England made it to the Second Round at Italia '90 on this day.
Bobby Robson’s England played Egypt during the 1990 World Cup on this day. We had drawn our first two Group F fixtures, 1-1 against Republic of Ireland and 0-0 against Holland, and a win would now take us through to the Second Round.
Egypt looked unambitious from the start in Cagliari, and a stream of back-passes to their ‘keeper Ahmed Shobeir had some of the 34,000 crowd whistling their disapproval. The first half was a tedious affair, England’s only shot of note coming from QPR right-back Paul Parker.
Gary Lineker had Steve Bull alongside him this time, but it was a striking partnership that struggled to make an impact. With the Egyptians continuing to defend in depth in the second period, it wasn’t obvious where an England goal would come from.
Finally there was a breakthrough on 59 minutes. Paul Gascoigne, England’s only ‘flair’ player in the match, flighted a free-kick into the box from out on the left and Derby County centre-back Mark Wright rose the highest of a clutch of players to glance the ball home.
Egypt immediately showed more urgency in their play and they managed to push England back for a while. But Peter Shilton saved a good effort from Hamid and it was Robson’s team who marched on in the tournament.