A rare assist, another ball, an armband and a pair of shorts

At the third #WorldCupAtHome weekend we learned who apparently didn’t like to assist Thierry Henry, which ball was used in three major tournaments, who paved the way for the US Women’s National Team to become record World Cup winners and how a pair of shorts got pulled up into the history books.

Here’s our recap of what you might have missed over the last couple of days. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the content and watch the #WorldCupAtHome-matches on FIFA’s official Youtube channel

 

Friday, Aril 3rd 
FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, Brazil - France 0:1 (Quarter-final) 
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Thierry Henry made the difference for Les Bleus in the quarter-final against Brazil in the 2006 World Cup in Germany by scoring the goal that ultimately sent the defending champions home. Henry’s shirt from this match is now proudly on display at the FIFA Museum. The assist for the goal came from non-other than midfield genius Zinédine Zidane with a precise free-kick to Henry. What comes as a surprise is that this was the first time Zidane assisted Henry in a goal for France – despite having already played 56 international games together. Even though France eventually reached the Final, this goal was also the last that Henry scored for France in a World Cup. But it was certainly not the last time he hit the net for Les Bleus. Just a year later Henry scored his 42nd international strike - making him his country's all-time top scorer, a title he still holds today with a total of 51 international goals.

 

Saturday, April 4th
FIFA World Cup Italy 1990, Brazil – Argentina 0:1 (Round of 16) 
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Another legendary ball was used by Argentinian striker Claudio Caniggia to score the only goal in the 1990 World Cup round of 16 match between Brazil and Argentina. The Adidas Etrusco Unico was the official ball of the World Cup in Italy. Like the Adidas Azteca of the previous FIFA World Cup, the design of the ball incorporated elements of the ancient art of the Etruscans in honour of the tournament hosts. Each of the 20 Tango triads featured three Etruscan lion heads. After the World Cup, the Etrusco Unico was also used as official ball of the UEFA Euro 1992 in Sweden and the football tournament of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in the same year. Of course, like all other official World Cup balls, the Etrusco Unico is on display at the FIFA Museum.

 

Sunday, April 5th   
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Portugal – Spain 3:3 (Group match) 
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Long before the 2018 World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo’s determined pose before taking a free kick with his shorts hiked-up was already pretty well-established. So it was no surprise that he set himself up exactly like that to take a free-kick in the 88th minute of Portugal’s group stage match against Spain at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Portugal was down 3-2 and Ronaldo had already scored both goals for his team. With an unstoppable shot, Ronaldo’s conversion not only equalised the game but also made him become the oldest player to ever score a hat-trick at a FIFA World Cup. After an unbelievable 44 attempts, this was actually the first free-kick at a World Cup that Ronaldo scored, as usual with hiked-up shorts and determination. While they played only a supporting role in Ronaldo’s record, these shorts have been pulled-up into the history books as part of our collection.

 

Monday, April 6th  
FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, USA – Germany 2:0 (Semi-final) 
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Carli Lloyd began the semi-final against Germany at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada wearing the blue captain’s armband. This is surprising as she was third in line for team captain after Christie Pearce Rampone and Abby Wambach. Both Germany and the USA were two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champions and they were facing off for a chance to take home the record third title. Player of the Match Lloyd opened the scoring with a converted penalty in the 69th minute and her assist to Kelley O’Hara in the 84th minute secured the USA their win and a place in the Final. Six days later, Lloyd outdid herself by scoring a hat-trick in only 13 minutes at the Final. She was awarded the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament. Her captain’s armband from the semi-final versus Germany is now part of the FIFA Museum’s collection.