A match can make one have a vary of expressions. Happiness, sadness, shock, excitement, etc. The World Cup have seen matches that are still talked about today because of its impact, someting outstanding, someting ridiculous, controversy, etc. Here are the top 5 World Cup matches.
• France 3-0 Brazil (1998 FIFA World Cup Final)
A game that united a nation and engulfed with conspiracy. France played Brazil in the Final but Ronaldo suffered a fit the day before the final which left him out of the matchday squad but suddenly started minutes before the game started. It was clear Ronaldo wasn’t fit as France beat their opponents 3-0 from a brace from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit. The game sparked celebrations across France from all walks of life but Ronaldo’s inclusion remains a mystery with conspiracy theories like Nike forcing Ronaldo to play despite not being fit.
• France 0-1 Senegal (2002 FIFA World Cup Group Match)
The 2002 World Cup experienced a shock in the first game. Defending champions France played against debutants Senegal. France consisted of players that won the World Cup and Euros but were without Zidane. Senegal shocked the defending champions beating them 1-0 and making it to the quarter-finals while France endured a difficult campaign not going through their group scoring just no goals.
• Ghana 1-1 Uruguay [2-4 Pen.] (2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals)
A game that had everything with a lot of emotion. Ghana, the last African in the tournament, played against Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Goals came from Sulley Muntari for Ghana and Diego Forlan for Uruguay over 120 mins that was very close. Ghana had a goal bound chance late in extra time but was cleared by Luis Suarez with his hands earning him a red card and Ghana won a penalty. However, Asamoah Gyan missed his penalty taking it to penalty shootout. Uruguay won breaking African hearts and created a villian in Suarez.
• Holland 0-1 Portugal (2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16)
The dirtest game in World Cup history with an incredible 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards. Portugal faced against Holland in the Round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup . Maniche scored the only goal for Portugal sending them through but the game is remembered for the high number of fouls in the game. Known as the ‘Battle of Nuremburg’, referee Valentin Ivanov issued 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards with the likes of Deco and Giovanni van Bronckhorst sent off during the game.
• Brazil 1-7 Germany (2014 FIFA World Cup Semifinals)
A game that broke a football nation and the most tweeted sports event in history. Host Brazil faced Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. Brazil were without star player Neymar through injury and captain Thiago Silva through suspension. Germany beat Brazil in an incredible 7-1 win. The biggest win in a World Cup semifinal. A brace from Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle and goals from Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira put the nation of Brazil in tears, shock, disbelief and anger. Miroslav Klose made history becoming the highest goalscorer in World Cup history with 16 goals overtaking Ronaldo de Lima.