The best individual moments from the 2002 FIFA World Cup
The 2002 World Cup is best remembered for the stupendous Brazilian squad that powered to the title. Featuring Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho, the Selecao put up a great display that wowed fans and brought them their fifth World Cup title.
Along with them, there were many other players who wrote their names into history books with epic moments of individual brilliance. Here are five of them:
Dario Rodriguez vs Denmark
The Uruguayans were dumped out unceremoniously in the group stages of the 2002 World Cup but Dario Rodriguez left a memory to be savored.
Uruguay were losing 1-0 but Rodriguez equalized the score with a thunderous volley from outside the box. Rodriguez got a lofted pass from his teammate and he unleashed a powerful shot with his left foot that beat the goalkeeper to the top-left corner.
The keeper had no chance against that incredible strike.
Edmilson vs Costa Rica
Bicycle kicks are a brilliant sight in football and when Brazilians do it, it amps up the wow factor.
Edmilson scored a brilliant bicycle kick goal in the group stages against Costa Rica. He anticipated Roberto Carlos’ deflected cross and produced an acrobatic finish to score.
What makes this goal incredible is the tough angle from which Edmilson scored. A tough angle that was exploited through a bicycle kick. Jogo Bonito my friends.
Park Ji-Sung vs Portugal
Former Manchester United player Park Ji-Sung is arguably the most famous South Korean player in the world. His rise to fame came at the 2002 World Cup with this brilliant individual moment against Portugal.
The European side was down to 10 men when Park struck with a well taken strike. The winger collected a cross inside the box and evaded the rushing defender with a touch before finishing it off.
Clever stuff from the Korean which helped them register a famous win.
Marc Wilmots vs Japan
Belgium record goal-scorer Marc Wilmots channeled his inner Edmilson for this one.
With the scores tied at 0-0 Wilmots produced a strike of pure beauty to open the flood gates in the match.
In a flurry of attempted clearances, Wilmots picked his spot and produced a fabulous overhead kick that beat the Japanese goalkeeper.
The goal would be the first of the four goals scored as the match ended in a 2-2 draw for both sides.
Nelson Cuevas vs Slovenia
The last goal on this list is this stunner from Nelson Cuevas who took on the Slovenian defense by himself to score.
Cuevas scored twice in the match and this was his second goal of the game. He drifted in with the ball from the right, evaded three defenders with dummies and produced a strong shot to find the top left corner.
A goal of individual brilliance that never gets old no matter how many times you watch it.