The most incredible comebacks in the World Cup history
During each of previous World Cups, football fans have not only longed for their favourite team’s victories, but also for sensations as the beauty of football lies in its unpredictability. The World Cups history has many sensational pages, however, not many of us remember the most legendary clashes of this tournament, when one of the teams made an incredible comeback and won from behind. Let us remember the four most unbelievable World Cups matches, when will to win and virile character have played a crucial part in achieving success.
World Cup 2002. Group stage. Senegal 3:3 Uruguay
Senegal national team was a dark horse of the tournament, but everyone understood that players like Henri Camara and Papa Bouba Diop made this team a very dangerous rival. Nevertheless, the Uruguayans were clear favourites of the game and entered the field holding their head too high, without expecting such quickness from the Africans. It only took 18 minutes for the Lions of Taranga to upset star Uruguay three times. First in the 20th minute, the Senegalese converted a penalty kick, and then Diop scored twice off Kamara’s pass. The shocked Uruguay entered the halftime break with 0:3 record. Obviously, La Celeste head coach Victor Pua found exactly the right words in the locker room, as after the break, a very different team took the field. Morales had already managed to find the net in the first minute of the second half, but still not many people counted on further success. Senegalese parked the bus, and only in the 69th minute, brilliant Diego Forlan with an excellent free kick scored the second goal. The match rolled to the end, and the Lions of Taranga were confident of their victory, but they broke rules in their own penalty area in the 88th minute and Alvaro Recoba converted his spot-kick, 3:3! It took Uruguay 42 minutes to save the game.
World Cup 1966. Quarterfinal. Portugal 5:3 North Korea
It is hard to believe, but in 1966, North Korea were able to reach the play-off at World Cup in England, although their chances of success against mighty Portugal were minimal. What was the surprise in the stands when the Koreans took the lead in the first minute! Of course, this early goal could not confused Selecao and they rushed to chase the game, but the result of their aggressive football was sad as in just 4 minutes, North Korea scored two more goals! Only 30 minutes have passed but Portugal were losing with a score of 0:3 and it seemed their fate was sealed… However, the favourite had its game changer and his name was Black Panther! One of the greatest players in football history, Eusebio got his nickname for a reason! With the gracefulness of a wild cat, a Portuguese footballer scored two goals in the first half! After the break, Eusebio levelled the score and put his team ahead, 4:3 in three minutes! And ten minutes before the final whistle Josу Augusto trashed the rival. North Korea suffered a stunning defeat with a score of 5:3. It took Portugal only 29 minutes to complete the comeback!
World Cup 1962. Group stage. USSR 4:4 Colombia
USSR national team took the field as a clear favourite and, despite their rival’s strength, grabbed initiative from the opening minutes. It was not a surprise as this team had a strong squad, and Lev Yashin was considered the best goalkeeper in the world! Thanks to the efforts of the legendary forward Valentin Ivanov, USSR have already led with a score of 3-0 in the 11th minute! Colombia were simply crushed. Los Cafeteros managed to score only one goal in the first half, leaving for a break in a gloomy mood, which got worse in the 56th minute when USSR scored the fourth goal – the job was done! However, the favourites began to celebrate their success too early… The Colombians had a very different vision! Within eight minutes, Los Cafeteros upset the greatest goalkeeper three times and snatched a tie.
World Cup 1954. Quarterfinal. Austria 7:5 Switzerland
The bitterest feuds are always between neighbours! Austria has been able to achieve impossible achievement in a game with its western neighbours from Switzerland. Perhaps it was the most spectacular match in the World Cups` history with the most unpredictable scenario. Things developed so swiftly in the game that fans saw nine goals already in the first half! It could not get more complicated for the Austrians in the beginning of the game as they were losing 0:3 by the 19th minute… Probably, many would throw up their hands in such situation, but not the Austrians! It took only two minutes for them to level the score during the first halftime. The Swiss had been knocked down, and while they were trying just to get over the shock, their rival succeeded to improve the situation scoring two more goals, and again only in two minutes! The second half had also been very eventful and the Swiss managed to score two more goals, but in the end, they anyway lost with a score of 7:5! By the way, this match is known as “The heat battle of Lausanne”, due to the extreme high temperature that was recorded during the match.
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