From England 1966 began to play an opening match in each World Cup. Before, in its great majority, there were simultaneous commitments and one was not highlighted above the rest at the beginning. The modality was varying, but in the presentations the world champions or the host selections always participated, as now will happen with Russia receiving Saudi Arabia.
1Georges Bregy (Switzerland) – United States 1994
The Swiss midfielder embittered the hosts for a while at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit. His free kick opened the Mudialist appointment on American soil. The Argentine Francisco Lamolina was the referee of that match.
2Eric Wynalda (United States) – United States 1994
But the American striker, on the closing of the first part, leveled the score with another still ball and gave hope to the locals. Both selections would qualify to the eighth that World Cup. It was one of the three goals of the United States in the contest.
3Philipp Lahm (Germany) – Germany 2006
The historic German side converted the first goal of that World Cup. His shot was lodged in the most distant angle of the Costa Rican goalkeeper in the 4-2 of the Teutons, who would sweep in the group A winning their three commitments.
4Torsten Frings (Germany) – Germany 2006
The midfielder who at the time was active in Werder Bremen took a tremendous shot that decreed the triumph of the Europeans in its premiere. The Munich Olympic stadium exploded with the first victory of the cast led by Juergen Klinsmann against Costa Rica.
5Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) – South Africa 2010
At the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, the hosts’ side tried a spectacular left-footed shot that put the Africans ahead of Mexico. However, the Aztecs would equal 1-1 shortly after the end. The locals would give themselves the pleasure of defeating France on the last day, but it would not be enough for them to reach the round of 16.