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Teams: 102 (entries – 116; Italy and Argentina as tournament organizer and reigning champion were among the finalists automatically; Mexico disqualified, Belize. Mauritius, Mozambique not allowed to compete due to debt to FIFA; Lesotho, Rwanda, Togo, Maldives, Bahrain. India, South Yemen withdrew before games began, Libya withdraw as the tournament progressed).
Average efficiency: 2.34.
Average efficiency: 2.21.
Total number of spectators: 2 525 243.
Average attendance: 48 562.
Scorer: Scillaci (Italy) – 6 goals.
Hat tricks: Michel (Spain). Spain vs Korea – 3-1 (23rd, 60th, 80th minutes). Skuhravy (Czechoslovakia). Czechoslovakia – Costa Rica – 4-1 (11th, 62nd, 81st minutes).
Penalties: 18 (13 realized).
Own goals: none.
Of course, the World Cup can’t be uninteresting. Of course, every such tournament is worthy to go down in history. Of course, it certainly gives food for thought to the experts and reason to worry to the fans. And yet, if there was one of the 17 World Cups that fits the definition of “boring”. It is, of course, the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The tournament, where most teams thought not so much about how to hit the opponent’s goal. But rather about how not to miss in their own, and even the Brazilians three out of four matches started with five nominal defenders.
No wonder that the lowest output in the history of the final tournaments – 2.21 goals per game – was “compensated for” by an abundance of yellow and red cards. The number of penalties (16) in Italy was greater than in the two previous championships (in ’82 – 5, in ’86 – 8).
Referees were not stingy with regards to warnings either – 173 (versus 99 and 140, respectively). It was the first time a player in the final match to be sent off the pitch – Pedro Monson of Argentina was the first to be sent off. Not only that, 22 minutes later. His teammate was followed by Gustavo Dezotti. By the way, Germany’s final against Argentina was fitting for the entire tournament. There was not much to remember and the fate of the champion’s gold was decided five minutes from the end by a penalty kick kick kick by Andreas Brehme.
Penalty kicks in Italy 90 is a special subject. Eighteen penalty kicks awarded in game time is not bad in itself. But another 38 times they were awarded in the penalty shootout. They were required in four games, including both semifinals. In four others, the opponents had to play extra time.
It is worth adding that, in several cases, it was the penalties kicked during the game that proved decisive. We have already mentioned the golden shot in the Brema final. But before that there had been a winning shot by Italian Schillaci in the match for third place with Great Britain. The only goal of German Matthaus to the Czechoslovakians in the quarterfinals and, finally. Two penalties Englishman Lineker, leaving the Cameroon team outside the prize four.
The team, which, in the opinion of many, deserved the medals at least because it showed a bright. Cheerful soccer, discordant with the general dull-defensive atmosphere on the fields of Italy.
The Cameroonians were surprising from the very beginning of the final tournament: in the opening match Omam-Biyik’s goal brought them victory over the reigning world champions the Argentines. The Africans achieved it, moreover, playing with ten men: they scored with ten men. And finished the game with two less players. In the next game, against Romania. The unbeaten streak of the Indomitable Lions (we would remind you that they left Spain undefeated after three matches in ’82) continued. It was the turn of the best player in the history of Cameroon, Roger Mill.
The 38-year-old veteran was not going to go to Italy at all (or said he was not going to. And he was peacefully playing his soccer age in an out-of-the-way Saint-Pierroise from Reunion. But he returned to the national team at the insistence of the public – and became one of the main heroes of the World Cup 90.
In the game against Romania, coming on as a substitute. Milla spent only half an hour on the field, which did not prevent him from making the winning double. Later, in the 1/8 finals match against Colombia, he will repeat what he did. Incidentally setting a World Cup record: nobody has ever scored in the final tournaments at this age. The achievement will be consolidated – now, presumably, forever. Four years later in the United States, where Milla will manage to distinguish himself at the age of 42.
The Cameroonians were only hampered by the USSR national team. To which they had already secured qualification for the 1/8 finals. But lost in the dying stages of the first leg – 0:4. But the devastating defeat did not prevent Mill and his partners from becoming group winners. Albeit with a negative goal difference, and did not shake their credibility too much.
The fewest thing – seven minutes – was not enough for the Cameroonians to crown their exploits by winning medals. Their quarterfinal game against England, mentioned above, was probably the best match of the tournament. But in the 82nd minute, with the score at 2-1, they missed a real opportunity to end the game. And a minute later Massing brought down Lineker in his own penalty box. Penalty, 2:2 – and in extra time history repeated itself: after four scoring chances at Shilton’s goal. Lineker again earned a penalty – and again he coolly converted it himself.
Reward Cameroon was not only the universal sympathy: the success of the “Indomitable Lions”. Coupled with the successful performance of the Egyptian national team prompted FIFA to increase the quota for Africa. In the final tournament of 1994 the Black Continent has been allocated three seats. We were also delighted by the Cameroonians’ rise under the guidance of Soviet coach Valery Nepomnyashchy.
The ’90 World Cup did not ignite any new big-name stars: its heroes were those who were not expected to do so. Along with the “old lion” Mill, for example. We can count Argentina’s backup goalkeeper Sergio Goicoechea among them. He appeared on the field in the 11th minute of the second match of his team (against the Soviet Union). To replace the “number one” Neri Pumpido, out due to serious injury – a broken leg.
But the reserve goalkeeper performed brilliantly: he saved two penalties each in the series with Yugoslavia and Italy, dragging his team into the semi-finals and then the final. Salvatore Scillaci, Italy’s top scorer and best player of the tournament. Slso received two major individual awards as a surprise. Without being in the starting lineup of the Scuadra Azzurra. He made a couple of successful substitutions and from the third match on he sealed his place in the starting lineup. Displacing Gianluca Vialli who was supposed to be the main attacking force for the hosts. Scillaci scored six goals, won the Golden Boot and the Ballon d’Or. But he has not really backed up his achievement since the 1990 World Cup.