Football can be very, very cruel.
The thrill of victory for one side is always balanced by the agony of defeat for another leaving one set of players crumbled on the pitch while their opponents celebrate wildly.
Inevitably, some losses are much more painful than others. Whether it is the circumstances that decide the match or the magnitude of the contest itself, tear-jerking losses come in many different forms.
Here are some of the most heartbreaking losses in world football history in no particular order.
Which of these losses was the most difficult to swallow? Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.
Note: Football has had its fair share of tragedy with the Hillsborough disaster and too many others unfortunately coming to mind. You can also add in the tragic loss of various players who have passed away as a result of heart-related complications on the pitch.
While they are not featured on this list—as it focuses solely on match results—the victims of these events should never be forgotten.
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