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17 Years Ago, We All Sat Around A TV At School To Watch England vs. Brazil

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17 Years Ago, We All Sat Around A TV At School To Watch England vs. Brazil

On this day in 2002, the great Ronaldinho left a country in tatters after an 'unexpected' free-kick nestled into the back of the net.

Did he mean it? According to the man himself, he did in fact aim for the goal:

"I saw he was off his line. About five metres off. I really aimed at the goal." he told FourFourTwo. "Although not exactly where [the ball] went.

"All I wanted was for Seaman to be desperate and maybe trip on his way back. It was a great goal in my greatest match for Brazil in that World Cup."

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England's often reliable goalkeeper looked around in bemusement as a 20 inch TV almost fell from its far-from-sturdy wheels at my local primary school.

We all went mad. Ducking from objects flying around the room, even our teacher stood emotionless.

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The dream was once again taken away from us in the cruelest way possible.

Image: Reddit
Image: Reddit

But let's be honest. Seaman should have done better after a promising start from The Three Lions.

Michael Owen opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a tidy finish, which sparked huge scenes across the country.

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I'm convinced my teacher said "we're going to win the World Cup" at that very moment. I still blame him.

Brazil striker Rivaldo soon equalised in the 45th minute and not long after, that infamous Ronaldinho free-kick in the 57th minute would ruin everything.

We all expected him to throw it into the mixer - or even pass it to a teammate nearby - but nobody, and I mean nobody, predicted what would happen next.

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Especially the former Arsenal shot stopper.

How can a goal still hurt so much?


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Where were you when Ronaldinho scored that free-kick to sink England's World Cup hopes?

Let us know your memories in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, Free kick, Football, England, World Cup, Brazil

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