Top 10: Most memorable World Cup goals
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8) New York, New York: Ray raises the roof
Ray Houghton (Republic of Ireland) vs Italy, 18 June 1994
Italia 90 was the Republic of Ireland's first World Cup, and they reached the quarter-finals – but their first win in 90 minutes, and their most memorable to date, came at USA 94. Drawn in a group with perennial tough-nuts Italy, local experts Mexico and long-ball loons Norway, the Irish were determined to have a good time – and they didn't half get off to a good start with their group-opening win in front of New York's Irish diaspora against the Italians, who had ended their 1990 run.
Dropping deep from midfield to collect the ball from his defence, Sheffield Wednesday's string-puller John Sheridan casually clips a 60-yard ball toward the Italy area, searching for lone striker Tommy Coyne. Alessandro Costacurta deals with that and the ball falls to captain Franco Baresi, who tries to cushion a header to a team-mate - but Houghton is first on the scene, stealing the ball away 25 yards out, glancing up and immediately lobbing Gianluca Pagliuca, before celebrating with a primary-school forward roll.
The Irish and Italians would both go through on goals scored from a group in which all four teams got four points. Although Italy reached the final, the Netherlands ended Irish interest in the first knockout round, and the Green Army would only experience one of the next eight tournaments.