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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
World Cup history - Italy 1990
England's Paul Gascoigne
England's Paul Gascoigne was one of the stars - tears and all
A tournament dominated by negative, defensive football proved memorable for England's showing - their best in football's showpiece event since 1966.

England lost on penalties in the semi-finals to West Germany who went on to win probably the worst final in history for their third title.

They beat Argentina 1-0 courtesy of a dubious Andreas Brehme penalty.

The South Americans were a shadow of the side that had lifted the trophy four years before.

They were lucky even to make it past the first stage after losing to nine-man Cameroon in the opening game.

The Indomitable Lions were every neutral's favourites before finally losing to a mightily relieved England in the last eight.

Luciano Pavarotti, who sang the tournament anthem Nessun Dorma, became a global celebrity, but, with the exception of Roger Milla and his Cameroon team-mates, there were too few stars on the pitch.

The Republic of Ireland were making their first appearance in the final stages of a World Cup.

They drew 1-1 with England in their group match, a result which helped both teams go through.

In the last 16, Ireland beat Romania on penalties, while England overcame Belgium courtesy of a dramatic David Platt volley in the last minute of extra-time.

That brought them up against Cameroon in the last eight and the Africans gave England an almighty shock.

With 38-year-old Milla once again excelling as a second-half substitute, Cameroon took a 2-1 lead before two Gary Lineker penalties helped England through, again after extra-time.

A solitary goal from the prolific Toto Schilaci saw Italy beat Ireland to move into the last four, where they played Argentina in Naples, while England faced their old rivals.

England's semi-final in Turin produced one of the most vivid images of the tournament as Paul Gascoigne burst into tears after a booking which meant he would miss the final if his side went through.

They did not.

Both matches went to penalties, with Germany and Argentina winning to set up a re-match of the 1986 final.

England lost the third-place play-off 2-1 to the hosts, but Germany gained revenge for their defeat by Argentina four years before.

Brehme coolly converted the decisive penalty in the 85th minute as Argentina became the first side not to score in the final and to have not one, but two players sent off.

RESULTS & STATISTICS

Group A
Italy 1-0 Austria
Czechoslovakia 5-1 USA
Italy 1-0 USA
Czechoslovakia 1-0 Austria
Austria 2-1 USA
Italy 2-0 Czechoslovakia
P W D L F A Pts
Italy 3 3 0 0 4 0 6
Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 4
Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 2
United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 0


Group B
Cameroon 1-0 Argentina
Romania 2-0 USSR
Argentina 2-0 USSR
Cameroon 2-1 Romania
USSR 4-0 Cameroon
Argentina 1-1 Romania
P W D L F A Pts
Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 4
Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 3
Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 3
USSR 3 1 0 2 4 4 2


Group C
Brazil 2-1 Sweden
Costa Rica 1-0 Scotland
Scotland 2-1 Sweden
Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica
Costa Rica 2-1 Sweden
Brazil 1-0 Scotland
P W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 6
Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 4
Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 2
Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 0


Group D
Colombia 2-0 UAE
West Germany 4-1 Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia 1-0 Colombia
West Germany 5-1 UAE
Yugoslavia 4-1 UAE
West Germany 1-1 Colombia
P W D L F A Pts
West Germany 3 2 1 0 10 3 5
Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 4
Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 3
United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 0


Group E
Belgium 2-0 South Korea
Uruguay 0-0 Spain
Spain 3-1 South Korea
Belgium 3-1 Uruguay
Uruguay 1-0 South Korea
Spain 2-1 Belgium
P W D L F A Pts
Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 5
Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 4
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 3
South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 6 0


Group F
England 1-1 Rep of Ireland
Holland 1-1 Egypt
England 0-0 Holland
Rep of Ireland 0-0 Egypt
England 1-0 Egypt
Rep of Ireland 1-1 Holland
P W D L F A Pts
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 4
Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Holland 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 2

  • Second place decided by lots


    Second round:
    Czechoslovakia 4-1 Costa Rica
    Cameroon 2-1 Colombia (aet)
    West Germany 2-1 Holland
    Argentina 1-0 Brazil
    Rep of Ireland 0-0 Romania (aet)
    (Rep of Ireland won 5-4 on penalties)
    Italy 2-0 Uruguay
    England 1-0 Belgium (aet)
    Yugoslavia 2-1 Spain (aet)

    Quarter-finals results:
    Argentina 0-0 Yugoslavia (aet)
    (Argentina won 3-2 on penalties)
    Italy 1-0 Rep of Ireland
    West Germany 1-0 Czechoslovakia
    England 3-2 Cameroon (aet)

    Semi-finals:
    Argentina 1-1 Italy (aet)
    (Argentina won 4-3 on penalties)
    West Germany 1-1 England (aet)
    (West Germany won 4-3 on penalties)

    3rd/4th place play-off:
    Italy 2-1 England

    Final:
    West Germany 1-0 Argentina


    Leading scorer: Six goals: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)





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