Match No. 643 - Wednesday, 8th March 1989, 3:00pm

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    • Halim MersiniHalim Mersini.
      Born 22nd Sep 1961, Vlorë, Albania.
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    • Hysen ZmijaniHysen Zmijani.
      Born 29th Apr 1963, Shkodër, Albania.
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    • Mirel JosaMirel Josa.
      Born 1st Jun 1963, Tirana, Albania.
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    • Skënder HodjaSkënder Hodja.
      Born 30th May 1960, Albania.
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    • Skënder GegaSkënder Gega.
      Born 14th Nov 1963, Tropojë, Albania.
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    • Fatbardh JeraFatbardh Jera.
      Born 8th Nov 1960, Shkodër, Albania.
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    • Ylli ShehuYlli Shehu.
      Born 13th Mar 1966, Tirana, Albania.
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    • Artur LekbelloArtur Lekbello.
      Born 23rd Feb 1966, Albania.
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    • Lefter MilloLefter Millo.
      Born 2nd Aug 1966, Derviçan, Albania.
    • '7776:50
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    • Arben MingaArben Minga.
      Born 16th Mar 1959, Tirana, Albania.
      (c)
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    • Sulejman DemollariSulejman Demollari.
      Born 15th May 1964, Tirana, Albania.
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    • Kujtim MajaciKujtim Majaci.
      Born 20th Mar 1962, Fier, Albania.
    • '7776:50
  • Assist: Gary Lineker. "[Rocastle] clipped the ball over and Waddle chested it down to Lineker, whose challenge was blocked. Before Albania could clear the rebound, Barnes had stepped in to score the simplest of goals." John Barnes8th of 11 goals. Right-footed from 12 yards., 16' 15:58
  • Assist: John Barnes. "Two minutes past the hour Pearce was fouled near the left-hand touchline. Barnes swung over the free-kick towards the far post and Robson rose above everybody to head down firmly past Mersini's left hand." Bryan Robson24th of 26 goals. Header from 6 yards., 63' 62:17
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    • Peter ShiltonDerby, 104th of 125 caps
      39 years, 5 months, 20 days
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    • Gary StevensRangers, 30th of 46 caps
      25 years, 11 month, 12 days
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    • Stuart PearceNotts Forest, 10th of 78 caps
      26 years, 10 months, 14 days
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    • Neil WebbNotts Forest, 13th of 26 caps
      25 years, 7 months, 9 days
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    • Des WalkerNotts Forest, 4th of 59 caps
      23 years, 3 months, 12 days
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    • Terry ButcherRangers, 58th of 77 caps
      30 years, 2 months, 11 day
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    • Bryan RobsonMan Utd, 74th of 90 caps
      32 years, 1 month, 28 days
      (c)50th captaincy
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    • Chris WaddleSpurs, 39th of 62 caps
      28 years, 2 months, 25 days
    • '7978:19
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    • Gary LinekerBarcelona, 39th of 80 caps
      28 years, 3 months, 8 days
    • '7978:41
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    • John BarnesLiverpool, 45th of 79 caps
      25 years, 4 months, 1 day
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    • Peter BeardsleyLiverpool, 31st of 59 caps
      28 years, 1 month, 21 day
    • '7978:19
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    • Alan SmithArsenal, 3rd of 13 caps
      26 years, 3 months, 17 days
    • '7978:41

Notes

Sources

  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • YouTube
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Guardian "Robson rescued from the mire", Thursday, 9th March 1989, page 18.

Managers

Referee

  • Netherlands John Blankenstein

Attendance

  • 30,000

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • Up 1 place, gaining 7 ranking points to 1898 points England - 8th - 1
  • Albania - 86th

World Cup 1990 Q

(Group 2)

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    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Sweden
    • 10
    • +6
    • 0
    • 2
    • 4
    • 6
    • England
    • 9
    • +10
    • 0
    • 3
    • 3
    • 6
    • Poland
    • 5
    • -4
    • 3
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
    • Albania
    • 0
    • -12
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    • 6
    • Final Standings.