25 Years/Italia 90: June 30, The Italian Job


On this day in 1990, Ireland came to a standstill as the Boys in Green took on hosts Italy in the World Cup quarter-finals in Rome. Toto Schillaci’s only goal broke Irish hearts but as commentator Jimmy McGee said, all that was lost was a match. So much more was gained along the way.

RTE’s post-match coverage included an interview with captain Mick McCarthy and manager Jack Charlton, before finishing with a musical montage of our maiden World cup adventure

The game also inspired this wonderful Smithwick’s ad some years later.

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