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The 44th FIFA Congress awarded the fourteenth World Cup 1990 final tournament to Italy at a meeting of its Executive Committee in Zürich, Switzerland on 19 May 1984, after having gained eleven votes to the Soviet Union's five votes. England and Greece withdrew from the process in early 1984. Austria, France and West Germany each submitted bids before the 31 July 1983 deadline, but they too, withdrew from the process before the voting took place.

The Draw

The 24 participating teams were divided into six groups, in which all four teams will play each other once, at a draw conducted at the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome on 9 December 1989.

Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Italy Austria Colombia Cameroon
Argentina Netherlands Czechoslovakia Costa Rica
Brazil Scotland Republic of Ireland Egypt
West Germany pain Romania Korean Republic
Belgium USSR Sweden UAE
England Yugoslavia Uruguay USA

Spain had a stronger claim to seeding than England because although both had reached the same stage of the competition in World Cups 1986 and 1982, Spain, unlike England, had qualified for the final tournament in 1978 and had finished top of its qualifying group for the 1990 finals.  But FIFA was determined that the hooligan element that followed the England team would be isolated and contained.  The only way to ensure that was to make England one of the seeds and assign it to Group F, the group whose matches would be played on two islands, Sardigna and Sicily.  
The top two teams and the four best third place finishers from the six groups advanced to the knockout round of 16 teams.


First Phase Table
Group F
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 =0 3
Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 =0 3
Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2

The Republic of Ireland were awarded second place over Netherlands by lot. Netherlands progressed after being one of the four successful third-placed teams.

11 June 1986 - 9:00pm CEST
England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna (35,238)
12 June 1986 - 9:00pm CEST
Egypt 1 Netherlands 1 [0-0]
Stadio della Favorita, Palermu, Sicilia (33,288)
Abdelghani (pen)
16 June 1986 - 9:00pm CEST
Netherlands 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna (35,267)
17 June 1986 - 5:00pm CEST
Egypt 0 Republic of Ireland 0 [0-0]
Stadio della Favorita, Palermu, Sicilia (33,288)
21 June 1986 - both 9:00pm CEST
England 1 Egypt 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna (34,959)
Netherlands 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]
Stadio della Favorita, Palermu, Sicilia (33,288)

The Second Phase

23 June 1986
5:00pm CEST - Cameroon 2 Colombia 1 [0-0] AET [0-0]
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli, Campania (50,026)
Milla (2)
9:00pm CEST - Czechoslovakia 4 Costa Rica 1 [1-0]
Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Apulia (47,673)
Skuhravý (3), Kubík
24 June 1986
5:00pm CEST - Argentina 1 Brazil 0 [0-0]
Stadio delle Alpi, Torino, Piedmont (61,381)

Ricardo Gomes

9:00pm CEST - West Germany 2 Netherlands 1 [0-0]
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano, Lombardy (74,559)
Klinsmann, Brehme
R.Koemen (pen)

Rijkaard Völler

25 June 1986
5:00pm CEST - Republic of Ireland 0 Romania 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] & Penalties [5-4]
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Liguira (31,318)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Hagi 1-0, Sheedy 1-1, Lupu 2-1, Houghton 2-2, Rotariu 3-2, Townsend 3-3, Lupsecu 4-3, Cascarino 4-4, Timofte saved, O'Leary 4-5
9:00pm CEST - Italy 2 Uruguay 0 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Lazio (73,303)
Schillaci, Serena
26 June 1986
5:00pm CEST - Yugoslavia 2 Spain 1 [0-0]
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Veneto (34,822)
Stojkovic (2)
9:00pm CEST - England 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna (34,520)
Round of sixteen

The six third place teams from the Group phase were (A) Austria (B) Argentina (C) Scotland (D) Colombia (E) Uruguay and (F) Netherlands.
Austriay and Scotland were the two teams that finished with the poorest records in comparison with the other third-placed teams and failed to progress to the second phase.

Quarter Finals

30 June 1986
5:00pm CEST - Argentina 0 Yugoslavia 0
AET [0-0] & Penalties [3-2]
Stadio Comunale, Firenze, Tuscany (38,971)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Serrizuela 1-0, Stojkovic hit bar, Burrachaga 2-0, Prosinecki 2-1, Maradona saved, Savicevic 2-2, Troglio hit post, Brnovic saved, Dezotti 3-2, Hadzibegic saved.
9:00pm CEST - Italy 1 Republic of Ireland 0
Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Lazio (73,303)
1 July 1986
5:00pm CEST - West Germany 1 Czechoslovakia 0 [1-0]
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano, Lombardy (73,347)
Matthäus (pen)
9:00pm CEST - Cameroon 2 England 3 [0-1]
AET [2-2]
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli, Campania (55,205)
Kunde (pen), Ekeke
Platt, Lineker (2 pens)

Semi Finals

3 July 1986 - both 8:00pm CEST
Argentina 1 Italy 1 [0-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-3]
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli, Campania (59,978)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Baresi 1-0, Serrizuela 1-1, Baggio 2-1, Burrachaga 2-2, De Agostini 3-2, Olarticoechea 3-3, Donadini saved, Maradona 4-3, Serena saved
4 July 1986
West Germany 1 England 1 [0-0]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-3]
Stadio delle Alpi, Torino, Piedmont
Parker OG (Brehme)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Lineker 1-0, Brehme 1-1, Beardsley 2-1, Matthäus 2-2, Platt 3-2, Riedle 3-3, Pearce saved, Thon 4-3, Waddle over bar


Third Place Play-off

7 July 1986 - 8:00pm CEST
Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Apulia (51,426)
R.Baggio, Schillaci (pen)


The 1990 Final

8 July 1986 - 8:00pm CEST
Argentina 0 West Germany 1 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Lazio (73,603)
Brehme (pen)
Monzón, Dezotti

Surprising even their most enthusiastic supporters, England reached the semi-finals for only the second time in their best World Cup showing outside their triumph at friendly Wembley Stadium in 1966.  Indeed, England's performance after the group stage was one of the few highlights as the standard of World Cup finals football sank to new depths with most of the teams bent on negative and defensive play calculated to avoid a loss rather than to win.  

While England played much better than expected, they had a great deal of good fortune along the way, and it is fair to say determination and opportunism, more than anything else, took them to the brink of the final match.  Only last-gasp efforts got them by Belgium and Cameroon in round-of-16 and quarterfinal matches which saw them largely outplayed.  Belgium hit the woodwork twice and made many more chances, although a John Barnes goal was disallowed on a plainly mistaken offside call.  David Platt's extraordinary swivelled volley from a Paul Gascoigne free kick in the last minute of extra time sent England through to the quarterfinals.  Cameroon shocked England and had them on the run, and only the African team's clumsy and naive defending prevented an upset.  Gary Lineker's penalty kick only seven minutes from the end of regulation time saved England from elimination, and his second penalty kick during extra-time put them in the semi-finals. 

England saved their best for their old rivals, West Germany, and did well to take the semi-final to penalty kicks in their third successive extra-time match.  West Germany's regulation-time goal--a crazy looping hop over stranded goalkeeper Peter Shilton after Andreas Brehme's shot from a free kick tap-on struck advancing defender Paul Parker--was lucky, while Lineker's equalizer 10 minutes from the end of regulation time was well-taken.  Both teams hit the woodwork in extra time.  Yet on the whole, the Germans enjoyed the greater part of the play, and the stronger team advanced to the final.

Still suffering from their cruel semi-final exits on penalty kicks, both England and Italy treated the third-place match rather casually, perhaps because it could furnish no consolation at all.  Although Italy deserved their 2-1 victory, England deserved the warm welcome they got on reaching home, their stock considerably higher than on their departure a month earlier.