In 1960 European Club Championship final, Real Madrid had defeated Eintracht Frankfurt by a scoreline of 7-3 with Alfredo Di Stefano scoring 3 goals and Ferenc Puskas scored 4 goals. This game had been deemed as one of the best final in the European club history and had put the icing on the cake for Real Madrid to be the best club in the world during this time. Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas had made a record that stills stand as they are the only 2 players from some team to score a hat-trick in the final. But in truth, Real Madrid was expected to win this match as Eintracht Frankfurt although they are a good side they are not on the same level as the previous finalists like AC Milan, Fiorentina, and Stade De Reims.
In football, they are games between 2 great clubs that were expected to be a tight game but later due to other superiority and perfect game it becomes an embarrassment for the other team and this game is not against an inferior opponent but against a former champion or the best team in the world during that time. The score line may not be high but the manner the team is outplayed the other team led to an embarrassment for the manager, player, and the club supporter and here is some of the game that falls into this category.
AC Milan vs Manchester United 3-0
2007 UEFA Champion League semi-finals second leg
Kaka had been a thorn for Manchester United in the first leg as he had scored a 2 away goals but United had stormed back to win the first leg 3-2. With the other semi-final second leg results where Liverpool had beaten Chelsea many fans are expecting a Manchester United vs Liverpool final but in the second leg, AC Milan player who seeks to revenge their defeat in the 2005 final against Liverpool played a perfect game in attack and defense. Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Paolo Maldini, and Kaka had outplayed and outclassed United in this game and run with a quite comfortable 3-0 win. AC Milan attacked aggressively and defended brilliantly as United had no answer for their play and ended up red faced in this game.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid 0-4
2014 UEFA Champion League semi-final second leg.
Bayern Munich with their new manager Pep Guardiola had lost the first leg in Madrid via 1-0 score line but still, Bayern was expected to beat Madrid in the second leg in Munich but little do they know that they will be humiliated in their own turf. Bayern as the defending champion does not have any answer for Real Madrid set pieces and counter attack as Real Madrid had run out comfortable winner 4-0 in Munich handing Guardiola his biggest defeat in his managerial career.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich 7-0
2013 UEFA Champion League semi final
Where the first 2 game, the team played a perfect game in the return leg but in this game, Barcelona was humiliated and embarrassed in both leg with a combination of pressing, fast ball retention, and quick counter attack to defeat Barcelona 7-0 via aggregate. The return leg was an utter humiliation for Barcelona as Bayern had beaten them 4-0. Barcelona absolutely shells shocked on these results and this game was deemed as the end of an era for Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Manchester United 3-1
2011 UEFA Champion League Final
2011 is the repeat of 2009 final where Barcelona had beaten Manchester United. 2009 was a slightly a tight affair but this final was a different story altogether. Although Manchester United had scored 1 goals via Wayne Rooney the score line does not reflect the game. Barcelona had absolutely annihilated United in this game with Lionel Messi, David Villa, Pedro, Xavi and Iniesta run riot with their perfect ball retention game. Barcelona had humiliated United in the Wembley handing the first defeat for an English team in a European competition Wembley final. Sir Alex Ferguson again was denied by Guardiola’s Barcelona that had prevented him from emulating Bob Paisley record of 3 European Cup win with the same team.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United 3-1
2003 UEFA Champion League quarter final 1st leg.
A game that was remembered by Ronaldo perfect finishing in the second leg and he received a standing ovation from the United fans in Old Trafford. However, in the first leg, United was on the receiving end of a brilliant individual attacking display by Real Madrid galacticos of Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Raul. Luis Figo started the riot before Raul added 2 goals with a clinical finishing. United was absolutely stunned and froze in Bernabeu with Madrid attacking display.
Brazil vs Argentina 3-1
1982 World Cup Second Round Group Stage.
In the second-round group stages, Brazil had been drawn against Italy and the defending champion Argentina. Brazil 1982 with Tele Santana as their manager and with a player like Socrates, Zico, Falcao, Junior, Eder and much more had ridiculed and embarrassed the defending champion with skill and cavalier samba attacking football. Zico and Socrates ran the midfield and ridiculed the defending champion so badly that had led the young Diego Maradona to receive a red card for a brutal foul on the Brazilian player. Even though Brazil had been knocked in this stage by Italy but this display is the icing on the cake for their beautiful and memorable attacking game.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-6
2009 La Liga
Barcelona under their rookie manager in on the verge to make a historical treble and in this game, there had embarrassed Madrid in Bernabeu. One of the heaviest defeat encountered by Madrid in an EL Classico game, Barcelona front 3 of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, and Samuel Eto’s had swapped place perfectly to confused the Madrid led by Fabio Cannavaro a World Cup Winner. Although Madrid had scored first, in the end, they had been handed one of the most embarrassing defeats by their fiercest rival in La Liga.
Benfica vs Manchester United 1-5
1966 European Club Champion Quarter Final.
United had back in European competition after the Munich disaster and they were handed a tough draw against the 2-time European Champion Benfica with Eusebio in the team. A game that was deemed as a tight game and evenly matched based on the first leg results where United had won the game by 3-2 score line but instead it had become the game that had made George Best become famous and from this game, he was known as El Bettle. George Best had bamboozled, ridiculed, and embarrassed the former European Champion in their own turf and in the end Benfica had lost 5-1. This is also the game where George Best had risen to become the first world football superstar.
Flamengo vs Liverpool 3-0
1981 Intercontinental Cup Final
Flamengo that had Zico and Junior wishing to become the first Brazilian team to lift the Intercontinental Trophy since Santos and Liverpool under Bob Paisley with his star player Kenny Daglish wishing to become the first English team to lift the trophy. Liverpool under Bob Paisley had dominated the English League and European competition and they were expected to beat Flamengo but Flamengo under Zico provided an attacking masterclass from South America as they had humiliated and embarrassed the 3-time European Champion via a heavy score line of 3-0. Liverpool was beaten comprehensively as their unable to dominate the South American like they did in the league and in the European competition.
England vs Hungary 3-6
1953 Friendly Game Wembley.
Before Hungary, England was claimed as the master of football and never ever been defeated by a foreign team in Wembley hence they are supremely confident that they can defeat the Hungary team that was dubbed as Magical Magyar. Hungary player Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Nándor Hidegkuti, Zoltán Czibor, József Bozsik and Gyula Grosics had given England a master class with their unconventional football that will be precursor for the Total Football and once for all shattered England myth in Wembley when they had handed England a thrashing with the score line 6-3 and in the return match in Budapest, Hungary again had defeated England with a heavy score line of 7-1. Till now this is the England biggest defeat at home and away.
The list of the game may not involve any high score line but the manner with the team had played in this game led the other team dumbfounded and confused. In football, when a team had been playing a perfect game, no team in the world can touch them and this game had proved this statement.