Italy and Uruguay faced off in a second round match of 1990 World Cup which promised to be as intense as the roasting Roman heat under which it was played. The home team was slowly beginning to find its feet in the tournament but they were expected to face their toughest test when they faced the former world cup winners. Oscar Tabarezai??i??s team barely sneaked into the knock out stages after Daniel Fonseca scored an injury time winner against South Korea but they were adept in stifling opponentai??i??s free flowing game, as the 0-0 draw against Spain in a group league match showed.

English referee George Courtney had to deal with a volatile atmosphere on and off the pitch and he dished out three yellow cards in the first half. Italy tried to break down their opponentai??i??s defence but failed to penetrate into goal scoring positions. The home team finally got the first goal on 65th minute as Salvatore Schillaci continued his world cup fairy-tale with a wonderful individual strike. Credit must be given to the referee for playing an excellent advantage. Seven minutes before the final whistle the Azzuris ensured their passage to quarter-final as second half substitute Aldo Serena turned in a cross from the right wing.

Tactical and cagey, this match was hardly an all-time classic but it was an intriguing encounter nevertheless.

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