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Owen’s goal in '98 is perhaps—along with Pele’s performances in 1958—the finest expression of the World Cup’s capacity to throw up the unexpected and to reveal new stars to the world on the grandest stage of all.
The fresh-faced 18 year-old picked up a Beckham pass just inside the Argentinian half before setting off on an magnificent run. His scintillating pace burnt off Jose Chamot and then he danced past a shell-shocked Ayala, leaving him with a favourable angle to shoot. As the nation's heart missed a beat, he clipped the ball carefully clear of the goalkeeper's reach with deadly precision. Cue ecstasy.
Relive it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPC6Yv3BPVY