One-sided matches at World Cups

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by dor02, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    What is the most one-sided World Cup match that you have seen? It could a low-scoring match with one team having most of the possession like Argentina vs Brazil at Italia 90 or a really high-scoring one like Germany vs Saudi Arabia at KoreaJapan 2002.
     
  2. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    There is a widespread myth that the United States 'almost'
    beat Italy at Italia '90. I have seen the game and I can tell
    you it was one of the most one-sided matches you'll ever
    see. The Americans were pinned into their own half, backs
    to goal, for just about all 90 minutes. The score-line would
    have been different, too, if Vialli had made his penalty kick
    and Italy had got a little finishing from its strikers.

    I think you are right to point out that 1-0 and 2-0 games
    can be extremely one-sided.
     
  3. Kaushik

    Kaushik Member

    Jun 6, 2004
    Toronto
    Brazil v Sweden WC 1994 S/F.
     
  4. SirManchester

    SirManchester Member+

    Apr 14, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Germany 8 - 0 Saudi Arabia
     
  5. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    The most one-sided matches involving Argentina:

    1978: Argentina 6 Peru 0 (Needing 4 goals to advance they got 6 and could have had 8 or 10)

    1994: Argentina 4 Greece 0 (I don't recall Greece even touching the ball in that whole match)

    On the flip side:

    1974: Netherlands 4 Argentina 0 (I think it may have been the best of many amazing performances by the 'Clockwork Orange'.)
     
  6. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Sacramento Republic FC
    United States
    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And to some degree, it's still true that the United States almost got a point, because Italy needed a stroke of good luck to keep the Americans from scoring a goal. But sometimes the best team doesn't necessarily win. A 0-0 or 1-1 game can also be very one-sided. For that matter, a team can dominate the game for 90 minutes and still lose 1-0. It's happened before.
     
  7. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    After that match the Greek coach said: "I think my players came
    here today to admire the Argentinian players. They love them
    very much." :)
     
  8. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Bruce Murray hit the post. Somebody nearly scored on the rebound.
     
  9. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    1986: France 1 Canada 0
     
  10. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    1986: West Germany 1-0 Morocco
     
  11. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Heya I went to that game :) . It was pretty one sided though I'll admit.

    Argentina's world cup run in 1990. Two games spring to mind in which they were completely outplayed. The first was against Brazil but they still managed to win 1-0. Then in the final vs. West Germany. Almost won that one too but I don't think they managed one shot on target throughout the game.
     
  12. Lillywhite

    Lillywhite New Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    London
    Really? Where has it been said that the US almost won that match? I'm not questioning that the myth is widespread but I've never heard that particular one.
     
  13. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Have you read Michael Lewis? He's the regular soccer
    writer for the Daily News and has written a book about
    the World Cup. In the part on Italia '90 he spends a lot
    of time talking about 'Italy's big scare vs. the U.S.' It's
    also something that I've heard various soccer fans mention
    (not only on BS).

    I should say the perception is more that the U.S. gave
    as good as they got; not necessarily that Italy might
    have lost. Thanks for the question though--it's helped
    clarify matters. ;)
     
  14. Lillywhite

    Lillywhite New Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    London
    Oh right. I've never knowingly read Michael Lewis. lol. Italia '90 was my first World Cup and I saw that match. It struck me as incredibly frustrating. The Italians had ample chances to finish the game off I never even thought that the US were evenly matching Italy. Sure they might have scraped a draw and did really well for what was ultimately a group of college players. Had they scraped a draw it would have been an unfair reflection on the game. Having said that in my mind it was this US team that acted as the catalyst for American soccer and helped get it to where it is today.
     
  15. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    In the game against Austria it was just as bad. Vialli's finishing was poor and Carnevale's was pathetic. Was the game against the US like the Austria match?

    The Italy vs Austria match is the most one-sided match that I've seen Italy play in.
     
  16. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Another thing about the Greeks is that each player thinks that he is better than two Maradonas put together.
     
  17. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    The Greeks went nightclubbing on the night before the match.
     
  18. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 27, 2002
    Munich
    The most one-sided match between two great football powers I have yet seen was Holland's 4-0 vs. Argentina in 1974.
     
  19. Ethan Rom

    Ethan Rom New Member

    May 27, 2005
    1986. France 1-0 Canada, JP Papin could've been the tourney Golden Boot had he scored all the incredibly missed chances (some of them with no goalie in front).

    1990. Brazil 1-Costa Rica, the ticos didn't know wether to keep on playing or to clap their hands!

    1954. Uruguay 7-0 Scotland, didn't watch the whole game but I got almost 35 minutes of footage including 6 of the 7 goals, and the scots seemed sheepish trying to understand what was going on.

    1970. Brazil 4-1 Italy, it was the final game and Brazil seemed to be playing away against Venezuela (at least that's what I remember of that game/tape)

    1978. West Germany 6-0 Mexico, it could've been 10-0 but the germans slowed down after the 5th goal.

    Any other match with a 5+ goal differencial.
     
  20. dor02

    dor02 Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Melbourne
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    It seems that the France vs Canada match would be unbearable to watch.

    The 1970 Final was a fairly even contest in the second-half. It only started to become one-sided one Gerson scored to make it 2-1.
     
  21. Ethan Rom

    Ethan Rom New Member

    May 27, 2005
    You know what?
    You're absolutely right, the first half was pretty even, and Italy could've scored another goal, but the problem they had was that they were more worried about defending than attacking, they only had one playmaker on the field (the other, Rivera, had been stubbornly left on the bech by the coach) and that wasn't enough, and while Brazil had guys like Pele, Tostao, Rivelino and Jairzinho keeping the italians defenders busy, the south americans only problem in attack was Gigi Riva, who really had Zagalo worried. But is fair to say that in the first half non of the teams showed off more than expected (if we don't count the two goals).
     
  22. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Italy played some great football in the Austria match. Good thing
    Toto came on to win it.

    The USA match was similar to the Austria match--Italy dominated
    possession and chances and were the side doing all the inventive/
    interesting stuff. But the finishing, again, was mediocre. I think
    it was a case of nerves more than anything. Once Italy got to
    Uruguay and the Czech Republic they settled down.
     
  23. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    ORANJE bombed south korea 5-0 at WC98, and it coulda been worse
     
  24. Hartfield

    Hartfield Red Card

    Jun 15, 2005
    Bogota D.C
    El salvador against someone i cant remember it was a masacre ...it was like 8-0 or something like that
     
  25. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Still, that scoreline flatters the Saudis.

    Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria in 1994 was pretty ugly, too. There was a 20-30 minute stretch that really got away from the Bulgarians, and it could've been worse if the Swedes didn't let up.
     

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