Marius Lacatus scored a goal in each half yesterday in Bari, Italy, to lead Romania to a 2-0 victory over the Soviet Union in a Group B match of the World Cup.
Lacatus, roaming wide on the right, scored the opening goal in the 41st minute and then clinched the victory with a 54th minute penalty kick after defender Vagiz Khidiyatullin was ruled to have handled the ball in the penalty area.
Romania played with a well-organized defense and the pace of its attackers repeatedly worried the Soviet backline.
Soviet Union...0...0...0 FIRST HALF
Scoring: 1, Romania, Lacatus 1, (Sabau) 41th minute.SECOND HALF
Scoring: 2, Romania, Lacatus 2, penalty kick, 54th minute.Yellow Cards: Khidiyatullin, S.U., 11th minute; Lacatus, Rom, 44th minute.Red Cards: None.
Referee: Cardellino (Uruguay). Linesmen: Aladren (Spain), Arce (Chile). A: 20,000.Lineups
Romania: Lung; Rednic, Klein, Andone, Rotariu; Popescu, Lacatus (Dumitrescu, 88th), Sabau, Timofte; Raducioiu (Balint, 80th), Lupescu.
Soviet Union: Dasayev; Bessonov, Khidiyatullin, Gorlukovich, Kuznetsov; Rats, Aleinikov, Litovchenko (Yaremchuk, 67th), Zavarov; Protasov, Dobrovolsky (Borodyuk, 77th).
Italy 1, Austria 0: Substitute Salvatore Schillaci headed in a pass from GianLuca Vialli in a Group A game in Rome.
Italy had been thwarted by the spectacular goalkeeping of Klaus Lindenberger, who made a half-dozen acrobatic saves. But, in the 79th minute -- just moments after entering the game -- Schillaci put his head on Vialli's pass for the goal. Vialli seemed trapped at the end line after a nice run before making the crossing feed.
The home team produced sparkling soccer throughout the game before 72,303 frenzied fans who waved Italian flags and roared every time the Italian team crossed midfield. It was silenced, however, by Lindenberger as he parried a series of shots and headers.
But Italy maintained the pressure, and after a dozen good chances, it finally put together the play that counted.
Italy extended its unbeaten record in World Cup play against Austria to 3-0, including wins in 1934 and 1978. Italy is bidding to become the first team to win the World Cup four times. Austria has twice made the semifinals, but never has made it to the championship game.
Italy.......0....1....1 FIRST HALF Scoring: None.SECOND HALF Scoring: 1, Italy, Schillaci 1 (Vialli), 79th minute.Yellow Cards: Herzog, Aus, 5th minute.Red Cards: None.
Referee: Wright (Brazil). Linesmen: Perez Hoyos (Colombia), Silva Valente (Portugal). A: 78,6400. Lineups
Austria: Lindenberger; Russ, Pecl, Artner (Zsak, 60th minute), Aigner; Schoettel, Linzmaier (Hortnagl, 85), Streiter, Polster; Herzog, Ogris.
Italy: Zenga; Bergomi, Maldini, Baresi, Ferri; Ancelotti (de Agostini, 45th minute), Donadoni, de Napoli, Vialli; Giannini, Carnevale (Schillaci, 75th).
Columbia 2, United Arab Emirates 0: In Bologna, Colombia struggled for the first half before coming up with superb goals by Bernardo Redin and Carlos Valderrama.
Redin ended Colombia's frustation in the 50th minute when he headed home a pinpoint pass from Leonel Alvarez.
Five minutes from the end, Valderrama took on the defense after a pass from Carlos Estrada. He beat a defender and sent a low 20-yard drive out of the reach of goalie Faraj Mushin.
Colombia also needed some good goalkeeping from the flashy Rene Higuita to keep striker Adnan Khamees Al Taliyani from scoring. This is the first time the Emirates have qualified for the tournament.
The United Arab Emirates kept up with Colombia during the first half with slick combination plays and fast counterattacks.
United Arab Emirates....0....0....0
Colombia................0....2....2 FIRST HALF Scoring: None.SECOND HALF Scoring: 1, Colombia, Redin 1 (Alvarez), 50th minute. 2, Colombia, Valderrama 1 (Estrada), 85th minute.Yellow Cards: E. Abdulrahman, UAE, 5th minute; Mohamed, UAE, 57th minute; I. Abdulrahman, UAE, 70th minute.Red Cards: None.
Referee: Courtney (England). Linesmen: Snoddy (Northern Ireland), Takada (Japan). A: 30,000.Lineups
United Arab Emirates: Mushin; E. Abdulrahman (Sultan, 75th minute); I. Abdulrahman; Mohammed; K. Mubarak; Abdullah; N. Mubarak; Yumah'a; F. Mubarak (Bilal, 53rd minute); Abbas; Al Taliyani.
Colombia: Higuita; Herrera; Perea; Escobar; Ga. Gomez; Alvarez; Gi. Gomez; Valderrama; Redin; Iguaran (Estrada, 77th minute); Rincon.