World Cup 2014 countdown: Ariel Ortega head-butts Edwin van der Sar in 1998

Counting down the 100 greatest moments in the history of the World Cup

Simon Rice
Tuesday 15 April 2014 17:04
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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past.

That won't be easy though, as this series will testify. In the run-up to the tournament, we're counting down the 100 greatest World Cup moments.

Check out our latest instalment below, and for any you missed, see the gallery at the end of the article.

Ariel Ortega head-butts Edwin van der Sar in 1998

When pint-sized Argentina striker Ariel Ortega head-butted lanky Dutchman Edwin van der Sar, it seemed to defy the laws of physics.

The episode occurred in the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup.

Ortega, known affectionately as The Little Donkey, took a dive in the Netherlands box, to which van der Sar reacted furiously.

The then Ajax keeper ran over to confront the Argentine, who stood up and somehow made contact with van der Sar's face.

Cue the obligatory collapse-to-the-ground-as-if-you've-been-shot routine and with that Ortega was shown the red card.

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