In light of Swansea City's comprehensive 5-0 win over Bradford, we go from the FA Cup, European Championships around to Switzerland, Hungary and Scotland to suggest the most one-sided cup finals in history.
The dream for Bradford City is over after Swansea City demolished them 5-0 at Wembley. Goals from Nathan Dyer (2), Michu and Jonathan De Guzman (2) saw off their League Two opposition in sumptuous style to give the Welsh side their first ever major trophy.
So who else has managed to make a potentially tricky Cup Final look like a stroll in the park?
1903 FA Cup Final
Bury v Derby: 6-0
Derby County headed into this final with what seemed the better team on paper; but somebody must have forgotten to tell the Bury players. They went into the game without conceding a goal throughout the competition before the game at Crystal Palace. Goals from George Ross, Charles Sagar, Joe Leeming (2), Willie Wood and John Plant secured a unanimous victory for The Shakers and this result still remains the biggest win in the competitions final history.
Scottish League Cup Final 1957
Inspired by a Billy McPhail hat-trick Celtic tore their opponents apart. Apart from the seven goals they also smashed the woodwork on four occasions in a game for the history books.
1975 Magyar Kupa
Ujpest v Szombathelyi: 13-2
I have scoured the globe for some excessive results and many are from a very distant past so perhaps aren’t as relevant.
But 1975 is not that long ago; West Ham were playing Fulham in the FA Cup final and Leeds United were defeated by Bayern Munich in the European Cup that season.
Meanwhile over in Hungary ‘Magic Ujpest’ were thrashing Szombathelyi Haladas 13-2. The legendary team was famous for scoring a plethora of goals with the like of Ferenc Bene, Sandor Zambo and Laszlo Fazekas banging them in.
Swiss Cup Final 2003, 2010
FC Basel v Neuchatel Xamax/ FC Basel v Lausanne-Sport: 6-0
There are plenty of examples of 8-0, 10-0, 7-1 results from around Europe in the 1920’s and 30’s particulary in Switzerland. However two more contemporary examples show that Swiss giants Basel truly are the biggest name in Swiss football.
Their pair of six goal mauling’s in the last ten years highlight that dominance.
While not the most expansive of results taking into the context the stage at which the Spanish side dominated their Italian counterparts was awe-inspiring.
Andres Iniesta ran the show and Jordi Alba’s goal, Spain’s second, really summed up the performance.
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