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659 vs. Netherlands ~ 660 vs. Egypt

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Tuesday, 26 June 1990
World Cup 1990 Finals Second Phase Round of 16, match eight

England 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]
0-0 after ninety minutes


Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Barca, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Attendance: 34,520 tickets sold;
Kick-off: 9.00pm local, 8.00pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking. Also live on ITV (UK) - Commentator: Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

England - David Platt (119) Match Summary
England Squad
Belgium Squad
England - Paul Gascoigne
Results 1985-1990

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Match Summary

Officials from Denmark




Referee (black) - P. Mikkelsen
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Terry Butcher, fifth captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 57 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
92nd match, W 46 - D 29 - L 17 - F 149 - A 55.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 40 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 122 75 GA
12 Parker, Paul A. 26 4 April 1964 RB Queen's Park Rangers FC 8 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 28 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 28 1
19 Gascoigne, Paul J. 23 27 May 1967 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 2
14 Wright, Mark 26 1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 27 1
6 Butcher, Terence I. 31 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 75 3
8 McMahon, Stephen, off 71st min. 28 20 August 1961 M Liverpool FC 15 0
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 55 32
England Substitutes
17 Platt, David A., on 71st min. for McMahon 24 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 8 1
21 Bull, Steve, on 74th min. for Barnes            

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Peter Shilton extends his tally both as England record appearance holder and world record appearance holder.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Belgium Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 8th to 14th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red collared v-neck shadow pinstriped jerseys with yellow/black Adidas trim, red shorts with yellow/black Adidas trim, red socks with yellow/black Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager:  
Belgium Lineup
1       G     GA
Belgium Substitutes

unused substitutes:

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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

David Platt stepped into this full-blooded thriller as a substitute, and with a penalty shoot-out just seconds away he scored a phenomenal first goal for England to lift them into the quarter-finals. The match was played at a furious pace until the intense heat slowed just about everybody down to an exhausted jog in extra time. Enzo Scifo bossed the game in midfield for Belgium and he and the veteran Jan Ceulemans both smacked shots against Peter Shilton's right post. John Barnes had been almost anonymous but was desperately unlucky in the fortieth minute when he steered in a cross from Gary Lineker for what looked an excellent goal. A linesman ended England's celebrations by raising the off-side flag. With one minute of extra time to go Paul Gascoigne floated a free-kick deep into the penalty area. Platt watched it carefully like a plane spotter, and spun round to face the goal as the ball dropped over his shoulder. All in the same movement he volleyed it wide of the Belgian goalkeeper. It would have been rated a classic goal in any football match. In the last minute of a World Cup finals tie it must go down as one of the greatest goals ever scored for England.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author