9 sporting upsets - Wimbledon, Dennis Taylor, Japan and more

Continuing our series of lookbacks at some iconic sporting moments, today we feature nine sporting upsets.

Friday, 27th November 2015, 10:19 am
May 1985: Dennis Taylor of Northern Ireland celebrates victory in the Embassy World Snooker Championship Final at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. Taylor beat Steve Davis 18-17 in a dramatic black ball finish. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell /Allsport

1. 1988 FA Cup Final - Liverpool 0-1 Wimbledon

Wimbledon pulled off one of THE shocks in FA Cup history in May 1988.

The London outfit lifted the cup thanks to a solitary Lawrie Sanchez goal.

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The win propelled the Crazy Gang into the national spotlight and still to this day it remains one of the most decorated moments in the famous competition’s history.

2. 1989 FA Cup Third Round - Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City

It is one of the most famous ‘giant-killings’ in the competition’s history, notable for being one of those rare occasions when a club from the highest tier of English football was defeated by a non-League side.

Goals from Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan secured a famous win for the hosts against their shellshocked top flight visitors.

3. 1998 Challenge Cup Final - Sheffield 17-8 Wigan

Few finals in the Challenge Cup’s 116-year history have been as dramatic, sensational and unexpected as Sheffield Eagles’ victory against Wigan in 1998.

John Kear’s group brought glory to South Yorkshire on a sunny May afternoon at Wembley, toppling the eventual Super League champions 17-8 to lift the trophy for the first time.

4. 2015 US Open Women’s semi-final

The dominant face of women’s tennis, Serena Williams was just two wins away from completing the calendar Grand Slam.

However, the 33-year-old unexpectedly lost 2-6 6-4 6-4 to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci in the last four to wreck her hopes of the historic feat.

It was Williams’ first defeat after a 33-game winning streak in Grand Slams.

5. 2015 Rugby World Cup - Japan 34-32 South Africa

Arguably the biggest shock the sport has ever seen, Japan pulled off a sensational victory against the Springboks.

Karne Hesketh crossed in the final minute to win an incredible World Cup Pool B encounter in Brighton.

Japan had not won a World Cup game since 1991, while South Africa were world champions in both 1995 and 2007.

6. 1985 World Snooker Championship Final

Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis have each told the story countless times but it never gets old.

Even now the footage is still as nerve-wracking as it was back in April 1985.

Taylor won the tournament thanks to a tense last-frame shootout forever known as the black ball final.

7. 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’

The 1980 US Men’s Olympic ice hockey team had no business beating the Soviet Union in the medal round.

The USSR was an unstoppable force that had dominated the sport for years.

But Herb Brooks and his melting pot of college stars believed that they could pull of the impossible and it proved to be true after a 4-3 win.

8. FA Cup Third Round 1992 - Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal

Fourth Division side Wrexham and First Division Arsenal, who had been crowned Champions the previous season, met in the third round of the FA Cup.

Wrexham came from behind to win 2-1 with both their goals scored in the final eight minutes of the match and just two minutes apart.

The match has been described as one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time.

9. World Heavyweight Championship 1990

When undefeated Mike Tyson took to the ring to face Buster Douglas, few gave any hope whatsoever to the challenger.

However, what unfolded in the Tokyo Dome on that February night shocked the sport.

Douglas recorded a knockout in round ten to inflict a career-first defeat for Iron Mike.