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Review of Englands group in the 1990 world cup.

Group F

Republic of Ireland


Jun 11  Cagliari    England       v R.of Ireland 
Jun 12  Palermo     Netherlands   v Egypt        
Jun 16  Cagliari    Netherlands   v England      
Jun 17  Palermo     Egypt         v R.of Ireland 
Jun 21  Cagliari    England       v Egypt       
Jun 21  Palermo     R.of Ireland  v Netherlands  


England v Republic of Ireland  1 -1
The Republic of Ireland beat England 1-0 two years before in the European Championships, and England were certainly looking to avenge that defeat. England manager Bobby Robson said that it was vital that England should win this game in an interview prior the match. The game itself was very poor, and received a lot of criticism after the match, the awful conditions didn’t help matters. England took the lead early on by a Gary Lineker goal. Sheedy nearly equalized immediately for Ireland, howver the rest of the first half and the beginning of the second half was very dull. Republic of Ireland dominated the possession in the second half and were gifted an equalizer thanks to a mistake made by Steve Mcmahon and Kevin Sheedy punished him to equalize for Ireland. After that neither side looked capable of scoring and the match ended up 1-1. It was seen as a poor start for England in this world cup.


Netherlands   v Egypt    1-1
Netherlands were one of the favorites to win Italia 90, and before the match against Egypt everybody were expecting them to win this match.
Both sides had chances in the first hour, however Wim Kieft headered a pass from Marco Van Basten into the back of the net. Egypt late on scored a penalty. The result ended all square at 1-1.


Netherlands   v England    0-0
Both sides went into this match knowing that a victory was crucial for progression to the next round. Both sides were coming on the back off disappointing results against Ireland and Egypt respectively. Bobby Robson employed the sweeper system for this match, with five players playing at the back in order to prevent the threat of Gullit and Van Basten. Mark Wright was very comfortable in the sweeper role throughout the match, and Holland created very few chances. The first half was evn. Howver England dominated the second half, Gary Lineker squandered a couple of good opportunities, and he had a goal disallowed. Steve Bull came of the bench as a substitute and nearly scored instantly, howver his header went over the bar. Gascoigne produced some magical paly and delivered a cross which went across the face of the goal, and Steve Bull was unable to meet it. Stuart pearce converted a free kick into the back of the net during injury time, howver the goal was disallowed.   
Despite England only gained a point out of this match they played exceptionally well and silenced their critics from the previous match.


Egypt   v R.of Ireland   0-0
Egypt produced a very defensive performance. Republic of Ireland came close on few occasions but found the Egyptians very difficult to break down. Kevin Sheedy came close for Ireland late on in the second half howver the match ended up as a stalemate.


England       v Egypt      1-0 
Before the match all the teams in Group F were on equal points and had equals goals scored and goals against them. So the section was wide open and England knew a draw might not be good enough to ensure themselves being the final 16. Bobby Robson chose to partner Gary Lineker upfront with Steve Bull, a choice that was very popular with all English fans because Steve Bull was a scoring sensation in the football league. In fact midway through the first half, Steve Bull came very close to scoring, with his shot going narrowly wide. Englands goal came in the 59th minute, ait was a header by Mark Wright from a Paul Gascoigne free kick. Egypt rarely threatened Peter Shilton and England won 1-0, which saw them top the group.


R.of Ireland  v Netherlands   1-1
The Dutch took the lead in the 10th minute from a goal by Ruud Gullit, the Dutch could have increased the score line however Pat Bonner made few fine saves. With 20 minutes left, a catalogue of defensive mistakes by the Dutch allowed Niall Quinn an easy tap- in to equalize for the Republic of Ireland. Both teams went through to the second round.







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