Seven most shocking World Cup moments

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 10:10 09/07/2014
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Brazil loose 7-1 to Germany, joining a list of World Cup shockers.

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OWN GOAL: Colombian football player Andres Escobar was shot dead less than two weeks after scoring an own goal at the 1994 World Cup.

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Andres Escobar, USA 1994

The Colombian defender was murdered in the wake of the 1994 World Cup - gunned down in a nightclub by two men, supposedly as punishment for scoring an own-goal which contributed to Colombia's exit from the tournament.

Zinedine Zidane, Germany 2006

The talismanic Frenchman was sent off in extra time of the 2006 World Cup final after headbutting Italian Marco Matterazzi. It later emerged Zidane's behaviour was in response to the Italian player insulting Zidane's sister. Italy went on to win the World Cup.

Diego Maradona, Mexico 1986

The "Hand of God", an iconic moment in the history of world sport - and arguably the most infamous image of cheating ever. The Argentine captain punched the ball over the head of English goalkeeper Peter Shilton in a game which saw Argentina beat England 2-1 and progress to the World Cup semifinal. In the same match, Maradona would later go on to score one of the greatest World Cup goals ever.

Germany, Brazil 2014

This year's World Cup semifinal between the hosts and Germany will go down as one of the most staggering moments in the tournament's history. Five goals in 29 minutes saw the Germans seize control of the match and send Brazil crashing out before the first half was even over. The match finished, incredibly, 7-1.

North Korea, England 1966

In one of the most shocking round of 16 matches ever, North Korea, who started the tournament as 1000-1 outsiders, stunned Italy 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals. Upon arriving back home in Italy, the Azzurri were pelted with refuse at the airport. 

Harald Schumacher, Spain 1982

Playing for West Germany, Schumacher was involved in a collision with French defender Patrick Battiston in the semifinal of the 1982 World Cup. The Frenchman later slipped into a coma while Schumacher has always denied any foul play. Dutch referee Charles Corver did not even award a free kick for the incident. Schumacher proceeded to take the goal kick and play resumed. 

Paul Gascoigne, Italy 1990

While not shocking, this one is nevertheless one of the most iconic moments of recent World Cup history. World football had an exciting new star but upon receiving a second yellow card in England's semifinal against West Germany, Gazza knew he would miss the final and proceeded to cry his eyes out on the field - with 20 minutes still left in extra time. England lost on penalties and West Germany won the final.

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