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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Baggio’s divine dribbling

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By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s be aware: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Roberto Baggio’s solo aim on the 1990 World Cup.

It’s each participant’s dream to attain a aim at a World Cup.

However dribbling by a complete group to attain on an unimaginable solo effort at a World Cup performed on residence soil? No one even thinks about doing that.

But that’s precisely what The Divine Ponytail — aka Azzurri ahead Roberto Baggio — pulled off at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico in opposition to Czechoslovakia in Italy’s last group stage match at Italia 90.

Toto Schillaci gave the hosts a primary half lead, however Baggio sealed the victory together with his 78th minute masterpiece. After a fast give-and-go launched him into house, Baggio cut up two defenders, shrugged off a deal with, then undressed heart again Ernst Aigner earlier than slotting the ball residence. Italy went on to complete in third place, however that aim served as the broader world’s introduction to Baggio, who grew to become a bona fide international celebrity 4 years later at USA ‘94.

Baggio slaloms by the Czechs

Italy’s Baggio scored a lovely aim by weaving by Czech defenders. Italy would go on to complete third within the 1990 World Cup.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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