Monday, January 09, 2006

World Cup Top Ten Memories

#3 In the nick of time: David Platt vs. Belgium 1990

England had come through a tricky group. Even adapting their formation to accomodate Mark Wright as a sweeper. See Sven you can change your tactics if you suck bad enough. In the second round England faced perennial qualifiers and 1986 semi-finalists Belgium. Famous for chocolate, Jean Claude Van Damme, Eddy Merckx, Hercule Poirot, Tin-Tin and the Smurfs (it took a while to do that list - for a more comprehensive list click here)
In the 120th minute with the game lagging to penalties a chip into the box by Gazza is volleyed in by a swivelling David Platt (not Gail's youngest off Coronation Street) and euphoria. 1-0 England.
England then unconvincingly got past the Cameroon before losing on penalties to Germany in the semis to break English hearts.

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