It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football.
Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014
In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to Belo Horizonte. The pre-match build treated the game as if it was Brazil's Final warm up. They had not suffered a competitive defeat on home soil in over 39 years. As a European side that had failed to fully reach its potential in the tournament prior to this game, Germany were not fancied by many to break that unbeaten record.
Updated 30th September 2015 at 07:27 PM by Veritas
The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.
The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.
However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.
The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.
The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.
Update: In the Netherlands
Updated 11th June 2012 at 06:31 AM by Statisticus
Not that it was needed, but Steven Gerrard enhanced his reputation as a Liverpool legend with his hat-trick in last night's Mersey derby victory against Everton at Anfield.
The 31 year-old marked David Moyes’ tenth anniversary as Everton manager by becoming the first player to score three goals in this fixture since Ian Rush hit four at Goodison Park in November 1982.
Steven is only the fifth Liverpool player to notch a Mersey derby hat-trick at Anfield. The most recent came from Fred Howe in September 1935.
Only Ian Rush has scored more Reds goals (19) against the Toffees than Steven's eight. He shares second position with Harry Chambers and Jack Parkinson.
It all came on the night that he became the 25th player to reach the 400 appearances mark in the Premier League.