Costa Rica Beat Uruguay and 5 Other Big Shock FIFA World Cup Results

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

Costa Rica Beat Uruguay and 5 Other Big Shock FIFA World Cup Results

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    Costa Rica have pulled off the biggest shock victory of the 2014 FIFA World Cup so far, after they beat Uruguay by a 3-1 scoreline in Group D.

    The win for Costa Rica really shakes up the group, where Uruguay were expected to be one of those in a close fight to be progressing to the knockout stages—but against Italy and England.

    Here we take a look at some of the other huge shocks from previous World Cup tournaments over the years.

Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica, 2014

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    When Edinson Cavani rattled home a penalty in the first half to give Uruguay the lead against Costa Rica, it seemed a case of "as expected"—but the remainder of the game didn't go the same way.

    Striker Joel Campbell netted an equaliser and Oscar Duarte immediately headed in to put Costa Rica ahead.

    Campbell then freed Marcos Urena to finish smartly for 3-1 before Maxi Pereira was sent off for a horrid swipe out at the man of the match, Campbell.

Argentina 0-1 Cameroon, 1990

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    Nobody gave Cameroon a prayer when they went into their World Cup '90 opener against Argentina, one of the favourites.

    A red card on the hour mark for Andre Kana-Biyik only served to underline the challenge facing them—but Francois Omam-Biyik headed in the opening goal just a few minutes later after an awful error by Nery Pumpido.

    Cameroon even went down to nine men late on when Benjamin Massing was also red carded, but they held on to win 1-0 and ended up top of the group. 

Slovakia 3-2 Italy, 2010

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    The final round of group-stage matches of 2010 in South Africa saw Italy needing to beat Slovakia to progress.

    As the reigning World Cup holders, few expected that to be a problem even though the Italians had only drawn twice up until then—but Slovakia shocked them by taking a two-goal lead. Despite getting themselves back into the game, Italy conceded a third in the last minute.

    Fabio Quagliarella's late chip goal proved nothing more than a highlight reel as the world champions crashed out, losing 3-2 and finishing bottom of the group.

France 0-1 Senegal, 2002

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    Rather like Italy, France won the '98 World Cup and then flopped in 2002.

    The signs were there right from the first game this time; Senegal came and shocked the world champs with a 1-0 win in the opening match of the 02 World Cup.

    Papa Bouba Diop scored the goal—France failed to even score once in their three games and finished last.

South Korea 2-1 Italy, 2002

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    Having progressed through the group stage at the expense of Portugal, South Korea had already made waves in the 2002 tournament jointly hosted by themselves and Japan.

    When they missed a penalty and subsequently fell behind to Italy in the round of 16, however, it looked as though their adventure might be over.

    Ki-Hyeon Seol, however, scored an 88th-minute equaliser to send the tie to extra time—where Ahn Jung-hwan, who played his club football in Italy, scored a golden goal winner.

United States 1-0 England, 1950

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    We finish up with perhaps the biggest shock of the age from the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil: the 1950 finals, where the United States beat England.

    Joe Gaetjens scored the famous winner that day in a 1-0 victory, with the U.S. not expected to manage anything like challenging England on the day, a much stronger and professional outfit at the time.

    Both nations went out at the group stage, with that defeat having cost England a chance of going into their final group match against Spain level on points.