South Korea V Germany 2-3
The Germans entered this match knowing that they
only needed a point to qualify for the second phase.
Germany sailed into a 3-0 half time lead in this
match. Klinsmann, in devastating form, put Germany
in font in the 11th minute with a powerful shot,
seven minutes later, Klinsmann started the move
which led to Riedle scoring the second goal. South
Korea put pressure on the German defence however
it mounted to nothing through the first half. Klinsmann
scored his second goal of the game in the 35th minute
to make the score 3-0.
South Korea made two substitutions after the interval
and, as Germany eased back, the South Koreans came
into the game themselves. Eight minutes into the
second half, Hwang Sun-Hong scored with a delicate
flick and nine minutes later as the Germans suffered
in the heat, Hong Myung-Bo scored a great goal with
a 30-yard shot. As the game was now wide open, Berti
Vogts, the German manager brought on Moller as a
substitute in replace of Lothar Matthaus and restructured
his defensive line up but his team still struggled
to hold South Korea. For the remaining 25 minutes
Germany were forced to pack their defence but, on
three occasions they were saved by their goalkeeper
Bodo Illgner whose acrobatic performance ensured
that the score remained 3-2 to the Germans.
Romania V Colombia 3-1
Colombia topped the South American qualifying
competition for the world cup even above previous
finalists, Argentina, and was expected to do well
in the world cup finals. Few people even considered
that they could win the tournament.
The match between Colombia and Romania was the
first game for either side in the group phase.
Colombia began the match well and were allowed a
great deal of possession by the Romanians who seemed
content to defend in depth. Some of the Colombians
football was breathtaking, demonstrating their superior
ball play. However, against the run of play, Romania
took the lead in the 16th minute with their first
attack of the match when Raducioiu took on three
defenders before firing home a low shot. The Colombians
kept on showing off their dazzling skills and were
constantly threatening the equaliser, however on
the half hour mark, Hagi made it 2-0 when he noticed
Cordoba out of position and dipped a cross over
his head into the net. The Colombians had few excellent
opportunities however the Romanian keeper, Stelea
kept the Romanian lead in tact with a string of
brilliant saves until Valencia pulled a goal back
for the Colombians in the 43rd minute when he headed
in a corner from Perez.
In the second half, The Colombians put the Romanians
under a great deal of pressure with Stelea called
upon to prevent goal bound attempts from Asprilla
and Alvarez before Raducioiu put the result beyond
doubt with his second goal in the final few minutes.
Romania won this encounter 3-1, and the Colombian’s
knew victory against USA in their following match
would be vital if they were to progress any further.
Argentina V Greece 4-0
Diego Maradona had returned to the Argentinean
side following his 15 month ban after failing a
dope test whilst he was playing for Italian club,
Napoli and his presence raised the spirits in the
Argentine squad. The match against Greece was his
20th appearance in the world cup finals and this
game certainly was a classic. Argentina took the
lead in the first minute through Batistuta, throughout
the match Argentina were never really tested by
a Greek side that appeared to be in awe of the occasion.
On the stroke of half time Batistuta scored his
second of the match following a pass from Jose Chamot.
Diego Maradona was playing well throughout the
match and caused problems for the Greek defence.
On the hour mark, Maradona scored a brilliant goal
with a 20 yard strike.
Batistuta scored his hat-trick during injury time
from the penalty spot. Argentina were worthy winners
of this match 4-0.
Germany V Belgium 3-2 - second round
The playing conditions, for this match was what
all European teams had been hoping for- cool, windy
and wet. which was a welcome change from the stifling
heat of the group matches.
Despite the conditions, the game burst into life
immediately as the Germans took the lead in the
fifth minute with their first real attack of the
match. Rudi Voller scored the goal and his presence
in the team enabled the German’s to regain their
championship winning form. Belgium immediately levelled
the scoreline in the eighth minute but with Klinsmann
able to play his preferred deeper game because of
the presence of Voller, the Germans were in front
only four minutes later. The Germans scored their
third in the 40th minute, Voller scored his second
of the game. The second half was played at a similar
pace to the first. Klinsmann came close to adding
two further goals but was thwarted by Preud’homme
in the Belgium goal. With few minute remaining the
German substitute, Kuntz, missed a great opportunity.
With few minutes remaining, Albert scored a second
for Belgium. Belgium then threw everyone into attack
for the remaining few minutes of injury time, however
the score remained 3-2, and the Germans were through
to the quarter finals.
Romania 3-2 Argentina – second round
Argentina were still reeling from the after effects
of Maradona’s expulsion from the tournament during
this match. Romania on the other hand were coming
into the game in impressive form, gaining seven
out of nine possible points in their opening three
group matches. Romania scored in the 11th minute
through a Dumitrescu goal. Although Batistuta pulled
a goal back for Argentina from the penalty- spot
five minute later, Argentina proved to be no match
for the Hagi- led Romanian side who went into the
lead within two minutes by a second Dumitrescu goal.
Hagi himself made it 3-1 in the 56th minute and
despite a relatively respectable scoreline of 3-2,
Argentina were totally outplayed by Romania. Abel
Balbo was the Argentine player to score the second
goal for Argentina.
Previous finalists, Argentina were now eliminated
from the competition and Romania was through to
the quarter finals.
Brazil V Holland 3-2
Holland took on Brazil in a hard-fought encounter
in the quarter finals of the 1994 world cup. After
an unmemorable first half, where neither side really
created a clear opening, the match burst into life
early in the second half and the pressure was on
the Dutch. Romario opened the scoring seven minutes
into the second half with a low drive and both he
and Bebeto came close to adding a second within
the next five minutes as Holland were struggling
to contain the Brazilian attack. Bebeto added a
second for Brazil in the 62nd minute when the linesman
ignored a clear offside; however this seemed to
spur Holland into action. Bergkamp made it 2-1 within
two minutes and, when Winter headed Holland’s second
just over to minutes later, the game could have
gone either way. However Branco broke the deadlock
when he smashed in a 25 yard free kick into the
Dutch net to put Brazil into the semi finals of
the 1994 world cup. Brazil won this encounter 3-2.
Italy V Spain 2-1
The opening game of the quarter finals was between
Italy and Spain. Having twice come within minutes
of elimination in the previous rounds, Italy rode
their luck again in this match. The Italians were
the better team during the opening stages of the
game. In the 13th minute Roberto Baggio came close
to scoring until his shot ricocheted off Ferrer
for a corner. Twelve minutes later, Dino Baggio,
put the Italians in front with a 15 yard drive.
Spain did their fair share of attacking as well.
Caminero came close on two occasions. On the hour
mark, Caminero equalised for Spain thanks to a deflection
off one of the Italian players. In the 83rd minute
Spain nearly took the lead when substitute Salinas
was clean through with only Pagliuca to beat, however
his shot hit the goalkeepers leg and was deflected
away. With few minute remaining the Italian’s came
into life and Roberto Baggio, Italy’s lone striker,
broke free from the Spanish defence, rounded the
keeper, and then scored the winning goal, that sent
his team through to the semi-finals of the 1994
world cup finals.
Brazil V Italy 0-0 (3-2 penalties)
With both countries already having won the world
cup on three occasions, the winner of this world
cup final would be the first country to win the
world cup four times.
Italian manager Sacchi, surprised everyone prior
to the game by recalling Franco Baresi into the
side, playing in the centre of his defence just
three weeks after having a cartilage operation.
It only took three minute for the Brazilians to
show they mean business when Mazinho flattened Berti
and was booked and ten minutes after, Romario’s
header was saved by Pagliuca. Italy nearly went
ahead half way into the first half, when Baresi’s
defence- splitting pass was collected by Massaro
whose goal ward run was stopped by the Brazilian
keeper. Neither side however could really take control
of the game. The best opportunity of the match fell
to the Brazilians in the 75th minute, Pagliuca mishandled
a Mauro Silva shot which struck the post and fortunately
for the keeper rebounded into his arms.
The game went into extra time, in only third minute,
Pagliuca totally missed a Cafu cross presenting
Bebeto with an open goal which he missed. Roberto
baggio had a decent chance missed few minute later.
There were few chances in the second period of extra
time, and the match was to be decided by penalties.
At the point in penalties when Dunga converted
his to make it 3-2 to Brazil, Roberto Baggio had
the task of scoring his penalty to keep Italy in
the competition. His penalty however went high into
the crowd, and Brazil had won the world cup for
the fourth time.