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1990 FIFA WORLD CUP
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  1990 WORLD CUP
 

The 1990 FIFA World Cup took place in Italy from 8 June to 8 July 1990. Italy became the second country to host the tournament twice, fifty-six years on from their 1934 triumph on home soil. 24 teams from 5 confederations participated in the final tournament: 14 from Europe (UEFA), 4 from South America (CONMEBOL), 2 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF), 2 from Africa (CAF), and 2 from Asia (AFC). Three teams made their first World Cup presentation (Costa Rica, Republic of Ireland, and United Arab Emirates).

Although The 1990 World Cup is widely remembered as one of the poorest World Cups ever, basically due to the record as the lowest-scoring tournament, with just 2.21 goals per game, this was also one of the most watched events in television history. This was a World Cup without inspiration and ruled by physical play and defensive tactics. Many teams, in which Republic of Ireland and Argentina were the leading exponents, preferred play safe for 120 minutes and try their luck in the penalty shoot-out, rather than risk going forward. Republic of Ireland scored only twice in the entire tournament. The Irish tied the first four games and fell on the fifth game against Italy 1-0. Losing finalist Argentina, on the other hand, scored only five goals in the entire tournament. The Argentines became the first team to advance twice on penalty shootouts. To correct this defensive tactic, FIFA introduced the back-pass rule for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

The first round had some facts worth noting. In Group A, there was no surprise. Italy and Czechoslovakia advance to the next stage. Italy ended with three consecutive wins, while United States ended with three consecutive defeats. Cameroon topped Group B ahead of Romania and reigning champions Argentina. Cameroon, nicknamed The Indomitable Lions, one of the pleasant surprises of the tournament, opened the World Cup with a shock and memorable victory over Argentina. Diego Maradona, much less dominant than four years earlier, had an ankle injury that affected his overall performance throughout the tournament. The Biyik brothers, on the other hand, made ​​headlines in this match. While François Omam scored the downward header that gave Cameroon an historic 1–0 win over defending world champions Argentina in the magnificently revamped San Siro, his brother Andre Kana was sent off for a violent foul. Brazil won all three games to finish first in Group C ahead of Costa Rica. The surprise of this group was the performance of Sweden, who ended up losing all three games. Costa Rica on the other hand, the third most successful team in CONCACAF after Mexico and the United States, did an excellent job on their debut in Italy defeating Scotland and Sweden. In Group G, West Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia advanced to the next stage. Germany was one of the few teams encouraged to deploying attacking soccer, thanks to their trio of Lothar Matthäus, Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann. United Arab Emirates, another of the newcomers, ended with three consecutive defeats and eleven goals against. Spain, Belgium and Uruguay advanced in Group E. South Korea continued to show no improvements in World Cups and lost all three games. Group F was one of the tightest groups in World Cup history. England, Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands progressed to the knockout stages despite only scoring two goals each in three games, while Egypt hat to go home with two draws and a tight loss to England 1-0.

In the round of 16, Czechoslovakia defeated Costa Rica 4-1. Tomáš Skuhravý scored the tournament's second and final hat-trick. The surprising Cameroon continued in winning ways and this time defeated Colombia 2-1 in overtime. Roger Milla scored twice, after the regular time ended goalless. The 38-years-old Milla introduced his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. He was undoubtedly the pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. The all-South American game was won for Argentina 1-0. Brazil dominated most of the game, but an excellent job of goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea, an extraordinary run of Diego Maradona leaving seven Brazilians on the road followed by a perfect through-ball to Claudio Caniggia, and a fabulous definition of “The Bird” settled the game (Enjoy the goal!). West Germany and the Netherlands played another spectacular game that the Germans went on to win 2-1. It is worth noting that both teams featured several notable players from the two Milanese clubs: Germans Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann for Inter Milan, and Dutchmen Marco van Basten (the reigning two-time European player of the year), Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard for AC Milan. The Republic of Ireland's match with Romania remained goalless after extra time, and then the Irish side won 5–4 on penalties. Italy could not figure out Uruguay in Rome, but in the second half Italy went on to win 2-0. Yugoslavia defeated Spain 2-1 after extra time. Dragan Stojković scored twice. In the last match of the round of 16, England overcame Belgium thanks to a David Platt’s stunning volley in the last minute of extra-time.

In the quarter-finals, the Argentina’s match with Yugoslavia remained goalless after extra time, and then Argentine won 5–4 on penalties, despite Maradona having his penalty saved. Sergio Goycochea made three extraordinary saves to help the reigning champions escape with the victory. Italy suffered more than necessary but ended up defeating Republic of Ireland 1-0, thanks to a solitary goal of Toto Schillaci. West Germany defeated Czechoslovakia 1-0 thanks to a goal of Matthäus. In the last quarter-final, England was fortunate enough to beat Cameroon 3-2 after extra time. Cameroon came to within seven minutes of reaching the semi-finals, but Gary Lineker converted a penalty-kick to equalize and sent the match to extra time. England were awarded another penalty that Lineker again converted to define the game. Cameroon became the first African team to advance to the quarter-finals.

The first semi-final faced the host nation, Italy, against the world champion, Argentina, in Naples, the house of Diego Maradona.  Italy had a tough defense that had not conceded a goal in the entire tournament. The game ended time 1-1 after extra time.  Claudio Caniggia was the first player to breach the Italian defense in a World Cup record 517 minutes' play. Argentina ended the hopes of Italy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out (4-3). Sergio Goycochea, who had another outstanding performance, made two saves. The decisive penalty was converted by Diego Maradona. The other semi-final was contested by West Germany and England. The match ended time 1-1 after extra time. The game was decided by penalty kicks, where West Germany won their third straight World Cup shoot-out, 4–3. Germany reached a major achievement, the third successive final. Italy had the consolation prize after beating in the third-place match to England 2-1.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup Final was contested at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, before a crowd of 73,000 followers, for Argentina led by Diego Armando Maradona although in a weakened physical condition, and West Germany, led by Jürgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthäus. The Argentina star Claudio Caniggia was ruled out for the game, as he picked up his second yellow card in the semi-final. This World Cup Final is remembered as the worst World Cup Final ever. West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in normal time, thanks to a dubious penalty in the 85th minute awarded to Germany and taken by Andreas Brehme, winning the third World Cup title. Argentina imposed two negative records in the final. Argentina became the first finalists not to score and also the first to have a player sent off in a World Cup Final (Actually had two players sent off: Pedro Monzón and Gustavo Dezotti). This victory gave West Germany their third World Cup success, making them the nation with most World Cup finals at the time (3 titles, 3 second places). Franz Beckenbauer wrote his name in history as the second man to win the World Cup as first a player and then a coach.

The top scorer (Golden Shoe) of the tournament was Salvatore Schillaci of Italy, who would go on to score six goals. Schillaci had also the honor of being elected the best player (Golden Ball) of the tournament. Robert Prosinečki of Yugoslavia was elected Best Young Player. England, on the other hand, received the FIFA Fair Play award. The names that people probably remember from those times are: Franz Beckenbauer (German coach), Carlos Bilardo (Argentine coach), Oscar Tabárez (Uruguayan coach), Bobby Robson (English coach), Leo Beenhakker (Dutch coach), Carlos Alberto Parreira (United Arab Emirates coach), Bora Milutinović (Costa Rican coach), Sebastião Lazaroni (Brazilian coach), Thomas Nkono (Cameroon goalkeeper), Taffarel (Brazilian goalkeeper), Luis Gabelo Conejo (Costa Rican goalkeeper), René Higuita (Colombian goalkeeper), Rinat Dasayev (Soviet goalkeeper), Thomas Ravelli (Swedish goalkeeper), Tony Meola (American goalkeeper), Andoni Zubizarreta (Spanish goalkeeper), Michel Preud’Homme (Belgian goalkeeper), Sergio Goycochea (Argentine goalkeeper), Peter Shilton (English goalkeeper), Walter Zenga (Italian goalkeeper), Andreas Brehme (German defender), Ronald Koeman (Dutch defender), Fernando Hierro (Spanish defender), Oscar Ruggeri (Argentine defender), Paolo Maldini (Italian defender), Giuseppe Bergomi (Italian defender), Franco Baresi (Italian defender), Sergio Batista (Argentine midfielder), Míchel (Spanish midfielder), Enzo Scifo (Belgian midfielder), Tab Ramos (American midfielder), Lothar Matthäus (German midfielder), Paul Gascoigne (English midfielder), Ruud Gullit (Dutch midfielder), Frank Rijkaard (Dutch midfielder), Carlos Valderrama (Colombian midfielder), Diego Maradona (Argentine midfielder), Dunga (Brazilian midfielder), Dragan Stojković (Yugoslav striker), Careca (Brazilian striker), Emilio Butragueño (Spanish striker), Roberto Baggio (Italian striker), Roberto Mancini (Italian striker), Salvatore Schillaci (Italian striker), Toni Polster (Austrian striker), Romário (Brazilian striker), Bebeto (Brazilian striker), Marco Van Basten (Dutch striker), Claudio Caniggia (Argentine striker), Rubén Sosa (Uruguayan striker), Toni Cascarino (Irish striker),  Roger Milla (Camerron striker), Hernán Medford (Costa Rican striker), Tomáš Skuhravý (Czech striker), Jürgen Klinsmann (German striker), Rudi Völler (German striker), Paul Caliguri (American striker), Eric Wynalda (American striker), Robert Prosinečki (Yugoslav striker and Best Young Player), Gheorghe Hagi (Romanian striker), Gary Lineker (English striker), and Salvatore Schillaci (Italian striker, Golden Ball, and Golden Shoe).  

     
QUICK FACTS
   
   
  Teams
  24
 
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  When
  8 June 1990 to 8 July 1990
  
  Matches
  52
  Venues
  12
  Attendance
  2,516,215 (average 48,388)
  Goals Scored
  115 (2.21 per match)
   
   
WEST GERMANY 1-0 ARGENTINA
  Champion
 Golden shoe
1
6
  Runner-up
2
5
  Third place
  Italy
3
4
  Fourth Place
 
   Golden ball
1
 Best young player
2
 Fair play award
3
   
   
  Antecedents
 

Italy was chosen to host the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the 14th staging of the FIFA World Cup, at the FIFA Congress in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 19, 1984. Soviet Union had also submitted the bid to host the championship, but Italy was chosen ahead of the only rival bid, the Soviet Union. Italy had 11 votes in the first round of voting, while Soviet Union had 5 votes. Thus, Italy became the second country to organize the World Cup for a second time.

Initially, England and Greece also submitted applications to host the 1990 FIFA World Cup. However, at the beginnings of the 1984, England and Greece withdrew, leaving the way open to only two countries: Italy and Soviet Union. The rest is known.  

 

   

  Qualification
 
Participating countries:
116
Withdrew:
11
Qualified automatically:
2
Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
93
Matches:
314
Total goals:
735 (2.34 per match)

A total of 116 teams signed up to participate in the 1990 World Cup qualification rounds. Italy, as the hosts, and Argentina, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition.

The 22 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

Europe (UEFA): 13 spots. 32 teams competed for 12 direct places. Italy, as the defending champion, qualified directly.
South America (CONMEBOL): 2.5 spots. 9 teams competed for 2 direct places. The winner of the 0.5 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from OFC. Argentina, as the defending champion, qualified directly.
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 spots. 14 teams competed for 2 direct places. Belize and Mexico rejected.
Africa (CAF): 2 spots. 21 teams competed for 2 direct places. Mauritius, and Mozambique rejected. Lesotho, Rwanda and Togo withdrew.
Asia (AFC): 2 spots. 22 teams competed for 2 direct places. Bahrain, India, Maldives, and South Yemen withdrew.
Oceania (OFC): 0.5 spot. 5 teams (including Israel and Chinese Taipei) competed for 0.5 spot. The winner of the 0.5 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from UEFA. 

Colombia, from CONMEBOL, and Israel, from OFC, advanced to the international play-off. Colombia defeated Israel 1-0 in Barranquilla, Colombia, on 15 October 1989, and then drew with Israel 0-0 in Ramat Gan, Israel on 30 October 1989. Colombia, therefore, qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup Qualification had some outstanding incidents. One of them happened in the last game of Group 3, between Brazil and Chile at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium. The match was halted in the 67th minute with Brazil leading 1-0. A firecracker thrown from the stands by a Brazilian fan supposedly hit goalkeeper Roberto Rojas in the head. Rojas fell to the pitch writhing and holding his forehead, and finally had to be carried off the field. His teammates walked off in protest and then refused to return claiming conditions were unsafe. Chile had a chance to qualify if the incident was confirmed, while Brazil would be out of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. A subsequent FIFA investigation found that Rojas deliberately injured himself in an attempt to avoid a loss by the Chilean national team, using a razor blade hidden in his glove. The match was awarded 2–0 to Brazil.  As a consequence, Chile was banned from the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Rojas was banned for life, along with coach Orlando Aravena and team doctor Daniel Rodriguez. Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas was allowed to return to soccer as coach in 2001 after an amnesty.

Mexico, on the other hand, were disqualified during this stage after having been found to have fielded over-aged players during the 1988 Olympic Games qualifiers. In what is known as the cachirules scandal, at least four players of the Mexican youth football team were over the age limit during the qualification tournament.

In another sad and tragic incident, Samuel Okwaraji collapsed and died of congestive heart failure whilst playing for Nigeria in their qualifying match against Angola, thirteen minutes before the end on 12 August 1989. Samuel was also a qualified lawyer who had a master in international law from the University of Rome.
 
     
  Squads                                                                             
 
 
  For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1990 WORLD CUP SQUADS
 
   
1990 WORLD CUP STANDINGS
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
Title
Pt
Ap.
1
 Germany
7
5
2
0
15
5
10
12
1.71
0.0417
24.00
C
12
2
 Argentina
7
2
3
2
5
4
1
7
1.00
0.0833
12.00
F
10
3
 Italy
7
6
1
0
10
2
8
13
1.86
0.1250
9.00
TP
12
4
 England
7
3
3
1
8
6
2
9
1.29
0.1667
6.00
FP
9
5
 Yugoslavia
5
3
1
1
8
6
2
7
1.40
0.2083
3.00
QF
8
6
 Czechoslovakia
5
3
0
2
10
5
5
6
1.20
0.2500
3.00
QF
8
7
 Cameroon
5
3
0
2
7
9
-2
6
1.20
0.2917
3.00
QF
2
8
 Republic of Ireland
5
0
4
1
2
3
-1
4
0.80
0.3333
3.00
QF
1
9
 Brazil
4
3
0
1
4
2
2
6
1.50
0.3750
1.50
2R
14
10
 Spain
4
2
1
1
6
4
2
5
1.25
0.4167
1.50
2R
8
11
 Belgium
4
2
0
2
6
4
2
4
1.00
0.4583
1.50
2R
8
12
 Romania
4
1
2
1
4
3
1
4
1.00
0.5000
1.50
2R
5
13
 Costa Rica
4
2
0
2
4
6
-2
4
1.00
0.5417
1.50
2R
1
14
 Colombia
4
1
1
2
4
4
0
3
0.75
0.5833
1.50
2R
2
15
 Netherlands
4
0
3
1
3
4
-1
3
0.75
0.6250
1.50
2R
5
16
 Uruguay
4
1
1
2
2
5
-3
3
0.75
0.6667
1.50
2R
9
17
 Soviet Union
3
1
0
2
4
4
0
2
0.67
0.7083
1.00
1R
7
18
 Austria
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
0.67
0.7500
1.00
1R
6
19
 Scotland
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
0.67
0.7917
1.00
1R
7
20
 Egypt
3
0
2
1
1
2
-1
2
0.67
0.8333
1.00
1R
2
21
 Sweden
3
0
0
3
3
6
-3
0
0.00
0.8750
1.00
1R
8
22
 Korea Republic
3
0
0
3
1
6
-5
0
0.00
0.9167
1.00
1R
3
23
 United States
3
0
0
3
2
8
-6
0
0.00
0.9583
1.00
1R
4
24
 United Arab Emirates
3
0
0
3
2
11
-9
0
0.00
1.0000
1.00
1R
1
   
     
TOURNAMENT SUMMARY
 
 
First Round- Group A
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Italy
3
3
0
0
4
0
4
6
2
 Czechoslovakia
3
2
0
1
6
3
3
4
3
 Austria
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
4
 United States
3
0
0
3
2
8
-6
0
 
 
Match 1
1-0
Austria
Date: 9 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
 
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,303  
Referee: José Roberto Wright (Brazil)  
 
Match 2
Czechoslovakia
5-1
United States
Date: 10 June 1990
T. Skuhravý 26', 78'
P. Caligiuri 60'
Stadium: Stadio Comunale  
Venue: Florence  
Attendance: 33,266  
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)  
 
Match 3
1-0
United States
Date: 14 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
 
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,423  
Referee: Edgardo Codesal Méndez (Mexico)  
 
Match 4
Czechoslovakia
1-0
Austria
Date: 15 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Comunale
 
Venue: Florence    
Attendance: 38,962    
Referee: George Smith (Scotland)  
 
Match 5
Austria
2-1
United States
Date: 19 June 1990 B. Murray 83'
Stadium: Stadio Comunale  
Venue: Florence    
Attendance: 34,857  
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)  
 
Match 6
2-0
Czechoslovakia
Date: 19 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico  
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,303  
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
First Round- Group B
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Cameroon
3
2
0
1
3
5
-2
4
2
 Romania
3
1
1
1
4
3
1
3
3
 Argentina
3
1
1
1
3
2
1
3
4
 Soviet Union
3
1
0
2
4
4
0
2
 
 
Match 7
1-0
Argentina
Date: 8 June 1990  
Stadium: San Siro    
Venue: Milan    
Attendance: 73,780    
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)  
 
Match 8
Romania
2-0
Soviet Union
Date: 9 June 1990
M. Lăcătuş 41', 55'
 
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola
 
Venue: Bari    
Attendance: 42,907  
Referee: Juan Daniel Cardellino (Uruguay)  
 
Match 9
2-0
Soviet Union
Date: 13 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo  
Venue: Naples    
Attendance: 55,759  
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)  
 
Match 10
2-1
Romania
Date: 14 June 1990
R. Milla 76', 86'
G. Balint 88'
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola
 
Venue: Bari    
Attendance: 38,687  
Referee: Hernán Silva Arce (Chile)    
 
Match 11
1-1
Romania
Date: 18 June 1990 G. Balint 68'
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
 
Venue: Naples    
Attendance: 52,733    
Referee: Carlos Silva Valente (Portugal)    
 
Match 12
Soviet Union
4-0
Cameroon
Date: 18 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola  
Venue: Bari  
Attendance: 37,307  
Referee: José Roberto Wright (Brazil)  
First Round- Group C
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Brazil
3
3
0
0
4
1
3
6
2
 Costa Rica
3
2
0
1
3
2
1
4
3
 Scotland
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
4
 Sweden
3
0
0
3
3
6
-3
0
   
   
Match 13
2-1
Sweden
Date: 10 June 1990
Careca 40', 63'
T. Brolin 79'
Stadium: Stadio Delle Alpi    
Venue: Turin    
Attendance: 62,628    
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)  
 
Match 14
1-0
Scotland
Date: 11 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris    
Venue: Genoa    
Attendance: 30,867  
Referee: Juan Carlos Loustau (Argentina)  
 
Match 15
1-0
Costa Rica
Date: 16 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Delle Alpi    
Venue: Turin    
Attendance: 58,007  
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)  
 
Match 16
Scotland
2-1
Sweden
Date: 16 June 1990 G. Strömberg 86'
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris  
Venue: Genoa    
Attendance: 31,823  
Referee: Carlos Maciel (Paraguay)    
 
Match 17
1-0
Scotland
Date: 20 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Delle Alpi
 
Venue: Turin    
Attendance: 62,502    
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)    
 
Match 18
2-1
Sweden
Date: 20 June 1990 J. Ekström 32'
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris  
Venue: Genoa    
Attendance: 30,223    
Referee: Zoran Petrović (Yugoslavia)  
First Round- Group D
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 West Germany
3
2
1
0
10
3
7
5
2
 Yugoslavia
3
2
0
1
6
5
1
4
3
 Colombia
3
1
1
1
3
2
1
3
4
 United Arab Emirates
3
0
0
3
2
11
-9
0
   
   
Match 19
2-0
United Arab Emirates
Date: 9 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara  
Venue: Bologna    
Attendance: 30,791    
Referee: George Courtney (England)  
 
Match 20
4-1
Yugoslavia
Date: 10 June 1990
L. Matthäus 28', 64'
D. Jozić 55'
Stadium: San Siro  
Venue: Milan  
Attendance: 74,765  
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)  
 
Match 21
Yugoslavia
1-0
Colombia
Date: 14 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
 
Venue: Bologna    
Attendance: 32,257  
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)  
 
Match 22
5-1
United Arab Emirates
Date: 15 June 1990
R. Völler 35', 75'
K. Ismail 46'
Stadium: San Siro  
Venue: Milan  
Attendance: 71,169  
Referee: Alexey Spirin (Soviet Union)    
 
Match 23
1-1
Colombia
Date: 19 June 1990 F. Rincón 90'
Stadium: San Siro
 
Venue: Milan    
Attendance: 72,510    
Referee: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)    
 
Match 24
Yugoslavia
4-1
United Arab Emirates
Date: 19 June 1990 A. Thani 22'
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
D. Pančev 9', 46'
 
Venue: Bologna  
Attendance: 27,833    
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)  
First Round- Group E
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Spain
3
2
1
0
5
2
3
5
2
 Belgium
3
2
0
1
6
3
3
4
3
 Uruguay
3
1
1
1
2
3
-1
3
4
 South Korea
3
0
0
3
1
6
-5
0
   
   
Match 25
2-0
South Korea
Date: 12 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi  
Venue: Verona    
Attendance: 32,790    
Referee: Vincent Mauro (United States)  
 
Match 26
0-0
Spain
Date: 13 June 1990    
Stadium: Stadio Friuli    
Venue: Udine    
Attendance: 35,713  
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)  
 
Match 27
3-1
Uruguay
Date: 17 June 1990 P. Bengoechea 73'
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi  
Venue: Verona  
Attendance: 33,759  
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)  
 
Match 28
3-1
South Korea
Date: 17 June 1990
J. Míchel 23', 61', 81'
Hwangbo Kwan 43'
Stadium: Stadio Friuli
 
Venue: Udine    
Attendance: 32,733  
Referee: Elías Jácome Guerrero (Ecuador)    
 
Match 29
2-1
Belgium
Date: 21 June 1990 P. Vervoort 29'
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi  
Venue: Verona    
Attendance: 35,950    
Referee: Juan Carlos Loustau (Argentina)    
 
Match 30
1-0
South Korea
Date: 21 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Friuli
 
Venue: Udine    
Attendance: 29,039    
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)  
First Round- Group F
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 England
3
1
2
0
2
1
1
4
2
 Republic of Ireland
3
0
3
0
2
2
0
3
3
 Netherlands
3
0
3
0
2
2
0
3
4
 Egypt
3
0
2
1
1
2
-1
2
   
   
Match 31
1-1
Republic of Ireland
Date: 11 June 1990 K. Sheedy 73'
Stadium: Stadio Sant'Elia    
Venue: Cagliari    
Attendance: 35,238    
Referee: Aron Schmidhuber (Germany)  
 
Match 32
1-1
Egypt
Date: 12 June 1990 M. Abdelghani 83'
Stadium: Stadio La Favorita    
Venue: Palermo    
Attendance: 33,288  
Referee: Emilio Soriano Aladrén (Spain)  
 
Match 33
0-0
Netherlands
Date: 16 June 1990    
Stadium: Stadio Sant'Elia    
Venue: Cagliari    
Attendance: 35,267  
Referee: Zoran Petrović (Yugoslavia)  
 
Match 34
Republic of Ireland
0-0
Egypt
Date: 17 June 1990    
Stadium: Stadio La Favorita    
Venue: Palermo    
Attendance: 33,288  
Referee: Marcel van Langenhove (Belgium)    
 
Match 35
1-0
Egypt
Date: 21 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Sant'Elia    
Venue: Cagliari    
Attendance: 34,959    
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)    
 
Match 36
Republic of Ireland
1-1
Netherlands
Date: 21 June 1990 R. Gullit 11'
Stadium: Stadio La Favorita  
Venue: Palermo    
Attendance: 33,288    
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)  
Ranking of third-placed teams  
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Argentina
3
1
1
1
3
2
1
3
2
 Colombia
3
1
1
1
3
2
1
3
3
 Netherlands
3
0
3
1
2
2
0
3
4
 Uruguay
3
1
1
1
2
3
-1
3
5
 Austria
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
6
 Scotland
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
   
 
Round of 16
  a.e.t.
Match 37
2-1
Colombia
Date: 23 June 1990
R. Milla 106', 108'
B. Redín 115'
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo    
Venue: Naples    
Attendance: 50,026    
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)  
 
Match 38
Czechoslovakia
4-1
Costa Rica
Date: 23 June 1990
T. Skuhravý 12', 63', 82'
R. González 55'
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola  
Venue: Bari    
Attendance: 47,673  
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)  
 
Match 39
1-0
Brazil
Date: 24 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Delle Alpi
 
Venue: Turin    
Attendance: 61,381  
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
 
Match 40
2-1
Netherlands
Date: 24 June 1990 R. Koeman 89'
Stadium: San Siro  
Venue: Milan    
Attendance: 74,559  
Referee: Juan Carlos Loustau (Argentina)    
  a.e.t.
Match 41
Republic of Ireland
0-0
Romania
Date: 25 June 1990    
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Penalties
1-1
G. Hagi
2-2
D. Lupu
3-3
I. Rotariu
4-4
I. Lupescu
5-4 D. Timofte
X
Venue: Genoa
Attendance: 31,818
Referee: José Roberto Wright (Brazil)
   
   
   
   
   
 
Match 42
2-0
Uruguay
Date: 25 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico  
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,303    
Referee: George Courtney (England)  
  a.e.t
Match 43
Yugoslavia
2-1
Spain
Date: 26 June 1990
D. Stojković 78', 93'
J. Salinas 84'
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
 
Venue: Verona    
Attendance: 35,500    
Referee: Aron Schmidhuber (West Germany)  
  a.e.t
Match 44
1-0
Belgium
Date: 26 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
 
Venue: Bologna    
Attendance: 34,520  
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)  
Quarter-finals
  a.e.t.
Match 45
0-0
Yugoslavia
Date: 30 June 1990      
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi
Penalties
1-0
D. Stojković
X
2-1
R. Prosinečki
X
2-2
D. Savićević
X
2-2
D. Brnović
X
3-2 F. Hadžibegić
X
Venue: Florence
Attendance: 38,971
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)
   
   
   
   
 
Match 46
1-0
Republic of Ireland
Date: 30 June 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico    
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,303  
Referee: Carlos Silva Valente (Portugal)  
 
Match 47
1-0
Czechoslovakia
Date: 1 July 1990  
Stadium: San Siro    
Venue: Milan    
Attendance: 73,347  
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)  
  a.e.t.
Match 48
3-2
Cameroon
Date: 1 July 1990 E. Kundé 61'
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
G. Lineker 83', 105'
E. Ekéké 65'
Venue: Naples    
Attendance: 55,205  
Referee: Edgardo Codesal (Mexico)    
Semi-finals
  a.e.t.
Match 49
1-1
Italy
Date: 3 July 1990 S. Schillaci 17'
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo    
Venue: Naples
Penalties
1-1
F. Baresi
2-2
R. Baggio
3-3
L. De Agostini
4-3
R. Donadoni
X
    4-3 A. Serena
X
Attendance: 59,978
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
   
   
   
   
   
   
  a.e.t.
Match 50
1-1
England
Date: 4 July 1990 G. Lineker 80'
Stadium: Stadio delle Alpi    
Venue: Turin
Penalties
1-1
G. Lineker
2-2
P. Beardsley
3-3
D. Platt
4-3
S. Pearce
X
 
4-3 C. Waddle
X
Attendance: 62,628
Referee: José Roberto Wright (Brazil)
   
   
   
   
 
Third-place match
 
 
Match 51
2-1
England
Date: 7 July 1990 D. Platt 81'
Stadium: Stadio San Nicola  
Venue: Bari    
Attendance: 51,426    
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
 
Final
 
 
Match 52
1-0
Argentina
Date: 8 July 1990  
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
 
Venue: Rome    
Attendance: 73,603  
  Referee: Edgardo Codesal (Mexico)  
 
       
GOALSCORERS  
   
   
Player
Country
Flag
Goals
 S. Schillaci  Italy
6
 T. Skuhravý  Czechoslovakia
5
 R. Milla  Cameroon
4
 G. Lineker  England
4
 L. Matthäus  West Germany
4
 J. Míchel  Spain
4
 D. Platt  England
3
 R. Völler  West Germany
3
 J. Klinsmann  West Germany
3
 A. Brehme  West Germany
3
 Careca  Brazil
2
 C. Caniggia  Argentina
2
 D. Pančev  Yugoslavia
2
 G. Balint  Romania
2
 B. Redín  Colombia
2
 M. Lăcătuş  Romania
2
 D. Stojković  Yugoslavia
2
 D. Jozić  Yugoslavia
2
 R. Baggio  Italy
2
 Müller  Brazil
2
 M. Bílek  Czechoslovakia
2
 F. Omam-Biyik  Cameroon
1
 I. Dobrovolski  Soviet Union
1
 G. Rodax  Austria
1
 A. Zavarov  Soviet Union
1
 M. Degryse  Belgium
1
 L. Clijsters  Belgium
1
 J. Ceulemans  Belgium
1
 T. Brolin  Sweden
1
 A. Zygmantovich  Soviet Union
1
 A. Ogris  Austria
1
 S. Sušić  Yugoslavia
1
 O. Protasov  Soviet Union
1
 B. Murray  United States
1
 G. Giannini  Italy
1
 P. Monzón  Argentina
1
 J. Burruchaga  Argentina
1
 P. Caligiuri  United States
1
 F. Rincón  Colombia
1
 P. Troglio  Argentina
1
 C. Valderrama  Colombia
1
 L. Kubík  Czechoslovakia
1
 A. Serena  Italy
1
 U. Bein  West Germany
1
 P. Littbarski  West Germany
1
 M. Johnston  Scotland
1
 S. McCall  Scotland
1
 R. González  Costa Rica
1
 H. Medford  Costa Rica
1
 R. Prosinečki  Yugoslavia
1
 E. Ekéké  Cameroon
1
 K. Ismail  United Arab Emirates
1
 A. Thani  United Arab Emirates
1
 M. Luhový  Czechoslovakia
1
 M. De Wolf  Belgium
1
 R. Flores  Costa Rica
1
 E. Scifo  Belgium
1
 J. Cayasso  Costa Rica
1
 P. Vervoort  Belgium
1
 P. Bengoechea  Uruguay
1
 D. Fonseca  Uruguay
1
 E. Kundé  Cameroon
1
 Hwangbo Kwan  South Korea
1
 J. Salinas  Spain
1
 J. Ekström  Sweden
1
 A. Górriz  Spain
1
 M. Wright  England
1
 G. Strömberg  Sweden
1
 K. Sheedy  Republic of Ireland
1
 N. Quinn  Republic of Ireland
1
 W. Kieft  Netherlands
1
 R. Gullit  Netherlands
1
 R. Koeman  Netherlands
1
 I. Hašek  Czechoslovakia
1
 M. Abdelghani  Egypt
1
 
 
  
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