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England beat Germany in 1990 World Cup rematch

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London, July 27 (ANI): The core of England's 1990 World Cup semi-final team played against a German side led by Lothar Matthäus to raise money for Sir Bobby Robson's charity.

The rematch, which was played at St. James Park, was won by England by three goals to two. The 1990 game, which was played in Turin, Italy, was famously won on penalties by West Germany.

Paul Gascoigne, Peter Shilton, David Platt, Mark Wright, Des Walker, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes were among the Italia 90 stars on show in front of 33,000 people in Newcastle.

The game also featured celebrities from the music and entertainment world, such as Jimmy Nail, Craig David and Angus Deayton, as well as Alan Shearer returning to Newcastle, but only as a player this time, Sky News reports.

Ex-England and Magpies manager Robson, in a wheelchair as he battles cancer for a fifth time, was introduced to both teams and presented with a lifetime achievement award by UEFA before kick-off.

For Germany, Thomas Helmer and Fredi Bobic scored, but England hit back before the break with a Les Ferdinand header and a well-struck Alan Thompson free-kick.

Then 11 minutes from time, Shearer was brought down for a penalty by Jens Nowotny and stepped up to score.

Shearer said: "Bobby really deserves this match after everything he's done. I feel I owe him a personal debt.

"When he came in as Newcastle manager he got me enjoying football again and playing the way I can." (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, July 27, 2009, 16:26 [IST]
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