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Some of the most one-sided matches in the history of the FIFA World Cup

Football games with the maximum goals scored tend to be the most enjoyable. The biggest sporting event on earth, the FIFA World Cup, has featured several one-sided games

  • Yugoslavia vs. Zaire 9-0 (1974)

Yugoslavia’s only previous World Cup participation came against Zaire, renamed as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After failing to score in their group phase opening match against Brazil, Yugoslavia immediately replied by scoring six goals against Zaire in the first half. Dusan Bajevic scored a hat trick.

  • Hungary vs. South Korea 9-0 (1954)

The Hungarian team led by Gusztav Sebes entered the tournament in Switzerland as a major contender to win the championship, and they dominated South Korea 9-0 in the opening round. The 1954 World Cup performance by Hungary is unmatched. They also hold the records for the highest goals per game rate, the highest total goal difference, and the most goals in one edition. 

  • Hungary vs. El Salvador 10-1 (1982)

László Kiss, the Hungarian substitute, was the star of the show. Kiss scored a hat-trick in the second half after coming off the bench. In addition to becoming the only World Cup hat-trick by a substitute, he completed his three goals in seven minutes, making it the fastest hat-trick in tournament history.

  • Sweden vs. Cuba 8-0 (1938)

In the Round of 16, which was Cuba’s lone participation in the World Cup to date, Henry Andersson, and Gustav Wetterstrom of Sweden, each scored hat tricks, contributing to the one-sided outcome.

  • Uruguay vs. Bolivia 8-0 (1950)

In 1950, Uruguay’s first encounter was with Bolivia. France was supposed to join the other two, but they withdrew. Four goals in each half gave Juan Lopez’s team an easy 8-0 victory against Bolivia. 

  • Germany vs. Saudi Arabia 8-0 (2002)

The Most significant World Cup victory of the twenty-first century belongs to Germany, who defeated Saudi Arabia 8-0 in 2002. Miroslav Klose gave runners-up Germany a commanding lead by scoring two goals in a row before completing the hat trick in the 70th minute.

  • Poland vs. Haiti 7-0 (1974)

Poland won all three of its games during the group stage. They defeated Haiti by 7-0. Andrzej Szarmach completed his hat trick in the 50th minute, and Grzegorz Lato closed the scoring with a brace in the 87th minute.

  • Portugal vs. North Korea 7-0 (2010)

Cristiano Ronaldo contributed to the goals in this group-stage 7-0 victory against North Korea. Portugal scored only one goal in the first half and six in the second half. After this match, they did not score a single goal in ire tournament and were eliminated by the Spanish team in the round of 16.

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