Before the start of the 1986 world cup, Brazil
were the pre tournaments favourites, and they kick
started their world cup campaign with a 1-0 win
over Spain, which was due to a refereeing error
where the ball hit the crossbar and then bounced
down, replays on television showed that the ball
went over the line. Within Group D both Spain and
Brazil progressed through to the second round of
the tournament, at the expense of Northern Ireland
and Algeria, where both only had one point.
Group E was nicknamed the ‘Group of death,’ prior
the start of the tournament as this group featured
West Germany, Uruguay, Denmark and Scotland. Denmark
were outstanding in the group stage, as they won
all three of their games. West Germany went through
with 4 points and Uruguay also went through despite
only having two points.
Group F featured England who were the group favourites.
They had a nightmare start losing 1-0 to Portugal.
They then drew with Morocco in their second match,
a side who they were easily expected to beat. It
was during the match against Morocco where England’s
best player and captain, Bryan Robson dislocated
his shoulder and went off during the game. To make
matters worse, England Vice captain, Ray Wilkins
was also sent off. England went into the game against
Poland knowing that a win was vital for progressing
through to the knockout phase of the tournament.
Gary Lineker was outstanding in the game against
Poland, he scored a first half hat trick, and England
eventually won the game 3-0, and were through to
the Second phase.
In Group A, the world cup holders Italy, went
through with 4 points along with Argentina. The
1986 World cup hosts, Mexico won Group B. In group
C, the Soviet Union beat Hungry 6-0, and showed
the world their attacking flair.
The second round provided some excellent games,
especially the match between the Soviet Union and
Belgium, where Belgium beat Soviet Union 4-3 after
extra time. Spain thrashed Denmark 5-1, and England
continued their impressive form beating Paraguay
3-0, thanks to Gary Lineker scoring two of the goals,
and England’s other striker, Peter Beardsley scoring
the other goal. Also the second round saw West Germany
and Argentina both winning 1-0 in their matches.
The penalty shoot decided the outcome of three
of the four quarter finals. The only match which
didn’t go to a penalty shootout was the game between
Argentina and England. Both Argentine goals was
scored by the star of the tournament, Diego Maradona,
the first goal was a blatant handball, however the
second goal was to this day one of the greatest
goals ever scored in any football tournament. France
beat Brazil in the penalty shoot out, after there
was no separating the two teams throughout the match.
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Belgium played Spain in the quarter final, after
extra time, the two teams were drawing 1-1, and
Belgium won the penalty shootout 5-4.
The semi finals opened with a game between Argentina
and Belgium, Diego Maradona scored more brilliant
goals, and Argentina beat Belgium 2-0, however Belgium
suffered from refereeing mistakes. The other semi
final saw West Germany beat France 2 -0.
The final produced a thrilling game between West
Germany and Argentina. Argentina took a 2-0 lead,
and the Argentines allowed West Germany to equalise,
however Burruchaga scored the winning goal. Argentina
were deserved winners of Mexico 1986 as they were
led by the best player in the world at that time,