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Wednesday, 17 April, 2002, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Spain 1982
Paolo Rossi in action against Brazil
Paolo Rossi scored a hat-trick against Brazil
The star of the show was Paolo Rossi, who collected the Golden Boot as he helped Italy win their third World Cup.

Rossi had been banned in a match-fixing and bribery scandal, but he went from villain to hero as Italy beat West Germany to lift the title.

This was the first tournament with 24, rather than 16, teams and there were concerns before the event that many of the smaller nations would struggle to compete.

In the event most acquitted themselves admirably, and Northern Ireland pulled off one of the results of the tournament.

They beat hosts Spain 1-0 and topped their group in the opening stage.

Italy lift the trophy for the first time since 1938
Italy lifted the trophy for the first time since 1938

The most bizarre incident, though, came when Kuwait walked off the pitch in their game against France in Valladolid after a row over whether the referee had blown his whistle to stop play.

They were ordered back on by Prince Fahid and France eventually won the match 4-1.

Scotland failed to reach the second stage and, although both Northern Ireland and England qualified, with Bryan Robson getting the fastest goal in World Cup history against France, that was as far as either team went.

England, back for the first time in 12 years, finished second to West Germany after two draws, while Northern Ireland finished bottom of their section as France topped the table.

The Germans had suffered the ignominy of being on the wrong end of the shock of the tournament, going down 2-1 to Algeria in the opening round.

X-rated challenge

But they made it through to the second phase after victory over Austria and the Germans, and went on to meet the French in the last four in a match that produced one of the most controversial incidents in World Cup history.

With the scores level at 1-1, France were denied a likely goal when German keeper Harald Schumacher took out Patrick Battiston with an x-rated challenge.

The French midfielder was carried off on a stretcher but Schumacher escaped a red card.

France took a 3-1 lead but Germany fought back to level the scores, before winning the match in a penalty shoot-out.

In the other semi-final, Rossi scored both goals as Italy beat Poland 2-0, and he was on target again in the final.

After Antonio Cabrini had become the first man to miss a penalty in a World Cup final, Rossi put the Italians ahead.

Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli made the game safe for the Azzurri, and Paul Breitner's late reply was little consolation for the Germans.


Group 1 results:
Italy 0-0 Poland
Peru 0-0 Cameroon
Italy 1-1 Peru
Poland 0-0 Cameroon
Poland 5-1 Peru
Italy 1-1 Cameroon

Group 2 results:
Algeria 2-1 West Germany
Austria 1-0 Chile
West Germany 4-1 Chile
Austria 2-0 Algeria
Algeria 3-2 Chile
West Germany 1-0 Austria

Group 3 results:
Belgium 1-0 Argentina
Hungary 10-1 El Salvador
Argentina 4-1 Hungary
Belgium 1-0 El Salvador
Belgium 1-1 Hungary
Argentina 2-0 El Salvador

Group 4 results:
England 3-1 France
Czechoslovakia 1-1 Kuwait
England 2-0 Czechoslovakia
France 4-1 Kuwait
France 1-1 Czechoslovakia
England 1-0 Kuwait

Group 5 results:
Spain 1-1 Honduras
Yugoslavia 0-0 Northern Ireland
Spain 2-1 Yugoslavia
Honduras 1-1 Northern Ireland
Yugoslavia 1-0 Honduras
Northern Ireland 1-0 Spain

Group 6 results:
Brazil 2-1 USSR
Scotland 5-2 New Zealand
Brazil 4-1 Scotland
USSR 3-0 New Zealand
USSR 2-2 Scotland
Brazil 4-0 New Zealand

Second round - Group A results:
Poland 3-0 Belgium
USSR 1-0 Belgium
Poland 0-0 USSR

Group B results:
West Germany 0-0 England
West Germany 2-1 Spain
Spain 0-0 England

Group C results:
Italy 2-1 Argentina
Brazil 3-1 Argentina
Italy 3-2 Brazil

Group D results:
France 1-0 Austria
Austria 2-2 Northern Ireland
France 4-1 Northern Ireland

Semi-finals results:
Italy 2-0 Poland
West Germany 3-3 France (aet)
(West Germany win 5-4 on penalties)

3rd/4th place play-off:
Poland 3-2 France

World Cup Final:
Italy 3-1 West Germany (3-1)

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