The Most Shocking Football Results in 2020

Eintracht Braunschweig vs Hertha Berlin: 11th September 2020

Eintracht Braunschweig were promoted back to Bundesliga 2 last season at the first attempt, following their relegation to the 3. Liga in 2019 and provided a major shock on the opening night of this season’s DFB Pokal. They beat Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin 5-4 at Eintracht-Stadion, courtesy of goals from former Union Berlin man Suleiman Abdullahi, an own goal by Maximillian Mittelstädt and a hat-trick from Poland international Martin Kobylanski. This came as a huge shock as Hertha played a full-strength side and since the start of last season have spent just shy of £130m on their squad in a bid to try and compete at the top of the Bundesliga.

Colchester United vs Marine AFC: 7th November 2020

This year saw Marine A.F.C reach the FA Cup third round for just the second time in the club’s history where they will face Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Rossett Park, following their incredible win against League Two side Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium. The team from Merseyside play in the Northern Premier League which is level eight in the English football pyramid, four divisions below their opponents where the majority of teams are filled with amateur players, compared to League Two where all the teams are fully professional.

Marine took the lead through an Anthony Milley strike but were pegged back by a Harry Pell equaliser with just over 25 minutes to go. Scoring was a massive achievement in itself, but they did not stop there, as the Mariners went on to take Colchester to a penalty shootout, winning 5-3 which provided one of the biggest shocks in the entire history of the FA Cup.

Olympique Lyon vs Manchester City: 15th August 2020

In Ligue 1 Olympique Lyon had a torrid time, finishing the season in seventh place in what was a turbulent season for the French club, having sacked manager Sylvinho following a slow start to their league campaign, replacing the former Arsenal full-back with Rudi Garcia. Lyon progressed to the Champions League knockout stages finishing second in their group behind RB Leipzig, which saw them paired with Italian Champions Juventus in the last 16, but, thanks to an early away goal from Memphis Depay in the second leg in Turin, Lyon went into a 2-0 aggregate lead and survived a strong Juve fight back to win on away goals with the score finishing 2-2 at the end of the two legs. Lyon had surprised many with this feat and were then drawn against Manchester City, surely, they couldn’t do it again could they? Lyon took the game to City, leading 1-0 through a neat Maxwel Cornet finish in the first half as they played quick counter-attacking football. City equalised with 20 minutes to go through Kevin De Bruyne with Anthony Lopes’ goal under severe threat, before Moussa Dembele grabbed a brace in the final ten minutes, exploiting the space that Pep Guardiola’s side had left open whilst trying to find the winning goal in the tie, which saw the French outfit progress to the semi-finals of the competition for just the second time in their history.

RC Lens vs PSG: 10th September 2020

RC Lens were playing their first game back in Ligue 1 following a five-year absence, of which they were playing the champions Paris Saint Germain whose last game was their Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich. PSG won the French league by 12 points ahead of Marseille last season and were unbeaten in 15 Ligue 1 games, tallying up 49 goals with their last league defeat coming at Dijon on 1st November 2019. Even with home advantage at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, the chances of Lens picking up anything from the game were slim, but much to everyone’s surprise, the Ligue 2 runners up took the lead through Cameroonian forward Ignatius Gango in the 57th minute, capitalising on a goalkeeper error from Polish shot-stopper Marcin Bulka, of which the home side held onto to claim a memorable win.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 4th October 2020

Liverpool came into this season as resounding champions, having won the Premier League title for the first time in their club’s history, ending a 30 year wait for the Anfield based side to see a league title win. The Reds finished the 2019/20 season on 99 points, having only lost three times. They faced an Aston Villa side in early October who had survived relegation from the league just a couple of months prior to this game at Villa Park, many expected Aston Villa to put up a fight against the champions, but nobody saw what was about to come. Villa raced into a two-goal lead through Ollie Watkins before being pegged back by a Mo Salah goal of which most expected Liverpool to assert their dominance, however, this was not to be, as the Villains raced into a 6-1 lead as John McGinn made it 4-1, before Watkins completed his hat-trick, with a Ross Barkley goal and Jack Grealish brace rounding off the scoring for the home side, as the full-time score at Villa park sent shockwaves around the Premier League, with the Birmingham outfit coming out as 7-2 winners.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid: 21st October and 1st December 2020

Shakhtar Donetsk could’ve easily gone into their UEFA Champions League group expecting the worst, having been drawn against Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach. But they only just missed out on a place in the knockout rounds, having drawn the last game of the group at the San Siro against Inter Milan, beating the hosts to the Europa League qualification place. However, despite getting eight points in their group, remarkably six of them came at the expense of Real Madrid. Shakhtar became only the fourth team in the competition’s history to have beaten Real twice in the group stage, defeating the Spanish giants 3-2 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano where goals from Tete, Manor Soloman and an own goal by Los Blancos’ defender Raphael Varane saw the Ukrainian outfit claim a famous win, which considering they were without 13 first team players, was an incredible achievement. To top off their win in the Spanish capital, when the two sides met again on matchday five of the Champions League group stages in Kyiv, Shakhtar completed the shock double on Real, with a 2-0 win, with Dentinho finding the net this time and Soloman finishing off the scoring.

Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich: 27th September 2020

Bayern Munich came into their game against Hoffenheim on game week two in perhaps the best form the club had ever been in, they were starting this season on the back of a treble win having beaten Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title, as well as winning the DFB Pokal against Bayer Leverkusen and the UEFA Champions League against PSG. Bayern had also beaten Schalke 8-0 in their opening game of the league season, extending their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 20 matches. When most teams tend to play Bayern, they turn up in more hope than expectation, however, Hoffenheim stunned the champions with a 4-1 win at Rhein-Neckar-Arena. The hosts only had 28% possession, but managed one more shot than Bayern with 17 attempts at the champions goal, having taken the lead through early goals from Ermin Bicakcic and Munas Dabbur, their lead was halved by a Joshua Kimmich strike. However, a late brace by Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric sealed a memorable win for Die Kraichgauer in what is Bayern’s only league defeat this calendar year.

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