To begin with, the designated goalkeeper, Jack, had an unfortunate accident on the way back to the dressing room after the pre-game warm up. The team had to await a FIFA ruling before Jack could have been replaced on the starting line up by Shaka Hislop, a fixture for many years in the English premiership.
Hislop, now 37, must have thought the gods had smiled on him. His outstanding performance between the uprights left him one of the acknowledged bright sparks of the Game.
When the Trinbagonians were reduced to 10 men the Captain, Dwight Yorke, rallied his team and they defended for all their worth, keeping the Swedes at bay.
Sweden has been in the World Cup Finals before, with a massive 42 appearances on the grand stage before meeting Trinidad and Tobago.
Sweden has twice won the prestigious World Cup.
The draw by Trinidad and Tobago was well-received and considered a most welcomed gift.
The Sport Impact
Sport is a major social event that too many people, especially Caribbean politicians tend to trivialize. While this unfortunate truism pervades our region and our leaders insist on only seeing votes as a consequence of the lip-service they pay to sport, the already developed nations promote sports as a vehicle for genuine national development.
After many years pussyfooting with sport, the United Nations (UN) finally woke up. In 2001, the UN appointed Adolf Ogi, former President of Switzerland, its own Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace. This was done in recognition that The United Nations and sport have many fundamental values in common.
The UN observed that Thanks to their universal popularity, enthusiasm and commitment, athletes can be ideal ambassadors and carry messages of goodwill aimed at communities that may be inaccessible through traditional means of communication.