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With Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany, here are other biggest upsets in men’s World Cup history

Given a 7 percent chance to win by the Elo rating system, the U.S.’s upset over England seems outlandish even for Hollywood standards. In group play of the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the Americans’ patchwork roster of semi-pro players knocked off second-ranked England thanks to a headed goal from Joe Gaetjens, who was added to the roster right before the game. American goalkeeper Frank Borghi, who drove a hearse when not playing soccer, kept a clean sheet to preserve the upset. The Americans entered the game ranked 40th and on a seven game losing streak, outscored 45-2 in that span. England, meanwhile, had recently defeated a team of European All-Stars 6-1. Neither team advanced out of group play as the U.S. lost its other two games to Chile and Spain, while England fell in its final game against Spain. The U.S. failed to qualify for another World Cup until 1990 in Italy.

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