BBC Sport
Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
 
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2006, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
World Cup history - USA 1994
Player of the tournament Roberto Baggio blazes his penalty over the crossbar
Spot the ball! Roberto Baggio's fires his shoot-out shot high over the bar
Brazil became the first team to win the tournament four times as they beat Italy on penalties in the final.

Despite concerns about taking the event to the United States, huge crowds ensured the tournament was a success.

Brazil were the only non-European team to make the quarter-finals and they held off all comers, including Holland and Sweden before beating the Italians.

There were no British representatives at the finals for the first time since the 1938 tournament in France.

As well as in the stands, the hosts did their bit on the pitch by reaching the second round, where they lost 1-0 to the eventual champions.

However, there was a shocking postscript to their group match against highly-fancied Colombia when Andres Escobar was murdered on his return to the troubled South American country.

Escobar had conceded an own goal in a surprise 2-1 defeat.

And controversy followed Argentina's Diego Maradona who was banned mid-tournament after taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.

The tournament saw far better football than the dour play that affected Italia 90 and it got off to an entertaining start in the group stages.

The Republic of Ireland scored a notable 1-0 win over Italy courtesy of a Ray Houghton goal, and the Italians were lucky to scrape through the group stages.

Arrigo Sacchi's constant tactical changes unsettled the team, and the eventual finalists were also fortunate to beat Nigeria to reach the quarter-finals.

Ireland fell in the last 16, losing 2-0 to Holland, the same stage at which Argentina, unable to cope without Maradona, missed out after losing 3-2 to Romania.

The match of the last eight saw Brazil beat Holland 3-2, but the shock of the round came when Bulgaria came back from a one-goal deficit to beat Germany 2-1 through goals from the legendary Hristo Stoichkov and Iordan Letchkov.

In the semi-finals, Brazil squeezed past an inspired Swedish team thanks to a single Romario goal to set up a final against fellow three-time winners Italy.

Penalty showdown

The Azzurri beat Bulgaria 2-1 with a brace from Roberto Baggio.

The "Divine Ponytail" was Italy's best player throughout the tournament, but the final was to be a bitter disappointment for the skilful Italian.

The two sides had an audience of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, but they produced a poor match that was out of keeping with the rest of the tournament.

It finally became the first World Cup to be decided on penalties.

After Franco Baresi and Daniele Massaro had missed for Italy, and Marcio Santos had failed for Brazil, Dunga stroked the ball home to put the pressure on Baggio.

If he missed, it was all over for Italy.

He fired a rasping shot high over the bar and into the crowd to hand Brazil their record-breaking fourth title.

RESULTS & STATISTICS

Group A
USA 1-1 Switzerland
Romania 3-1 Colombia
Switzerland 4-1 Romania
USA 2-1 Colombia
Romania 1-0 USA
Colombia 2-0 Switzerland
P W D L F A Pts
Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 4
United States 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 3


Group B
Cameroon 2-2 Sweden
Brazil 2-0 Russia
Sweden 3-1 Russia
Brazil 3-0 Cameroon
Brazil 1-1 Sweden
Russia 6-1 Cameroon
P W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 7
Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 4 5
Russia 3 1 0 2 7 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 11 1


Group C
Germany 1-0 Bolivia
Spain 2-2 South Korea
Germany 1-1 Spain
South Korea 0-0 Bolivia
Spain 3-1 Bolivia
Germany 3-2 South Korea
P W D L F A Pts
Germany 3 2 1 0 5 3 7
Spain 3 1 2 0 6 4 5
South Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 2
Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 4 1


Group D
Argentina 4-0 Greece
Nigeria 3-0 Bulgaria
Argentina 2-1 Nigeria
Bulgaria 4-0 Greece
Nigeria 2-0 Greece
Bulgaria 2-0 Argentina
P W D L F A Pts
Nigeria 3 2 0 1 6 2 6
Bulgaria 3 2 0 1 6 3 6
Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 3 6
Greece 3 0 0 3 0 10 0


Group E
Rep of Ireland 1-0 Italy
Norway 1-0 Mexico
Italy 1-0 Norway
Mexico 2-1 Rep of Ireland
Rep of Ireland 0-0 Norway
Italy 1-1 Mexico
P W D L F A Pts
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 4


Group F
Belgium 1-0 Morocco
Holland 2-1 Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Morocco
Belgium 1-0 Holland
Holland 2-1 Morocco
Saudi Arabia 1-0 Belgium
P W D L F A Pts
Holland 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Belgium 3 2 0 1 2 1 6
Morocco 3 0 0 3 2 5 0


Second round:
Germany 3-2 Belgium
Spain 3-0 Switzerland
Sweden 3-1 Saudi Arabia
Romania 3-2 Argentina
Holland 2-0 Rep of Ireland
Brazil 1-0 United States
Italy 2-1 Nigeria (aet)
Bulgaria 1-1 Mexico (aet)
(Bulgaria won 3-1 on penalties)

Quarter-finals:
Italy 2-1 Spain
Brazil 3-2 Holland
Bulgaria 2-1 Germany
Sweden 2-2 Romania (aet)
(Sweden won 5-4 on penalties)

Semi-finals:
Brazil 1-0 Sweden
Italy 2-1 Bulgaria

3rd/4th place play-off:
Sweden 4-0 Bulgaria

Final:
Brazil 0-0 Italy
(Brazil won 3-2 on penalties)


Leading scorer: Six goals: Oleg Salenko (Russia) & Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)





WORLD CUP HISTORY
 

RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other Sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport