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730 vs. Italy
Saturday, 7 July 1990
1990 FIFA World Cup Finals Third Place play-off match

Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]

Stadio San Nicola, Strada Torrebella, Bari, Apulia
(CEST): 8.00pm 7.00pm BST
Attendance: 51,426 tickets sold

93 minutes 45:17 & 46:36 Peter Beardsley kicked off
[0-0] Carlo Ancelotti lob saved onto the post 28:17  
[1-0] Roberto Baggio 71 70:16
 Shilton failed to pick up a backpass as Baggio nicked it, knocking it to Schillaci. His return pass ended with a 4yd left footed strike into the top of the net.

[2-1]Toto Schillaci penalty 85 84:59

right-footed strike into the right of the goal, sending Shilton the wrong way

(Parker fouled Schillaci 84:12, awarded 84:15) 
[2-1] Nicola Berti's header over Shilton:
91:08 offside

[1-1] David Platt header 81
powerful header from 11yds out of Zenga's right reach from a Dorigo leftsided cross

World Cup Grandstand: Commentator: Barry Davies with Trevor Brooking
World Cup '90: Commentator: Alan Parry with Trevor Francis


Officials (black)

Italy Squad

Team Records

England Squad

Joël Quiniou

39 (11 July 1950), Paris, France, FIFA-listed 1980
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
Linesmen   Hit Bar/Post  
Mohamed Hansal
42 (6 November 1947), Oran, Algeria
Kurt Röthlisberger
39 (21 May 1951), Suhr, Switzerland (red/yellow flag).
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
    Fouls Conceded  

Italy Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Made by Diadora - Azure blue crew necked collared jerseys, white shorts, blue socks with white trim.
Capt: Giuseppe Bergomi Manager: Azeglio Vicini, 47 (20 March 1933), appointed summer 1986
Italy Lineup
1 Zenga, Walter 30 28 April 1960 G FC Internazionale Milano SpA 42 ᵍᵃ
3 Bergomi, Giuseppe 26 22 December 1963 RB FC Internazionale Milano SpA 73 6
5 Ferrara, Ciro 23 11 February 1967 RCD SSC Napoli SpA 17 0
2 Baresi, Franco 30 8 May 1960 DS AC Milan SpA 46 1
8 Vierchowod, Pietro 31 6 April 1959 LCD UC Sampdoria SpA 32  
7 Maldini, Paolo C. 22 26 June 1968 LB AC Milan SpA 26 0
13 Giannini, Giuseppe, off 90th+1 min. 25 20 August 1964 RM AS Roma SpA 41  
9 Ancelotti, Carlo 31 10 June 1959 CM AC Milan SpA 25 1
4 de Agostini, Luigi, off 67th min. 29 7 April 1961 LM Juventus FC SpA 30  
15 Baggio, Roberto 23 18 February 1967 AM ACF Fiorentina SpA 13  
19 Schillaci, Salvatore 25 1 December 1964 CF Juventus FC SpA 8 6
Italy Substitutes
10 Berti, Nicola, on 67th min. (66:56) for de Agostini 23 14 April 1967 LM FC Internazionale Milano SpA 15 3
6 Ferri, Riccardo, on 90th+1 min. (90:19) for Giannini 26 20 August 1963 CD FC Internazionale Milano SpA 36  

unused substitutes:

12-Stefano Tacconi, 20-Aldo Serena, 21-Gianluca Vialli
5(1-4)-3-2(1-1) Zenga -
Baresi -
Bergomi, Ferrara, Vierchowod, Maldini -
Giannini (Ferri), Ancelotti, de Agostini (Berti) -
Baggio -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd 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: Peter Shilton, fifteenth and final captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 57 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
95th and final match, W 47 - D 30 - L 18 - F 154 - A 60.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L.
292 days
18 September 1949
Derby County FC
125 80ᵍᵃ
final app 1970-90
most apps 1989-90
5 Walker, Desmond S. 24 26 November 1965 RCD Nottingham Forest FC 25 0
14 Wright, Mark, injured off 70th min. (69:56) 26 1 August 1963 DS Derby County FC 30 1
12 Parker, Paul A. 26 4 April 1964 LCD Queen's Park Rangers FC 11 0
2 Stevens, M. Gary 27 27 March 1963 RWB Rangers FC, Scotland 41 0
20 Steven, Trevor M. 26 21 September 1963 RM/
Rangers FC, Scotland 29 3
16 McMahon, Stephen, off 72nd min. 28 20 August 1961 CM Liverpool FC 16 0
7 Platt, David A. 24 10 June 1966 LM Aston Villa FC 11 3
15 Dorigo, Anthony R. 24 31 December 1965 LWB Chelsea FC 4 0
9 Beardsley, Peter A. 29 18 January 1961 AM Liverpool FC 45 7
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 58 35
England Substitutes
8 Waddle, Christopher R., on 72nd min. (71:31) for Wright 29 14 December 1960 RM Olympique de Marseille, France 59 47 6
4 Webb, Neil J., on 72nd min. (71:58) for McMahon 26 30 July 1963 LCM Manchester United FC 20 17 3

unused substitutes:

3-Stuart Pearce, 13-Chris Woods, 21-Steve Bull.

substitute notes:

England have now used 43 substitutions throughout the 1989-90 season, a new record.
Marseille are the 39th different club - the seventh foreign-based - to provide a player as an England substitute.

team notes:

Mark Wright was injured in a tussle with Ciro Ferrara (68:24) as the Italians were instigating a left-sided attack. The both received treatment as the rest of the players took in vital liquids. He was off the field, and thus, England were down to ten men, when Shilton failed to deal with an innocuous backpass and the Italians scored their first goal. England returned to their full compliment before kick-off.
Peter Shilton extends his tally both as world record appearance holder, and already the oldest goalkeeper to face a penalty kick, he extends this record (40 yrs 293 dys). He also becomes the first captain to face a penalty kick.
Manager Bobby Robson played for England against Italy in May 1961.
4-4-2 after 72 mins
Shilton -
Walker, Wright
(Waddle) , Parker -
Stevens, Steven, McMahon
(Webb), Platt, Dorigo -
Beardsley -
notes: Waddle replaced Wright to strengthen the midfield, Stevems and Dorigo reverted to full-back.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Bobby Robson's last match as England manager and Peter Shilton's final game as England goalkeeper ended in a defeat by Italy that was partly self-inflicted in this play-off for third place.  Shilton, captain for the night as he stretched his world-record collection of caps to 125, will remember his farewell performance for all the wrong reasons. The man who had been one of the most reliable players in the history of English football made a calamitous mistake in the seventieth minute. He had just taken possession of the ball and elected to roll it along the ground as he looked for an England player to whom he could pass it. Shilts must have been the only person in the stadium who did not see Roberto Baggio loitering alongside him. Shilton virtually placed the ball at Baggio's feet and he exchanged passes with Salvatore Schillaci before dribbling his way across the face of the England goal and scoring with a close-range shot. Ten minutes after Shilton's error the skilful, Australian-born Tony Dorigo made an enterprising run down the left wing before sending over a measured cross. David Platt, who had been making penetrating bursts into the Italian penalty area throughout the game, powered the ball into the net from twelve yards for one of the best headed goals of the whole tournament. Paul Parker was adjudged to have fouled Salvatore Schillaci when they became tangled in the penalty area in the eighty-fourth minute. Schillaci, needing one goal to become the leading marksman of World Cup '90, sent Shilton the wrong way as he drilled in  his sixth goal of the finals. England had lost, but their dignity and their pride were still intact. They had done England in general and Bobby Robson in particular proud. Could Graham Taylor go one better and reach the World Cup Final? 'I wish him luck,' said Bobby Robson. 'I just hope the press are kinder to him than they were to me.' Graham Taylor should have been warned not to hold his breath.

Source Notes

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