1990 FIFA World Cup Final

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1990 FIFA World Cup 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 previously in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final, in 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.


FIFA announced that the final of this edition would be replayed if after 90 minutes and extra-time the match ended in a tie.[1] This was to promote attacking play after the defensive approach used by many teams in the knockout stages.[1][better source needed][contradictory]

It was an ill-tempered game, notable for the first two sendings off in a World Cup final. Pedro Monzón had the distinction of being the first player in 14 World Cup final games to be ejected, 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. Gustavo Dezotti, already booked earlier, received the second yellow card of the game when he hauled down Jürgen Kohler with what the New York Times described as a "neck tackle right out of professional wrestling". 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.[2][3][4]

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. It has been suggested that Argentina's main strategy was to play for penalty kicks, having already advanced twice by this method.[5][6][7] The only goal of the contest arrived in the 85th minute when Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal awarded a controversial penalty shot to West Germany, after a foul on Rudi Völler by Roberto Sensini, and Andreas Brehme converted the spot kick with a low right footed shot to the goalkeeper's right.

This victory gave West Germany their third World Cup success, making them the nation with most 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
CM 8 Thomas Häßler
CM 10 Lothar Matthäus (c)
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
GK 12 Sergio Goycochea
SW 20 Juan Simón
CB 18 José Serrizuela
CB 19 Oscar Ruggeri Substituted off 46'
DM 13 Néstor Lorenzo
RM 4 José Basualdo
CM 7 Jorge Burruchaga Substituted off 53'
CM 21 Pedro Troglio Booked 84'
LM 17 Roberto Sensini
SS 10 Diego Maradona (c) Booked 87'
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:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level, 10 July 1990 20:00 CEST
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


  1. ^ a b "Extra Time! Sunday final WON'T go to penalty shootout (page 29)". Evening Times. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Glanville, Brian (2005). The Story of the World Cup. Faber. p. 303. ISBN 0-571-22944-1. 
  3. ^ Vecsey, George (9 July 1990). "Winning Ugly, Losing Ugly, Just Plain Ugly". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "A poor display bare of class". The Times (London). 9 July 1990. 
  5. ^ Glanville, Brian (2005). The Story of the World Cup. Faber. p. 303. ISBN 0-571-22944-1. 
  6. ^ Vecsey, George (9 July 1990). "Winning Ugly, Losing Ugly, Just Plain Ugly". New York Times. 
  7. ^ "A poor display bare of class". The Times (London). 9 July 1990.