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Z is for… Zaire and that free-kick
We know this happened in the World Cup and not the ACoN, but you can’t expect us to leave out this priceless moment.
In 1974, reigning ACoN champions Zaire are 3-0 down to Brazil in their final group game after a 2-0 defeat to Scotland and a 9-0 thrashing by Yugoslavia, and Brazil have a free-kick. As Rivelino pondered where to send the ball, Zaire defender Mwepu Ilunga charged out of the wall to lump it downfield, earning himself a booking.