Soccer World Cup 1986

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1986 FIFA World Cup
Mexico 86 - Campeonato Mundial De Futbol
Mexico 1986.svg
Number of nations 24  (of 121 applicants)
World Champion ArgentinaArgentina Argentina (2nd title)
venue MexicoMexico Mexico
Opening game May 31, 1986 ( Mexico City )
Endgame June 29, 1986 (Mexico City)
Games 52
Gates 132  (⌀: 2.54 per game)
spectator 2,394,031  (⌀: 46,039 per game)
Top scorer EnglandEngland Gary Lineker (6 goals)
Best player ArgentinaArgentina Diego Maradona
Yellow card yellow cards 133  (⌀: 2.56 per game)
Red card Red cards (⌀: 0.15 per game)
Maradona-Mundial 86 con la copa.JPG

The final round of the FIFA World Cup 1986 ( span .: Campeonato Mundial de Futbol, Engl .: Football World Championship ) was the 13th playout this important tournament for football - national teams and was held from 31 May to 29 June 1986 for the second time after 1970 in Mexico .

Argentina became world champion in the final against Germany , which thus lost its second World Cup final in a row. In memory of the 1986 World Cup, the performance of Argentina's captain Diego Maradona , who led his team to the title and was named the best player of the tournament, remained in particular . Especially the quarter-finals Argentina - England , in which Maradona initially scored an irregular goal with his " Hand of God " and only three minutes later he scored the World Cup goal of the century , in which he dribbled over the entire English back team including the goalkeeper Peter Shilton played around before shoving the ball into the empty goal is still controversial today.

Defending champion Italy failed in the second round to France . Austria , the GDR and Switzerland failed to qualify. The top scorer was the Englishman Gary Lineker with 6 goals.


Colombia was the only applicant to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals at the FIFA Congress in Stockholm on June 9, 1974.

After FIFA decided at its 41st Congress in Buenos Aires in May 1978 to increase the field of participants from 16 to 24 teams for the 1982 World Cup , the requirements for the organizing committee rose unexpectedly. At the beginning of the decade, economic difficulties in the country, which is already described as a developing country, the rise of the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the internal conflict between the left-wing guerrilla movement FARC and the Colombian government caused unrest among FIFA leaders. During his visits between 1978 and 1980, FIFA President João Havelange was skeptical, despite constant statements made by Colombian President Alfonso López Michelsen and his successor Julio César Turbay Ayala .

Thereupon turned DFB -President and World Cup organizing chief Hermann Neuberger the Colombian Football Federation FCF a list of demands with an ultimatum to November 1982. As conditions were laid down and the construction of twelve stages in addition to transportation, security, television and financial aspects, two of them with minimum capacity of 80,000 spectators. In a televised address on October 25, 1982, Colombia's President Belisario Betancur announced the rejection because his country did not have the economic means to host a 24-man tournament.

Four substitute hosts submitted their candidacy by March 10, 1983: Brazil, Canada, the United States and Mexico. Brazil's application was the first to be rejected in February 1983 because it did not meet certain criteria. A duel eventually developed between Mexico and the United States, supported by Pelé , Franz Beckenbauer and Henry Kissinger . Thanks to their long-standing relationships with Havelange, however, the Mexican media mogul Emilio Azcárraga Milmo and Guillermo Cañedo, one of eight FIFA vice-presidents and co-founder of the Mexican media company Televisa , managed to convince the 22-member FIFA Executive Committee of Mexico early on.

On May 20, 1983, FIFA unanimously selected Mexico as the substitute host at its congress in Stockholm, as, according to official reasons, it was the only one to submit a complete application dossier.


Mexico became the first country to host a world championship for the second time, as the tournament had already been held in the North American country in 1970 . Despite the short preparation time and although the country was shaken by a severe earthquake in September 1985 , the event went smoothly. The infrastructure necessary for the tournament remained largely untouched and only the World Cup stadium in Nezahualcóyotl was damaged. The FIFA Organizing Committee, headed by Hermann Neuberger, gave the organizer a brilliant report and pushed the sometimes chaotic conditions at the beginning of the World Cup in terms of TV coverage to the responsibility of the TV technicians and managers.


The World Cup games were played in 12 stadiums in 9 Mexican cities.

* Information on average temperature and stadium capacity refer to the time of the 1986 World Cup.
city Altitude Average
temperature in June *
Stadion Games Capacity*
Football World Cup 1986 (Mexico)
Irapuato (1), Nezahualcóyotl (2)
Guadalajara 1,547 m 28.7 ° C Estadio Jalisco 7th 66,200
Estadio Tres de Marzo 3 30,000
Irapuato 1,725 ​​m 23.7 ° C Estadio Sergio León Chavez 3 31,300
Leon 1,804 m 29.6 ° C Estadio Nou Camp 4th 30,500
Mexico city 2,238 m 24.8 ° C Aztec Stadium 9 110,600
Olympic Stadium 4th 72,200
Monterrey 522 m 33.1 ° C Estadio Tecnológico 4th 33,800
Estadio Universitario 4th 43,800
Nezahualcóyotl 2,238 m 23.9 ° C Estadio Neza 86 3 34,500
Puebla 2,144 m 24.1 ° C Estadio Cuauhtémoc 5 46,400
Querétaro 1,816 m 28.1 ° C Estadio La Corregidora 4th 38,600
Toluca 2,651 m 18.2 ° C Estadio Nemesio Díez 3 32,600
city Stadion Games Capacity* Total number of
cut Play with the most viewers Play with the fewest spectators
Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco 7th 66,200 289,748 048.291 Brazil v France
(quarter-finals) 65,000
Spain - Brazil
(preliminary round) 35,748
Guadalajara Estadio Tres de Marzo 3 30,000 078,000 26,000 Northern Ireland v Spain and Portugal v Morocco
(preliminary round) 28,000
Algeria - Northern Ireland
(preliminary round) 22,000
Irapuato Estadio Sergio León Chavez 3 31,300 044,500 014,833 Soviet Union - Hungary
(preliminary round) 16,500
Hungary - Canada
(preliminary round) 13,800
Leon Estadio Nou Camp 4th 30,500 165.737 041,434 Canada - France
(preliminary round) 65,500
Hungary - France
(preliminary round) 31,420
Mexico city Aztec Stadium 9 110,600 981.351 109.039 Mexico - Paraguay (preliminary round) and Argentina - Germany (final) 114,600 Bulgaria - Italy
(opening game) 96,000
Mexico city Olympic Stadium 4th 72,200 240,000 060,000 Italy v France
(round of 16) 70,000
South Korea - Bulgaria
(preliminary round) 45,000
Monterrey Estadio Tecnológico 4th 33,800 089,880 022,470 Algeria - Spain
(preliminary round) 23,980
England - Morocco
(preliminary round) 20,200
Monterrey Estadio Universitario 4th 43,800 101,315 025,329 Germany - Mexico
(quarter-finals) 41,700
Morocco - Germany
(round of 16) 19,800
Nezahualcóyotl Estadio Neza 86 3 34,500 064,500 021,500 Denmark - Uruguay
(preliminary round) 26,500
Scotland - Denmark
(preliminary round) 18,000
Puebla Estadio Cuauhtémoc 5 46,400 144,000 028,800 Spain - Belgium
(quarter-finals) 45,000
South Korea - Italy
(preliminary round) 20,000
Querétaro Estadio La Corregidora 4th 38,600 135,000 033,750 Denmark v Spain
(round of 16) 38,500
Germany - Scotland
(preliminary round) 30,000
Toluca Estadio Nemesio Díez 3 32,600 060,000 020,000 Paraguay - Iraq
(preliminary round) 24,000
Paraguay - Belgium
(preliminary round) 16,000


See main article: Qualifying for the 1986 World Cup

Since defending champion Italy and organizer Mexico were directly qualified and the World Cup tournament was played with 24 teams, there were 22 free places in the final round for the remaining 119 teams. A total of 111 teams took part in the qualification. Scotland prevailed as the worst runners-up in the group in the European zone against the winner in the oceanic zone (Australia). It was the first World Cup participation for Denmark, Iraq and Canada.

14 from Europe BelgiumBelgium Belgium Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria DenmarkDenmark Denmark Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany EnglandEngland England
FranceFrance France ItalyItaly Italy Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland Poland 1980Poland Poland PortugalPortugal Portugal
Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union SpainSpain Spain ScotlandScotland Scotland Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary
4 from South America ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil Paraguay 1954Paraguay Paraguay UruguayUruguay Uruguay
2 from North, Central America and the Caribbean CanadaCanada Canada MexicoMexico Mexico
2 from Africa AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria MoroccoMorocco Morocco
2 from Asia Iraq 1963Iraq Iraq Korea Sud 1949South Korea South Korea
World map of the participants with their placements


The draw mode was controversial; so it would have been possible that Canada could have been drawn into the same group as Mexico, so that the only two CONCACAF representatives would have played in one group. A group with four European teams would even have been possible.

  • Group heads set: Italy • Mexico • France • Brazil • FR Germany • Poland
  • Pot 1: Argentina • Paraguay • Uruguay • England • Soviet Union • Spain
  • Pot 2: Algeria • Morocco • Iraq • South Korea • Canada • Denmark
  • Pot 3: Belgium • Bulgaria • Northern Ireland • Portugal • Scotland • Hungary

The first thing to do was to draw a lot from which pot should be drawn. The draw was drawn: first from pot 3, then from pot 2 and finally from pot 1.
The first European team drawn from pot 1 was assigned to the Brazil group, the rest was drawn freely.
The teams from pots 2 and 3 were freely drawn into the six groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F.
ItalyItaly Italy MexicoMexico Mexico FranceFrance France Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany Poland 1980Poland Poland
Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria BelgiumBelgium Belgium CanadaCanada Canada SpainSpain Spain UruguayUruguay Uruguay MoroccoMorocco Morocco
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Paraguay 1954Paraguay Paraguay Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria ScotlandScotland Scotland PortugalPortugal Portugal
Korea Sud 1949South Korea South Korea Iraq 1963Iraq Iraq Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland DenmarkDenmark Denmark EnglandEngland England

For information on the individual groups and squads of the teams, click on the respective link.


The 24 participants were divided into six preliminary groups with four teams each. The first two in each group as well as the four best third placed qualified for the round of 16. From the round of 16, the tournament was played in a knockout system . The first Mexican soccer world championship in 1970 was the last, the second in 1986 the first with a regular final round. In the three tournaments in between, a second preliminary round was played, which led directly to the final (1982 semi-finals). In addition, the practice was introduced in 1986 that the last two games in a group must always take place at the same time. The rule changes were mainly reactions to the double preliminary rounds, which were perceived as boring, and above all to the shame of Gijon at the 1982 World Cup, when in a final group game the German and Austrian teams only loosely pushed the ball to each other without attacking because the result for both Getting ahead was enough.

Preliminary round

Group A

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. ArgentinaArgentina Argentina  3  2  1  0 006: 200  +4 05: 10
 2. ItalyItaly Italy  3  1  2  0 005: 400  +1 04: 20
 3. Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria  3  0  2  1 002: 400  −2 02: 40
 4th Korea Sud 1949South Korea South Korea  3  0  1  2 004: 700  −3 01: 50
May 31, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City (Aztec Stadium)
Bulgaria - Italy 1: 1 (0: 1)
June 2, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City (Olympic Stadium)
Argentina - South Korea 3: 1 (2: 0)
June 5, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Puebla
Italy - Argentina 1: 1 (1: 1)
June 5, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City (Olympic Stadium)
South Korea - Bulgaria 1: 1 (0: 1)
June 10, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Puebla
South Korea - Italy 2: 3 (0: 1)
June 10, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City (Olympic Stadium)
Argentina - Bulgaria 2: 0 (1: 0)

The draw in the opening game between defending champions Italy and Bulgaria remained the only surprise in Group A. The Squadra Azzurra and Argentina prevailed, as expected, even without being in top form, and Bulgaria finished third in the group. In a largely uneventful half-time, Alessandro Altobelli scored the opening goal for Italy in the 43rd minute . As a result of an indirect free kick, Altobelli was able to use a direct pick-up. In the second half, Italy were clearly the superior team. The Squadra Azzurra earned a large number of scoring chances, but could not convert them into goals. Contrary to the gameplay a half-field pass from found Radoslaw Zdrawkow with nasko sirakov one customer who the ball 12 meters to 1: 1 final score headed into the goal.

In the remake of the decisive second round match four years earlier, Italy faced Argentina in their second game. Altobelli again scored the opening goal after just six minutes in a row from a controversial hand penalty. Argentina then took control of the game and deserved to equalize in the 34th minute. Jorge Valdano served Diego Maradona with a praise pass, which then overcame Italy's goalkeeper Giovanni Galli from an acute angle. As a result, both teams no longer took full risk and mainly concentrated on counterattacks and set pieces. Italy's Bruno Conti had the best chance in a foul second half. The Italian hit the post with his low shot from 16 meters.

In his last group game against South Korea, which took part in a World Cup for the first time since 1954, the defending champion had a clear increase in chances in the first quarter of an hour. Alessandro Altobelli opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he took a cross seven meters from goal and then loaded goalkeeper Oh Yeon-kyo . It was also the goal scorer who missed a penalty for Italy in the 26th minute. The South Korean Choi Soon-ho managed to equalize in the 62nd minute with a remarkable long-range shot from 18 meters, which meant that Italy conceded the equalizer in the third game after leading. The Squadra Azzurra then shifted up a gear again and took the lead again through Altobelli's fourth and final goal eleven minutes later when he reacted faster than his two opponents as a result of an indirect free kick. Cho Kwang-rae made the preliminary decision, unable to clear a cross in the 82nd minute and pushed the ball into his own net. Two minutes before the final whistle, Huh Jung-moo scored the next goal.

In the pouring rain from Mexico City, the favored Bulgarians and the South Korean team parted 1: 1. In a game that was reminiscent of the 1974 water battle in Frankfurt , the Bulgarians took the lead after eleven minutes. From the edge of the penalty area, Plamen Getow lifted the ball sensibly over the Korean defense and the hurried goalkeeper Oh Yeon-kyo, who had previously been unable to clear a cross. With steadily deteriorating space conditions, South Korea finally managed to equalize in the 70th minute. Kim Jong-boo was able to take the ball with his chest in the penalty area as a result of an indirect free kick and kick it past the Bulgarian goalkeeper Borislav Michajlow into the goal.

Argentina took the lead after just six minutes with the first chance to score in their first game when Jorge Valdano overcame goalkeeper Oh Yeon-kyo from a free kick with a cocked shot. The South Americans achieved a clear increase in chances in the period that followed. Twelve minutes later, Oscar Ruggeri headed an indirect free kick to 2-0 after Jorge Burruchaga had just hit the post from 23 meters. The Argentines then stepped on the gas and offered the South Koreans more rooms. As a result, they found their way into the game and came to a few isolated goals before the half-time whistle. After the break, it didn't even take a minute for Valdano to score the 3-0. As with the two previous goals, Diego Maradona prepared this one. Captain Park Chang-sun finally scored the 3-1 final score from 26 meters in the 73rd minute after South Korea had increased the pressure on the opposing goal in the minutes before and the Albiceleste had shifted down a gear.

Argentina won the final group game in a disappointing game against harmless Bulgarians 2-0. Jorge Valdano headed the Albiceleste into the lead in the third minute. José Luis Cuciuffo successfully followed up after losing the ball and then served Valdano, who was lurking at the back post. The decision came in the 76th minute, when Maradona was able to prevail on the left and crossed to the free-standing Burruchaga. The Bulgarians could only attract attention with a few long shots and ended up without a single shot at the opposing goal.

Group B

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. MexicoMexico Mexico  3  2  1  0 004: 200  +2 05: 10
 2. Paraguay 1954Paraguay Paraguay  3  1  2  0 004: 300  +1 04: 20
 3. BelgiumBelgium Belgium  3  1  1  1 005: 500  ± 0 03: 30
 4th Iraq 1963Iraq Iraq  3  0  0  3 001: 400  −3 00: 60
June 3, 1986 at 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City
Belgium - Mexico 1: 2 (1: 2)
June 4, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Toluca
Paraguay - Iraq 1: 0 (1: 0)
June 7, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Mexico City
Mexico - Paraguay 1: 1 (1: 0)
June 8, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Toluca
Iraq - Belgium 1: 2 (0: 2)
June 11, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Mexico City
Iraq - Mexico 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 11, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Toluca
Paraguay - Belgium 2: 2 (0: 1)

In Group B, the Mexicans were able to achieve the group victory without convincing playfully. A special focus in her one and a half year preparation time was on standard situations, which paid off in the first game. Captain Tomás Boy first prepared the 1-0 with a free kick, then later the 2-0 with a corner kick. This was followed by a 1-1 draw with Paraguay, with Mexico being awarded a controversial penalty at the last minute, which was awarded by Hugo Sánchez . In the final group game, they faced the World Cup debutant Iraq without Sánchez, who was suspended for two yellow cards. Despite another good performance by the newcomer to the World Cup, the hosts only narrowly won the game 1-0, which prompted the local fans to give their first whistling concerts.

For Iraq, whose players did not have to fast despite Ramadan , the tournament was over after the preliminary round after three defeats despite a strong performance. Decisive for the elimination were a missed goal by Ahmed Radhi shortly before half-time in the game against Paraguay as well as a red card because of a complaint for Basil Gorgis and a series of brilliant saves by Jean-Marie Pfaff in the game against Belgium.

Due to internal differences in the Belgian team, coach Guy Thys made six changes in the starting line-up before the last group game against Paraguay. In addition, Thys ordered that the key players René Vandereycken and Erwin Vandenbergh had to travel home early. This step meant a wake-up call for the Belgians, which in the short term led to coordination problems in the defense, but in the medium term promoted harmony in the squad.

The game against Paraguay ended in a 2-2 draw and is considered one of the best games of the preliminary round. On top of the four goals, Paraguay's midfielder Jorge Amado Nunes hit the post and a direct free-kick from Enzo Scifo was wrongly ignored by the referees. Both teams made it to the round of 16, but they would each have reached it with a narrow defeat.

Group C

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union  3  2  1  0 009: 100  +8 05: 10
 2. FranceFrance France  3  2  1  0 005: 100  +4 05: 10
 3. Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary  3  1  0  2 002: 900  −7 02: 40
 4th CanadaCanada Canada  3  0  0  3 000: 500  −5 00: 60
June 1, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in León
Canada - France 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 2, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Irapuato
USSR - Hungary 6: 0 (3: 0)
June 5, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in León
France - USSR 1: 1 (0: 0)
June 6, 1986, 12:00 noon (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Irapuato
Hungary - Canada 2: 0 (1: 0)
June 9, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in León
France - Hungary 3: 0 (1: 0)
June 9, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Irapuato
USSR - Canada 2: 0 (0: 0)

In Group C, the reigning European champions France around his star Michel Platini were the favorites. However, Platini suffered from tendinitis in his left foot for the entire duration of the tournament, due to which he took steadily increased doses of anti-inflammatory drugs, which only weakened him even more. The start of the tournament against the World Cup debutants and blatant underdogs Canada was not very convincing for the French. Until the 79th minute, the supporters of the Équipe tricolore had to wait until Jean-Pierre Papin scored the redeeming 1-0 final score after he had missed several scoring opportunities. In the Canadian team, top striker Branko Segota and regular goalkeeper Tino Lettieri were not in the starting line-up, as both had played in the decisive play-off final of the US indoor soccer league MSL for their club San Diego Sockers five days before the start of the World Cup .

The preparatory phases of the Soviet Union and the Hungarians were anything but optimal. After a series of test match defeats, including against the then Bundesliga relegated 1. FC Saarbrücken , the Soviet Football Association dismissed coach Eduard Malofejew just 16 days before the start of the tournament. In his place came Valery Lobanovsky , who two weeks before taking office with Dynamo Kiev won the European Cup Winners' Cup in a convincing way . He then completely rebuilt the preliminary roster and nominated a total of twelve players for his club team. Three key players in Hungary were injured, including striker Tibor Nyilasi , the best Hungarian player of the past decade.

Although or because of the starting position, the Soviet Union team delivered perhaps the best performance of all teams at this tournament in their opening game. The Soviets won in an impressive manner against the Hungarians, who had been chosen by the former Argentina coach Cesar Luis Menotti as World Cup favorites, 6-0. In addition to the six goals, Lobanowskyj's team missed seven other high-profile chances, including a missed foul penalty by substitute Wadym Yevtushenko . Lobanowskyj bet on a clear block formation and brought eight players from the Dynamo team from the start. A recurring pattern of the game were simple ball wins by the Soviets in a central position in midfield, which, due to their well-rehearsed, their technical superiority and the fast switching game, led to dangerous counter-attacks and numerous 1-on-1 situations with the Hungarian goalkeeper Péter Disztl led. The Hungarian coach György Mezey was also largely responsible for the defeat. After the Soviets scored two early goals , he brought midfielder Győző Burcsa for defender Antal Róth after 13 minutes, exposing his defense even further.

France and the Soviet Union drew in a high-class game. The Soviets dominated at first, but France found their way into the game midway through the first half. Consequently, they too had the greatest chance in the first half through Michel Platini, who hit the post with a direct free kick from almost 30 meters. Eight minutes after the break, Wassili Raz took more precise measurements and hit the top right corner with a remarkable long-range shot from 25 meters. The French equalized in the 63rd minute to a fair 1: 1 final score. Alain Giresse served Luis Fernández , who had rushed up from the depths, with a soulful lifter , who briefly accepted the ball at the penalty spot and pushed it past the Soviet goalkeeper Rinat Dassajew into the goal. It was also Dassajew who a short time later prevented a defeat with a remarkable foot defense as a result of a flying header from Jean-Pierre Papin from close range.

Márton Esterházy's goal after just two minutes remained the only notable occurrence in an otherwise uneventful first half in the game between Hungary and Canada, which meant that the 13,800 spectators present, who were to be the negative climax at these World Cups, both teams sent with a whistle concert in half time. In the second half, too, it was initially difficult for the Hungarians to create opportunities. In contrast, the Canadians came to numerous goals, but without the necessary success. Contrary to the previous course of the game, the moving Hungarian Lajos Détári scored in the 75th minute to make it 2-0 when he punished a far advanced defensive of the Canadians as a result of a counterattack after goalkeeper Tino Lettieri had been able to clear József Kiprich . György Bognár had the chance to increase to 3-0 a few minutes later, but hit the inside post with his lifter from an acute angle. Five minutes before the end of the game, Mike Sweeney , who had been substituted just before the break, saw the red card as a result of a tactical foul after seeing a yellow card in the 52nd minute.

In their third group game, France defeated the again disappointing Hungarians 3-0. Coach Mezey made six changes in the starting line-up for the Hungarians and tried to succeed with possession play. This initially led to an optical superiority, but should not lead to a goal. The Équipe tricolore, however, concentrated on counterattacking, which finally led to the first goal after half an hour. The cross from William Ayache found the stand alone at the far post Yannick Stopyra , who headed the ball into the goal. At the beginning of the second half, the Hungarians almost equalized. In one of her few clear scoring chances during the entire game, Lajos Détári only hit the bottom edge of the crossbar from 15 meters, whereupon the ball bounced up and back into the field just before the goal line. France took a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute when Jean Tigana loaded the Hungarian goalkeeper into the short corner after a one-two with substitute Dominique Rocheteau . That goal would be the only one in Tigana's 52-game national team career. The third goal came six minutes from time when a long tee from Joël Bats found Michel Platini. This placed across the freestanding Rocheteau, which only had to insert the ball. As in their opening match, the Hungarians were lucky that their opponents missed numerous chances and that the result was not twice as high in the end. György Mezey drew the consequences after the unsatisfactory performance of his team and the sobering preliminary round and resigned from his position as Hungarian national coach while still on site.

With the complete second set, the Soviets came in the final game to an undisputed 2-0 win against Canada and moved into the round of 16 as group winners due to the better goal difference. Canada remained the only team in this tournament without scoring.

Group D

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil  3  3  0  0 005-000  +5 06-00
 2. SpainSpain Spain  3  2  0  1 005: 200  +3 04: 20
 3. Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland  3  0  1  2 002: 600  −4 01: 50
 4th AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria  3  0  1  2 001: 500  −4 01: 50
June 1, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
Spain - Brazil 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 3, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Guadalajara (Tres de Marzo)
Algeria - Northern Ireland 1: 1 (0: 1)
June 6, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
Brazil - Algeria 1: 0 (0: 0)
June 7, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Guadalajara (Tres de Marzo)
Northern Ireland - Spain 1: 2 (0: 2)
June 12, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
Northern Ireland - Brazil 0: 3 (0: 2)
June 12, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Tecnológico)
Algeria - Spain 0: 3 (0: 1)

Brazil traveled to Mexico with a weakened replacement squad. Toninho Cerezo , Dirceu and Carlos Mozer were canceled due to injuries. Renato Gaúcho and Éder Aleixo were not nominated due to disciplinary reasons. Leandro renounced his nomination out of loyalty to Renato Gaúcho. Falcão and Sócrates were looking for their form with long-term injuries and Zico was out for much of the preliminary round due to an ongoing knee injury. Despite these weaknesses, the Seleção was the top favorite for the title among the London bookmakers.

Although the Brazilians won all three group games and were the only team to go through the preliminary round without conceding a goal, they could not fully convince their fans.

In their opening game, the Seleção met the Spaniards, who also started weakened. Just in time for the first game, a diarrheal illness, also jokingly referred to as " Montezuma's revenge ", struck half the team. Ramón Calderé and Ricardo Gallego , among others, were affected by this .

In the game, the Brazilians benefited from the fact that the Iberians did not recognize a clear goal. In the 53rd minute, Míchel hit the lower edge of the crossbar with a shot from about 18 meters after a corner kick. Similar to the Wembley goal , the ball hit the ground and bounced back into the field. Australian referee Chris Bambridge did not recognize the goal, although TV pictures and photos later showed that the ball was fully behind the goal line. The decisive goal came from Brazil in the 61st minute. Careca also hit the lower edge of the crossbar with a shot from 15 meters. The ball came up in front of the goal line and was then headed into the goal by Sócrates, who was offside at the time of the shot.

The Northern Irish took the lead early in their game against Algeria with a deflected free kick by Norman Whiteside from 18 meters. In the second half, the Algerians operated more and more with long balls and thus brought the opponent's defense into trouble several times. In the 72nd minute Djamel Zidane also equalized with a free kick to equalize. This tie should be the only point win for both teams.

In the first half of the second group game against Algeria, the Seleção played out numerous chances, but failed either because of the excellent goalkeeper Nacerdine Drid or the crossbar. This was almost to take revenge, as the Algerians acted more offensively after the break and thus created several scoring opportunities. The only goal of the game came in the middle of the second half as a result of an individual failure by Algerian captain Mahmoud Guendouz . Careca recognized the situation faster than his opponent Abdallah Liegeon and completed it from close range.

In their final encounter against Northern Ireland, the Brazilians dominated the game from the first minute, despite the numerical superiority of their opponents in midfield. The Seleção let the ball and opponents run and came to a safe 3-0 win against harmless Northern Irish. The defeat was the last time the Northern Irish goalkeeper Pat Jennings stood between the posts. After 23 years as a professional and over 1200 league games in England, he retired from professional football on his 41st birthday. Jennings set an interim record for the oldest World Cup participant of all time.

In their second game against Northern Ireland, the Spanish team took the lead after just 62 seconds when Míchel passed Emilio Butragueño through the ball and he slipped the ball past the Northern Irish goalkeeper Jennings. Julio Salinas increased almost a quarter of an hour later to 2-0 after an unsuccessful clarification action by Irish captain Sammy McIlroy . Shortly after half-time, Colin Clarke reduced the score to 2-1 after a series of slapstick errors caused by Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and midfielder Gallego.

In the final group game, Spain came to a never threatened 3-0 win against Algeria. After the game, the doping control revealed that days before the two-time goalscorer Ramón Calderé had been treated with an antibiotic containing the stimulant ephedrine , which was on the doping list, for his diarrheal disease . Calderé, however, escaped punishment.

Group E

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. DenmarkDenmark Denmark  3  3  0  0 009: 100  +8 06-00
 2. Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany  3  1  1  1 003: 400  −1 03: 30
 3. UruguayUruguay Uruguay  3  0  2  1 002: 700  −5 02: 40
 4th ScotlandScotland Scotland  3  0  1  2 001: 300  −2 01: 50
June 4, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Querétaro
Uruguay - BR Germany 1: 1 (1: 0)
June 4, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Nezahualcóyotl
Scotland - Denmark 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 8, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Querétaro
BR Germany - Scotland 2: 1 (1: 1)
June 8, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Nezahualcóyotl
Denmark - Uruguay 6: 1 (2: 1)
June 13, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Querétaro
Denmark - BR Germany 2: 0 (1: 0)
June 13, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Nezahualcóyotl
Scotland - Uruguay 0-0

In Group E, the German team played in the so-called " death group ". This is how Uruguay's coach Omar Borrás described the group after the draw and made the expression internationally known. The drawing provided for the reigning vice world champion Germany to meet the two-time world and reigning South American champions Uruguay, the European championship semi-finalists Denmark and Scotland.

Team boss Franz Beckenbauer nominated the oldest squad in DFB history and the second oldest squad of the tournament. Among them were the long-term injuries Rudi Völler (torn adductor in the left thigh), Karl Allgöwer (burst vein in the calf in the DFB Cup final ), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (two muscle fiber tears) and Pierre Littbarski , as Beckenbauer hoped that these players would get fit in time would. Although three of the four players should be used in the course of the tournament, Beckenbauer revised the assessment years later.

The Germans started with a 1-1 draw against Uruguay. The German team fell behind early after Lothar Matthäus had played a 30-meter back pass in front of their own penalty area near the center line. Antonio Alzamendi recognized the situation faster than the German libero Klaus Augenthaler , turned goalkeeper Toni Schumacher and scored the opening goal . In the rest of the season, the German team knew how to run, but not playfully convince. The equalizer finally fell in the 84th minute. After a sustained power play situation, Augenthaler headed the ball back into the danger zone from the center circle. This flew over the defense of Uruguay and landed at the feet of Klaus Allofs , who completed a low shot.

In the second game against Scotland, whose coach Jock Stein died of a heart attack during a qualifying game eight months before the tournament and which came without his two supposedly best players Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish , the German team initially fell behind. Gordon Strachan gave the Scots, who had to do without their two ailing strikers Charlie Nicholas and Paul Sturrock , in the lead with a shot slightly deflected by Klaus Augenthaler. Rudi Völler equalized just four minutes later after hitting the post with his header in the third minute of the game as a result of a corner. The decision came from Klaus Allofs, who in the 50th minute after an unsuccessful attempt to clear the ball, slipped the ball into the long corner from 10 meters. In the last half hour the game flattened out significantly, which was due to the weather conditions, especially the heat and the altitude. Strachan was quoted after the game as saying that the players generally agreed that these were the toughest conditions in which they had ever played a game, and that players lost up to 3.6 kg in weight.

Before that, the Scots met Denmark, which, according to the official FIFA report, were "definitely the best team in the group stage" and which "showed the most spectacular football during the tournament". In a game that was characterized by offensive football and high speed for the time, Denmark prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal from Preben Elkjær Larsen .

In the game Uruguay against Denmark there was a 6-1 victory for the Danes. The team of the German trainer Sepp Piontek , which acted superior both individually and collectively, was the dominant team after 19 minutes at the latest, after Miguel Bossio had seen the red card for repeatedly excessive foul play. After a 2-1 lead at halftime, the Danes deliberately left the initiative to the South Americans after the break and mainly relied on the counterattack. Uruguay finally suffered its biggest defeat in 15 years, which could well have been higher.

In Celeste's third game against Scotland, referee Joël Quiniou set a record when he showed Uruguayan defender José Batista the red card after 56 seconds. The dismissal was the only one in the game, but it was not the worst unsportsmanlike nature of the Uruguayans during the 90 minutes. From that moment on, the South Americans concentrated on defending their own goal with nine men, while the sole striker Enzo Francescoli waited on the counterattack. In this way, the team was able to save the goalless draw over time, which meant third place and progress. Scottish coach Alex Ferguson said after the game, "It was no longer a football game. In these circumstances, I'm glad we're going home. Uruguayans have no respect for football". One day after the game, FIFA fined Uruguay's football association AUF with a fine of 25,000 Swiss francs (around € 33,800 - as of 2017) and referred coach Borrás to the stands for the round of 16.

In the last group game, the German team met Denmark. The starting point was that both teams had qualified for the round of 16 before the game kicked off. In an open and run at a fast pace game of Denmark went just before half-time lead as Jesper Olsen missed a penalty after a foul by Wolfgang Rolff of Morten Olsen turned. Andreas Brehme hit the crossbar with a shot from 30 meters in the middle of the first half. The decision was made in the 62nd minute. The half-time substitute John Eriksen scored the 2-0 in a phase in which Karlheinz Förster was treated on the sidelines due to injury and Germany's defense was unsorted. Frank Arnesen's dismissal two minutes before the end of the game after an assault was important for the further course of the tournament .

Group F.

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. MoroccoMorocco Morocco  3  1  2  0 003: 100  +2 04: 20
 2. EnglandEngland England  3  1  1  1 003: 100  +2 03: 30
 3. Poland 1980Poland Poland  3  1  1  1 001: 300  −2 03: 30
 4th PortugalPortugal Portugal  3  1  0  2 002: 400  −2 02: 40
June 2, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Universitario)
Morocco - Poland 0-0
June 3, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Tecnológico)
Portugal - England 1: 0 (0: 0)
June 6, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Tecnológico)
England - Morocco 0-0
June 7, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Universitario)
Poland - Portugal 1: 0 (0: 0)
June 11, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Guadalajara
Portugal - Morocco 1: 3 (0: 2)
June 11, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Tecnológico)
England - Poland 3: 0 (3: 0)

Group F should turn out to be the least playful group. Reasons for this included the temperatures in Monterrey , where five of the six games took place, as well as the tall grass and bumpy ground, which caused additional problems for the players and prevented a proper passing game. Due to the external conditions, the four teams tried to keep their strengths in check and to avoid falling behind. This resulted in only two goals being scored in the first four games and any team that took the lead in the six games won the game in the end.

The team from Morocco caused the biggest surprise in the group stage at this tournament by winning the group against three more highly rated teams despite their underdog role and being the first team in Africa to survive the preliminary round. In their opening game against the Polish team, none of the teams could control the game in the first half, which meant that several long-range shots by the Moroccans remained the only halfway dangerous actions in the half. After two substitutions at the beginning of the second half, the Poles managed to gain more control of the game. As a result, they came up with several scoring opportunities. The biggest of them was Jan Urban , who hit the post with a low shot from almost 22 meters towards the end of the game. In the end there was a meager, if fair 0-0, which was acknowledged by the audience in Monterrey with a whistle concert.

Portugal's appearance at this World Cup was overshadowed by the so-called Saltillo affair (from the Portuguese O Caso Saltillo). The affair began when the Benfica defender António Veloso tested positive for the anabolic steroid Primobolan just a few hours before the team's planned departure for Mexico - a finding that later turned out to be false. Angry about the handling of Veloso, their accommodation, meager bonuses and after a dispute with the Portuguese football association FPF about missing bonus payments, the team finally threatened a few days before the start of the World Cup with not wanting to compete. Due to public pressure from home and abroad, the players gave in early.

In their first game, the Portuguese and English came up to the 75th minute on a total of only one shot on the opposing goal. The decisive goal of the game came when Diamantino Miranda was able to prevail on the right wing against Kenny Sansom, penetrated diagonally into the penalty area and placed the ball across to Carlos Manuel at the height of the six-yard area , who stole from the rear post and out only needed to push in two meters to make the decisive 1-0. The English had nothing more to oppose and were lucky that the Portuguese missed their subsequent counter-chances. That defeat marked the end of a nearly twelve month streak in which the English were unbeaten for eleven games.

Before the second game, the Portuguese goalkeeper and captain Manuel Bento broke his leg during a training session in which he was acting as a striker. This forced coach José Torres to use substitute Vítor Damas , who was similarly experienced as Bento, but could not handle the pressure and responsibility and then suffered a depression . Bento was out for a year as a result of the injury and would never again be in goal for both the national team and his club Benfica. The Poles and Portuguese approached the game cautiously, which resulted in few scoring opportunities in the first half. Włodzimierz Smolarek had the greatest chance in the first 45 minutes, but he missed the empty goal. Both teams finally improved in the second half and came more to the action in front of the opposing goal. The decisive goal of the game came in the 68th minute when a chip ball flew over the Portuguese defensive and found the detached Smolarek, who then pushed the ball into the goal under the rushing Vítor Damas. The Portuguese then increased the risk and the pressure, but could not overcome the great holding Polish goalkeeper Józef Młynarczyk or failed as in the 83rd minute on the post.

England captain Bryan Robson dislocated his shoulder for the third time in 15 months in the 38th minute in the second group match against Morocco and was replaced a few minutes later. The situation worsened when, in parallel, Ray Wilkins saw a yellow card for a foul and two minutes later the red card for throwing the ball in the direction of the referee in protest as a result of an offside situation. Despite the expulsion and the loss of their captain, the English managed to exert less pressure in the second half with one man than in the first half. Nevertheless, there was no countable success, which meant that the Moroccans' second game also ended goalless and the spectators again acknowledged this with a whistle concert after the final whistle.

Before the last group game, coach Bobby Robson was forced to make numerous changes. On the one hand, the injured Robson and the banned Wilkins were not available to him. On the other hand, his team rebelled against Robson's tactics and personnel policy, which meant that he changed the 4-3-3 system to a 4-4-2 and four new players were in the starting line-up. These changes should be crowned with success, because although the defense seemed unsorted in the first few minutes, they brought more speed and movement into the attacking game and after just under half an hour the Three Lions were leading 3-0 due to a flawless hat trick by Gary Lineker . The English then withdrew and left the game to the Poles, who, with the exception of a shot from the post by Zbigniew Boniek , did not have any high-quality scoring opportunities for the rest of the season .

A simple bad pass by Jaime Pacheco 25 meters from his own goal led to the Moroccans' first goal in their final game against Portugal. The pass landed at the feet of Abderrazak Khairi , who pulled in briefly and overcame the Portuguese goalkeeper with a low shot from the same distance. Seven minutes later, Khairi scored again - this time from a half-field cross from Labid Khalifa that flew across the entire Portuguese defense. As with the two previous goals, the third goal was initiated by a wide diagonal ball from playmaker Mohammed Timoumi , who had been voted Africa's Footballer of the Year a year earlier , against whom the southern Europeans found no solutions for the entire course of the game. The high-standing Portuguese developed too little pressure on Timoumi, who was on the left flank and played the ball diagonally on Abdelkarim Krimau , who penetrated the center . This in turn was able to run unhindered to goalkeeper Damas and load him from 15 meters. Diamantino scored the goal ten minutes from the end when a cross that had been cleared too short landed at his feet and he lifted the ball from 15 meters over the defense into the goal.

This defeat meant the premature exit of Portugal at this World Cup. José Torres drew the conclusions from this and resigned from his post as Portuguese national coach.

Ranking of third party groups

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. BelgiumBelgium Belgium  3  1  1  1 005: 500  ± 0 03: 30
 2. Poland 1980Poland Poland  3  1  1  1 001: 300  −2 03: 30
 3. Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria  3  0  2  1 002: 400  −2 02: 40
 4th UruguayUruguay Uruguay  3  0  2  1 002: 700  −5 02: 40
 5. Hungary 1957Hungary Hungary  3  1  0  2 002: 900  −7 02: 40
 6th Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland  3  0  1  2 002: 600  −4 01: 50

Final round

game schedule

Round of 16 Quarter finals Semifinals final
 D1: BrazilBrazil 1968Brazil 4th
 Q3: Poland Poland 1980Poland 0  
 Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil 1 (3)
   FranceFrance France 21 (4) 2  
 C2: FranceFranceFrance 2
 A2: Italy ItalyItaly 0  
 FranceFrance France 0
   Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 2  
 F1: Morocco MoroccoMorocco 0
 E2: Federal Republic of GermanyGermany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany 1  
 Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 20 (4) 2
   MexicoMexico Mexico 0 (1)  
 B1: MexicoMexicoMexico 2
 A3: Bulgaria Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria 0  
 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 3
   Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 2
 A1: ArgentinaArgentinaArgentina 1
 E3: Uruguay UruguayUruguay 0  
 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 2
   EnglandEngland England 1  
 Q2: EnglandEnglandEngland 3
 B2: Paraguay Paraguay 1954Paraguay 0  
 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 2
   BelgiumBelgium Belgium 0   3rd place match
 C1: Soviet Union Soviet UnionSoviet Union 3
 B3: BelgiumBelgiumBelgium 14 1  
 BelgiumBelgium Belgium 21 (5) 2  FranceFrance France 24 1
   SpainSpain Spain 1 (4)    BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2
 E1: Denmark DenmarkDenmark 1
 D2: SpainSpainSpain 5  

1 win after extra time
2 win on penalties

Round of 16

June 15, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Mexico City
MexicoMexico Mexico - Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria 2: 0 (1: 0)
June 15, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in León
Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union - BelgiumBelgium Belgium 3: 4 a.d. (2: 2, 1: 0)
June 16, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil - Poland 1980Poland Poland 4: 0 (1: 0)
June 16, 1986 at 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Puebla
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina - UruguayUruguay Uruguay 1: 0 (1: 0)
June 17, 1986, 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City (Olympic Stadium)
ItalyItaly Italy - FranceFrance France 0: 2 (0: 1)
June 17, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Universitario)
MoroccoMorocco Morocco - Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 18, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Mexico City
EnglandEngland England - Paraguay 1954Paraguay Paraguay 3: 0 (1: 0)
June 18, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Querétaro
DenmarkDenmark Denmark - SpainSpain Spain 1: 5 (1: 1)

Course of the games:

Game 1: Mexico coach Bora Milutinović made some changes ahead of the first round of 16 against Bulgaria. Hugo Sánchez was the only striker to return after serving a yellow card suspension and Manuel Negrete , who had played on the left wing in previous games, was allowed to move in the central offensive midfield. These changes meant that the Mexicans were able to convince playfully for the first time in this tournament. By means of a smooth short passing game in midfield, El Tri quickly gained a clear chance in the first half. These efforts were rewarded in the 34th minute with one of the most beautiful goals in World Cup history. About 25 meters from the opposing goal, Manuel Negrete took a half-high pass, controlled it with another touch and volleyed the ball on to Javier Aguirre , who volleyed the ball again and half-high back to Negrete. He then moved the shelf with an artistic side puller from 16 meters into the long corner of the Bulgarian gate. Four minutes later, the Eastern Europeans were able to thank their captain Georgi Dimitrov , who was able to clear the defeat goalkeeper Michajlow after an uncleared corner just before the goal line . After switching sides, the Bulgarians showed a little more initiative. Their offensive efforts ended almost exclusively in harmless long-range shots. The preliminary decision was made in the 61st minute when a corner kicked sharply by Negrete at the near post with Raúl Servín found a taker. It was only when Boschidar Iskrenow came on 20 minutes before the end that the Bulgarians managed to exert real pressure for the first time, which promptly caused difficulties for the Mexican defensive. It was only thanks to two outstanding saves by goalkeeper Pablo Larios a quarter of an hour before the end that the two-goal lead remained. This pressure phase lasted only a few minutes, so that Mexico almost scored the third goal in the 81st minute. Midfielder Carlos Muñoz hit the crossbar from 25 meters away. In the end it was a deserved victory for the Mexicans, who made it into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the second time since 1970.

2. Game: In the beginning the Soviets were the more active team and after 27 minutes they deservedly took a 1-0 lead. Despite a 5-on-2 majority, the Belgians failed to prevent Belanov's long-range shot from 19 meters, which hit the top left corner of the goal. The Soviets then took their foot off the gas pedal and patiently ran the ball repeatedly through their own ranks. As a result, the Belgians came to an increasing number of goals, but almost without exception consisted of safe long-range shots. At the beginning of the second half, the Sbornaja took command again and almost took a 2-0 lead. Belanov hit the post with his head and a few seconds later the subsequent long-range shot by Pawel Jakowenko was cleared just before the goal line by Patrick Vervoort . Just two minutes later, in the 56th minute, the Belgians managed to equalize against the course of the game. Captain Anatolij Demjanenko miscalculated on a half-field cross from Franky Vercauteren , allowing Enzo Scifo to take the ball eight meters in front of goal and slip it past Dassajew to make it 1-1. The Soviets were only briefly impressed and remained the timing team. This effort was rewarded in the 70th minute when, after winning the ball in the opposing half against the Belgian Alexander Zavarov, who was in the process of building up the game, all three defenders took on all three defenders and staged the free-standing Belanov. He had no problems sending Pfaff into the wrong corner and making it 2-1 from eleven meters. A minute later, Raz had a chance to increase to 3-1, but he twisted from a tight angle. The Belgians managed to equalize again in the 77th minute. Stéphane Demol hit a high 50-meter pass from the center line straight into the center of the Soviet defensive. Due to a failed offside trap, Jan Ceulemans found himself left alone on the edge of the penalty area, was able to take the pass with his chest and sink the ball from eleven meters into the far corner. The Sbornaja sought despite another setback in the regular time the decision and remained in the remaining minutes the more active team. In the 80th minute it was again Wassili Raz who was in the center, but only hit the crossbar from 16 meters. But it was the red devils who had the last big chance in the normal playing time. Scifo came after a cross from Nico Claesen from an acute angle from four meters to the header, but could not overcome the goalkeeper Dassajew, who was already waiting at the near post. The Soviets remained the dominant team at the start of extra time, while the Belgians provided relief with occasional counterattacks. Such a counterattack resulted in a short corner kick in the 102nd minute. Eric Gerets found Demol slipping away at the far post, who only needed to head the ball against the goalkeeper's direction of travel. The Sbornaja now deteriorated physically and mentally. The preliminary decision was made in the 110th minute, when the Eastern Europeans could not clarify the situation as a result of a corner ball and Claesen came to the conclusion from 12 meters. A minute later, however, hope grew again when Belanow climbed up to the header in the penalty area and was torn down. The fouled competed himself and scored to make it 3: 4.

Game 3: The Poles were the dominant team in the first half despite less possession and could have taken the lead after 70 seconds when a ball from Ryszard Tarasiewicz plucked into the penalty area grew longer and hit the post. Ten minutes later, the aluminum was supposed to save Brazil again when Jan Karaś hit the lower edge of the crossbar with a forceful shot from 25 meters. Contrary to the game, Brazil took the lead in the 30th minute as a result of a questionable penalty whistle by the poorly positioned German referee Volker Roth . Although the Poles were again the better team at the start of the second half, they barely managed to get into the Brazilian penalty area for the entire season and were limited almost exclusively to shots from distance. In the 55th minute, Brazil's right- back Josimar succeeded in penetrating the 16-meter space with the ball at his foot and scored his second notable goal at this World Cup from an acute angle. Due to the deficit, there were ever larger spaces in the Polish defense in the last 25 minutes, which the Brazilians repeatedly used for counterattacks. The final decision came in the 79th minute, when central defender Edinho played a 50-meter clearance into Careca's barrel , which delayed the game briefly and then fitted back into the run of Edinho, who had advanced across the field. He then loaded a Polish defender and the goalkeeper and scored the 3-0. For the 4-0 final score Careca made four minutes later again from the penalty spot. Previously, the substitute Zico had been hit in the foot by goalkeeper Młynarczyk after another picture book counterattack in the penalty area.

4th game: In the game of the two ex-world champions, who met again at a World Cup for the first time since the final in 1930, Argentina dominated the game for long stretches, but found it difficult to convert this superiority into clear scoring chances and goals . In a rather unsightly game, which was interrupted a total of 61 times by free kicks by the petty whistling Italian referee Luigi Agnolin , there was hardly any time when the game flowed. Three minutes before the break, Eduardo Acevedo's unsuccessful attempt to clear the penalty area led to the only goal of the game. The ball landed right at the feet of Pedro Pasculli , ready to shoot , who had joined the team for Claudio Borghi before the game . He had no trouble loading the Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Álvez from eight meters . With a little more luck, the result could have been clearer. Diego Maradona hit the crossbar in the 21st minute with a free kick from 30 meters, in the 53rd minute Acevedo cleared a shot by Jorge Burruchaga from four meters for the already beaten Alvez on the goal line with his head , and in the 66. A regular goal from Maradona was not given in the minute after allegedly knocking his opponent away. Up to the 70th minute, the Himmelblauen found no antidote to the attentive and always numerically superior Argentine defense. It was the time when a heavy rain shower came up within a few minutes. In this phase Uruguay succeeded for the first time in putting the Albiceleste under pressure. In the last 20 minutes, however, they were still unable to create a real goal threat, which meant that in the end it was a narrow, albeit safe, victory for the Argentines.

5th game: The encounter between the reigning world champion and the reigning European champion saw a clearly superior French team, which clearly dominated the game without going to their limits. The Italians confirmed their impression from the group stage and again appeared lethargic, tired and without ideas. The defending champion started the game with a brief pressure phase. But after just a few minutes, the French midfield - especially Jean Tigana and Luis Fernández - took command and controlled the game on both the defensive and the offensive. After a swift attack over four stations, the Equipe Tricolore scored the opening goal in the 15th minute. Dominique Rocheteau put the ball on Michel Platini , who had stormed in from the depths , who then only had to lift the ball over Giovanni Galli who had rushed out. Fernández made for another goal danger in the 30th minute when he pulled from 35 meters and hit the crossbar. The decision was made in the 57th minute when the French conquered the ball in their own half, similar to the first goal, briefly increased the pace and after six stops Yannick Stopyra was able to uncover Galli in the short corner, with Rocheteau again for the template was responsible. Only for a short moment after the second goal and the substitution of Gianluca Vialli was a slight rebellion of the Italians against the threatened elimination after the Squadra Azzurra remained without a goal despite the gap between the 35th and 60th minute. A few minutes later you fell back into the same rut, surrendered to your fate and deservedly dropped out. Enzo Bearzot drew the consequences after the tournament and resigned as Italian national coach.

6th game: Morocco used the same defensive tactics from the group stage that led to goalless draws against Poland and England in the game against Germany. While the first ten minutes of the game were still entertaining, after about 20 minutes the number of foul games increased and the game gradually flattened out. Already at this point it became obvious that the North Africans were speculating on the extension, because they expected advantages there due to a supposed physical superiority and the external conditions (34 ° C in the shade with 57% humidity). Against the numerically superior Moroccan defense, the cautious Germans could not think of anything playfully, so that scoring chances remained scarce. The exception, according to team boss Beckenbauer, was a "thousand percent chance" in the 44th minute after a throw-in from the left. Klaus Allofs prevailed in 1 on 1 and played a sharp pass from the half-space into the five-meter space to the charging Karl-Heinz Rummenigge . However, he missed the free-standing goal from three meters and the ball landed directly in the arms of the Moroccan goalkeeper Zaki . At halftime, Beckenbauer brought in Pierre Littbarski for Rudi Völler , who was stricken with a thigh strain , but who was just as unable to put his stamp on the game as Morocco's playmaker Mohammed Timoumi , who was alternately covered by Lothar Matthäus and Felix Magath and did not develop. The level of the game continued to decline until about 12 minutes before the final whistle, when the Germans managed to get more goals. In the end, the German team rewarded themselves for their extra effort when, in the 87th minute, Matthäus circled a free kick from 30 meters flat past the poorly positioned wall of the Moroccans and the ball hit the bottom right corner of the goal to make the decisive 1-0. The next day the Spanish newspaper El País headlined: “That was probably the worst of the 42 games that have taken place at the World Cup so far. Nothing worth seeing, nothing entertaining, pure powerlessness. "

7. Game: The first half hour of the game England against Paraguay was dominated by the South Americans. However, they did not succeed in converting their four scoring chances - the largest as a result of an unsuccessful back pass from Terry Butcher to goalkeeper Peter Shilton , who was intercepted by Alfredo Mendoza - into goals. This took revenge less than a minute after the return pass. A diagonal ball through the penalty area by Glenn Hoddle was run by Steve Hodge just before the goal line. He put the ball across to Gary Lineker , who was lurking in front of the goal , who only had to slide the ball over the goal line from two meters. 80 seconds later, the goalscorer had a chance to increase to 2-0, but goalkeeper Roberto Fernández kept his team in the game at this point when he steered Lineker's volley over the bar. Ten minutes after the restart, Los Guaraníes could consider themselves lucky to continue the game with eleven. During a counterattack, Lineker was struck down by an elbow blow to the neck of Vladimiro Schettina . However, this assault went unpunished by the referee team. While Lineker was still being treated on the sideline, Butcher found himself unguarded in the penalty area for a brief moment after a corner kick. Goalkeeper Fernández could only let the shot ricochet forward. Peter Beardsley reacted the fastest and scored the 2-0. The decision was made in the 73rd minute when substitute Gary Stevens was served by Hoddle after a run into the depths and then placed the ball across his free-standing club colleague Lineker in the half-space. He easily scored his second goal of the day to make it 3-0.

8th game: Denmark coach Sepp Piontek had to make several changes before the game. Because of Frank Arnesen's red card in the last group game, he was forced to forego what he believed to be the best player in his team from the preliminary round. In addition there was the short-term absence of John Sivebæk due to a gastrointestinal infection. Henrik Andersen took his place , making Jesper Olsen move from the left to the right wing. In addition, Preben Elkjær Larsen and Jens Jørn Bertelsen went into the game either weak or not one hundred percent fit. As in the previous games, the Danes initially controlled the pace and scored several goals against the initially cautious Spaniards. After a quarter of an hour, the Spaniards gradually managed to gain access, which allowed them to disturb the Danes more and more while accepting the ball. In the 33rd minute, the charging Klaus Berggreen was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Jesper Olsen safely converted the subsequent penalty. It was Olson who was to take center stage again ten minutes later. After a short tee shot, under pressure, he played a cross pass directly into the feet of the lurking Emilio Butragueño at the height of his own 16-meter space , who only had to push the ball into the goal. As a result, the term en rigtig Jesper Olsen (a real Jesper Olsen) found its way into everyday Danish life and the Danish dictionary as a paraphrase of a slip or mistake. In the early stages of the second half, Elkjær had two high-profile chances within 45 seconds, but missed both. This retaliated three minutes later when a corner of the Spaniard was extended with the head. In Butragueño, the extension found a buyer who was criminally left alone within the five-meter space. As a result of this first-time deficit in the tournament, Piontek brought in striker John Eriksen in the 60th minute for defender Henrik Andersen . Within a few minutes, however, the Danes completely lost the thread after a bad pass from Bertelsen and two major opportunities that resulted. The ostensible 3-4-3 accidentally became a 3-2-5. As a result, the Spaniards had several 4-on-3 or 3-on-2 counter chances early on. One of those chances led to the 3-1 in the 68th minute when Søren Busk brought down Butragueño in the penalty area and Andoni Goikoetxea converted the due penalty. The hot temperatures, the inexperience of the Danes at major tournaments, the tough training sessions, the high average age of the defense and Piontek's adherence to the regular formation in the game against Germany now finally took their toll. A simple attack over five stations across the entire field led to Butragueño's third goal in the 80th minute. He also scored his fourth goal a minute before the final whistle to make it 5-1 from the penalty spot, after being fouled by Morten Olsen .

Quarter finals

June 21, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil - FranceFrance France 1: 1 n.V. (1: 1, 1: 1), 3: 4 in E.
June 21, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Monterrey (Universitario)
Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany - MexicoMexico Mexico 0: 0 n.V., 4: 1 i. E.
June 22, 1986 at 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina - EnglandEngland England 2: 1 (0: 0)
June 22, 1986, 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Puebla
SpainSpain Spain - BelgiumBelgium Belgium 1: 1 n.V. (1: 1, 0: 1), 4: 5 in E.

The quarter-final between France and Brazil is still considered one of the best World Cup games of all time. Two of the best midfield rows of the 1980s ( Sócrates , Zico , Júnior and Alemão as well as Michel Platini , Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana ) exchanged blows with extremely high intensity and many opportunities on both sides. After Brazil dominated the opening quarter of an hour and had two high-profile chances two minutes earlier, the Seleção took the lead with a remarkable goal in the 17th minute. After an attack on the right side, in which a total of eight Brazilians were involved, a double pass between Müller and Júnior in the right half-space in front of the penalty area broke the French defensive before Júnior placed the ball on the free-standing Careca , who was from a central position France goalkeeper Joël Bats loaded from 15 meters . France coach Henri Michel reacted to the deficit and ordered Luis Fernández from his initial hybrid role on the right on the defensive back to his usual position in the tournament in the left midfield, since this is where the majority of Brazilian attacks originated. This restricted the circles of Alemão and the junior, who often moved to the right, who previously determined the game. The French subsequently increased the number of strokes and had several scoring opportunities. But it was the Brazilians who almost increased the score to 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Careca won his running duel against Maxime Bossis after Sócrates had initiated the counterattack with a 40-meter-wide diagonal pass, placed the ball across the five-meter space, but the onrushing Müller only hit the outside post. The French equalized four minutes before the break when a cross from Dominique Rocheteau was deflected slightly, which was reached by neither Yannick Stopyra nor goalkeeper Carlos and Platini saw the situation at the far post faster than Josimar .

The quality of the game increased even further in the middle of the second half with numerous switching moments at the highest speed and goal shots, sometimes every minute. In the 71st minute, the Seleção hit the aluminum again when Careca's header hit the top of the bar after a cross from Josimar. Immediately later, Zico came on and after three minutes was already in the center of the action. The substitute initially sent the go-through left-back Branco after a counterattack , who was brought down in the penalty area by France goalkeeper Bats. The premature cheers from the Brazilians were soon to take revenge, as Bats made up for his mistake immediately and saved the penalty, which was taken by Zico. It was also Bats who kept his side in the game for the remainder of the game when he thwarted two more high-profile scoring opportunities from Careca and Zico, putting the game into overtime. Although the level remained high and there were numerous scoring opportunities on both sides, the pace of the game slowed down a little and the number of inaccuracies, careless mistakes and injury interruptions increased. Brazil's goalkeeper Carlos caused the greatest excitement in the 116th minute when, after a Brazilian corner kick, Platini sent Bruno Bellone , who started at the center line, on his way with a stroke of genius , who passed the storming Carlos just before the penalty area, but from this one on Jersey was pulled. Substitute Bellone did not let himself fall, however, which is why the Romanian referee Ioan Igna decided to continue playing and Carlos was wrongly not sent off the field for thwarting a clear scoring opportunity. Additional drama arose when in the direct counter-attack Socrates sabered after a cross over the ball and thus did not hit the free-standing goal. Thus, in the end, the penalty shoot-out had to decide, in which Socrates and Júlio César on the Brazilian side and only Michel Platini on the French side awarded, whereby the Équipe Tricolore moved into the semi-finals. The French were lucky when Bruno Bellone hit the post but the rebounding ball bounced against goalkeeper Carlos' back and rolled over the line from there.

The contrast to the playful, technical and tactical first quarter-finals came a few hours later in the game between Germany and Mexico in Monterrey. In an uneventful first half an hour, in which both teams had no chance to score, the hosts often fought for field and ball possession advantages by playing too hard, as the German team acted too passively and often only interfered shortly before their own penalty area. Klaus Allofs had the first scoring chance in the game after 33 minutes with a free kick from almost 30 meters after Mexico's captain Tomás Boy had left the pitch due to an injury a minute earlier. It was also Allofs who had one of the two great scoring chances in the 43rd minute entire game. After Karl-Heinz Rummenigge put down his header , he volleyed the ball after a touchdown from 13 meters, but aimed directly at the Mexican goalkeeper Pablo Larios , who was able to raise his arms in time. The attacks of the German team remained too transparent in the second half and the situation deteriorated further in the 65th minute when Thomas Berthold was the first German player to see the red card at a world championship (this was not yet there when Erich Juskowiak joined the football World Cup 1958 had been expelled from the field). After his opponent Fernando Quirarte had held him during a counter-attack situation, Berthold struck Quirarte with the plaster cuff he was wearing on his right forearm and was consequently expelled from the field. The Mexicans immediately increased the pressure, attacked earlier and had more scoring chances in the remaining minutes of the second half, the greatest of them in the 86th minute: After a cross from the right side, Raúl Servín found himself unguarded eight meters in front of goal . However, the goalkeeper Toni Schumacher, who was outstanding throughout the game, managed to defuse the volley with a reflex. The only notable event in extra time was Javier Aguirre's 100th-minute dismissal after a body check after seeing the yellow card earlier in regular time. This renewed equality ensured that the German team gained the upper hand and had more of the game. However, both teams failed to develop a single serious scoring opportunity in the remaining minutes, which meant that the second quarter-finals also went to penalties. Toni Schumacher saved two unplaced penalties from Quirarte and Servin, making the DFB team 4-1 in the World Cup semi-finals. Mexico's superstar Hugo Sánchez remained pale in this game as well, only stood out for his unfair play and was plagued by cramps towards the end of the first half of extra time. With eight yellow and two red cards, it was the richest World Cup game to date since the introduction of the yellow card in 1970.

Argentina and England met in the third quarter-finals - a game that was particularly explosive due to the Falklands War that had taken place four years earlier . At the English coach Bobby Robson made a change: Terry Fenwick returned to central defense after serving a yellow card suspension. Otherwise Robson bet on a 4-4-2 again. The two strikers Gary Lineker and Peter Beardsley remained pale for a long time in this game, as they were closely mated by Oscar Ruggeri and José Luis Cuciuffo and the long balls of the English often landed with them. In a negligible first half Beardsley's chance to score in the 13th minute was the only notable event. Argentina's goalkeeper Nery Pumpido slipped in the running duel with Beardsley towards the sideline, whereupon the Englishman only hit the side netting from an acute angle instead of the free-standing goal. The Argentines found their way into the game better in the course of half-time and slightly dominated the last ten minutes. England started the second half much more aggressively than before as more players joined in the offensive efforts. This resulted in spaces on the defensive, which the Albiceleste in the person of Diego Maradona could exploit twice in the first ten minutes after the break. The first goal came in the 51st minute, when Maradona prevailed against four players in dribbling, Steve Hodge unluckily put the ball to an arc lamp and Maradona then irregularly pushed the ball into the goal by handing the ball over the front English goalkeeper standing at him fisted. Maradona later spoke of the " hand of God " that scored the goal. Four minutes later, Maradona shot the 2-0 after a solo effort in which he played around seven English players. This goal was later voted the most beautiful goal in World Cup history in a FIFA vote. Argentina now withdrew, whereby the 3 Lions increasingly came to goal closings, mainly through shots from a distance. Substitute John Barnes enlivened the English game, which was to bear fruit in the 81st minute when, after a power play situation, a cross from Barnes found Gary Lineker's head and he only had to nod off from four meters. The preliminary decision was almost made on the other side just 13 seconds after the restart when the Argentinian Carlos Tapia , who was also substituted , pulled from the edge of the penalty area, but only hit the inside post. The Albiceleste was able to provide enough relief in the remaining minutes to not get into trouble with one exception and to save the lead over time.

In almost cool Mexican conditions, two equally strong teams met in the last quarter-finals with Vice European Champions Spain and Belgium. The Spaniards put more effort into the first 20 minutes and were superior in the game and field. Their attacks through the center, carried out at an enormous pace, came to an end 15 to 20 meters in front of the opposing goal due to hasty actions and the attentive Belgian five-man defense around Libero Michel Renquin . While the Iberians had successfully countered their opponents Denmark time and again in the round of 16, the Belgians put on a solid defense and patiently built up their attacks. This paid off in the 35th minute when Franky Vercauteren was able to cross near the corner flag and found the head of the onrushing Jan Ceulemans , who gave Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta no chance with a powerful header from five meters . The game picked up speed in the second half. The Spaniards pushed for the equalizer more and more, but failed several times due to the excellently functioning offside trap of the Belgians or their attentive goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff . The Red Devils, on the other hand, use the available spaces for counter-attacks, as in the 51st minute, when Zubizarreta only just kept his team from 0-2 after a 3-on-2 picture book counterattack. In the last 20 minutes the pressure from the Spaniards increased steadily and the Belgians succeeded less and less in relieving the pressure, which means that Pfaff was now the focus on several occasions. The equalizer finally fell in the 85th minute. Víctor returned an indirect free kick near the right corner flag to the edge of the box, where Juan Antonio Señor pulled from 20 yards and sent Pfaff with a low shot that went to the other corner after being blocked from view. The remaining minutes were also eventful. Belgium were close to winning the game in regular time thanks to two scoring opportunities. Furthermore, a blow by substitute Eloy in the rib area of ​​Renquin remained completely unpunished. While the Iberians remained the more active team in extra time and created scoring chances at least in the first 15 minutes, nothing came from the Red Devils , which meant that the last quarter-finals also went to penalties. There Pfaff parried a poorly shot penalty from Eloy, which meant that the Belgians moved into the semi-finals somewhat undeservedly.


June 25, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Guadalajara
FranceFrance France - Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany 0: 2 (0: 1)
June 25, 1986 at 4:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina - BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2: 0 (0: 0)

In the first semi-final, France met the German team in a new edition of the semi-final four years earlier in pleasant temperatures but oppressive humidity. The French were the favorites after their victories over defending champions Italy and the tournament favorites Brazil, while the Germans had cheated their way through with woe. France coach Henri Michel took over the quarter-finals two changes - after serving yellow ban came William Ayache back into the team, and after by Jean-Pierre Papin and Dominique Rocheteau injured, Michel was forced striker Bruno Bellone recourse. Wolfgang Rolff , who replaced the red-banned Berthold, was entrusted with the role of man markers for the ailing playmaker Michel Platini , the same task as three years earlier in the final of the European Champions Cup . In a fair, albeit contested game, which was characterized by many interruptions and the overly petty whistling referee, the German team took the lead in the 9th minute after a restless opening minute. A hard, but not necessarily placed, indirect free kick by Andreas Brehme just outside the penalty area slipped into the goal under the body of French goalkeeper Joël Bats . After falling behind, the French took control of the game and had several chances in the following quarter of an hour, the largest of them in the 16th minute, also from an indirect free kick. After a shot was blocked, Bossis came to the end completely free-standing four meters in front of the goal, but spitted the volley over the goal. This was followed by the best quarter of an hour for the German team in the tournament, which until the half-time whistle repeatedly exploited the too large gap between France's offensive and defensive but failed to take advantage of the opportunities presented. The French dominated the second half, but struggled to create really clear scoring chances and failed several times due to the excellently functioning offside trap of the Germans. A further throw from Germany's goalkeeper Toni Schumacher initiated a counterattack against the far advanced French seconds before the final whistle, which substitute Rudi Völler completed to the deserved, albeit surprising, 2-0 final score. “Reality and fitness played a trick on the French. The well-welded German game organization and its discipline were the French's undoing, ”said the French daily France Soir the next day.

The technically, playfully and tactically superior Argentines with their stars Jorge Valdano , Jorge Burruchaga and Diego Maradona dominated the early stages of the second semi-final and it took almost 20 minutes for the Belgians to finish their first goal. Maradona was the most conspicuous player in a rather uneventful first half, but was severely restricted in his actions by the Belgian area coverage. The focus of the first 45 minutes, however, was the Portuguese linesman Carlo da Silva, who twice, once in the 28th and later in the 36th minute, the Belgians for a possible 1 on 1 or a 3 on 1 situation against Argentine goalkeeper Nery Pumpido , as da Silva wrongly decided offside in both cases. In the second half the wear and tear of the Belgians became increasingly noticeable, who had previously had to go into extra time twice. Diego Maradona scored the 1-0 in the 51st minute after a slow counterattack after a corner kick by the Belgians. With a short sprint, Maradona was able to make room, at that moment she was served by Burruchaga and despite being guarded by two opponents, she managed to outrun the Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff . In the 63rd minute it was Maradona again, who prevailed against five opponents with a similar solo run as in the quarter-finals against England. This 2-0 goal brought the decision and was voted fourth in the World Cup goal of the century . After that, the Belgian resistance was as good as broken. Except for mostly harmless shots from the second row, the Red Devils could n't think of anything, while the Argentines had more scoring opportunities in the remaining minutes to increase the score, the largest of them in the 81st minute, when Valdano from ten meters over the deserted Goal scored, which despite the wrong decisions made the Albiceleste deservedly into the final.

3rd place match

June 28, 1986 at 12:00 PM (8:00 PM CEST) in Puebla
BelgiumBelgium Belgium - FranceFrance France 2: 4 n.V. (2: 2, 1: 2)

In the small final, both teams fought passionately for victory, although the French gave many reservists a chance. So z. B. no longer addresses Michel Platini. The Belgians drew 2-2 and had to play their third overtime for the fourth game in a row. With two more goals, including a penalty, the French succeeded.


Argentina BR Germany Lineup
Sunday, June 29, 1986 at 12:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. CEST) in Mexico City ( Aztec Stadium )
Result: 3: 2 (1: 0)
Spectators: 114,600
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho ( Brazil ) Brazil 1968Brazil 
Match report
BR GermanyBR Germany
Line up Argentina against Federal Republic of Germany
Nery Pumpido - José Luis Brown - José Luis Cuciuffo , Oscar Ruggeri , Julio Olarticoechea - Ricardo Giusti , Sergio Batista , Diego Maradona , Héctor Enrique - Jorge Burruchaga (90th Marcelo Trobbiani ), Jorge Valdano Coach: Carlos Bilardo(C)Captain of the crew
Toni Schumacher - Ditmar Jakobs - Thomas Berthold , Karlheinz Förster , Hans-Peter Briegel - Andreas Brehme , Lothar Matthäus , Norbert Eder , Felix Magath (62nd Dieter Hoeneß ) - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge , Klaus Allofs (46th Rudi Völler ) Team boss: Franz Beckenbauer(C)Captain of the crew
goal1-0 Brown (23rd)
goal2-0 Valdano (56th)

goal3-2 Burruchaga (84th)

goal2: 1 Rummenigge (74.)
goal2: 2 Völler (81.)
yellow cards Maradona (17th), Olarticoechea (77th), Enrique (81st), Pumpido (85th) yellow cards Matthew (21.), Briegel (62.)

In the final Argentina were the clear favorites and had a little more of the game, but the big scoring chances were missing on both sides, which was also due to the fact that Lothar Matthäus had his opponent Diego Maradona mostly under control. The Argentines took the lead with a free kick in the middle of the first half after the German goalkeeper Schumacher ran under a ball that was flanked into the penalty area, allowing Libero Brown to head into the empty goal. After almost an hour it fell 2-0, but like against England, the Argentines have now withdrawn completely. Germany now had more of the game, but without being able to play out great opportunities. Only with standards it was dangerous, two corners, kicked by Andreas Brehme from the left, led to an equalization eight minutes before the end. However, the German players exposed their defense in order to achieve the decision before extra time and ran into a counterattack by the Argentines just three minutes after the equalizer - Pass Maradona, Solo von Burruchaga - and it was 3-2 for the South Americans.

Excerpt from the original TV commentary by Rolf Kramer after the 2-2 equalizer from Rudi Völler: "Is that the possibility ... look at it: another corner, another header, you hit it where it is seemed unbeatable, in the air with high balls and there the Pumpido flies through the area. And now ... I get up ... and the German bank, yes the FIFA man is there, he wants to prevent it: Horst Köppel, The substitutes, Franz Beckenbauer, all jumped up. The goalscorer, the two who were hurt: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler, they score the goals here - 2: 2 81st minute and it would be cheap, I resist telling myself that we didn’t plug it in - I’ll do it; sorry! "

Honors of the placed

Toni Schumacher was named Footballer of the Year in Germany and Diego Maradona was named Argentina's Footballer of the Year , named South America's Footballer of the Year in the El Mundo poll and named Unofficial World Footballer of the Year . Manuel Amoros was named France's Footballer of the Year and Borislav Mikhaylov was named Footballer of the Year in Bulgaria .

Best goal scorers

rank player Gates
1 English peopleEnglish people Gary Lineker 6th
2 SpaniardsSpaniards Emilio Butragueño 5
BrazilianBrazilian Careca 5
ArgentiniansArgentinians Diego Maradona 5
5 ItalianItalian Alessandro Altobelli 4th
soviet athletesoviet athlete Igor Belanov 4th
DaneDane Preben Elkjær Larsen 4th
ArgentiniansArgentinians Jorge Valdano 4th
9 BelgianBelgian Jan Ceulemans 3
BelgianBelgian Nico Claesen 3
DaneDane Jesper Olsen 3
GermanGerman Rudi Völler 3
rank player Gates
13 FrenchmanFrenchman Jean-Pierre Papin 2
MoroccanMoroccan Abderrazak Khairi 2
BrazilianBrazilian Josimar 2
SpaniardsSpaniards Ramón Calderé 2
BrazilianBrazilian Sócrates 2
ParaguayansParaguayans Julio César Romero 2
ParaguayansParaguayans Roberto Cabañas 2
ArgentiniansArgentinians Jorge Burruchaga 2
FrenchmanFrenchman Yannick Stopyra 2
MexicanMexican Fernando Quirarte 2
FrenchmanFrenchman Michel Platini 2
BelgianBelgian Enzo Scifo 2
GermanGerman Klaus Allofs 2

In addition, there were 55 players with a hit. There were also two own goals.

Quotes - On the hand of God and the World Cup goal of the century

"Sometimes I think I prefer the goal I made by hand over the other ... it was like stealing the wallet of the English."

"It was probably the one and only time in my whole career that I felt like applauding the opposition scoring a goal."

"It was probably the only time in my entire career that I wanted to applaud the opposing team for a goal."


Face of a 1/4 oz gold coin that was minted on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup in Mexico.
Value side of a 1/4 oz gold coin that was minted on the occasion of the soccer World Cup in Mexico.

The Mexican central bank issued specially embossed gold coins weighing between 1/2 and 1/4 ounce to celebrate the World Cup. These coins linked the history of the country with the theme of football with their motifs.

At the second preliminary round match of the German national team against Scotland in Queretaro, a camerawoman could be seen doing her work barefoot.

See also


Web links

Commons : Football World Cup 1986  - Collection of Pictures, Videos and Audio Files

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