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Group A

Teams
Italy
Austria
Czechoslovakia
USA

 

Italy   1-0  Austria   
The Italians opened up their world camapigne with a 1-0 victory against the Austrians, however they should have won by a much greater scoreline, it ended up only 1-0 thanks to the Austrian keeper making many fine saves and many Italian players missing good scoring opportunities. Salvatore Schillaci came off the bench to score the winning goal for Italy, and gave them 2 points which instantly placed them top of the group.  

 

Cze'slovakia  v United States   5-1
This was match every one expected Czechoslovakia tro comfortably win, and they did that in style. It took them 25 minutes to break the deadlock with a Tomas Skuhravy goal. In the 39th minute Michael Bilek converted a penalty to make it 2-0, the third goal came few minutes into the start of the second half, with Ivan Hasek scoring the goal. On the hour mark the Americans replied with a goal from Paul caligiuri. Shortly before that U.S football Eric Wynalda had been sent off. Czechoslovakia scored their fourth from Tomas Skuhravy which was also his second goal of the match. Milan Luhovy stamped the victory for Czechoslovakia in injury time.

 

 

 

Italy Vs U.S.A    1-0
The Italians were expected by many people to thrash the U.S howver despite winning 1-0, they were far from brilliant. Giuseppe Giannini scored the Italians only goal of the match after 11 minutes.

 

Austria  v Cze'slovakia  0-1
This was a fairly evenly fought game, with both teams having chances to score, however it was a Michal Bilek penalty in the 30th minute that settled this match.

 

 

Cze'slovakia  v Italy      0-2

This match was on of the games of the tournament, depite both teams already confirming their place in the second round, both teams were looking to win the group. Also the Italians had a point to prove after a disappointing 1-0 victory over the Americans in their previous match. The game started off at a fast pace, with new Italian star, Salvatore Schillaci scoring the opening goal after 9 minutes, the ball came from a pass from Italian midfielder Giussepi Giannini. For the rest of the half both teams created good openings which forced decent saves from Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga and Czechoslovakia’s goalkeeper Jan Stejakal. The second half continued at the same pace as the first half, howver in th 78th minute of the match, the Italians sealed victory, with probably the best goal of the Tournament from Roberto Baggio, he started a run from inside the Italian half of the pitch, he raced through the pitch beating around 4 Czechoslovakian players, and cooley slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, it really was a moment of genius, and that sealed a 2-0 victory for the Italians.

 

 

Austria  V U.S.A  1-2

A victory for wither team would have given the team a slight chance of progressing through to the second stage. All the goals came in the second half in this match, Andreas Orgis gave Austria the lead in the 52nd minute following from a Gerhard Rodax pass. Gerhard Rodax later on added a second. Bruce murry scored a late consolation goal for the Americans.

 
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