1974 World Cup, Italy v Haiti

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:20

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Haiti caused a little tremor as soon as they stepped on the pitch: the first half against Italy ended 1-0 for Haiti. It was an enormous surprise – Italy kept a clean sheet for more than 2 years and came to the World Cup as one of major candidates for the title. It turned out unknown Haiti was better.

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06.15.1974: Haiti 1 Italie 0 Emmanuel Sanon Coupe du Monde 1974

Haiti caused a little tremor as soon as they stepped on the pitch: the first half against Italy ended 1-0 for Haiti. It was an enormous surprise for the world and the 51,000 that packed the Olympiastadion, in Munich.

Italy had kept a clean sheet for more than 2 years and came to the World Cup as one of major candidates for the title. It turned out unknown Haiti would for at least the first half, be the best team in the world.

In the photo, Emmanuel "Ti Manno" Sanon (right) scores in the 46th minute, just before the final whistle of the half. The Haitian team ended the, two-year record run of Dino Zoff (back, on his knees), who did not allow a goal since September 1972.

Thus, the record of 1142 minutes was set as it ended that day. It is still the longest clean sheet run but hardly comforting for the Italians in June 1974.

Dino Zoff congratulates his executor Emmanuel Sanon after the match. The Haitian immediately got offers from European clubs. There were no miracles in the second game – Poland easily thrashed Haiti 7-0, the second highest result in the tournament.