World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Argentina’s techniques backfire

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s notice: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with the 1990 World Cup Ultimate between Argentina and Germany.

The consensus least-entertaining World Cup within the fashionable historical past of the game was performed in Italy in 1990, the place the Catenaccio, or door-bolt, defensive scheme the host nation had made well-known appeared to contaminate a lot of the 24-team area.

One notable exception was the Azzurri, which performed extra of an attacking recreation beneath supervisor Azeglio Vicini earlier than being eradicated from title rivalry by Argentina within the semis. (Italy would win the bronze medal after defeating England within the match for third place.)

The targets per recreation common stays the bottom at any World Cup. In response to the cynical techniques, FIFA carried out two rule modifications following the event, including an additional level for wins to advertise attacking play and stopping goalkeepers from accumulating back-passes with their palms. 

These tweaks didn’t come quickly sufficient for the 1990 ultimate, when Argentina’s uber-defensive play in opposition to virtually took West Germany to additional time in Rome. Thankfully, the Germans — who, like the house workforce, really tried to attain targets — received the snooze-fest on Andy Brehme’s late penalty.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has coated United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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