THE United Statesâ€™ 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.
â€œWe 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,â€ US goalkeeper Tim Howard told reporters.
â€œOn 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.â€
Fifaâ€™s own website (www.fifa.com) posed the question: â€œIs this the greatest upset ever in a Fifa competition?â€
It left the answer open, but the result ranks alongside North Koreaâ€™s 1-0 win over Italy in the 1966 World Cup finals, Cameroonâ€™s 1-0 win over then world champions Argentina in the opening match of the 1990 World Cup and Senegalâ€™s 1-0 victory over then world champions France in the 2002 World Cup finals. â€”Reuters