What’s the highest score in a FIFA World Cup finals match?
The first Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup finals were staged, without qualification, in Uruguay in 1930, long before the modern game or our online casino and sportsbook age. Despite only limited Europen interest, the inaugural finals set the benchmark for high-scoring matches; in their penultimate group match, at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, eventual runners-up Argentina beat Mexico 6-3.
Eight years later, Brazil beat Poland 6-5, after extra time, at Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, France, but it was not until Switzerland, in 1954, that nine or more goals were scored, in normal time, in a FIFA World Cup finals match. However, the 1954 tournament produced a glut of goals and set a number of all-time records. In the group stages, eventual winners Hungary, who averaged 5.4 goals per game, beat South Korea 9-0 and eventual runners-up West Germany 8-3.
Nevertheless, it was the quarter-final match between Austria and the hosts Switzerland, at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne on June 16, 1954, which produced the highest aggregate score in FIFA World Cup finals history. In a remarkable match, played in 40°C temperatures and hence dubbed ‘Hitzeschlacht von Lausanne’ or, in English, ‘Heat Battle of Lausanne’, Austria prevailed 7-5, with striker Erich Probst scoring what turned out to be the winning goal after 76 minutes.