FIFA World Cup: The Biggest Blowouts and Closest Matches in Semi-finals History
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
CLOSEST WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS MATCHES
|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)|
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