Ranked! The top 10 goals of World Cup 2002

The finest goals of 2002, selected by an eye-rubbing Nick Moore...

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10. Matt Holland, Republic of Ireland vs Cameroon

For the Irish, World Cup 2002 wasn’t just about Roy Keane telling Mick McCarthy to do something medically impossible: they beat Saudi Arabia, and drew with both Germany and Cameroon to make the round of 16. Ipswich Town's pocket rocket Matty Holland scored a belter, too. Capitalising on a bungled headed clearance by the Indomitable Lions’ domitable-looking Raymond Kalla, Holland lashes a Bobby Charlton-style daisy-cutter hard and low past Boukar Alioum. A jubilant, Keane-free McCarthy performed a Yorkshire jig up the touchline.

(Goal at 0.50)

9. Diego Forlan, Uruguay vs Senegal

Alvaro Recoba’s delicious free kicks caused chaos in opposition boxes for Uruguay, and while this effort is headed clear by a lofty Senegalese defence, Manchester United’s flaxen-haired forward is left in acres of space to pick up the rebound. The Uruguay sub, who’d just broken into the side as a youngster, chests coolly before arrowing home with his right peg. 

This aside, 2002 was a disappointment for Forlan; but having now played 110 caps and scored 36 goals for the Celeste – and been named Player of the Tournament at World Cup 2010 – he enters his third tournament as a bona fide Uruguay legend.

8. Junichi Inamoto, Japan vs Belgium

Having lost all their games at their first ever World Cup in 1998, Japan arrived as an international footballing force in their home tournament, winning Group H and sending their supporters into a delirious fit of expectation. Inamoto’s splendid effort against Belgium in their first match certainly helped: he turns his body neatly to get away from one opponent from deep in midfield and rockets past another with a fine second touch, before ghosting into the box and placing past Geert de Vlieger neatly.

Despite being on the Arsenal books he never played for the Gunners, instead becoming a minor hit at Fulham – and a major hit at home, where his bleached look saw him rival David Beckham in the popularity stakes.