WORLD CUP: History of giant slaying
According to World Cup tradition, the opening game of the 2002 tournament featured the defending champion. Senegal's 1-0 win over France resembled the 1990 opener.
At Italy 90, title-holder Argentina also faced an African opponent, Cameroon, and fell 1-0. Cameroon went on to the best World Cup showing by an Africa nation, reaching the quarterfinals, where it lost to England.
Senegal joins the list of outsiders who shocked the world by knocking off a giant:
1950: USA 1 England 0
Joe Gaetjens scored in the 38th minute.
1966 North Korea 1 Italy 0
Park Doo Ik scored in the 42nd minute.
1974 East Germany 1 West Germany 0
Juergen Sparwasser scored in the 74th minute.
1982 Algeria 2 West Germany 1
Lakhdar Belloumi scored the gamewinner in the 69th minute.
1990 Cameroon 1 Argentina 0
Omam Biyick scored in the 67th minute.
1994 Saudi Arabia 1 Belgium 0
Khamis Al-Owairan scored in the 5th minute.
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