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Football World Cup 1986

The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. It was won by Argentina, who beat West Germany 3-2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.

The tournament was originally scheduled in 1974 to be hosted by Colombia, but after the Colombian authorities declared in late 1982 that they could not afford to host the World Cup, Mexico was selected in May 20th,1983 in Stockholm as replacement host and became the first nation to host two Football World Cups. This second World Cup in Mexico came only 16 years after the first one in 1970. A severe earthquake in September 1985 eight months before the tournament cast doubt over Mexico's ability to organize the event. However the stadiums were not affected and it was decided to go ahead with the preparations.

 

The format of the competition changed from 1982: 24 teams still qualified, again divided into six groups of four. But the second round was replaced by a knockout competition, for which 16 teams: six group winners, six second place finishers, and four best third place finishers would qualify. Also, in response to a controversial 1982 match in which West Germany and Austria produced exactly the result which both teams knew beforehand would advance them to the next phase at the expense of Algeria, FIFA decreed that the final two matches in all groups kick off simultaneously. This system has been used at all future FIFA competitions except for the 2003 Women's World Cup; see the article for that event for a fuller explanation of this aberration.

It was the tournament of Diego Maradona who was at the peak of his form and he led the Argentinean team to the title. His most memorable performance probably came during the quarter final against England, where he scored both goals in the 2-1 victory. One goal was scored, in his own words, by the "hand of God" (unseen by the referee, he used his hand to score the goal) and the other was considered to be the Goal of the Century, in which he dribbled over half the length of the field past five English players before scoring.

France were one of the teams of the tournament. "Les Bleus" showed their class in ousting Italy, the world champions, in their second round game, 2-0, before overcoming Brazil in Guadalajara - rather fortuitously but with a great deal of flair - in one of the greatest matches of all time. Tele Santana's Brazilians twice hit the woodwork and frequently overran Michel Platini and his French side, who eventually won the day largely due to the performance of their goalkeeper Joël Bats. Among other feats, he managed to save a Zico penalty 12 minutes from time. After winning a nail-biting penalty shoot-out (1-1 at full time, then 4-3 on penalties), the French reached the semis. But here, just as in Spain four years earlier, their dreams of FIFA World Cup glory were foiled by a fresher German eleven.

The Germans, playing in their fifth final, once again stumbled at the last step. Beaten by Italy and Paolo Rossi in 1982, this time they were pipped at the post (3-2) by the Argentineans, led by Diego Maradona, fresh from their 2-0 victory over a plucky Belgian side in the semis. Argentina's victory was as deserved as it was unexpected. The team was solid but uninspired, and it was a masterful Maradona that virtually won the FIFA World Cup for his country single-handed. His brilliance and goal-scoring prowess (five goals) made him, quite naturally, the Player of the Tournament. The only cloud over the proceedings came in the quarter-finals when he scored with his hand against England. This did not, however, spoil the party in Argentina, where 30 million people celebrated in the streets after the final victory.

Germany won their second World Cup semifinal against France in a row (following their defeat of France in 1982) only to lose their second World Cup final in a row.

Gary Lineker of England won the Golden Boot as the leading scorer of the World Cup, scoring six goals.

The Portuguese national team went on strike during the competition. Players refused to train between their first and the second games (against England and Poland) and were surprisingly eliminated by Morocco. Canada and Iraq made their first Cup appearances in this tournament, both sides being dismissed from group play with three losses.

During the Group E game between Uruguay and Scotland, José Batista of Uruguay was sent off after less than a minute - a record that still stands in World Cup finals play.

First Round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Argentina 5 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
Italy 4 3 1 2 0 5 4 1
Bulgaria 2 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2
Korea Republic 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3
  • May 31, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Italy 1 - 1 Bulgaria

Attendance: 95,000
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)
Goals: Altobelli (ITA) 44 Sirakov (BUL) 85

  • June 2, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City - Argentina 3 - 1 Korea Republic

Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Arminio Victorian Sanchez (Spain)
Goals: Valdano (ARG) 8 Ruggeri (ARG) 19 Valdano (ARG) 47 Park (KOR) 72

  • June 5, Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla - Italy 1 - 1 Argentina

Referee: Jan Keizer (NED)
Attendance: 32000
Goals: Altobelli (ITA) 7 Maradona (ARG) 34

  • June 5, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City - Bulgaria 1 - 1 Korea Republic

Referee: Fallaj Al Shanar Kuzham (KSA)
Attendance: 45000
Goals: Getov (BUL) 12 Kim (KOR) 70

  • June 10, Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla - Italy 3 - 2 Korea Republic

Referee: David Socha (USA)
Attendance: 20000
Goals: Altobelli (ITA) 18 Choi (KOR) 62 Altobelli (ITA) 73 Cho (ITA) own goal 82 Huh (KOR) 89

  • June 10, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City - Argentina 2 - 0 Bulgaria

Referee: Berny Ulloa Morera (CRC)
Attendance: 65000
Goals: Valdano (ARG) 3 Burruchaga (ARG) 77

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Mexico 5 3 2 1 0 4 2 2
Paraguay 4 3 1 2 0 4 3 1
Belgium 3 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
Iraq 0 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3

June 3, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Mexico 2 - 1 Belgium
Referee: Carlos Esposito (ARG)
Attendance: 110,000
Goals: Quirarte (MEX) 23 Sánchez (MEX) 39 Erwin Vandenbergh (BEL) 45

June 4, Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca - Paraguay 1 - 0 Iraq
Referee: Edwin Picon-Ackong (Mauritius)
Attendance: 24,000
Goal: Romero (PAR) 36

June 7, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Mexico 1 - 1 Paraguay
Referee: George Courtney (ENG)
Attendance: 114,600
Goals: Flores (MEX) 3 Romero (PAR) 85


June 8, Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca - Belgium 2 - 1 Iraq
Referee: Jesus Diaz (COL)
Attendance: 20,000
Goals: Scifo (BEL) 16 Claesen (BEL) P 22 Amaiesh (IRQ) 57
Red Card: Hanna (IRQ) 52


June 11, Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca - Paraguay 2 - 2 Belgium
Referee: Bogdan Dotchev (BUL)
Attendance: 20,000
Goals: Vercauteren (BEL) 32 Cabañas (PAR) 50 Veyt (BEL) 60 Cabañas (PAR) 76


June 11, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Mexico 1 - 0 Iraq
Referee: Zoran Petrovic (YUG)
Attendance: 103,762
Goal: Quirarte (MEX) 53

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
USSR 5 3 2 1 0 9 1 8
France 5 3 2 1 0 5 1 4
Hungary 2 3 1 0 2 2 9 -7
Canada 0 3 0 0 3 0 5 -5

June 1, Estadio Nou Camp, León - France 1 - 0 Canada

June 2, Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato - USSR 6 - 0 Hungary

June 5, Estadio Nou Camp, León - France 1 - 1 USSR

June 6, Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato - Hungary 2 - 0  Canada

June 9, Estadio Nou Camp, León - France 3 - 0 Hungary

June 9, Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato - USSR 2 - 0 Canada

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brazil 6 3 3 0 0 5 0 5
Spain 4 3 2 0 1 5 2 3
Northern Ireland 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4
Algeria 1 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4

June 1, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - Brazil 1 - 0 Spain

June 3, Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara - Algeria 1 - 1 Northern Ireland

June 6, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - Brazil 1 - 0 Algeria

June 7, Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara - Spain 2 - 1 Northern Ireland

June 12, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - Brazil 3 - 0 Northern Ireland

June 12, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey - Spain 3 - 0 Algeria

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Denmark 6 3 3 0 0 9 1 8
West Germany 3 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
Uruguay 2 3 0 2 1 2 7 -5
Scotland 1 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2

June 4, Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Querétaro - Uruguay 1 - 1 West Germany

June 4, Estadio Neza, Nezahualcóyotl - Denmark 1 - 0 Scotland Goals: Preben Elkjar-Arsen (DEN)57'

June 8, Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Querétaro - West Germany 2 - 1 Scotland

June 8, Estadio Neza, Nezahualcóyotl - Denmark 6 - 1 Uruguay

June 13, Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Querétaro - Denmark 2 - 0 West Germany

June 13, Estadio Neza, Nezahualcóyotl - Uruguay 0 - 0 Scotland

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Morocco 4 3 1 2 0 3 1 2
England 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 2
Poland 3 3 1 1 1 1 3 -2
Portugal 2 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2

June 2, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey - Morocco 0 - 0 Poland

June 3, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey - Portugal 1 - 0 England

June 6, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey - Morocco 0 - 0 England

June 7, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey - Poland 1 - 0 Portugal

June 11, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey - England 3 - 0 Poland

June 11, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - Morocco 3 - 1 Portugal

Round of Sixteen

June 15, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Mexico 2 - 0 Bulgaria
Goals: Manuel Negrete (MEX) 34', Raul Servin (MEX) 61'

June 15, Nou Camp, León - Belgium 4 - 3 (AET)USSR
Goals: Igor Belanov (URS) 27', 70', 111'pen, Vincenzo Scifo (BEL) 56', Jan Ceulemans (BEL) 77', Stephane Demol (BEL) 102', Nico Claesen 110' (BEL)

June 16, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - Brazil 4 - 0 Poland
Goals: Sócrates (BRA)30'pen, Josimar (BRA) 55', Edinho (BRA) 79', Careca (BRA) 83'pen

June 16, Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla - Argentina 1 - 0 Uruguay
Goals: Pedro Pasculli (ARG) 42'

June 17, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City - France 2 - 0 Italy
Goals: Michel Platini (FRA) 15', Yanik Stopyra (FRA) 57'

June 17, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey - West Germany 1 - 0 Morocco
Goals: Lothar Matthäus (FRG) 87'

June 18, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - England 3 - 0 Paraguay
Goals: Gary Lineker (ENG) 31', 73', Peter Beardsley (ENG) 56'

June 18, Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Querétaro - Spain 5 - 1 Denmark
Goals: Jesper Olsen (DEN) 33'pen, Emilio Butragueño (ESP) 43', 56', 80', 88'pen, Goicoechea (ESP) 68'pen

Quarterfinals

June 21, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - France 1 - 1 (AET, 4-3 PEN) Brazil
Goals: Careca (BRA) 17', Michel Platini (FRA) 40'

June 21, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey - West Germany 0 - 0 (AET, 4-1 PEN) Mexico

June 22, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Argentina 2 - 1 England
Goals: Diego Maradona (ARG) 51' and 56', Gary Lineker (ENG) 81'

June 22, Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla - Belgium 1 - 1 (AET, 5-4 PEN) Spain
Goals: Jan Ceulemans (BEL) 35', Señor (ESP) 85'

Semifinals

June 25, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara - West Germany 2 - 0 France
Goals: Andreas Brehme (FRG) 9', Rudi Völler (FRG) 89'

June 25, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Argentina 2 - 0 Belgium
Goals: Diego Maradona (ARG) 51', 63'

Third Place Match

June 28, Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla - France 4 - 2 (AET) Belgium
Goals: Jan Ceulemans (BEL) 11', Jean-Marc Ferreri (FRA) 27', Jean-Pierre Papin (FRA) 43', Nico Claesen (BEL) 73', Bernard Genghini (FRA) 104', Manuel Amoros (FRA) 111'pen

Final

June 29, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City - Argentina 3 - 2 West Germany

Attendance: 114,600

Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

Goals: José Luís Brown (ARG) 23', Jorge Valdano (ARG) 55', Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (FRG) 74', Rudi Völler (FRG) 80', Jorge Burruchaga (ARG) 83'

 


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