1990 FIFA World Cup Final

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1990 FIFA World Cup Final
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The Stadio Olimpico held the final
Event 1990 FIFA World Cup
Date 8 July 1990
Venue Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee Edgardo Codesal (Mexico)
Attendance 73,603

The 1990 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match played between West Germany and Argentina that took place on 8 July 1990 at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome to determine the winner of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. After meeting Argentina previously in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final, which Argentina had won 3–2, in this match West Germany beat the defending holders 1–0, with a late penalty kick taken by Andreas Brehme being the game's only goal. It was the first time a team from UEFA won the final against a non-European team.


It was an ill-tempered game, notable for the first two sendings off in a World Cup final. During the match, referee Edgardo Codesal refused to award a penalty kick to German player Klaus Augenthaler. Later, he incurred the wrath of the Argentinians by not awarding them a penalty kick after Lothar Matthäus allegedly tackled Gabriel Calderón. Pedro Monzón had the distinction of being the first player in the 14 final games of the FIFA World Cup to be sent off, after being shown a straight red card for a hard leg tackle on Jürgen Klinsmann; FIFA had warned its officials to enforce the rules and Monzón had raised his foot during the tackle, a foul that Klinsmann claims left a 15-cm gash on his shin.[1]Gustavo Dezotti, already booked earlier, received his second yellow card late in the match when he hauled down Jürgen Kohler with what the New York Times described as a "neck tackle right out of professional wrestling", after Kohler refused to give-up the ball in an alleged attempt to waste time. After dismissing Dezotti, Codesal was surrounded and jostled by the rest of the Argentinian team.[2] Diego Maradona burst into tears at the final whistle and blamed the referee for the loss.[3] Argentina entered the game with four players suspended and ended it with nine men on the field, overall losing over half of their squad due to injury or bookings.[4][5][6]

It was also the lowest-scoring final yet seen with Argentina becoming the first team not to score during a World Cup Final, having only 1 shot on goal, while Germany had 16 scoring chances out of 23 shots.[7] Argentina's strategy had been to defend at all costs and reach the penalty shootout, having already advanced twice in the tournament by this means. [8][9][10] The only goal of the contest arrived in the 85th minute when Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal awarded a controversial penalty to West Germany, after Roberto Sensini fouled Rudi Völler, and Andreas Brehme (who took the place of regular team penalty taker Lothar Matthaeus) converted the spot kick with a low right footed shot to the goalkeeper's right.[11]

This victory gave West Germany their third FIFA World Cup Title, also making them the team to have played in the most FIFA World Cup finals at the time (3 titles, 3 second places), as well as avenging their defeat at the hands of Argentina in the previous final.

Route to the final[edit]

West Germany Round Argentina
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 Yugoslavia 4–1 Match 1  Cameroon 0–1
 United Arab Emirates 5–1 Match 2  Soviet Union 2–0
 Colombia 1–1 Match 3  Romania 1–1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 4
 Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 −2 4
 Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Netherlands 2–1 Round of 16  Brazil 1–0
 Czechoslovakia 1–0 Quarter-finals  Yugoslavia 0–0 (aet) (3–2 pen.)
 England 1–1 (aet) (4–3 pen.) Semifinals  Italy 1–1 (aet) (4–3 pen.)

Match details[edit]

8 July 1990
20:00 UTC+2
West Germany  1–0  Argentina
Brehme Goal 85' (pen.) Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 73,603
Referee: Edgardo Codesal (Mexico)
West Germany
GK 1 Bodo Illgner
SW 5 Klaus Augenthaler
CB 6 Guido Buchwald
CB 4 Jürgen Kohler
RWB 14 Thomas Berthold Substituted off 73'
LWB 3 Andreas Brehme
DM 10 Lothar Matthäus (c)
CM 8 Thomas Häßler
CM 7 Pierre Littbarski
CF 9 Rudi Völler Booked 52'
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann
GK 12 Raimond Aumann
DF 2 Stefan Reuter Substituted in 73'
MF 15 Uwe Bein
MF 20 Olaf Thon
FW 13 Karl-Heinz Riedle
Franz Beckenbauer
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GK 12 Sergio Goycochea
SW 20 Juan Simón
CB 18 José Serrizuela
CB 19 Oscar Ruggeri Substituted off 46'
RWB 4 José Basualdo
LWB 17 Roberto Sensini
DM 13 Néstor Lorenzo
CM 21 Pedro Troglio Booked 84'
AM 10 Diego Maradona (c) Booked 87'
SS 7 Jorge Burruchaga Substituted off 53'
CF 9 Gustavo Dezotti Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 5', 87'
GK 22 Fabián Cancelarich
DF 5 Edgardo Bauza
DF 15 Pedro Monzón Red card 65' Substituted in 46'
MF 6 Gabriel Calderón Substituted in 53'
FW 3 Abel Balbo
Carlos Bilardo

Armando Pérez Hoyos (Colombia)
Michał Listkiewicz (Poland)

Match rules: