Top 7 Unforgettable FIFA World Cup Matches Of All Time
Written by Patrick Echatah
The greatest, biggest and most prestigious sporting event in the world is the FIFA World Cup. Here, we take a look at the unforgettable World Cup soccer games ever! So relax and enjoy our list of the top seven unforgettable World Cup matches of all time.
It has dished up drama, controversy, excitement, goals, victories, and memorable matches in abundance since the first edition in 1930.
It’s a difficult task to select the top seven unforgettable World Cup games ever played. There were so many options available that, in the end, we could try it again and make a completely different decision each time. However, these are a good illustration of what makes the Mundial unique.
So, here are the seven unforgettable World Cup matches of all time.
- 7. Germany 0-2 Italy (2006 World Cup Semi Final)
In the 2006 World Cup Semifinal match versus Germany, Italy was the underdog. However, Marcello Lippi’s team outscored Germany twice in extra time, including a stunning goal by Fabio Grosso in the 119th minute to secure the victory.
Azzurri won the World Cup Final few days later. this is match has to rank as one of the unforgettable FIFA World Cup matches of all time.
- 6. Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (1950 World Cup Final)
One of the greatest World Cup football matches ever was played way back in 1950. The animosity between Brazil and Uruguay, which has always existed, has grown since this game.
Back then, the World Cup champion was determined by a strange group stage that followed the main group stage. Brazil only needed to beat Uruguay to win the World Cup. The fact that it was being hosted in Brazil put a lot of pressure on the Brazilians, who were the clear favorites. You are aware of how fervent South American fans can be. But Uruguay made the choice to ruin their celebration.
Brazil led 1-0 at the break in front of a record-breaking crowd of 200,000 spectators at the Estadio do Maracana. However, Uruguay scored twice in the game’s final 25 minutes to come from behind. breaking millions of Brazilians’ hearts.
- 5. Italy 4-3 West Germany (1970 World Cup Semi Final)
Italy came back to defeat a resolute German team, 4-3, in what is known as the “game of the century.” One of the most open and attacking games ever was played between Italy and West Germany in the sweltering heat of Mexico City.
Italy advanced to the World Cup final thanks to an incredible five goals scored in extra time, a World Cup record. There were 102,444 spectators at the game, and the energy was palpable. This match is one of the best FIFA World Cup matchups.
- 4. Argentina 2-2 England (1998 World Cup Round of 16)
One of the greatest World Cup games ever. This encounter was a fierce battle that reignited the rivalry from Diego Maradona’s handball from way back when. In a thrilling open football match, both England and Argentina went all-out in the first half.
The game had it all—a disallowed goal, a red card, and a goal-saving tackle—and it ended 2-2. After extra time, Argentina won the game 4-3 on penalties.
- 3. Ghana 1-1 Uruguay (2010 World Cup Quarterfinal)
One of the most controversial and keenly contested World Cup games ever. In the 2010 World Cup Quarterfinal between Ghana and Uruguay, the score was tied for almost the entire game. Luis Suarez committed an abhorrent act of cheating that resulted in Ghana being given a penalty in the very last second of the game. Suarez handled the ball to prevent a goal from being scored by the Black stars of Ghana, the match was still tied 1-1 at that very moment with both countries fighting for a semi final tickets.
Therefore, even though it was obvious why the Uruguayan stopped the goal, Suarez was rightfully dismissed while the Black Stars were awarded a penalty kick. Unfortunately, Asamoah Gyan’s penalty miss broke the hearts of millions of Africans. Uruguay prevailed on penalties after the game went to extra time.
- 2. Germany 7-1 Brazil (2014 World Cup Semi Final)
Everything appeared to be going according to plan as Brazil advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 world cup in front of an ardent home crowd. No one could have predicted what would transpire inside the Estadio Mineirao, despite the fact that Germany was a difficult opponent and the Selecao were missing Neymar.
Brazil utterly lost their minds as Germany repeatedly tore them apart to score goals that were embarrassingly easy to score. At halftime, Belo Horizonte was in a deathly, tearful stillness as Der Mannschaft led 5-0. To top off an absurd evening, substitute Andre Schurrle came off the bench and scored twice for himself.
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- 1. Argentina 2-1 England (1986 World Cup Quarterfinal)
The game in which a legend displayed his talents to the maximum. The 1986 World Cup was essentially the Diego Maradona World Cup, and in this quarterfinal matchup with England, he completely controlled the game.
The game picked up six minutes after the break after a frantic but goalless first half. Maradona gave Argentina the lead by first kicking the ball over and past Peter Shilton with his left fist. The Tunisian referee, to the English team’s dismay, missed the handball and allowed the goal, which has since come to be known as the “Hand of God,” to stand.
Then came what is perhaps the best World Cup goal ever. Maradona picked up the ball within his own half and dribbling past five opponents before putting the ball in the back of the net four minutes after his cheeky, fiercely contested first.
Gary Lineker would score for England, but ultimately Argentina held on for a historic victory and a spot in the semifinals. La Albiceleste would go on to win the 1986 world cup.
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