That Spain-Italy USA 1994
World Cup USA 94 It was revolutionary in many respects. It was the first where the referees began to wear colorful and players first brought the name on the shirt. It was introduced for the first time the technical area and the figure of the fourth official and especially, was the first time a World Cup was held in a country where soccer, It was not anywhere near the king sport in the country. For Spanish USA 94 will always be the Tassotti elbowed Luis Enrique, the failure of Julio Salinas against Italy, but above all the World where Spain could have gone further before the golden age.
There was a 9 July 1994, just today 20 years. The younger ones do not remember what happened in that summer afternoon two decades. Which at that time we were near adolescence sure we have not forgotten. Clemente's Spain came to the party of the quarterfinals against the Italians after an excellent victory over Switzerland in the second round by three goals to zero. The match was played and matched equally, full of tension of those who do not usually forget with the passage of time.
Dino Baggio ahead of Italy and Caminero, the best Spanish player at the World tied one. With just a few minutes Julio Salinas missed a glaring opportunity to Gianluca Pagliuca to put the 2-1 and sentence classification. But ironically, Baggio was another, Roberto, that the next move would achieve the 1-2 definitive rating to the “azurri”. The thing would not end there.
Spain turned against the Italian goal in search of an equalizer forced extra time when in the last minute of the match, The veteran Italian defender and Tassotti, He hits in the nose by now coach of FC Barcelona, Luis Enrique. It was a penalty and expulsion, but the referee did not see it despite the already recognized image as Spanish player outside if bleeding and fractured nasal septum. Italy finally passed and reached the final where they lost on penalties to Brazil but that defeat hurt much and was forever like that missed opportunity. Something that Iniesta, Villa, Casillas and company undertook to make us forget, a wound closed brilliantly.