"England were outstanding, we had to keep an eye on Gazza" – Lothar Matthäus remembers that night in Turin at Italia 90

Paul Gascoigne
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For England fans of a certain vintage, the semi-final of Italia 90 still stings. The Three Lions were defeated in Turin that evening by the eventual tournament winners, West Germany, in a nail-biting fixture which went all the way to penalties following a 1-1 draw. 

Long before Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed the decisive kicks from 12-yards, there was drama and anguish galore, including Paul Gascoigne's tears after he received a booking which meant he would miss the final whatever the outcome of the match. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.