Ranked! The best 10 Goals of USA '94
10. Ion Goikoetxea, Spain vs Germany
The unpronounceable Spanish midfielder had tongues twisting across the globe thanks to this deeply cheeky effort.
Out on the right wing and with a wealth of crossing options at his disposal, Goikoetxea instead opts to swerve in an incredible cross-cum-shot which ends up nestling in the far left-hand corner of the German net. It was a genuine "Did he mean that?" moment – but he claims he did, and for that, we can only salute the man who wisely chose to shorten his surname to ‘Goiko’.
9. Finidi George, Nigeria vs Greece
The Greeks witnessed some superb goals in the summer of 1994 – it was just a shame that they weren’t the ones scoring them. Nigeria’s gifted No.7 added to their woes here: picking up the ball from just outside the area, he guides a pinpoint chip over Adonis Minou. As if he hadn’t done enough to embarrass them, barmy Finidi then celebrates by crawling on all fours like a delighted puppy.
8. Thomas Brolin, Sweden vs Romania
Now he's best known in England for waddling ineffectively around the Leeds United midfield in the late-’90s, but it’s easy to forget that at his peak Brolin was one of the best players in the world – and helped guide his nation to third place in this competition.
This inventive team free-kick proves the point. With the Romanian defence expecting a routine cross, Brolin scuttles from behind the wall onto a slide-rule pass and fires just under the bar from a narrow angle. Brainy.
7. Branco, Brazil vs Holland
Before Roberto Carlos, another Brazilian left-back was notorious for unleashing scud missiles from set plays: Branco.
Here, with the game poised at 2-2, the seven members of the Dutch wall line up like firing squad victims as the snake-hipped Brazilian embarks on a run-up longer than Freddie Flintoff’s. When he finally arrives at his destination, Branco drills a swerving effort past wall, keeper and team-mates into the bottom left-hand corner. What’s Portuguese for ‘Wallop’?