairs.
England thrashed Panama 6-1, Belgium hit five past Tunisia in their 5-2 win and Russia started the tournament with a thrilling 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
However, none of these games have made the top ten in terms of the biggest wins in World Cup history.
Here are the ten thrashings that fans will be hoping their sides can emulate at the World Cup in Qatar this month.
= 7. Portugal 7-0 DPR Korea – 2010
Raul Meireles, Simao, Hugo Almeida, Liedson and Tiago (two) also scored in the match for Portugal, although the side would exit the tournament in the round of 16 atthe hands of Spain.
=7. Poland 7-0 Haiti – 1974
A perfect game for Poland in whichÂ Andrzej Szarmach netted a hat-trick.
Grzegorz Lato (two), Jerzy Gorgon, and Kazimierz Deyna also got on the scoresheet as the side went on to finish third in the tournament.
=7. Turkey 7-0 Korea Republic – 1954
The 1954 World Cup in Switzerland threw up some spectacular scorelines and Turkey’s thrashing of Korea Republic was just one of them.
Burhan Sargun bagged a hat trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Suat Mamat, Erol Keskin and Lefter Kucukandonyadis
=7. Uruguay 7-0 Scotland – 1954
Scotland’s first World Cup did not go well as they lost both of their games.
Against Uruguay Carlos Borges got himself a hat-trick, while Oscar Miguez and Julio Abbadie both scored twice.
=4. Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia – 2002
Germany opened the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea in electric fashion as they hammered Saudi Arabia.
Miroslav Klose scored three and was joined by Michael Ballack, Carsten Jancker, Thomas Linke, Oliver Bierhoff and Bernd Schneider on the scoresheet.
=4. Uruguay 8-0 Bolivia – 1950
A hat-trick for Oscar MÃguez helped them on their way to their brilliant victory, and he would finish as the second-highest scorer in the tournament only behind Brazil’s Ademir.
=4. Sweden 8-0 Cuba – 1938
Going way back now, but Sweden’s destruction of Cuba in the quarter-finals remains one of the greatest wins.
Both Harry Andersson and Gustav Wetterstrom scored hat-tricks, while Tore Keller and Arne Nyberg also found the net.
=2. Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire – 1974
Zaire, now known as DR Congo, did not enjoy their World Cup campaign as they lost to Scotland 2-0 before their hammering by Yugoslavia.
Dusan Bajevic starred in the game as he scored a hat-trick while six other players also grabbed a goal.
=2. Hungary 9-0 South Korea – 1954
Ferenc Puskas scored the first and last goal of the game as Hungary made clear their aim of winning the tournament.
They would go on to the final but missed out on the trophy as they were beaten 3-2 by West Germany.
1. Hungary 10-1 El Salvador – 1982
After qualifying for the World Cup amidst an ongoing civil war in their own country, El Salvador were not able to compete.
They were thrashed by Hungary as substitute Laszlo Kiss scored a seven-minute hat-trick.
However, neither team made it out of the group as they both fell behind Belgium and Argentina.
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