Wonderful World Cup goals under the microscope

There are few things that bring football fans more joy than seeing the ball hit the back of the net, or more devastation than when the opposition score against your side. Goals ultimately decide success and failure. At the FIFA World Cup™, these joys and sorrows are heightened ever still, magnified on the global stage.

In the fabled 90-year history of the World Cup nearly 2,400 goals have been scored. Not all of them have been spectacular, but some of the most beautiful or dramatic goals are remembered by generations of football fans.

In our new “Hyundai Anatomy of a Goal” series, we closely analyse some of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. Have fun watching!

The game: Brazil 5-2 Sweden, 1958 World Cup Final
The goal: 3-1, Pele (BRA, 55′)

The game: Brazil 4-1 Italy, 1970 World Cup Final
The goal: 4-1, Carlos Alberto (BRA, 86′)

The game: Mexico 2-0 Bulgaria, 1986 World Cup Round of 16
The goal: 1-0, Manuel Negrete (MEX, 34′)

The game: Argentina 2-1 England, 1986 World Cup quarter-final
The goal: 2-0, Diego Maradona (ARG, 55′)

The game: Germany 4-1 Yugoslavia, 1990 World Cup Group D
The goal: 1-3, Lothar Matthaus (GER, 64′)

The game: Belgium 0-1 Saudi Arabia, 1994 World Cup Group F
The goal: 0-1​, Saeed Al-Owairan (KSA, 5′)

The game: Greece 0-2 Nigeria, 1994 World Cup Group D
The goal: 0-2, Daniel Amokachi (NGA, 90′)

The game: Portugal 0-1 Korea Republic, 2002 World Cup Group D
The goal: 0-1, Park Jisung (KOR, 70′)

The game: Uruguay 2-3 Germany, 2010 World Cup Match for third place​
The goal: 2-1​, Diego Forlan (URU, 51′)

The game: Colombia 2-0 Uruguay, 2014 World Cup Round of 16
The goal: 1-0, James Rodriguez (COL, 28′)