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Czechoslovakia v Italy 0-2

This match was one of the best games of the tournament, as, despite 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 the new Italian star, Salvatore Schillaci scoring the opening goal after 9 minutes, 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, however in the 78th minute of the match, the Italians sealed victory, with arguably the best goal of the Tournament from Roberto Baggio, he started a run from inside the Italian half and raced through the pitch going past 4 Czechoslovakian players, and struck the ball past the goalkeeper, it really was a moment of genius, and that sealed a 2-0 victory for the Italians.

Argentina V Cameroon 0 -1

GOALS 67' 0-1 Francois Omam-Biyick (assist - Cyrille Makanaky)

REFEREE Michel Vautrot (France)
LINESMEN Michal Listkiewicz (Poland)
Vincent Mauro (United States)

YELLOW CARDS 10' Benjamin Massing (CMR)
23' Victor N'Dip Akem (CMR)
27' Roberto Sensini (ARG)
54' Emile M'Bouh M'Bouh (CMR)

RED CARDS 61' Andre Kana-Biyick (CMR)
88' Benjamin Massing (CMR)


This was the opening game of the World cup finals, and this match will certainly be remembered for producing one of the biggest shock results in world cup history. Everyone expected Argentina to easily beat the African Nation, and all eyes were on Diego Maradona in this game.
It was the Africans who made the more promising start to the match, however. Throughout the first half the sportsmanship of the Cameroon players was very bad, and the first half hour of the match produced three yellow cards. Argentina also came close to taking the lead, however, it was all even at the half time interval. On the hour mark Cameoon’s midfielder Andre Kana Biyick, was sent off for a foul on Argentine striker Cannigia. Chances kept falling to both sides, however in the 67th minute, to everyone’s surprise Francois Omam-Biyick, headed a goal to put Cameroon ahead, Argentine goalkeeper Nery Pumpido was really at fault for the goal, as it should have been a routine save. Argentina struggled to get back into the game despite having an extra man on the field. In the 88th Minute, Argentine striker Caniggia, superbly ran past few players, and was badly fouled by Benjamin Massing. Massing was sent off for the foul, and Cameroon were now down to nine men. However the score remained 1-0, and Cameroon had now put African football firmly on the map.

West Germany v Yugoslavia 4-1

This match produced without a doubt the best team performance of the world cup. West Germany were outstanding, they totally dominated the match and made Yugoslavia look very ordinary. Before the tournament West Germany were fancied by many as one of the favorites to win Italia 90. The Germans created many openings in the first half hour and dominated possession. Rudi Voller came close on a couple of occasions early on in the match. On the half hour mark, West Germany finally broke the dead lock with a fine goal from German captain Lothar Mattaus, he followed a pass from Stefan Reuter and turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out. Ten minutes later Klinsmann scored a second for Germany, where he headed a cross from Andreas Brehme. West Germany went into the interval 2-0 up, and deservedly so.
The second half continued at the same pace as the first half with the Germans dominating possession, however against the run of play Davor Jozik scored a free kick for Yugoslavia, to put them back into the match. Lothar Mattaus instantly replied scoring West Germany’s third and his second, with a fantastic run, beating a couple of Yougoslav players, and smashing the ball perfectly into the corner of the net from 25 yards out. West Germany continued to pile on the pressure, with Voller coming close again on a couple more occasions. Voller finally scored the goal he deserved with fifteen minutes left. West Germany could have easily scored a fifth, however the score line remained at 4-1, and West Germany showed the entire world what a quality side they really were.

GOALS 29' 1-0 Lothar Matthäus (assist - Stefan Reuter)
39' 2-0 Jürgen Klinsmann (assist - Andreas Brehme)
55' 2-1 Davor Jozic (assist - Dragan Stojkovic)
65' 3-1 Lothar Matthäus
71' 4-1 Rudi Völler (assist - Andreas Brehme)

REFEREE Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)
LINESMEN Michal Listkiewicz (Poland)
Jassim Mandi Abdulrahman (Bahrain)

YELLOW CARDS 5' Andreas Brehme (GER)



England V Cameroon 3-2 AET
This was probably one of the greatest world cup matches of all time, Cameroon were going into the match as the surprise package of the tournament and England had been improving as the competition had went on. David Platt continued his excellent form scoring a header from a Stuart Pearce cross to give England the lead. Cameroon however piled on the pressure and Peter Shilton had to make few important saves in the first half to keep England in the lead.
Cameroon hit back after the interval, their 38 years old substitute, Roger Milla came on. Early on in the second half, Cameroon equalised from a penalty which was scored by Emmanuel Kunde. Milla created the next goal which was scored by Eugene Ekeke in the 65th minute. England were looking for an equaliser and with seven minutes remaining Gascoigne threaded a great pass to Linker who was at clear sight of goal and was then brought down in the penalty box, a penalty was awarded, and Linker held his nerve to equalise for England. The 90 minutes were up and the score was 2-2 so the game went into extra time, just before the end of the first period of extra time, Lineker was brought down in the penalty area again and England were awarded another penalty, Lineker hit the ball straight down the middle and scored, which gave England the 3-2 lead. England dominated the second period of extra time, both Lineker and Beardsley had opportunities to score a fourth. However England beat Cameroon and entered the semi-finals and Cameroon’s world cup glory was finally over.

GOALS 25' 0-1 David Platt (assist - Stuart Pearce)
61' 1-1 Emmanuel Kunde (penalty)
65' 2-1 Eugene Ekeke (assist - Roger Milla)
83' 2-2 Gary Lineker (penalty)
105' 2-3 Gary Lineker (penalty)

REFEREE Edgardo Codesal Mendez (Mexico)
LINESMEN Jassim Mandi Abdulrahman (Bahrain)
Vincent Mauro (United States)

YELLOW CARDS 28' Benjamin Massing (CMR)
70' Stuart Pearce (ENG)
104' Thomas N'Kono (CMR)
118' Roger Milla (CMR)



West Germany V Argentina 1-0 The Final
This was considered by many to be the worst ever world cup final. Argentina seemed to believe that their best hope of beating West Germany was to defend in numbers and play for a penalty shoot-out. West Germany had more of the possession however they did not perform that much better. The Argentine substitute Monzon was sent off for a routine challenge on Klinsmann, Monzon was very harshly sent off and Argentina were unfairly down to 10 men. Argentina should have been awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go as Gabriel Calderon was brought down badly in the West German penalty area. Controversially West Germany were awarded a penalty when Voller was challenged in the penalty box, many people argued that the penalty should not have been given and Brehme scored the penalty which gave West Germany the 1-0 lead. A few minutes prior to the final whistle Jurgen kholer of West germany was deliberately time wasting and would not give the ball to Dezotti to carry on the game, Dezotti attempted to take the ball off from Kholer and as a result of that he was unfairly dismissed. Maradona was controversially booked for trying to calm the whole situation and Argentina were down to nine men and the referee had made few major mistakes. West Germany won the match 1-0; however the sportsmanship of the Germans throughout the match was poor.
West Germany were the winners of the world cup, on the reflection of the whole tournament they deserved to win it, but on the night they didn’t do themselves any justice.

GOALS 85' 1-0 Andreas Brehme (penalty)

REFEREE Edgardo Codesal Mendez (Mexico)
LINESMEN Armando Perez Hoyos (Colombia)
Michal Listkiewicz (Poland)

YELLOW CARDS 9' Gustavo Dezotti (ARG)
52' Rudi Völler (GER)
84' Pedro Troglio (ARG)
87' Diego Maradona (ARG)

RED CARDS 65' Pedro Monzon (ARG)
87' Gustavo Dezotti (ARG)


England V West Germany - 1-1 (3-4 Penalties)
The semi finals of Italia 90 was England biggest match since their 1966 triumph of winning the world cup, and was a night which will be remembered forever in English football. England had been gaining momentum throughout the tournament and West Germany had been the best team of the tournament this match would have made a fitting final. England were the brighter team to start off with, Gascoigne came close after few minutes. Pearce had a shot that went just wide and Waddle came close with a shot from the half way line. West Germany also created chances in the first half but Shilton had an easy first half. Mid way through the second half England went behind to a cruelly deflected free kick which deflected off Paul parker and looped over Peter Shilton. Lineker equalised with a great Poachers strike with ten minutes of normal time remaining.
During extra time Chris waddle had a shot that hit the inside of the post, at the other end the Germans nearly scored as Buchwald’s shot hit the outside of the post. During the second half of extra time, the tournament had one of its most memorable moments when Paul Gascoigne broke down in tears after receiving a booking which would have kept him out of the World cup final if England were to reach it. By the end of extra time the score was still level at 1-1 and the match had to be decided by the penalty shoot out. Both sides scored their first three penalties; Lineker, Beardsley and Platt all scoring for England. England missed their fourth penalty as Stuart Pearce’s shot was saved by German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner. Olath Thonb scored Germany’s fourth penalty, and then Chris Waddle blasted England’s final penalty over the bar, which meant England were out of the world cup and West Germany were now to face Argentina in the world cup final.

GOALS 59' 1-0 Andreas Brehme (assist - Olaf Thon)
80' 1-1 Gary Lineker

PENALTIES Goal 0-1 Gary Lineker (ENG)
Goal 1-1 Andreas Brehme (GER)
Goal 1-2 Peter Beardsley (ENG)
Goal 2-2 Lothar Matthäus (GER)
Goal 2-3 David Platt (ENG)
Goal 3-3 Karlheinz Riedle (GER)
Miss 3-3 Stuart Pearce (ENG)
Goal 4-3 Olaf Thon (GER)
Miss 4-3 Chris Waddle (ENG)

REFEREE Jose Ramiz Wright (Brazil)
LINESMEN Armando Perez Hoyos (Colombia)
Joël Quiniou (France)

YELLOW CARDS 66' Paul Parker (ENG)
99' Paul Gascoigne (ENG)
109' Andreas Brehme (GER)



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