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1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

UEFA was allocated thirteen qualifying berths for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however Italy were the defending champions and qualified automatically, leaving 12.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

Europe's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Poland, West Germany, Portugal, England, Northern Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Soviet Union and Spain. Belgium and Scotland qualified through the UEFA Play off and UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off respectively.

Tournament Structure

The 32 teams were divided into 7 groups. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The number of teams and spots for each group were as follows:

  • Groups 2, 3, 4 and 6 had 5 teams each. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.
  • Groups 1, 5 and 7 had 4 teams each. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up of Groups 1 and 5 would advance to the UEFA Play-offs, while the runner-up of Group 7 would advance to the UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

In the Play-offs, the 2 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying.

Key to colours in group tables
Team qualifies for the World Cup
Team advances to the play-off

Draw

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 7 December 1983. During the draw teams were drawn from the 5 pots into the 7 groups. The seedings below were announced ten days before the draw.
Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

 West Germany
 Poland
 France
 England
 Soviet Union
 Austria

 Northern Ireland
 Belgium
 Hungary
 Scotland
 Yugoslavia
 Czechoslovakia
 Denmark

 Republic of Ireland
 Wales
 Netherlands
 Romania
 Sweden
 East Germany
 Greece

 Bulgaria
 Portugal
  Switzerland
 Iceland
 Albania
 Turkey
 Cyprus

 Norway
 Finland
 Malta
 Luxembourg

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 8
 Belgium 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 8
 Albania 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3 4
 Greece 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 4
 
Albania 2–0 1–1 0–1
Belgium 3–1 2–0 2–0
Greece 2–0 0–0 - 1–4
Poland 2–2 0–0 3–1 -

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 8 5 2 1 22 9 +13 12
 Portugal 8 5 0 3 12 10 +2 10
 Sweden 8 4 1 3 14 9 +5 9
 Czechoslovakia 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 8
 Malta 8 0 1 7 6 25 −19 1
 
Czechoslovakia 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–5
Malta 0–0 1–3 1–2 2–3
Portugal 2–1 3–2 - 1–3 1–2
Sweden 2–0 4–0 0–1 - 2–2
West Germany 2–2 6–0 0–1 2–0 -

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 4 4 0 21 2 +19 12
 Northern Ireland 8 4 2 2 8 5 +3 10
 Romania 8 3 3 2 12 7 +5 9
 Finland 8 3 2 3 7 12 −5 8
 Turkey 8 0 1 7 2 24 −22 1
 
England 5–0 0–0 1–1 5–0
Finland 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Northern Ireland 0–1 2–1 - 3–2 2–0
Romania 0–0 2–0 0–1 - 3–0
Turkey 0–8 1–2 0–0 1–3 -

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 8 5 1 2 15 4 +11 11
 Bulgaria 8 5 1 2 13 5 +8 11
 East Germany 8 5 0 3 16 9 +7 10
 Yugoslavia 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1 8
 Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 27 −25 0
 
Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1
East Germany 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–3
France 1–0 2–0 - 6–0 2–0
Luxembourg 1–3 0–5 0–4 - 0–1
Yugoslavia 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 -

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10
 Netherlands 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 7
 Austria 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 7
 Cyprus 6 0 0 6 3 18 −15 0
 
Austria 4–0 0–3 1–0
Cyprus 1–2 1–2 0–1
Hungary 3–1 2–0 - 0–1
Netherlands 1–1 7–1 1–2 -

Group 6

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 8 5 1 2 17 6 +11 11
 Soviet Union 8 4 2 2 13 8 +5 10
  Switzerland 8 2 4 2 5 10 −5 8
 Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 5 10 −5 6
 Norway 8 1 3 4 4 10 −6 5
 
Denmark 1–0 3–0 4–2 0–0
Norway 1–5 1–0 1–1 0–1
Republic of Ireland 1–4 0–0 - 1–0 3–0
Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 2–0 - 4–0
Switzerland 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 -

Group 7

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 8
 Scotland 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7
 Wales 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 7
 Iceland 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 2
 
Iceland 0–1 1–2 1–0
Scotland 3–0 3–1 0–1
Spain 2–1 1–0 - 3–0
Wales 2–1 1–1 3–0 -

Play-offs

16 October 1985
Belgium  1 – 0  Netherlands
Vercauteren Goal 20' Report
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 30,764
Referee: Pietro D'Elia (Italy)

20 November 1985
Netherlands  2 – 1  Belgium
Houtman Goal 60'
de Wit Goal 72'
Report  85'
de Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: George Courtney (England)

The aggregate score was tied at 2–2, therefore Belgium qualified on away goals.

See also

External links

  • FIFA.com Reports
  • RSSSF Page
  • Results and scorers
  • UEFA Qualifier results with full game box scores at Scoreshelf.com
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