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INFAMOUS FIVE: France, Four Other Hosts Who Lost Finals

Hosts of the just concluded 2016 European Championship, France, failed to match the feat of their 1984 (Euros) and 1998 (World Cup) predecessors who as hosts were crowned champions. 

 

The Didier Deschamps-led side were stunned by a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal side 1-0 in Sunday's final in Paris.

 

In this piece, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI lists FIVE hosts who suffered final defeats at major championships…. 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAZIL 1-2 URUGUAY (1950 WORLD CUP FINAL)

 

Brazil hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup and were heavily tipped to win their first ever title.

 

Drawn in Group 1, Brazil made their intentions of hosting to win known from the word go when they defeated Mexico 4-0 in their first game.

 

They experienced a little setback in their second game as they were surprisingly held 2-2 by Switzerland.

 

But they were able to bounce back from the disappointing draw against Switzerland with a 2-0 win against Yugoslavia and progressed into the final round of the World Cup.

 

To be crowned champions of the world for the first time in their history, Brazil had to finish top in a group that had Uruguay, Spain and Sweden.

 

Brazil kicked off their quest to become champions with a 7-1 humiliation of Sweden. They inflicted another heavy defeat this time on Spain, winning 6-1.

 

But it was in the last game against Uruguay which they only needed a draw that everything went wrong as they were shocked 2-1 by their South American foes who clinched their second world title.

 

The final, which was played inside a 173,850 packed Estádio do Maracanã, saw Brazil take the lead in the 47th minute through Friaca.

 

Juan Alberto Schiaffino made it 1-1 in the 66th minute before Alcides Ghiggia silenced the crowd by grabbing the winner with 11 minutes remaining.

 

 

 

NIGERIA 2-2 CAMEROON; CAMEROON WON 4-3 ON PENALTIES (2000 AFCON FINAL)

 

After missing the 1996 and 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and Burkina Faso respectively, the Super Eagles co-hosted the 2000 edition with Ghana and made it to the final.

 

In their first group game, the Super Eagles defeated Tunisia 4-2, played 0-0 against Congo before overcoming Morocco 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals.

 

Against Senegal, the Eagles had to come from a goal down to win 2-1 after extra-time, thanks to a brace from Julius Aghahowa.

 

They met South Africa in the semi-final and won 2-0 with Tijani Babangida scoring both goals.

 

The Eagles faced old foes Cameroon in the final in Lagos and found themselves 2-0 down with the goals coming from Samuel Eto'o and Patrick Mboma.

 

On the stroke of half-time, Raphael Chukwu halved the deficit before Austin Okocha equalized for the the Eagles with a thunderous left-foot strike.

 

The game went into extra-time and then into penalties with Cameroon triumphing 4-3, leaving most Nigerian football fans heartbroken.

 

 

 

 

 

PORTUGAL 0-1 GREECE (EURO 2004 FINAL)

 

Hosts Portugal faced unfancied Greece in the opening game of the 2004 European Championship but were shocked, losing 2-1.

 

They put the defeat behind them by winning their remaining two group games. They beat Russia 2-0 and edged Spain 1-0 to finish top of group A.

 

Portugal took on England in the quarter-finals, winning 6-5 on penalties after regulation time ended 2-2.

 

In the semi-final against the Netherlands, Portugal once again emerged victorious thanks to a 2-1 victory.

 

Unfortunately, they came up short again to Greece, losing 1-0 in the final following Angelo Charisteas' goal.

 

 

 

 

NIGERIA 0-1 SWITZERLAND (2009 U-17 WORLD CUP FINAL)

 

The Golden Eaglets went into the 2009 U-17 FIFA World Cup as hosts and also favourites to defend the title their predecessors won in South Korea in 2007.

 

In the group stage, they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Germany, beat Honduras 1-0 before rounding off with a 2-1 win against Argentina.

 

The round of 16 clash saw them breeze past New Zealand 5-0, before they secured a 3-1 quarter-final win against South Korea. The hosts claimed another 3-1 win against Spain in the semi-final.

 

But everything went wrong for the Eaglets in the final played inside the Abuja National stadium, as they went down 1-0 to Switzerland with the only goal of the final scored by Haris Seferovic in the 63rd minute.   

 

 

 

 

LIBYA 1-1 GHANA; GHANA WON 7-6 ON PENALTIES (1982 AFCON FINAL)

 

Few gave Libya a chance of making it to the final of the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations despite being hosts.

 

They played out a 2-2 draw against Ghana and a 2-0 win against Tunisia.

 

Qualification for the semi-final was guaranteed for Libya as they held Cameroon to a 0-0 draw.

 

In the semi-final against a very strong Zambian side, Libya still managed to seal a 2-1 win and advance into their first and only AFCON final.

 

They came face-to-face against Ghana in the final but came short, losing 7-6 in a penalty shootout after both teams ended 120 minutes 1-1 apiece.  

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