Top 10 biggest wins in international football
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In wake of Spain’s 10-0 win against the admirable footballing minnows of Tahiti, TNS got thinking. A 10-goal defeat is bad enough but the French Polynesian side are hardly the only ones to suffer at the hands of technically superior opponents. Indeed, international football has seen no shortage of one-sided results over theyears. So here TNS brings you the top 10: Australia 31-0 American Samoa The standard-bearer of international football, Australia’s landslide win over American Samoa in 2001 is the largest victory any national side has ever registered. Records tumbled as Archie Thompson scored the highest ever number of goals in an international match (13) and David Zdrilic became the second highest scorer since World War I with eight. Not only did American Samoa fail to hit back once, but they went on to concede another 26 goals during their World Cup Qualifying campaign. Yes, this was not a friendly, but a competitive match – well, at least in name. Australia 0-8 South Africa From heroes to zeroes, Australia got as close as they could to being on the receiving end of a similar scoreline 47 years earlier. They conceded just under four times fewer – but it no doubt still hurt them. At the Kensington Oval, Adelaide in 1955, Malcolm Rufus, Harold Paton and Peter Hughes all scored twice, while Cliff Jacques and Ian Palmer opened and closed the hammering respectively. San Marino 0-13 Germany To Europe, where one of the biggest international wins of the 21st century saw ‘ze Germans’ bag an unbelievable 13 goals against lowly San Marino. Lukas Podolski scored four that day and Germany were 6-0 up by half-time alone. The margin is a record for a European Championship qualifying match but not even Germany’s best – over a century ago they beat Russia 16-0. Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia Clearly, the Germans are never in the mood to mess about. They brought us another unforgettable clash when they handed Saudi Arabia an 8-0 caning in 2002 – their best ever result in a World Cup match. Prompting world-wide headlines about the Saudis inability to get anywhere ‘Klose’ to victory, Miroslav Klose notched a hat-trick, while five other scorers piled on the misery for the Middle Eastern side. San Marino 0-8 England It may surprise many but England have managed to add themselves to our list, courtesy of their 8-0 win in San Marino this March. A brace from Jermain Defoe and single contributions from the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Young and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave England their biggest win since 1987. Yes, it appears the Three Lions are actually capable of scoring the odd goal.
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