40 Greatest Goals in World Cup History: #35 Tomas Brolin - Romania vs Sweden ('94)
Sweden were one of the most free-scoring teams in the FIFA World Cup in 1994. Having suffered a disappointing campaign in the previous edition of the competition, the nucleus of the team stayed together. Buoyed by their terrific run in the European Championships two years later, the Swedes went on to play one of their most memorable World Cup tournaments.
One of their finest goals came about in the quarter-finals of the competition when they were faced with the difficult prospect of edging past an impressive Romanian unit.
Romania were blessed with The Holy Trinity of Hagi, Dumitrescu and Raducioiu up front but it was the Swedish team, with the baby-faced playmaker Tomas Brolin and the attacking exploits of Kennet Andersson and Martin Dahlin, who lit up America.
A wonderfully worked free-kick, one of the finest in the history of the competition, opened the scoring on the night that ended 2-2 after extra time. In the chaos that ensued from the resulting penalty shoot-out, Borlin managed to step up and put away his spot-kick and send his side through to the semi-finals of the biggest sporting competition in the world.
The art of the indirect free-kick is a dying one, as we see more and more players try to go for glory rather than teeing up a team-mate. Sweden showed us just how it is done in the 78th minute of the game.
After going close on home soil at Euro ’92, the Swedes went all the way to the semi-finals in America with only eventual winners Brazil defeating them on their route to an eventual third place. Parma superstar Tomas Brolin, who broke English hearts two years earlier, came up with the good once again.
One of the best free-kicks of the whole tournament sold their opponents a dummy the size of Texas leaving Brolin to sneak in and smash home. It was to be his career highlight and the best performance by the Swedes since they reached the final way back in 1958.
The Parma man was among the top scorers for his national side in the competition, scoring 6 goals and the penalty in the shootout in the quarters. It is his exploits earlier in the game though, which land him a spot on out list of 40 Greatest Goals in World Cup History.Published 10 May 2018, 16:58 IST