aplenty in Italy
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.