‘Where do we go from here?!' How the hapless fared after their heavy defeats
It’s thrashing season. When Saido Mané smashed home the eighth goal for Southampton past a helpless Vito Mannone, the Saints had fallen only one goal shy of the Premier League's biggest-ever victory. The Black Cats travelled back to the North East hoping it had all been a horrible dream.
The same could be said of Roma, Maribor and Bate Borisov in the Champions League on Tuesday night, who conceded 20 goals between them in games against Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Will their love of football ever be restored? And where do they go from here? Here’s a look at 10 of the heaviest defeats in history...
Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire (1974)
Often perceived as the darkest day in African football history, Zaire’s shambolic performance at the 1974 World Cup was personified by this thrashing from Yugoslavia. Heck, it even broke the scoreboard.
Their tournament hadn’t started particularly disastrously, losing 2-0 to Scotland in a hard-fought opener, but their inexperience on the world stage was exploited by the Eastern Europeans in their second match.
Fingers were pointed at Zaire’s Yugoslavian coach Blagoje Vidinic, who had inexplicably dropped star striker Mayanga Maku and made bizarre substitutions throughout the game.
The true source of the dismal display seems to have developed from the promise of bonuses, a problem that would blight African teams in future tournaments.
"We had the erroneous belief that we would returning from the World Cup as millionaires," defender Mwepu Ilunga told BBC Sport in 2002. "But we got back home without a penny in our pockets."
Before the tournament, Zaire president Mobutu Sese Seko had bought each member of the squad a car – but things turned sour after the heavy loss.
"He sent his presidential guards to threaten us," Ilunga continued. "They closed the hotel to all journalists and said that if we lost 4-0 to Brazil, none of us would be able to return home."
Incredibly, they only lost 3-0 and returned home.
Borussia M'gladbach 12-0 Borussia Dortmund (1978)
On the final day of the 1977/78 Bundesliga season, Borussia Mönchengladbach had the chance to win the championship if they could beat Köln’s +10 goal difference.
Astonishingly they managed to score 12 times, but FC Köln won the title having scored five against St Pauli. For Dortmund, the repercussions were far more significant – Otto Rehhagel was immediately sacked, goalkeeper Peter Endrulat was sold and all of the players were fined between 2000 and 2500 Deutsche Mark.
Allegations of match-fixing were investigated and eventually thrown out, but the humiliation lingered and the scoreline is still a German record to this day.