After having seen the Dutch team win their first group B match in the FIFA World Cup 2014, against the reigning world champion (Spain),

I was wondering what the highest win was ever against a reigning champion?

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    Is it for the first match or any match?
    – Himanshu
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 4:05
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    @hims056 would say any match.
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25

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I searched for all games involving defending champions here. Spain's loss against the Netherlands is the biggest loss for any reigning world champion in terms of goal difference (1-5). The second biggest loss is by West Germany, who lost to France 3-6 in the third-place playoff of the 1958 World Cup. This is also the biggest loss in terms of goals conceded.

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