FIFA World Cup: The Biggest Blowouts and Closest Matches in Semi-finals History

West Germany's 1982 Win Over France Was The Closest FIFA World Cup Semi-finals Ever

West Germany’s 1982 Win Over France Was The Closest FIFA World Cup Semi-final Ever

For sure, that 7-1 trouncing by Germany over Brazil was the biggest blowout in a FIFA World Cup Semi-finals. Three other times there was such a mismatch in the penultimate round that the winner took it by five.

What about that much more enjoyable semi-final match this edition, Argentina vs. Netherlands, an occasional thriller that went down to penalty kicks? That turns out to be one of the closest this deep. Three other times, though, a semi-final was decided by a single penalty kick.

These two lists essentially present you with the score of every semi-finals match in World Cup history. However, the Cups of 1950, 1974 and 1978 featured a different structure that precluded the existence of what we know today as a semi-finals (four remaining teams, two matches), so those years are not included.

BIGGEST WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS BLOWOUTS

  YEAR WINNER LOSER GOAL DIFF.
1. 2014 Germany 7 Brazil 1 6
2. 1930 Argentina 6 United States 1 5
2. 1930 Uruguay 6 Yugoslavia 1 5
2. 1954 West Germany 6 Austria 1 5
5. 1938 Hungary 5 Sweden 1 4
6. 1958 Brazil 5 France 2 3
7. 1934 Czechoslovakia 3 Germany 1 2
7. 1954 West Germany 4 Austria 2 2
7. 1958 Sweden 3 West Germany 1 2
7. 1962 Czechoslovakia 3 Yugoslavia 1 2
7. 1962 Brazil 4 Chile 2 2
7. 1970 Brazil 3 Uruguay 1 2
7. 1982 Italy 2 Poland 0 2
7. 1986 West Germany 2 France 0 2
7. 1986 Argentina 2 Belgium 0 2
7. 2006 Italy 2 Germany 0 2

CLOSEST WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS MATCHES

  YEAR WINNER LOSER GOAL DIFF.
1. 1982 West Germany 3 (5) France 3 (4) 0 (1)
1. 1990 Argentina 1 (4) Italy 1 (3) 0 (1)
1. 1990 West Germany 1 (4) England 1 (3) 0 (1)
4. 1998 Brazil 1 (4) Netherlands 1 (2) 0 (2)
4. 2014 Argentina 0 (4) Netherlands 0 (2) 0 (2)
6. 1934 Italy 1 Austria 0 1
6. 1938 Italy 2 Brazil 1 1
6. 1966 West Germany 2 USSR 1 1
6. 1966 England 2 Portugal 1 1
6. 1970 Italy 4 West Germany 3 1
6. 1994 Italy 2 Bulgaria 1 1
6. 1994 Brazil 1 Sweden 0 1
6. 1998 France 2 Croatia 1 1
6. 2002 Germany 1 South Korea 0 1
6. 2002 Brazil 1 Turkey 0 1
6. 2006 France 1 Portugal 0 1
6. 2010 Netherlands 3 Uruguay 2 1
6. 2010 Spain 1 Germany 0 1

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Posted on July 9, 2014, in World Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Mohammad al amin

    Iam support to germany since 2002,when i read in class six. Germany is my favourate team.Germany is my heart. In sha allah, germany will be bwin fifa world cup 2014.

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