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Italy - Hosted the fourteenth World Cup, in 1990. Italy - Hosted the fourteenth World Cup, in 1990.

In 1990, Italy became the second nation to hold the World Cup Finals for a second time; a World Cup remembered for it's stalemates and important games decided by penalties; both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks and in the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

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Italy 1990 - First Round, Second Round, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Third place, 1990 World Cup Final.

World Cup History - Italy 1990

West Germany played in a World Cup final for the third time in succession and, having lost the last two finals, were determined not to do it again.

A repeat of the previous World Cup final lineup, in Mexico 86, the only thing that separated the two teams this time was Andreas Brehme's penalty.

The dullest World Cup victory of all time meant that West Germany finally joined Brazil and Italy, as an elite member of countries to have won the World cup three times.

The tournament's leading goalscorer was Italy's Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci although the most remarkable performance probably came from Roger Milla (still going strong and scoring at 38 years old) and his Cameroon team-mates, who beat the World Cup Champions, Argentina (1:0) on the opening day of the tournament.

In the Naples quarter-final, Cameroon came back from (0:1) down at half time to lead England by two goals to one, as the game approached the final ten minutes.

England relieved their large travelling contingent of fans by leveling the scores to take the game into extra-time and end the match as eventual (3:2) winners.

First Round - Group Stage

Group 1

9th June
Rome: Italy vs Austria (1:0)

10th June
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs United States (5:1)

14th June
Rome: Italy vs United States (1:0)

15th June
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs Austria (1:0)

19th June
Florence: Austria vs United States (2:1)
Rome: Italy vs Czechoslovakia (2:0)

Italy and Czechoslovakia make it to the Last 16.

Group 2

8th June
Milan: Cameroon vs Argentina (1:0)

9th June
Bari: Romania vs USSR (2:0)

13th June
Naples: Argentina vs USSR (2:0)

14th June
Bari: Cameroon vs Romania (2:1)

18th June
Bari: USSR vs Cameroon (4:0)
Naples: Argentina vs Romania (1:1)

Cameroon, Argentina and Romania make it to the Last 16.

Group 3

10th June
Turin: Brazil vs Sweden (2:1)

11th June
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Scotland (1:0)

16th June
Genoa: Scotland vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Costa Rica (1:0)

20th June
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Scotland (1:0)

Brazil and Costa Rica make it to the Last 16.

Group 4

9th June
Bologna: Colombia vs UAE (2:0)

10th June
Milan: West Germany vs Yugoslavia (4:1)

14th June
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs Colombia (1:0)

15th June
Milan: West Germany vs UAE (5:1)

19th June
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs UAE (4:1)
Milan: West Germany vs Colombia (1:1)

West Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia make it to the Last 16.

Group 5

12th June
Verona: Belgium vs South Korea (2:0)

13th June
Udine: Uruguay vs Spain (0:0)

17th June
Udine: Spain vs South Korea (3:1)
Verona: Belgium vs Uruguay (3:1)

21st June
Udine: Uruguay vs South Korea (1:0)
Verona: Spain vs Belgium (2:1)

Spain, Belgium and Uruguay make it to the Last 16.

Group 6

11th June
Cagliari: England vs Rep. of Ireland (1:1)

12th June
Palermo: Holland vs Egypt (1:1)

16th June
Cagliari: England vs Holland (0:0)

17th June
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Egypt (0:0)

21st June
Cagliari: England vs Egypt (1:0)
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Holland (1:1)

England, Holland and Ireland make it to the Last 16.

Second Round - The Last 16

23rd June
Bari: Czechoslovakia vs Costa Rica (4:1)
Naples: Cameroon vs Colombia (2:1 aet)

24th June
Milan: West Germany vs Holland (2:1)
Turin: Argentina vs Brazil (1:0)

25th June
Genoa: Rep. of Ireland vs Romania (0:0 aet) (5:4pens)
Rome: Italy vs Uruguay (2:0)

26th June
Bologna: England vs Belgium (1:0 aet)
Verona: Yugoslavia vs Spain (2:1 aet)

Quarter-Finals - 30th June & 1st July, 1990

30th June
Florence: Argentina vs Yugoslavia (0:0 aet) (3:2pens)

Rome: Italy vs Rep. of Ireland (1:0)

1st July
Milan: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)

Naples: England vs Cameroon (3:2 aet)

Semi-Finals - 3rd/4th July, 1990

3rd July
Naples: Argentina vs Italy (1:1 aet) (4:3pens)

4th July
Turin: West Germany vs England (1:1 aet) (4:3pens)

Third Place - 7th July, 1990

Bari: Italy vs England (2:1)

1990 World Cup Final
8th July:
West Germany vs Argentina (1:0)
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24 Countries

Travel to Argentina Argentina
Group 2 (0:1) (2:0) (1:1)
Second Round (1:0)
Quarter-finals
(0:0 aet) (3:2pens)
Semi-finals
(1:1 aet) (4:3pens)
Finalist (0:1)

Travel to Austria Austria
Group 1 (0:1) (0:1) (2:1)

Travel to Belgium Belgium
Group 5 (2:0) (3:1) (1:2)
Second Round (0:1 aet)

Travel to Brazil Brazil
Group 3 (2:1) (1:0) (1:0)
Second Round (0:1)

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon
Group 2 (1:0) (2:1) (0:4)
Second Round (2:1 aet)
Quarter-finals (2:3 aet)

Travel to Colombia Colombia
Group 4 (2:0) (0:1) (1:1)
Second Round (1:2 aet)

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica
Group 3 (1:0) (0:1) (2:1)
Second Round (1:4)

Travel to Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 1 (5:1) (1:0) (0:2)
Second Round (4:1)
Quarter-finals (0:1)

Travel to Egypt Egypt
Group 6 (1:1) (0:0) (0:1)

Travel to England England
Group 6 (1:1) (0:0) (1:0)
Second Round (1:0 aet)
Quarter-finals (3:2 aet)
Semi-finals
(1:1 aet) (3:4pens)
Third place (1:2)

Travel to Holland Holland
Group 6 (1:1) (0:0) (1:1)
Second Round (1:2)

Travel to Italy Italy
Group 1 (1:0) (1:0) (2:0)
Second Round (2:0)
Quarter-finals (1:0)
Semi-finals
(1:1 aet) (3:4pens)
Third place (2:1)

Travel to Ireland Rep. of Ireland
Group 6 (1:1) (0:0) (1:1)
Second Round
(0:0 aet) (5:4pens)
Quarter-finals (0:1)

Travel to Romania Romania
Group 2 (2:0) (1:2) (1:1)
Second Round
(0:0 aet) (4:5pens)

Travel to Scotland Scotland
Group 3 (0:1) (2:1) (0:1)

Travel to South Korea South Korea
Group 5 (0:2) (1:3) (0:1)

Travel to Spain Spain
Group 5 (0:0) (3:1) (2:1)
Second Round (1:2 aet)

Travel to Sweden Sweden
Group 3 (1:2) (1:2) (1:2)

Travel to United Arab Emirates UAE
Group 4 (0:2) (1:5) (1:4)

Travel to USA United States
Group 1 (1:5) (0:1) (1:2)

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay
Group 5 (0:0) (1:3) (1:0)
Second Round (0:2)

Travel to Russia USSR
Group 2 (0:2) (0:2) (4:0)

Travel to Germany West Germany
Group 4 (4:1) (5:1) (1:1)
Second Round (2:1)
Quarter-finals (1:0)
Semi-finals
(1:1 aet) (4:3pens)
Winner (1:0)

Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia
Group 4 (1:4) (1:0) (4:1)
Second Round (2:1 aet)
Quarter-finals
(0:0 aet) (2:3pens)

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