As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by.
Here is number 19.
PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 19, Senegal shock France in 2002 World Cup opener
Nobody gave Senegal a chance heading into their 2002 World Cup opener in Seoul against the reigning champions France… By the end of the game their famous goal celebration of dancing around the corner flag in unison was being imitated around the world after a huge shock.
Players such as Salif Diao, Papa Bouba Diop, Henri Camara and El Hadj Diouf became household names after they beat the reigning World Cup Champions France in dramatic fashion.
Right from the start Senegal unsettled their illustrious opponents and in the first half they went 1-0 up after Diouf was set free down the right and played in Diop to slot home. It was then shirts off for the Senegalese players, get in a circle in the corner and dance yourself silly.
The tiny French-speaking African nation were one of the surprise packages of the tournament, as they were eventually knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Turkey in extra time. Their humbling of France, and their celebrations, brought back memories of Cameroon shocking everyone at the 1990 World Cup.
Senegal’s stunning win is still remembered fondly over a decade on.