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."
2002 Ronaldinho's cross beats David Seaman to secure victory for Brazil in @FIFAWorldCup at Shizuoka Stadium #Japan @England #ThreeLions @FIFAcom @10Ronaldinho @CBF_Futebol @Brazil @BBCMOTD #bra #eng pic.twitter.com/dPZ4696bfd- Iain McDougall (@Iain_McDougall) June 21, 2018
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.
The dream was once again taken away from us in the cruelest way possible.
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.
Especially the former Arsenal shot stopper.
How can a goal still hurt so much?
I remember being in Primary school we were in assembly watching Ronaldinho lob David Seaman in the 2002 World Cup.- 6 (@AnfieldRd96) January 17, 2018
What a time.
When my primary school cancelled classes so we could watch Ronaldinho lob David Seaman :syringe::syringe::syringe::syringe: https://t.co/mDFfzEeAIW- The Sam of Six Paths :trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy: (@SamethyTheThird) May 21, 2019
2006 is the first one I remember being totally aware of, but I seem to recall sitting on the floor of my primary school assembly hall in 2002 watching Brazil vs England and THAT Ronaldinho goal #myfirstworldcup- Dan Deakins (@DanDeakins) June 11, 2018
Where were you when Ronaldinho scored that free-kick to sink England's World Cup hopes?
Let us know your memories in the comments.