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David beating Goliath: 10 of sport's biggest upsets

July 13,2016 12:16

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Celtic slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Gibraltar minnows Lincoln Red Imps last night in a humiliating start to Brendan Rodgers' Hoops tenure. 
It's not the first, and won't be the last, time that David has triumphed over Goliath. Here are 10 other occasions from down the years.

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June 27 2016 - England 1 Iceland 2
Fresh in the memory, this one. Roy Hodgson's side were defeated in the Euro 2016 last-16 clash by a country of only 329,000 people, leading to the Three Lions' abrupt exit and the immediate resignation of the coaching staff. Iceland lost to hosts France in the quarter-final home, but not before providing the story of the tournament.

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September 19 2015 - South Africa 32 Japan 34
Quite possibly the biggest team upset in sporting history. South Africa, one of rugby's powerhouses, defeated by minnows Japan, who had only ever won one Rugby World Cup match - 24 years earlier.

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July 4 2004 - Portugal 0 Greece 1 - Greece win Euro 2004
One shot on target, one goal and a first major football title for Greece. Angelos Charisteas's winner secured one of the great tournament wins - and on Portugal's home turf, too. 

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February 11 1990 - Buster Douglas defeats heavyweight champion Mike Tyson
Douglas was ranked number seven heavyweight in the world when he met undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson in Tokyo - and a 42/1 outsider to win. A 10th round uppercut from Douglas did for Tyson, and was counted out. 

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January 4 1992 - Wrexham 2 Arsenal 1
Champions Arsenal rocked up at the Racecourse Ground for what should have been a routine FA Cup third round tie. But Steve Watkin's secured a shock victory for the Fourth Division side - and provide one of the great FA Cup shocks.

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July 9 2001 - Goran Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon
Despite being three times a finalist at SW19, Ivanisevic was ranked 125th in the world before the tournament. He beat Pat Rafter in five sets and, in the process, became the only man to ever win a Grand Slam as a wildcard entry.

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May 14 1988 - Liverpool 0 Wimbledon 1
The Reds had just secured their 17th league title in a decade of domination, while the Dons were playing non-league football 11 years earlier. But Lawrie Sanchez's 37th minute goal - and Dave Beasant's penalty save, the first in a FA Cup final - secured the club's only major honour.

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July 3 2004 - Maria Sharapova wins Wimbledon aged 17
Sharapova, aged just 17 years and 75 days, became the third-youngest Wimbledon women's champion ever by defeating two-time winner Serena Williams. Sharapova served for the match and sank to her knees in shock at winning the Centre Court showpiece.

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June 5 2009 - Netherlands beat England at Lord's in World T20 opener
The opening night of the World T20, the home of cricket, England up against an associate nation. But the Dutch sprung one of the great shocks, reaching the target of 162 in another contender for the lowest point for English cricket. England eventually progressed to the Super 8s, where their tournament finished.

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May 7 2016 - Leicester lift the Premier League
The Foxes narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship the season before and appointed Italian boss Claudio Ranieri to the surprise of many. Fast forward 10 months and the Foxes shocked the world to go from 5,000/1 impossibilities to Premier League champions. One of sport's most incredible stories.

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