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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

rers in ’90 Khaleel Mubarak be­came the 50th player to be sent off in World Cup fi­nals when given his march­ing or­ders in the 4-1 de­feat to Yu­goslavia.

Cameroon’s Roger Milla, at 38, was the sur­prise find of the tour­na­ment, but even he needed a help­ing hand in the sec­ond round from Colom­bia’s mad­cap goal­keeper Rene Hi­gu­ita. In Ge­orge Best mode, Hi­gu­ita tried to drib­ble over the half-way line but lost the ball to Milla who rolled the ball glee­fully into the empty net.

Blub­bing Paul Gas­coigne was Eng­land’s star as they marched into the semi-fi­nals. There an ill­timed tackle against West Ger­many meant he was out of the fi­nal – if Eng­land reached it – and Gazza burst into tears at the prospect.

An­other sob­bing su­per- star was the hero of 1986, Diego Maradona. He led an ul­tra-neg­a­tive Ar­gentina side into the fi­nal de­spite scor­ing only five goals and win­ning two games.When they had two play­ers sent off in the fi­nal, Maradona wept unashamedly.

Toto Schillaci fol­lowed in the foot­steps of Paolo Rossi in 1982 when he emerged as Italy’s un­ex­pected goal hero. The feisty lit­tle Si­cil­ian was the last player named in the Ital­ian squad, but fin­ished top scorer with six strikes.

Chile were banned af­ter goal­keeper Robert Ro­jas pre­tended he had been struck by a flare thrown from the crowd dur­ing a qual­i­fy­ing match against Brazil. Chile, who needed to win 2-0 to qual­ify, were los­ing 1-0 with 20 min­utes left when the in­ci­dent oc­curred, and Chile’s play­ers re­fused to play on. – Sapa-AFP

st of the West Ger­man team cel­e­brate their vic­tory.

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