Tonight’s England-Belgium on the program. We look back on a previous confrontation.
Tuesday, 26 June 1990. Stadio Renato Dall’ara. Bologna, Italy. The last minute of the years ticking away. Belgium plays in the eighth finals of the world cup against England. After Erik Gerets , Paul Gascoigne out of balance given the British a free kick. Meanwhile, it’s a minute and ten seconds before the end. Gazza himself crawls behind the ball. He put in for. In the back of Franky Van der Elst runs David Platt road from its coverage. From the turn, take Platt the ball in one time on the dsf. Michel Preud’homme beat, only for the fourth time that world cup. Exit Belgium.
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About that stage, said Gascoigne later: “I wanted to be that conscious free-kick is actually just in the direction of the Belgian goalkeeper rams. To I Bobby Robson (the English national team, editor’s note) heard the call, because I did not dare to look at him: ‘please Enter a boogballetje.’ I gave the worst pass ever in football, but Platt did something wonderful.’
Sportscaster slash wordsmith Jan Wauters , the switch-off as follows: ‘England by, we get. Tears in Scifo. What a disappointment. What a discouragement. What is football is unjust. Moral laws do not exist. It is not to believe, but blind: the football-fate, human fate. The stores. It slaps you. Stunned. Scifo on the ground. Patrick Vervoort: close your eyes. Erik Gerets are still good. Comfort is not possible. No, because the foot ball heroes are blind. Like all the gods. If that exist.’
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