What? Did you seriously think I would let this opportunity pass? The eve of England’s first game? And yes, I live in eternal hope…Oh, and Seaman pops up with a couple of good saves in 1998 & 2002 whilst there was some familiar faces in the 1998. Yes, OK, I know that Sol wasn’t an Arsenal player in ’98 but that doesn’t lessen the sense of injustice.
Sol Campbell was robbed in 1998…
…and made up for it in 2o02 when he had turned his back on the dark side…
The quarter-final that was most widely anticipated. The French had put the disaster of 2002 behind them and Zidane was the conductor of the French orchestra against an admittedly pallid Brazil. Henry provided the winner just before the hour passed, volleying home from an unmarked position at the far post.
Fresh from Paris and his sending off in the Champions League final, Jens Lehmann sought redemption at the World Cup finals. He found it, keeping his country in the competition with two saves in a penalty shootout that sent Germany into the semi-finals.
It was a tight and cautious match in the first half with real opportunities to break the deadlock few and far between. Ayala opened the scoring four minutes into the second half, losing his marker to head home. Germany pressed and eventually equalised through Klose with ten minutes remaining. It set up Lehmann’s moment of glory.
In the penalty shootout, Lehmann saved twice as Germany progressed. Neither penalty he saved was brilliantly taken but Lehmann guessed right on both occasions and got solid hands to the ball. Not that he didn’t have a little help:
In translation it reads:
1. Riquelme left high
2. Crespo long run/right, short run/left
3. Heinze left low
4. Ayala long wait, long run right
5. Messi left
6. Aimar long wait left
7. Rodriguez left
Cambiasso who was the last penalty taker, is missing from the list – he was simply out-thought by the Mad German.
Lehmann frequently displayed a hot-headedness that was sometimes costly for his club. This was forgiven with the command of his defence and the fear he could strike into an opponent. The only surprise in this video is that he is seen walking on air, milking the applause, turns to see the melee and carries on towards the dressing room, rather than turning and sprinting into the fight.