It was Independence Day and America were playing Brazil in the second round, not that Ramos remembers much of it.
"Maybe I was unconscious for just a second," he said. "When I hit the ground I realised where I was and what had happened."
The States lost the game to thanks to a Bebeto goal, but Leonardo's action clearly weighed heavily on his mind.
"I am devastated by what happened," he said in the days after the incident.
"I watched the video later, and it looked intentional. It gives a horrible impression. But I tell you from the depths of my heart that I had no intention of hurting him."