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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Italy 1990 - No.19 Schillaci.

At the 1990 World Cup held in Italy, Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci replaced Andrea Carnevale during Italy's first match against Austria and his life turned on its head. He scored the decisive goal as the match ended with a 1–0 win for the hosts. Against the USA, Schillaci again made an appearance as a sub, but he started the next match, against Czechoslovakia, alongside Roberto Baggio. Italy won 2–0, with Baggio and Schillaci both scoring. Schillaci also opened the scoring in Italy's matches in the second round and quarter-finals, against Uruguay and Ireland respectively.

For the semi-final against Argentina, Gianluca Vialli replaced Baggio, whereas Schillaci kept his place in the team. The match ended 1–1, with Schillaci scoring his fifth goal of the tournament, but Italy were eliminated after a penalty shoot-out.

Schillaci scored the winning goal in Italy's 2–1 win in the third-place match against England from a penalty, and won the Golden Boot, with six goals. He retired from international competition with seven goals in sixteen caps after scoring his only other goal for Italy against Norway in 1991.
Schillaci's international career only lasted a year but surely never has there been a more memorable one for such a short space of time.

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