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The opening matches of recent World Cups have thrown up some crazy moments

There's always something to talk about the first match of these glorious tournaments

There’s something about the opening match of a World Cup that makes everyone a little crazy.

With all the hype that a four-year build up brings there is so much expectation on that first 90 minutes that strange things can happen.

And they often do.


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The Luzhniki Stadium where Russia will kick-off the World Cup

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The Luzhniki Stadium where Russia will kick-off the World Cup

In 11 days’ time we will see Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

While this isn’t the most glamorous opening tie we’ve ever seen, you can count on there being some bizarre incident that we can remember it by.

Here’s the comprehensive run-down of the maddest moments we have seen from recent World Cup openers.


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2014 Brazil v Croatia

The first time we laid eyes on that weird white foam

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The first time we laid eyes on that weird white foam

Everyone had been counting down the days until the football carnival started in the Corinthians Arena.

The first big shock was to see Croatia go ahead after just 11 minutes thanks to a Marcelo OG.

Then we were treated to the first ever use of vanishing spray which changed football forever.

Simple but effective.

2010 South Africa v Mexico

Have that

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Have that

What a hit, son.

Siphiwe Tshabalala announced himself to the world stage with a thunderbolt just after half time.

And it brought about some of the best World Cup commentary we’ve heard in years.

Unfortunately this game was our first introduction to the vuvuzela, which is still ringing in our ears eight years later.

2006 Germany v Costa Rica

Only true mavericks wear Joma boots

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Only true mavericks wear Joma boots

Hosts and all-round World Cup machines Germany were taking on relative minnows in the first game at the Allianz Arena.

Predictably Phillip Lahm put them ahead after six minutes but they didn’t account for Paulo Wanchope being in red hot form.

The 6ft4 striker who made his name at Derby, West Ham and Man City hit straight back with his first goal before adding another in the second half.

That’s a Wanchope brace against Germany at their home World Cup.

Germany won the game 4-2 but just let that sink in.

2002 France v Senegal

Sacre bleu

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Sacre bleu

The shock of all shocks.

Reigning world champions France played Senegal in what should have been a routine win.

But even with a front line containing Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Sylvain Wiltord they couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.

Papa Bouba Diop then stepped up to stun the world by putting Senegal ahead and ultimately sending France home early.

Senegal then went all the way to the quarter finals.

1998 Brazil v Scotland

Colin Hendry meet Ronaldo

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Colin Hendry meet Ronaldo

If you haven’t qualified for a World Cup for eight years the last thing you want to see is Brazil in your first game.

The defending champions went ahead after five minutes and everyone was thinking it could be a cricket score.

But the Scots are nothing if not resilient and drew level through a penalty before half-time.

Colin Hendry clearly had Ronaldo in his pocket but sadly a Tom Boyd own-goal gave the holders the win.

And the planet’s natural balance was restored.


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