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1990 World Cup Qualifiers - Appearances Made and Goals Scored

In Group 8 of the 1990 World Cup qualifiers the Irish team was drawn in a group with Spain, Hungary, Northern Ireland, and Malta. This was first World Cup qualification campaign for Jack Charlton as Republic of Ireland manager and it proved to be a very successful one.

Ireland qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time ever. The beginning of the campaign was not promising however. After the first three matches Ireland had managed just two draws, a defeat to group favourites Spain, and had scored no goals. In the next match at Lansdowne Road (Aviva Stadium) Charlton's Ireland beat Spain in the return match courtesy of an own goal by Michel. The Irish then went on to win the remaining four group matches scoring nine goals and conceding none in the process. Ireland qualified for Italia 90 as runners-up in Group 8 just one point behind Spain.

Irish Player Appearances in World Cup 1990 Qualifiers

Jack Charlton used 20 different Irish players in eight matches during qualifiers. The following players appeared for the Republic of Ireland during the 1990 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Kevin Moran
Tony Cascarino
Ray Houghton
Packie Bonner
John Aldridge
Kevin Sheedy
Ronnie Whelan
Steve Staunton
Chris Morris
Paul McGrath
David O'Leary
Mick McCarthy
Chris Hughton
Andy Townsend
Frank Stapleton
Niall Quinn
Liam Brady
John Sheridan
Liam O'Brien
Gerry Peyton

Irish Goal Scorers During World Cup 1990 Qualifiers

The following players scored goals for the Republic of Ireland during the 1990 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Goals Scored
John Aldridge
Tony Cascarino
Ray Houghton
Paul McGrath
Ronnie Whelan
Kevin Moran
Michel - Spain own goal

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