Milla, Platt, Caniggia and lots, lots more...
The Yugolavs took UAE apart 4-1 in this game and the superb passing of playmaker Susic was at the heart of everything they did. He is in the middle of a fine six-pass move in the UAE half, which ends up with the ball being whipped in hard from the byline. Susic storms out of nowhere to plant an incredibly hard header in the back of the net. Aged 35, he was only three years younger than Roger Milla.
The Czechs made America wear a dress and cry in this fixture, thrashing them 5-1, but the USA’s consolation was the pick of the bunch. Working tirelessly up front as his team is overwhelmed by the Eastern Europeans, Caligiuri dispossesses a defender on the half way line and lays off to John Stollmeyer, who returns an accurate forward ball. Caligiuri evades one tackle, takes the ball around the goalkeeper and pounds it into the net just before a desperate defender can intervene. It was America’s first World Cup finals goal for 40 years.
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