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NEW: Soviet Union 3-0 East Germany

26 April 1989, Kiev: Fair to say that East Germany's line-up was less predictable than their opponents'. No less than seven (7) changes in Manfred Zapf's side from the team that disappointingly had lost 2-0 to Turkey in Magdeburg just two weeks earlier, as only defenders Trautmann and Hauptmann as well as Sammer and Thom were retained from that team. The reason for this was an injury crisis that suddenly had struck the DDR team, as Zapf had to manage without the services of several tried and tested men: Schößler, Stahmann and Kreer had already missed the previous match with injuries, and they were now joined by Minge, Pilz, Müller, Rohde, Stübner and Lindner. Read more . . .

NEW: Turkey 0-1 Soviet Union

Uğur shakes the hand of Aleinikov after committing a foul. Rıdvan and referee Vautrot look on

10 May 1989, Istanbul: Commonplace in a match of this magnitude, or any important World Cup qualifier indeed, is that the two teams start the game gently trying to understand what the opposition is about. This game was no different. Turkey had been playing some attractive football hitherto in Group 3, whereas the Soviet Union had perhaps been more efficient than spectacular, with the first half in the recent home win against East Germany a fine exception. This was only their second away match, and for their first, in Iceland, they had lined up in their customary 4-4-2. What had Lobanovsky, who incidentally had not been well enough to be in charge for that match in Reykjavik, having handed over the reign temporarily to his first assistant Yuri Morozov, got in store for this tricky fixture in hostile surroundings? Read more . . .

Previously: Czechoslovakia v Switzerland (1989 qualifier)

Previously: Wales v Netherlands (1989 qualifier)

From the news archives

One of the last qualifiers covered at italia1990.com is Iceland v Soviet Union (31 August 1988) from UEFA Group 3, provided by our writer kaltz. In addition, we give you the front page of the Icelandic newspaper Tíminn on 1 September 1988: Its headline was not so much the result of the game, as the naked person who entered the field. This is allegedly the first time this phenomenon was witnessed on a sporting venue on the island. Insular innocence stolen.

(Thanks to @WC1930blogger for notifying us.)

From the archives

Group 7 Quiz

Who was Belgium's regular libero in the 1990 qualifiers? And who's the player in the middle in the picture to the right? Test your UEFA qualification group 7 knowledge with our new group 7 quiz. Difficulty level: Difficult . . .

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Italia1990.com is a website dedicated to the 1990 FIFA World Cup. With the aim to collect all knowledge and analyse every aspect of Italia'90, this website will for a considerable time be a work in progress. The website publishes everything worth to know not only about the World Cup tournament itself, but also its build-up, including the qualification stage. While match info and statistics are important, this website will also stress match reports, anecdotes and analyses. Two writers are currently engaged in the project, kaltz (@1990qual) and domizio (@1990worldcup).

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