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Rovers’ World Cup Countdown – 1990

12 June 2014

Rovers’ Republic of Ireland internationals Kevin Moran and Frank Stapleton both boarded the plane to Italia 90 – Ireland’s best ever World Cup campaign.

Whilst Moran played every minute of every match for Ireland over in Italy, an aging Stapleton failed to make a matchday squad.

Ireland qualified for the knockout stage after drawing each of their three group games. They drew 1-1 with England, 0-0 with Egypt and 1-1 with the Netherlands.

Having finished with an identical record to the Netherlands – and with both teams assured of progressing – they were split by the drawing of lots to determine second and third place. Ireland claimed second and the Netherlands third.

Jack Charlton’s side then beat Romania on penalties in the Round of 16, before going out at the quarter-final stage following a 1-0 defeat to hosts Italy.

Germany lifted the trophy thanks to a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final.

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