In the 2018 World Cup group F, South Korea defeated Germany who defeated Sweden who defeated Mexico who defeated South Korea and thereby took the most indirect revenge.

Did such a long circular chain of defeats ever happened in any of the previous world cups?

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At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Mexico beat the Republic of Ireland (2-1), that had beaten Italy (0-1), that had beaten Norway (1-0), that had beaten Mexico (1-0). All of this happened in Group E, which is also the only group in the history o the World Cup in which all teams ended with the same number of points (4) and the same goal difference (0).

  • I still remember that group, even though I was a boy back then.. But didn't know it had a similar chain... Jul 2, 2018 at 16:09

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