June 30, 1990: Italy 1 Rep. of Ireland 0

“So Ireland’s remarkable World Cup journey is over, but all they’ve lost is a match. Along the way so much has been won, the respect of all countries on the playing field, and the respect of the populations of the cities visited by the Irish supporters. The legacy left behind will survive long after this World Championship has been committed to the record books”

Jimmy Magee

On this day in 1990, in our first ever World Cup, Ireland lost out by a solitary goal in the quarter-finals to the tournament hosts Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Within days the Irish team would land in Dublin to a crowd of over 500,000 people in scenes that likely wouldn’t have been bettered had they won the competition itself.

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