Ranking Senegal, Cameroon and 5 Shock World Cup Openers

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentMay 24, 2014

Ranking Senegal, Cameroon and 5 Shock World Cup Openers

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    Brazil will be the favourites when they face Croatia in the opening game of this summer's World Cup.

    Playing in their home tournament, they'll be one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

    But things don't always follow the script in the opening game of the World Cup finals, something France and Argentina, especially, know all too well.

    Here's a list of the five biggest shocks in the opening games of the World Cup.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree and add your own.

5. Brazil 0 Yugoslavia 0 (1974)

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    Brazil won the 1970 World Cup in convincing fashion with a 4-1 victory over Italy in Mexico City.

    They got off to a slow start four years later in West Germany, though, and the Brazilians were held to a goalless draw by Yugoslavia in the opening game.

    Yugoslavia topped the first group stage ahead of Brazil, but it was the holders who got further, eventually losing to Poland in the third/fourth play-off.

4. Bulgaria 1 Italy 1 (1986)

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    The 1986 World Cup in Mexico began with 1982 winners Italy facing Bulgaria in the Azteca Stadium.

    Italy were the superior side but couldn't find a way past Bulgaria, eventually settling for a 1-1 draw.

    Both teams were knocked out in the last 16 as Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to their second title after a 3-2 win over West Germany in the final.

3. Argentina 0 Belgium 1 (1982)

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    Holders Argentina kicked off the 1982 tournament in Spain with Diego Maradona and Mario Kempes in their side.

    But they couldn't stop Belgium triumphing in the opening game in Barcelona.

    Both teams still managed to get out of the the first group stage. But neither went further than the second group stage of the tournament, which was eventually won by Italy.

2. France 0 Senegal 1 (2002)

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    France arrived in Japan and South Korea in 2002 as the reigning World and European champions.

    But they were beaten in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup by Senegal, who had Papa Bouba Diop to thank for a scrambled winner.

    It set Senegal on the way to reaching the quarter-finals, while France failed to make it out of the group.

1. Argentina 0 Cameroon 1 (1990)

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    Francois Omam-Biyik wrote himself into World Cup history in the opening game of Italia 90 in the San Siro.

    His header helped Cameroon beat holders Argentina, despite the African side ending the game with nine men.

    Argentina recovered to reach the final, where they were beaten by West Germany. Cameroon, inspired by striker Roger Milla, reached the quarter-finals where they lost to England.