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Sunday, 1 July 1990
1990 FIFA World Cup Finals Second Phase Quarter Final match four

Cameroon 2 England 3 [0-1]ᴭᵀ
2-2 after ninety minutes

Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli, Campania, Italy
(CEST): 9.00pm 8.00pm BST
Attendance: 55,205 tickets sold

François Oman Biyak kicked-off.
Cameroon kicked off ET
125½ minutes
46:31 & 46:50; 16:28 & 15:33
[1-0] David Platt header 26 25:04
 powerfully headed downwards from 6 yards under Nkono from a Pearce left-sided cross

[2-2]Gary Lineker penalty 83 82:56
 right-footed placed strike sending Nkono the wrong way
 (Massing fouled Lineker 81:48)
[1-1]Emmanuel Kundé pen 62 61:17
right-footed placed shot away from Shilton's left reach.
(Gascoigne fouled Miller 60:28)
[1-2] Eugène Ekéké 65 64:54)
right-footed strike from 12 yds over Shilton following a lay-off from Miller
[3-2]Gary Lineker penalty 106 105:22
right-footed powerful strike down the middle sending Nkono the wrong way
 (Nkono fouled Lineker 103:36)
  Benjamin Massing 29 28:40
Stuart Pearce 70 69:48)  
  Thomas Nkono 105 104:43
  Roger Milla 120 119:02

World Cup Grandstand: Commentator: Barry Davies with Trevor Brooking
World Cup '90: Commentator: Brian Moore with Ron Atkinson


Officials (black)

Cameroon Squad


England Squad

Edgardo Codesal Méndez
39 (2 June 1951), Montevideo, Uruguay, FIFA-listed 1983.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
Linesmen   Hit Bar/Post  
Jassim Abdul-Rahman Mandi
45 (16 December 1944), Manama, Bahrain
Vincent Mauro
5 Corner Kicks Won 1
  Offside Calls Against  
    Fouls Conceded  

Cameroon Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 32nd to 33rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Pale green collared v-necked jerseys with white Adidas trim/collar/shoulder/underarm panels, red shorts with white Adidas trim, yellow socks with green Adidas trim.
Capt: Stephen Tataw Manager: Valery Kuzmich Nepomniachy, 46 (7 August 1943 in Slavgorod, USSR), appointed 1988.
Cameroon Lineup
Nkono, Thomas 33 20 July 1956 G RCD Español de Barcelona SAD, Spain

Nkono cautioned in the 105th min. for Dissent. His time-wasting tactics as Lineker prepared to take his penalty were penalised.
14 Tataw, Stephen Eta 27 31 March 1963 RB Tonerre KC Yaoundé 34  
6 Kundé, Emmanuel J. 33 15 July 1956 DS Prévoyance Yaoundé 86  
Massing, Benjamin 28 20 June 1962 CD US Créteil-Lusitanos Football, France


Massing cautioned in the 29th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, he had kicked the back of Lineker's legs (28:29). Suspended.
5 Ebwellé Ndingué, Bertin 27 11 September 1962 LB Tonerre KC Yaoundé 21  
15 Libiih, Thomas 22 17 November 1967 RM Tonerre KC Yaoundé 2  
21 Maboang Kessack, Emmanuel, off 46th min 21 27 November 1968 RCM RC Bafoussam 3  
13 Pagal, Jean-Claude 25 15 September 1964 LCM La Roche VF, France 3  
10 Mfédé, Louis-Paul, off 63rd min. 28 26 February 1962 LM Canon Kpakum Yaoundé 45  
7 Omam Biyik, François 24 21 May 1966 RF Stade Lavallois Mayenne FC 39  
20 Makanaky, Cyrille T. 25 28 June 1965 LF Sporting Toulon Var 5  
Cameroon Substitutes
Milla, Roger, on 46th min. for Maboang 38 20 May 1952 CF JS Saint-Pierroise, Réunion


Mooh Miller, Arthur Roger
Miller cautioned in the 119th min. for Dissent. As he received a long ball, he backed into Paul Parker and was penalised, and he strongly disagreed.
11 Ekéké, Ebelle F., on 63rd min. (62:03) for Mfédé 30 30 May 1960 LM US Valenciennes, France 3  

unused substitutes:

12-Alphonse Yombi, 19-Roger Feutamba, 22-Jacques Songo'o.

team notes:

Cameroon are the first African nation to reach the World Cup Finals quarter-final stage.
The Biyik's, squad-member André Kana and François Omam, are brothers
4(1-3)-4-2 Nkono -
Kundé -
Tataw, Massing, Ebwellé -
Libiih, Maboang Kessack (Miller), Pagal, Mfédé (Ekédé) -
Omam-Biyik, Makanaky

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th to 3rd
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, sixth captaincy.
Peter Shilton 74th min. (no armband worn)
Manager: Robert W. Robson, 57 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
93rd match, W 47 - D 29 - L 17 - F 152 - A 57.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 40 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 123 77ᵍᵃ
most apps 1989-90
6 Butcher, Terence I., off 74th min. 31 28 December 1958
in Alexandra Park, Singapore
RCD Rangers FC, Scotland 76 3
14 Wright, Mark 26 1 August 1963 DS/
Derby County FC 28 1
5 Walker, Desmond S. 24 26 November 1965 LCD Nottingham Forest FC 23 0
12 Parker, Paul A. 26 4 April 1964 RWB/
Queen's Park Rangers FC 9 0
17 Platt, David A. 24 10 June 1966 RM/
Aston Villa FC 9 2
8 Waddle, Christopher R. 29 14 December 1960 CM Olympique de Marseille, France 57 6
19 Gascoigne, Paul J. 23 27 May 1967 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 2
Pearce, Stuart 28 24 April 1962 LWB Nottingham Forest FC 29 1
Pearce cautioned in the 71st minute for Unsporting Behaviour, following a late tackle on Makanaky after he got the ball first at the halfway line.
11 Barnes, John C.B., off 46th min 26 7 November 1963
in Kingston, Jamaica
AM Liverpool FC 58 9
BME most apps
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 56 34
44th & 45th penalty kicks scored
England Substitutes
9 Beardsley, Peter A., on 46th min. for Barnes 29 18 January 1961 AM Liverpool FC 43 34 7
20 Steven, Trevor M., on 74th min. (73:45) for Butcher 26 21 September 1963 RM/RB Rangers FC, Scotland 27 20 3

unused substitutes:

13-Chris Woods, 16-Steve McMahon, 21-Steve Bull.

substitute notes:

England have now used forty substitutions throughout the 1989-90 season, a new record.

team notes:

In challenging for the same ball with Roger Miller (84:59), Mark Wright cut his brow open and required treatment off the field. Trevor Steven took up the defensive position whilst Wright was being bandaged, returning to the field in injury time (90:39).


Peter Shilton extends his tally as world record appearance holder, and already the oldest goalkeeper to face a penalty kick, he extends this record (40 yrs 286 dys)

4-4-2 after 74 mins.
Shilton -
(Steven), Wright, Walker -
Parker, Platt
, Waddle, Gascoigne, Pearce -
Barnes (Beardsley) -
notes: on 74 minutes, Steven took up the right wing as Parker and Pearce reverted to full-back.
To protect his head, Mark Wright took up the right-wing position during Extra-Time. Parker then went central defence with Trevor Steven playing as a right-back.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


    Match Report by Mike Payne

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Gary Lineker scored two goals from the penalty spot not only to put England into the World Cup semi-finals but also to rescue them from one of the most humiliating defeats in their history. The harsh truth is that for long periods Cameroon played England off the park in a dramatic duel that was draining both physically and emotionally, and only a mixture of enormous luck and true grit pulled England through. It was thirty-eight-year-old Roger Milla who wrote himself into World Cup folklore against England. The silken skills of substitute Milla were released into the match at the start of the second-half with Cameroon unlucky to be trailing 1-0 to an excellent goal that had been burgled by David Platt.  Paul Gascoigne was helping out in an overworked defence when he collided with Milla and conceded a penalty in the sixty-first minute which was converted by Emmanuel Kundé. Four minutes later Milla drew defenders towards him before threading a pass through to substitute Eugene Ekéké. He sprinted clear, and then almost casually flicked the ball into the net past Shilton. With six minutes to  go, Gary  Lineker  spun in the penalty area and was brought down by  Thomas Libiih. Lineker himself scored from the spot to breathe life back into England. There was a fresh crisis for England when Mark Wright was cut and badly dazed as he headed the back of Milla's head. He was treated for a jagged Gash on his forehead, and then bravely played on through extra time with a huge plaster protecting a wound that later needed seven stitches.  In the fourteenth minute of extra time Gascoigne pushed a perfect pass through to  Lineker, whose promising run towards goal was halted when goalkeeper Thomas Nkono pulled him down. Lineker shot his penalty on a straight line into the net. England had won a memorable match, and created history by becoming the first English team to reach a World Cup semi-final on foreign soil.

Source Notes

Louis-Paul Mfédé died on 10 June 2013

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