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Someone once described soccer as a game with two halves. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and there are times when one team simply gets thrashed by the opposing team. This section will look at four of soccer’s most significant winning goal margins. 

On July 8, 2014, Brazil was defeated 1-7 by Germany

The hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil, welcomed the eventual champions, Germany, to Belo Horizonte in what turned out to be one of the most one-sided and magnificent games in soccer history. The buildup to the game made it appear as if it were a dress rehearsal for Brazil’s Final. They have gone 39 years without losing in a competitive setting on their own turf. Many people did not believe Germany would be able to break that unbeaten streak because they thought Germany was a European team that had not performed to its full potential in the tournament prior to this game. 

The unexpected turn of events, on the other hand, was not going to let things pass without a little interference. Brazil’s poster boy striker, Neymar, broke a bone in his back during their 2-1 Quarter-Final victory over Colombia and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the competition. When one considers that this World Cup was supposed to be all about him and the journey that the home nation was supposed to take to achieve international success, it was a devastating setback. Even worse, Brazil’s dominant center back Thiago Silva was suspended for this match after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament in this game. 

The events that unfolded over the next hour and a half were nothing short of spectacular. Germany jumped out to a 5-0 lead after only 30 minutes of play, which was enough to end the competition. Toni Kroos (2), Andre Schurrle (2), Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose, and Thomas Muller each scored twice to secure the decisive victory. Oscar scored a consolation goal for the host country in the 90th minute. 

The encounter not only surprised the audience, but also surprised the oddsmakers, who had predicted something different. One extremely lucky bettor won £3,500 by correctly predicting the game’s outcome at odds of 500/1. Despite the odds of 300/1, a few more bettors put their money on Germany taking a 5-0 lead into halftime of the Semi-Final matchup. The ability for bettors to place “in-play” wagers has significantly contributed to the growth of online sports betting, which is becoming a more popular option. Casino.org is a gaming resource for players in the United Kingdom. 

It was a result that was extremely unlikely to be repeated at such a high level and on such a large scale in the foreseeable future. It was the first time in World Cup history that a team conceded seven goals in a semi-final; it was also the first time in World Cup history that a team conceded five or more goals before halftime in a semi-final; and it was Brazil’s worst loss in World Cup history. As a result of his performance, Klose became the all-time leading World Cup goal scorer. 

On March 4, 1995, Ipswich Town lost 0-9 to Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United was on the verge of entering its prime and ascending to dominance in 1995. United had previously won the Premier League in both the 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 seasons, and the club was eager to repeat the feat. 

This result appeared predetermined, but no one could have predicted how lopsided the score would be. United had won the championship the previous season, while Ipswich had narrowly avoided relegation the year before. United needed a win to close the gap on Blackburn, who led the league by three points at the time. 

Andy Cole’s performance was overshadowed by the fact that he set a new record for the most goals in a game with five. Ipswich’s woes were exacerbated by goals from Mark Hughes (2), Roy Keane, and Paul Ince, resulting in a resounding victory for the visitors. 

Unfortunately for the Red Devils, this was to be the pinnacle of an unavoidably disastrous season, which ended with United losing to Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers in a thrilling match on the final day of action. Unfortunately, this was to be the campaign’s high point. In response to the game’s extraordinary outcome, Dalglish remarked, “You only get three points whether you win 9-0 or 1-0!” 

On October 31, 2002, AS Adema defeated SO l’Emyrne 149-0

The previous record for the greatest ever winning margin in professional soccer was set in 1885, when Arbroath defeated Bon Accord 36-0 in the Scottish FA Cup. The new record broke the previous record for the largest winning margin in professional soccer history. Nonetheless, there were some heated debates during the game. 

This match was part of a round-robin competition between four teams to determine who would win the title of Madagascar’s national champion. SO l’Emyrne chose to give up 149 goals on purpose in this game as a form of protest against the officiating decisions made throughout the game. AS Adema, on the other hand, went on to win the championship. 

As a result of the debacle, the Madagascar Soccer Federation imposed additional penalties on four of the players involved on that day and suspended the SO l’Emyrne coach for a total of three years. The referee who officiated that game was not disciplined for his performance. 

Even though the game’s outcome was later overturned, preventing it from being used in an official competitive match, it is still remembered in soccer legend as the game with the highest winning margin ever seen in a competitive soccer match. 

Australia defeated the United States 31-0. On April 11, 2001, in Samoa 

The Australian team’s primary goal entering this match was to win and advance in the Oceania World Cup Qualifying competition in 2002. American Samoa was a tiny populated island in the Pacific that had no chance of winning against such a large nation but was eager to take advantage of its opportunity in the spotlight to show the world what it was capable of. 

At the end of the day, Australia’s largest ever victory in a competitive international match was recorded at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour. Archie Thompson, the striker, was responsible for an incredible record-breaking 13 goals, while David Zdrilic was responsible for 8 goals and five other players contributed. 

Despite this historic victory, Australia was unable to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Uruguay eliminated them from the intercontinental playoff with a combined score of 3-1. Things went slightly better for the territory of American Samoa. Their defeat became folklore, and the struggles they faced in the years following the loss were documented in a documentary called Next Goal Wins, which was released in 2014 and won multiple awards.