What is the biggest World Cup win ever?

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Spain's 7-0 win against Costa Rica at World Cup 2022 was huge, coming in the both side's opening game of the tournament in Qatar.

Dani Olmo opened the scoring, with Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres both finding the net before the break. Torres came back out for the second half and added another to his tally, followed by an expectational Gavi strike to make it 5-0. 

With the game entering the 90th minute, Spain managed to find another two goals, through Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata - a stunning result to comfortably leave the European side top of Group E. 

Surprisingly, though, Spain's triumph isn't the biggest in World Cup history, with four other sides actually managing the same scoreline since the tournament's inception in 1930. 

Spain's neighbours Portugal managed a 7-0 win against North Korea at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which featured six different scorers. Turkey notched seven past South Korea without reply in 1954, too, and in the same tournament Uruguay beat Scotland with the exact same result. 

The final match to finish 7-0 at a World Cup finals came when Poland battered Haiti in the 1974 edition. 

Ridiculously, these results aren't the biggest at a World Cup - far from it. 

Indeed, Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 at the 2002 World Cup, Uruguay managed the same scoreline against Bolivia in 1950, while Sweden bagged eight goals and conceded none against Cuba at the 1938 World Cup - mega triumphs.

However, Hungary are the only side to have ever scored ten goals in one game at the World Cup, achieved in 1982 against El Salvador. On that occasion Hungary did conceded, though, meaning their 10-1 victory is on a par with their 9-0 demolition of South Korea at the 1954 edition, and Yugoslavia's 9-0 mauling of Zaire at World Cup 1974. 

None of the aforementioned sides went onto win the World Cup in those respective years, though. Could Spain break this hoodoo and emerge victorious on December 18? Only time will tell. 

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