Ranked! The 10 best goals of Italia '90
10. Safet Susic, Yugoslavia vs UAE
The Yugolavs took UAE apart 4-1 in this game and the superb passing of playmaker Susic was at the heart of everything they did. For this goal he was in the middle of a fine six-pass move in the UAE half which ended with the ball being whipped in hard from the byline. Susic stormed out of nowhere to plant a powerful header into the back of the net.
Aged 35, he was only three years younger than Roger Milla.
9. Paul Caligiuri, USA vs Czechoslovakia
The Czechs made America wear a dress and cry in this fixture, thrashing them 5-1 – but the USA’s consolation was the pick of the bunch.
Working tirelessly up front as his team was overwhelmed by the Eastern Europeans, Caligiuri dispossessed a defender on the halfway line and laid the ball off to John Stollmeyer, who returned an accurate forward ball. Caligiuri evaded one tackle, took the ball around the goalkeeper and pounded his strike into the net just before a desperate defender could intervene. It was America’s first World Cup finals goal for 40 years.
8. Salvatore Schillaci, Italy vs Austria
A great team goal that introduced the previously unknown Sicilian forward to the globe. Having come off the bench for his World Cup debut, Schillaci was involved in the build-up as Italy exchanged a series of neat passes deep in the Austria half. The ball was played forward to Gianluca Vialli, who beat his man before lofting in a delicious cross. Schillaci found a gap in the defence and thumped his header home, before going absolutely ballistic and instantly becoming a national hero. It became the symbol of Italian football remembered the world over.
1:57 for the goal
7. Roger Milla, Cameroon vs Romania
The cult hero of 1990 became the oldest scorer in the tournament’s history with this thunderbolt. The 38-year-old bombed into the Romania box to seize upon a hopeful back-header from a team-mate, first racing past a defender like a man half his age with a beautiful touch. Then, from a narrow angle, Milla launched the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post.
Having only just recovered from Careca’s vile advances (see No.6), the poor old corner flag found itself being menaced by Milla’s celebrated African love jig.
6. Careca, Brazil vs Sweden
A masterclass of movement, skill and sexy dancing. Branco picked up the ball in midfield and shrugged off two Swedes, accelerating into the opposition half. He slowed and picked out an exquisite pass: beautifully weighted and arrowed between two defenders, releasing Careca’s perfectly timed run.
The forward then scuttled towards goal, shimmied left like a Strictly Come Dancing star to send the keeper to ground, and sidefooted home. There followed a curiously erotic Latin boogie for the corner flag.
The first goal here