English Premier League will be live today as League Leaders Liverpool battle newly-promoted side Wolves away from home. This means they might be four points clear at the top by the time Manchester City plays Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. Arsenal and Chelsea will play Burnley and Leicester City tomorrow. However, all eyes will be on Ole Gunnar Solskjær as he takes Manchester United to Wales to face Cardiff City in his first match in charge. Today, we want to look at the five biggest defeats in the history of football.
5. Bayern Munich 20-2 FC Rottach-Egern
On Wednesday 8th August 2018, Bayern Munich destroyed FC Rottach-Egern 20-2 in a pre-season friendly match. The game was meant to be another preparation match for Bundesliga Champions but every player wanted to impress the new boss.
They ran riot against Zugspitze Regional League A-Klasse. Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner, and Kingsley Coman netted hat-tricks to make it nine goals while Thomas Muller and James Rodriguez got two goals each. Thiago Alcantara, Robben, Ribery, Kimmich, Rafinha, Goretzka, and Sebastian were also on target to make it 20 goals. Dominik Pfluger and Andre Schmidt scored two consolation goals.
4.Nigeria Twin Matches (79-0, 67-0)- 2013
Football facts: Year 2013, Nigeria Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0. Police Machine swept 61 goals past Babayaro FC in the second 45 minutes of their 67-0 game. #Worldcup
— Lewis T. Muriera (@muriera) June 24, 2018
In 2013, the World was shocked when two matches in Nigeria lower division promotion fight produced 146 goals. Plateau United Feeders thrashed Akurba FC 79-0, while Police Machine FC defeated Bubayaro FC 67-0.
Governor Lalong begs NFF to lift Plateau United Feeders’ 10yr match-fixing ban
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— Taye Hassan Adigun (@taye007) October 20, 2017
The two winners started the games with similar goal differences, the two were expected to win so ‘goals scored’ became the main factor to earn a promotion. At half-time, the games were 7-0 and 6-0 respectively but the gates were opened by their opponents in the second half. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) established that there was match-fixing. The two clubs were banned for 10 years. All players and officials involved were handed lifetime bans. Crazy Naija football oh.
3. Australia 31-0 American Samoa- 2001
On this day in 2001, Australia set a new international world record by beating American Samoa 31-0. Striker Archie Thompson set a record himself by scoring 13 goals in the match! At the end, even the score-keeper got confused, and thought it was 32-0.#OnThisDay #FootballFocus pic.twitter.com/Ft3ObzdnHx
— BRUSEV (@BRUSEVtube) April 11, 2018
In 2001 Australia hammered American Samoa 31-0 in a 2002 Oceanian World Cup qualifiers. The Socceroos surprised even themselves because three days before this game, they had beaten Tonga 22-0. In the end, they went on to top their group to reach the finals held in Japan and South Korea with a goal difference of +66. You can imagine just how bad those countries are given the fact that Australia is not even considered a football powerhouse. The match remains the highest scoring clash in International football.