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World Cup moments – Italia 90: Platt scores from Gazza’s free kick

ENGLAND V BELGIUM – WORLD CUP 1990 – DAVID PLATT’S GOAL – 26TH JUNE – BOLOGNA, ITALY.

In the last minute of extra time, England scored the winning goal from a Paul Gascoigne free kick volleyed home by David Platt.

Having come on as a 71st-minute substitute for Steve McMahon, Platt repaid Bobby Robson’s faith when, in the 119th minute of the game, the Aston Villa midfielder scored his very first international goal – swivelling to connect sweetly with a  Gascoigne free-kick and sending an absolutely beautiful, hooked volley back across Michel Preud’homme and into the net – to send England through to the quarter-finals against Cameroon.

Platt said: “Don’t get me wrong, the goal wasn’t a fluke. I had an eye for getting on the end of that sort of ball and the technical ability to finish those chances off. I worked hard on practising overhead kicks and volleys in training at Aston Villa but, even so, if I had re-enacted that chance against Belgium 10 times in training the next day there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t have scored once from it. It was just one of life’s rare, perfect moments.”

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