1990 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 4

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The 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 4 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Finland, European champions the Netherlands, Wales and West Germany.

The group was won by the Netherlands, who qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. West Germany also qualified as one of the best runners-up.

Standings[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 6 4 2 0 8 2 +6 10
 West Germany 6 3 3 0 13 3 +10 9
 Finland 6 1 1 4 4 16 −12 3
 Wales 6 0 2 4 4 8 −4 2
  Finland Netherlands Wales West Germany
Finland  0 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 4
Netherlands  3 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1
Wales  2 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0
West Germany  6 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1

Results[edit]

31 August 1988
Finland  0 – 4  West Germany
(Report) Völler Goal 7'15'
Matthäus Goal 52'
Riedle Goal 87'
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Attendance: 31,693
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Soviet Union)

14 September 1988
Netherlands  1 – 0  Wales
Gullit Goal 82' (Report)
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Jan Damgaard (Denmark)

19 October 1988
Wales  2 – 2  Finland
Saunders Goal 16' (pen.)
Lahtinen Goal 40' (o.g.)
(Report) Ukkonen Goal 9'
Paatelainen Goal 44'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 9,603
Referee: Gudmundor Haraldsson (Iceland)

19 October 1988
West Germany  0 – 0  Netherlands
(Report)
Olympic Stadium, Munich
Attendance: 73,000
Referee: Pietro D'Elia (Italy)

26 April 1989
Netherlands  1 – 1  West Germany
van Basten Goal 87' (Report) Riedle Goal 68'
De Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 50,500
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)

31 May 1989
Wales  0 – 0  West Germany
(Report)

31 May 1989
Finland  0 – 1  Netherlands
(Report) Kieft Goal 87'
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Attendance: 46,217
Referee: Piotr Werner (Poland)

6 September 1989
Finland  1 – 0  Wales
Lipponen Goal 50' (Report)

4 October 1989
West Germany  6 – 1  Finland
Möller Goal 12'80'
Littbarski Goal 47'
Klinsmann Goal 53'
Völler Goal 62'
Matthäus Goal 84' (pen.)
(Report) Lipponen Goal 72'
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)

11 October 1989
Wales  1 – 2  Netherlands
Bowen Goal 89' (Report) Rutjes Goal 13'
Bosman Goal 79'
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 9,025
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)

15 November 1989
Netherlands  3 – 0  Finland
Bosman Goal 57'
E. Koeman Goal 62'
R. Koeman Goal 69' (pen.)
(Report)
De Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 49,500
Referee: Egil Nervik (Norway)

15 November 1989
West Germany  2 – 1  Wales
Völler Goal 25'
Häßler Goal 48'
(Report) Allen Goal 11'
Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne
Attendance: 60,300
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 29 goals scored during the 12 games, an average of 2.42 goals per game.

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Rudi Völler  West Germany 4
2 Mika Lipponen  Finland 2
John Bosman  Netherlands
Lothar Matthäus  West Germany
Andreas Möller  West Germany
Karl-Heinz Riedle  West Germany
6 Mixu Paatelainen  Finland 1
Kari Ukkonen  Finland
Ruud Gullit  Netherlands
Wim Kieft  Netherlands
Erwin Koeman  Netherlands
Ronald Koeman  Netherlands
Graeme Rutjes  Netherlands
Marco van Basten  Netherlands
Malcolm Allen  Wales
Mark Bowen  Wales
Dean Saunders  Wales
Thomas Häßler  West Germany
Jürgen Klinsmann  West Germany
Pierre Littbarski  West Germany