The Biggest Wins In World Cup History

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This World Cup in Qatar has already seen some huge scoreline’s including England’s 6-2 win against Iran, Spain’s 7-0 win over Cost Rica and Portugal’s 6-1 thumping of Switzerland.

However, only one of the above games gets into the top ten biggest wins in the history of the competition!

Even Germany’s famous 7-1 win over Brazil back in 2014 doesn’t make the list, thankfully for Selecao fans.

7. Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – 2022

Spain got their World Cup campaign in Qatar off to the perfect start with a thumping 7-0 win over Costa Rica, in a game which left many football fans believe that La Roja were to be serious contenders to lift the trophy in the middle east.

However, this huge scoreline remained their only win of the tournament, after the Spaniards were knocked out in the last-16 on penalties by Morocco.

Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata all scored one, with Ferran Torres also scoring two on the night.

Youngster Gavi got lots of praise from the performance after his superb strike ensured he became the youngest scorer for Spain in World Cup history in the process.

7. Portugal 7-0 North Korea – 2010

Much like the game above, in a relatively poor tournament for the country, Portugal beat North Korea 7-0, in what was the only fixture in South Africa that they actually found the back of the net.

It was a game in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored in, ending his 16-month goal drought on the international stage, and it ended up being his only goal of the competition.

Raul Meireles, Simao, Hugo Almeida, Liedson and Tiago (brace) completed the scoring for the Portuguese.

7. Poland 7-0 Haiti – 1974 

On their way to their joint best finish in a World Cup, Poland won three out of three group stage matches, including a 7-0 thrashing of Haiti in the latter’s only ever appearance at a World Cup.

Andrzej Szarmach hit an impressive hat-trick on the day, with Grzegorz Lato bagging a brace, and Jerzy Gorgon and Kazimierz Deyna scored one goal each.

It remains Poland’s biggest World Cup victory.

7. Turkey 7-0 Korea Republic – 1954

In the first of two 7-0 victories in the 1954 World Cup, Turkey beat Korea Republic 7-0.

It was a super Group Two in the 1954 edition of the competition, where 32 goals were scored across just four games between Turkey, Korea, West Germany and the special Hungary side at the time.

7. Uruguay 7-0 Scotland – 1954 

Coming in at the final joint seventh spot is another 7-0 win, yet again in 1954, as Scotland participated in the World Cup for the first time they were beaten 7-0 by Uruguay as the Scots were hit by a Carlos Borges hat-trick. Oscar Miguez and Julio Abbadie each scored twice as the Uruguayans dominated.

4. Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia – 2002

Back in 2002, the World Cup in Asia opened with a huge 8-0 win for Germany, who were inspired to victory by record goalscorer Miroslav Klose, who netted a hat-trick.

Amongst other scorers were Michael Ballack, Carsten Jancker, Thomas Linke, Oliver Bierhoff and Bernd Schneider, as Germany recorded their biggest ever World Cup win – and they’ve certainly had a few big ones.

The Biggest Wins In World Cup History

4. Uruguay 8-0 Bolivia – 1950 

1950 was a special World Cup for all of Uruguay as they defied the odds and won the tournament beating hosts Brazil in the final.

In their only group game of the tournament, Uruguay hammered Bolivia 8-0. Oscar Miguez scored three goals for The Celeste and in the end fininshed as the second-highest scorer in the competition behind Brazil forward Ademir.

4. Sweden 8-0 Cuba – 1938

The final 8-0 win to make this list was all the way back in 1938 as Sweden defeated Cuba 8-0.

Both Harry Andersson and Gustav Wetterstrom scored a hat-trick with Tore Keller and Arne Nyberg also getting in on the act and scoring.

2. Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire – 1974

Zaire made their one and only appearance in a World Cup finals, a country now again known as Congo, and were the only African representative at the competition.

There was lots of political controversy back home, so the World Cup finals were a time for players to play and forget the troubles they left behind, however their hopes of going far in the competition were quickly shut down, as they were thrashed 9-0 by Yugoslavia.

2. Hungary 9-0 South Korea – 1954

Another 9-0, and this time another big win back in 1954. The iconic Ferenc Puskas got on the scoresheet, netting a brace.

Meanwhile, despite storming their way to the final of the tournament, Hungary were upset by West Germany, losing 3-2 to the same team they’d previously battered 8-3 in the first round.

1. Hungary 10-1 El Salvador – 1982

Coming in at first, and the biggest win in World Cup history, it’s another Hungarian masterclass. They beat El Salvador 10-1, and the El Salvadorians were actually in the competition anyway by miracle, as at the time there was a civil war tearing through the country.

However, Hungary showed no mercy as Laszlo Kiss scored a seven minute hat-trick, thus becoming the first – and still only – substitute to come off the bench and net a treble. It also remains the quickest hat-trick in World Cup history.

Despite Kiss’ heroics, Hungary failed to make it past the first round.

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