US Victory Joins Great Upsets

THE United States’ 2-0 victory over European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Wednesday earned a place on the list of great international upsets.

“We all know about the US beating England back in the World Cup in 1950 but this result, in the semi-finals of a major Fifa competition watched by millions around the world, has to rank right up there among the greatest upsets of all time,” US goalkeeper Tim Howard told reporters.

“On Sunday we thought we were going home, now we are heading into the final. No-one gave us a chance on Sunday, no-one thought we could turn it around, but you have to believe.”

Fifa’s own website ( posed the question: “Is this the greatest upset ever in a Fifa competition?”
It left the answer open, but the result ranks alongside North Korea’s 1-0 win over Italy in the 1966 World Cup finals, Cameroon’s 1-0 win over then world champions Argentina in the opening match of the 1990 World Cup and Senegal’s 1-0 victory over then world champions France in the 2002 World Cup finals. —Reuters