In 1990, Italy became the second nation to hold the
World Cup Finals for a second time; a World Cup remembered for it's stalemates and
important games decided by penalties; both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty
kicks and in the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Italy 1990 - First
Round, Second Round, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals,
Third place, 1990
World Cup Final.
West Germany played in a World Cup final for the third time in
succession and, having lost the last two finals, were determined not to do it again.
A repeat of the previous World Cup final lineup, in Mexico 86, the only thing that separated the two teams
this time was Andreas Brehme's penalty.
The dullest World Cup victory of all time meant that West Germany
finally joined Brazil and Italy, as an elite member of countries to have won the World cup
The tournament's leading goalscorer was Italy's Salvatore 'Toto'
Schillaci although the most remarkable performance probably came from Roger Milla (still
going strong and scoring at 38 years old) and his Cameroon team-mates, who beat the World
Cup Champions, Argentina (1:0) on the opening day of the tournament.
In the Naples quarter-final, Cameroon came back from (0:1) down at
half time to lead England by two goals to one, as the game approached the final ten
England relieved their large travelling contingent of fans by leveling
the scores to take the game into extra-time and end the match as eventual (3:2) winners.
Rome: Italy vs Austria (1:0)
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs United States (5:1)
Rome: Italy vs United States (1:0)
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs Austria (1:0)
Florence: Austria vs United States (2:1)
Rome: Italy vs Czechoslovakia (2:0)
Italy and Czechoslovakia
make it to the Last 16.
Milan: Cameroon vs Argentina (1:0)
Bari: Romania vs USSR (2:0)
Naples: Argentina vs USSR (2:0)
Bari: Cameroon vs Romania (2:1)
Bari: USSR vs Cameroon (4:0)
Naples: Argentina vs Romania (1:1)
and Romania make it to the Last
Turin: Brazil vs Sweden (2:1)
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Scotland (1:0)
Genoa: Scotland vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Costa Rica (1:0)
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Scotland (1:0)
Brazil and Costa Rica
make it to the Last 16.
Bologna: Colombia vs UAE (2:0)
Milan: West Germany vs Yugoslavia (4:1)
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs Colombia (1:0)
Milan: West Germany vs UAE (5:1)
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs UAE (4:1)
Milan: West Germany vs Colombia (1:1)
West Germany, Yugoslavia
and Colombia make it to the Last
Verona: Belgium vs South Korea (2:0)
Udine: Uruguay vs Spain (0:0)
Udine: Spain vs South Korea (3:1)
Verona: Belgium vs Uruguay (3:1)
Udine: Uruguay vs South Korea (1:0)
Verona: Spain vs Belgium (2:1)
Spain, Belgium and
Uruguay make it to the Last 16.
Cagliari: England vs Rep. of Ireland (1:1)
Palermo: Holland vs Egypt (1:1)
Cagliari: England vs Holland (0:0)
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Egypt (0:0)
Cagliari: England vs Egypt (1:0)
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Holland (1:1)
and Ireland make it to the Last
Bari: Czechoslovakia vs Costa Rica
Naples: Cameroon vs Colombia (2:1 aet)
Milan: West Germany vs Holland (2:1)
Turin: Argentina vs Brazil (1:0)
Genoa: Rep. of Ireland vs Romania (0:0
Rome: Italy vs Uruguay (2:0)
Bologna: England vs Belgium (1:0 aet)
Verona: Yugoslavia vs Spain (2:1 aet)
Florence: Argentina vs Yugoslavia (0:0
Rome: Italy vs Rep.
of Ireland (1:0)
Milan: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia
Naples: England vs
Cameroon (3:2 aet)
Naples: Argentina vs Italy (1:1 aet)
Turin: West Germany vs England (1:1
Bari: Italy vs England (2:1)
1990 World Cup
West Germany vs Argentina (1:0)
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