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Football World Cup 1986

1986 FIFA World Cup
Copa Mundial de Fútbol México '86
1986 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Mexico
Dates 31 May – 29 June (30 days)
Teams 24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Argentina (2nd title)
Runners-up  West Germany
Third place  France
Fourth place  Belgium
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 132 (2.54 per match)
Attendance 2,393,031 (46,020 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Gary Lineker (6 goals)
Best player Argentina Diego Maradona

The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June. The tournament was the second to feature a 24-team format. Colombia had been originally chosen to host the competition by FIFA but, largely due to economic reasons, was not able to do so and officially resigned in 1982. Mexico was selected as the new host in May 1983.

It was won by Argentina (their second title, after also winning in 1978), captained by Diego Maradona who scored the infamous "Hand of God goal", and also a goal voted as "Goal of the Century", in the same quarter-final against England. These were two of the five goals that Maradona scored during the tournament, and he also created another five for his team-mates.[1] Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca. Total attendance was 2,393,031, an average per match of 46,019.[2] The 1986 World Cup saw the appearance of the phenomenon dubbed the Mexican wave, which was popularised world-wide after featuring during the tournament.[3][4]

The format of the competition changed from 1982, with the second round being played on a knock-out basis rather than groups. The 24 teams qualified were divided into six groups of four (A to F). The top two teams and the four best third place finishers from the six groups advanced to the knockout round of 16 teams. It was the last FIFA World Cup where teams from the same continent were not fully separated from each other in the draw for the first round. Under new rules after this competition, each World Cup group had either two or three European teams. In 1986, Group B only had one European team (Belgium).

Host selection

Main article: FIFA World Cup hosts

Colombia was originally chosen as hosts by FIFA in June 1974. However, the Colombian authorities eventually declared in November 1982 that they could not afford to host the World Cup under the terms that FIFA demanded because of economic concerns. Mexico was selected on 20 May 1983 as the replacement hosts, beating the bids of Canada and the United States (who eventually hosted the 1994 World Cup), and became the first nation to host two World Cups. This second World Cup in Mexico came 16 years after the first one in 1970. A severe earthquake in September 1985, eight months before the tournament, cast doubt over Mexico's ability to organize the event, but the stadia were not affected and it was decided to go ahead with the preparations.

As 1986 had been declared the International Year of Peace by the United Nations, the advertising boards of all the stadia displayed the FIFA and United Nations logos along with the legend "Football for Peace - Peace Year".

For the design of the logo an unofficial motto was adopted: "El Mundo Unido por Un Balón" ("The World United by a Ball").


Three teams qualified for the World Cup for the first time: Canada, Denmark and Iraq. Canada clinched its spot after winning the final match against Honduras 2–1 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Iraq played all their home matches on neutral ground because of the Iran–Iraq War. South Korea qualified for the first time since 1954, Paraguay for the first time since 1958, and Portugal for the first time since 1966. As of 2010, this was the last time either of Hungary, Canada, Iraq, or Northern Ireland qualified for the finals.


The official mascot of this World Cup was Pique, a jalapeño pepper, characteristic of Mexican cuisine, with a moustache, a Colimote sombrero, and Mexican football team colours. Its name comes from picante, Spanish for spicy peppers and sauces.


Eleven cities hosted the tournament. Seeded teams are in bold.

City Stadium Capacity Matches Teams hosted in the first round
Mexico City Estadio Azteca 114,600 Opening match, Group B, R2,
QF, SF, Final
Mexico City Estadio Olímpico Universitario 72,000 Group A, R2  Argentina,  Bulgaria,  South Korea
Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco 66,000 Group D, R2, QF, SF  Brazil
Puebla Estadio Cuauhtémoc 46,000 Group A, R2, QF,
Third-place match
San Nicolás de los Garza Estadio Universitario 44,000 Group F, R2, QF  Poland
Querétaro Estadio La Corregidora 40,785 Group E, R2  West Germany
Monterrey Estadio Tecnológico 38,000 Group F  England,  Portugal*,  Morocco*
León Estadio Nou Camp 35,000 Group C, R2  France
Nezahualcoyotl Estadio Neza 86 35,000 Group E  Uruguay,  Denmark,  Scotland
Irapuato Estadio Sergio León Chávez 32,000 Group C  Soviet Union,  Hungary,  Canada
Zapopan, Jalisco Estadio Tres de Marzo 30,000 Group D  Spain*,  Northern Ireland,  Algeria*
Toluca Estadio Nemesio Díez 30,000 Group B  Belgium,  Paraguay,  Iraq
  • Morocco and Portugal played in Guadalajara while Spain and Algeria played in Monterrey.

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Mexico City
San Nicolás de los Garza
A map showing the locations of the venues used at the 1986 FIFA World Cup

Match officials


North and Central America
South America


For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1986 FIFA World Cup squads.


Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4


First round

The first round of the finals began in Group A, where Italy were held 1–1 by Bulgaria. Meanwhile, Argentina beat South Korea 3–1, with Diego Maradona playing a major part. Italy and Argentina drew 1–1, Maradona and Alessandro Altobelli scoring. South Korea and Bulgaria also drew 1–1 in a downpour. The final set of matches saw Argentina beating Bulgaria 2–0, and Italy narrowly defeating South Korea 3–2.

In Group B Mexico beat Belgium 2–1, and despite being held 1–1 by Paraguay, they won the group after a further win over Iraq, 1–0. Paraguay and Belgium also progressed after both beating Iraq and drawing with each other.

Group C pitted a strong Soviet Union side against the reigning European champions France. They drew with each other 1–1, with a goal scored by Vasili Rats. France beat Canada 1–0 and finished in 2nd place in the group after beating Hungary, 3–0. Hungary had earlier lost 6–0 against the Soviet Union, which won the group due to goal differential.

Group D saw Brazil start against Spain, winning 1–0 after the referee failed to validate a legal goal scored by Míchel. Northern Ireland began their campaign with a draw against Algeria. Northern Ireland were then narrowly beaten by Spain before losing to Brazil 3–0 in their final match. This match saw a goal from Josimar on his debut and was also the final time Pat Jennings played for Northern Ireland. Spain qualified along with Brazil after defeating Algeria 3–0.

Denmark, stormed through Group E, dubbed the group of death with a 100 per cent record. They beat Scotland 1–0 in their first game, then hammered Uruguay 6–1, with Preben Elkjær Larsen hitting a hat-trick. Denmark beat one of the favourites to win the tournament, West Germany, 2–0 thanks to a Jesper Olsen penalty and a goal from John Eriksen. After losing to Denmark, Scotland took the lead against West Germany thanks to a Gordon Strachan goal, but the West Germans fought back to win 2–1. After a violent 0–0 draw against Uruguay, the Scots were eliminated from the tournament. During that game José Batista of Uruguay was sent off after less than one minute of play for a foul on Strachan, a World Cup record that still stands. West Germany went through to the second round despite a loss against Denmark.

Morocco topped Group F after holding both Poland and England to goalless draws, and beating Portugal 3–1. By doing so, they became the first African team, and only the second nation from outside Europe and the Americas (after North Korea in 1966), to reach the second round. England lost 1–0 to Portugal, followed by a 0-0 draw against Morocco in which they lost captain Bryan Robson to injury (for the remainder of the tournament) and vice-captain Ray Wilkins to a red card (he was never to be selected for England again, even after having served his obligatory one-match ban). In their last first-round game, with the captaincy taken over by Peter Shilton in goal, a first-half Gary Lineker hat-trick helped the reshaped side beat Poland 3–0 - although losing yet another player to a ban for the next round, Terry Fenwick receiving his second booking of the tournament. Poland had previously beaten Portugal, and in the end the Portuguese were the only team from Group F to be eliminated in the first round. Portugal, making their first appearance in 20 years, went on strike (in the Saltillo Affair) during the competition. Players refused to train between their first and second games (against England and Poland) and were eliminated after a loss to Morocco in the final group match.

Second round and quarter-finals

Belgium beat the Soviet Union 4-3, despite a hat-trick by the Soviets' Igor Belanov. The game was level at 2–2 after 90 minutes, and in extra time Stephane Demol and Nico Claesen put Belgium 4–2 up. Belanov scored from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining, but neither he nor any of his team-mates could find a fourth goal for the Soviet Union. In Mexico City, France, the European champions, ended Italy's reign as world champions with a 2–0 victory thanks to goals from Michel Platini and Yannick Stopyra. In the rematch of the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final, Argentina just edged out South American champions Uruguay in Puebla thanks to a 42nd minute strike from Pedro Pasculli. The all-South American affair had a Diego Maradona's goal disallowed.

In Querétaro, Denmark were eliminated as they went from a 1–0 lead to a 5–1 battering against Spain; key player Frank Arnesen was suspended for the game after being sent off against West Germany in their last group match, for taking a swipe at German playmaker Lothar Matthäus. The Danes scored first, with a Jesper Olsen penalty, but they were then taken apart by a devastating performance from Butragueño of Spain, who scored four of his team's five goals. England progressed to the quarter-finals comfortably when they saw off Paraguay 3–0 while Brazil brushed aside Poland 4–0. West Germany had a much harder time getting past Morocco, for whom goalkeeper Badou Zaki had an outstanding game. Morocco held out until the 87th minute, when Lothar Matthäus scored the only goal of the match. Mexico won 2–0 against Bulgaria.

In the quarter-finals, France faced three-time world champion Brazil in Guadalajara. Brazil were well on top in the early stages, and Careca put them one up after 18 minutes. Five minutes before half-time, France drew level when Michel Platini scored his 41st goal after converting a cross from Dominique Rocheteau. Brazil had a chance to regain the lead in the second half when Branco was fouled by French keeper Joël Bats in the penalty area. Zico got up to take the kick, but Bats saved Zico's penalty.

The match went to extra time, and France had the better of the extra half-hour. No more goals were scored, and so it was time for a penalty shoot-out. Socrates, who had earlier missed an open goal and headed an easy chance straight into the French keeper's arms, failed with the first kick for Brazil. The next six penalties were all converted, and then Platini fired over the bar. Brazil were back on level terms – but not for long. Julio Cesar struck the post with his penalty, and Luis Fernández then scored to put France through 4–3 on penalties.

Two other quarter-finals were also decided on penalties. Jan Ceulemans put Belgium ahead against Spain in the 35th minute, but Spanish substitute Senor equalised with five minutes to go. No more goals were scored in extra time, and Belgium won the shoot-out 5–4. West Germany and Mexico drew 0–0 after extra time (after a Mexican legitimate goal was disallowed), and the West Germans eliminated the hosts 4–1 on penalties. As a curiosity, the German goal-keeper Harald Schumacher jumped to the right in the three Mexican penalties (stopping two of them).

The quarter-final between Argentina and England was featured two very different goals by Diego Maradona: the first was scored illegally, as he punched the ball into the goal past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The referee did not see the handball and the goal was given as valid. After the game, Maradona claimed the goal was scored "A bit with the head of Maradona and another bit with the hand of God"; it became known as the "Hand of God" goal. For his second goal, voted "Goal of the Century" in 2002 on the FIFA website, Maradona dribbled half the length of the field past five English players before scoring. In Argentina, the game was seen as revenge for the Falklands War.[5]

Semi-finals, third-place match, and final

In the semi-finals, Andreas Brehme put West Germany 1–0 ahead against France in the ninth minute, but the outcome remained in doubt until two minutes from time when Rudi Völler made it 2–0, and West Germany were in the final for the second World Cup in succession. In the other semi-final, Maradona struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2–0. France went on to defeat Belgium in the third-place match, 4-2.

Jose Brown put Argentina one up midway through the first half of the final, and when Jorge Valdano scored a second for the South Americans in the 55th minute, Argentina looked to be strolling to victory. West Germany then staged a spirited comeback. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled one back in the 74th minute, and six minutes later Rudi Völler hit the equaliser. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from Maradona gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina. Eight years on from their home triumph, Argentina regained the world title and 30 million people in Argentina celebrated in the streets after the final victory. Maradona was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the tournament, while Gary Lineker of England won the Golden Boot as the leading scorer of the World Cup with six goals.


First round

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best four third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
 Italy 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
31 May 1986
12:00 CST
Bulgaria  1 – 1  Italy
Sirakov Goal 85' Report Altobelli Goal 43'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)

2 June 1986
12:00 CST
Argentina  3 – 1  South Korea
Valdano Goal 6'46'
Ruggeri Goal 18'
Report Park Chang-Sun Goal 73'
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Victoriano Sánchez Arminio (Spain)

5 June 1986
12:00 CST
Italy  1 – 1  Argentina
Altobelli Goal 6' (pen.) Report Maradona Goal 34'
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Jan Keizer (Netherlands)

5 June 1986
16:00 CST
South Korea  1 – 1  Bulgaria
Kim Jong-Boo Goal 70' Report Getov Goal 11'
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Fallaj Al Shanar (Saudi Arabia)

10 June 1986
12:00 CST
South Korea  2 – 3  Italy
Choi Soon-Ho Goal 62'
Huh Jung-Moo Goal 83'
Report Altobelli Goal 17'73'
Cho Kwang-Rae Goal 82' (o.g.)

10 June 1986
12:00 CST
Argentina  2 – 0  Bulgaria
Valdano Goal 3'
Burruchaga Goal 76'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5
 Paraguay 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 4
 Belgium 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 3
 Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
3 June 1986
12:00 CST
Belgium  1 – 2  Mexico
Vandenbergh Goal 45' Report Quirarte Goal 23'
Sánchez Goal 39'

4 June 1986
12:00 CST
Paraguay  1 – 0  Iraq
Romero Goal 35' Report

7 June 1986
12:00 CST
Mexico  1 – 1  Paraguay
Flores Goal 3' Report Romero Goal 85'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 114,600
Referee: George Courtney (England)

8 June 1986
12:00 CST
Iraq  1 – 2  Belgium
Radhi Goal 59' Report Scifo Goal 16'
Claesen Goal 21' (pen.)
Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Jesús Díaz (Colombia)

11 June 1986
12:00 CST
Paraguay  2 – 2  Belgium
Cabañas Goal 50'76' Report Vercauteren Goal 30'
Veyt Goal 59'

11 June 1986
12:00 CST
Iraq  0 – 1  Mexico
Report Quirarte Goal 54'

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 5
 France 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 5
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 2 9 −7 2
 Canada 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
1 June 1986
16:00 CST
Canada  0 – 1  France
Report Papin Goal 79'
Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Hernán Silva (Chile)

2 June 1986
12:00 CST
Soviet Union  6 – 0  Hungary
Yakovenko Goal 2'
Aleinikov Goal 4'
Belanov Goal 24' (pen.)
Yaremchuk Goal 66'73'
Rodionov Goal 80'

5 June 1986
12:00 CST
France  1 – 1  Soviet Union
Fernández Goal 60' Report Rats Goal 53'
Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 36,540
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

6 June 1986
12:00 CST
Hungary  2 – 0  Canada
Esterházy Goal 2'
Détári Goal 75'
Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato
Attendance: 13,800
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

9 June 1986
12:00 CST
Hungary  0 – 3  France
Report Stopyra Goal 29'
Tigana Goal 62'
Rocheteau Goal 84'
Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 31,420
Referee: Carlos Silva Valente (Portugal)

9 June 1986
12:00 CST
Soviet Union  2 – 0  Canada
Blokhin Goal 58'
Zavarov Goal 74'
Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato
Attendance: 14,200
Referee: Idriss Traore (Mali)

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 6
 Spain 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 4
 Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
1 June 1986
12:00 CST
Spain  0 – 1  Brazil
Report Sócrates Goal 62'
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 35,748
Referee: Chris Bambridge (Australia)

3 June 1986
12:00 CST
Algeria  1 – 1  Northern Ireland
Zidane Goal 59' Report Whiteside Goal 6'
Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Valeri Butenko (Soviet Union)

6 June 1986
12:00 CST
Brazil  1 – 0  Algeria
Careca Goal 66' Report
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Rómulo Méndez (Guatemala)

7 June 1986
12:00 CST
Northern Ireland  1 – 2  Spain
Clarke Goal 46' Report Butragueño Goal 1'
Salinas Goal 18'
Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Horst Brummeier (Austria)

12 June 1986
12:00 CST
Northern Ireland  0 – 3  Brazil
Report Careca Goal 15'87'
Josimar Goal 42'
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)

12 June 1986
12:00 CST
Algeria  0 – 3  Spain
Report Calderé Goal 15'68'
Eloy Goal 70'
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
Attendance: 23,980
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 West Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
4 June 1986
12:00 CST
Uruguay  1 – 1  West Germany
Alzamendi Goal 4' Report Allofs Goal 84'

4 June 1986
16:00 CST
Scotland  0 – 1  Denmark
Report Elkjær Larsen Goal 57'
Estadio Neza 86, Nezahualcóyotl
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Lajos Nemeth (Hungary)

8 June 1986
12:00 CST
West Germany  2 – 1  Scotland
Völler Goal 23'
Allofs Goal 49'
Report Strachan Goal 18'
Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

8 June 1986
16:00 CST
Denmark  6 – 1  Uruguay
Elkjær Larsen Goal 11'67'80'
Lerby Goal 41'
Laudrup Goal 52'
J. Olsen Goal 88'
Report Francescoli Goal 45' (pen.)

13 June 1986
12:00 CST
Denmark  2 – 0  West Germany
J. Olsen Goal 43' (pen.)
Eriksen Goal 62'

13 June 1986
12:00 CST
Scotland  0 – 0  Uruguay

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Morocco 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
 England 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2 3
 Poland 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 3
 Portugal 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 2
2 June 1986
16:00 CST
Morocco  0 – 0  Poland

3 June 1986
16:00 CST
Portugal  1 – 0  England
Carlos Manuel Goal 76' Report

6 June 1986
16:00 CST
England  0 – 0  Morocco

7 June 1986
16:00 CST
Poland  1 – 0  Portugal
Smolarek Goal 68' Report
Estadio Universitario, Monterrey
Attendance: 19,915
Referee: Ali Bin Nasser (Tunisia)

11 June 1986
16:00 CST
England  3 – 0  Poland
Lineker Goal 9'14'34' Report

11 June 1986
16:00 CST
Portugal  1 – 3  Morocco
Diamantino Goal 80' Report Khairi Goal 19'26'
Merry Krimau Goal 62'
Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)

Ranking of third-placed teams

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B  Belgium 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 3
F  Poland 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 3
A  Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
E  Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
C  Hungary 3 1 0 2 2 9 −7 2
D  Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1

Starting with the 1994 World Cup, teams were awarded three points for a win rather than two, to encourage more offensive tactics. Had those rules been in place, Hungary would have finished ahead of Bulgaria for the 15th seed, and Uruguay would have been eliminated.

Knockout stage

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
16 June – Puebla            
  Argentina  1
22 June – Mexico City
  Uruguay  0  
  Argentina  2
18 June – Mexico City
    England  1  
  England  3
25 June – Mexico City
  Paraguay  0  
  Argentina  2
18 June – Querétaro
    Belgium  0  
  Denmark  1
22 June – Puebla
  Spain  5  
  Spain  1 (4)
15 June – León
    Belgium (pen.)  1 (5)  
  Soviet Union  3
29 June – Mexico City
  Belgium (a.e.t.)  4  
  Argentina  3
16 June – Guadalajara
    West Germany  2
  Brazil  4
21 June – Guadalajara
  Poland  0  
  Brazil  1 (3)
17 June – Mexico City
    France (pen.)  1 (4)  
  Italy  0
25 June – Guadalajara
  France  2  
  France  0
17 June – Monterrey
    West Germany  2   Third place
  Morocco  0
21 June – Monterrey 28 June – Puebla
  West Germany  1  
  West Germany (pen.)  0 (4)   France (a.e.t.)  4
15 June – Mexico City
    Mexico  0 (1)     Belgium  2
  Mexico  2
  Bulgaria  0  

Round of 16

15 June 1986
12:00 CST
Mexico  2 – 0  Bulgaria
Negrete Goal 34'
Servín Goal 61'

15 June 1986
16:00 CST
Soviet Union  3 – 4 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Belanov Goal 27'70'111' (pen.) Report Scifo Goal 56'
Ceulemans Goal 77'
Demol Goal 102'
Claesen Goal 110'
Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 32,277
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)

16 June 1986
12:00 CST
Brazil  4 – 0  Poland
Sócrates Goal 30' (pen.)
Josimar Goal 55'
Edinho Goal 79'
Careca Goal 83' (pen.)
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Volker Roth (West Germany)

16 June 1986
16:00 CST
Argentina  1 – 0  Uruguay
Pasculli Goal 42' Report
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)

17 June 1986
12:00 CST
Italy  0 – 2  France
Report Platini Goal 15'
Stopyra Goal 57'

17 June 1986
16:00 CST
Morocco  0 – 1  West Germany
Report Matthäus Goal 87'

18 June 1986
12:00 CST
England  3 – 0  Paraguay
Lineker Goal 31'73'
Beardsley Goal 56'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 98,728
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

18 June 1986
16:00 CST
Denmark  1 – 5  Spain
J. Olsen Goal 33' (pen.) Report Butragueño Goal 43'56'80'88' (pen.)
Goikoetxea Goal 68' (pen.)


21 June 1986
12:00 CST
Brazil  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  France
Careca Goal 17' Report Platini Goal 40'
Sócrates Penalty missed
Alemão Penalty scored
Zico Penalty scored
Branco Penalty scored
Júlio César Penalty missed
3 – 4 Penalty scored Stopyra
Penalty scored Amoros
Penalty scored Bellone
Penalty missed Platini
Penalty scored Fernández
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

21 June 1986
16:00 CST
West Germany  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Mexico
AllofsPenalty scored
Brehme Penalty scored
Matthäus Penalty scored
Littbarski Penalty scored
4 – 1 Penalty scored Negrete
Penalty missed Quirarte
Penalty missed Servín

22 June 1986
12:00 CST
Argentina  2 – 1  England
Maradona Goal 51'55' Report Lineker Goal 81'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 114,580
Referee: Ali Bin Nasser (Tunisia)

22 June 1986
16:00 CST
Spain  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Señor Goal 85' Report Ceulemans Goal 35'
Señor Penalty scored
Eloy Penalty missed
Chendo Penalty scored
Butragueño Penalty scored
Víctor Penalty scored
4 – 5 Penalty scored Claesen
Penalty scored Scifo
Penalty scored Broos
Penalty scored Vervoort
Penalty scored L. Van Der Elst


25 June 1986
12:00 CST
France  0 – 2  West Germany
Report Brehme Goal 9'
Völler Goal 89'
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)

25 June 1986
16:00 CST
Argentina  2 – 0  Belgium
Maradona Goal 51'63' Report

Third place match

28 June 1986
12:00 CST
France  4 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Ferreri Goal 27'
Papin Goal 43'
Genghini Goal 104'
Amoros Goal 111' (pen.)
Report Ceulemans Goal 11'
Claesen Goal 73'
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: George Courtney (England)


29 June 1986
12:00 CST
Argentina  3 – 2  West Germany
Brown Goal 23'
Valdano Goal 55'
Burruchaga Goal 83'
Report Rummenigge Goal 74'
Völler Goal 80'


Source: [6]

Golden Boot Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play Trophy
England Gary Lineker Argentina Diego Maradona  Brazil


Players who were red-carded during the tournament

FIFA Retrospective Ranking

In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition.[8] The rankings for the 1986 tournament were as follows:


  1.  Argentina
  2.  West Germany

3rd and 4th place

  1.  France
  2.  Belgium

Eliminated in the quarter-finals

  1.  Brazil
  2.  Mexico
  3.  Spain
  4.  England

Eliminated in the round of 16

  1.  Denmark
  2.  Soviet Union
  3.  Morocco
  4.  Italy
  5.  Paraguay
  6.  Poland
  7.  Bulgaria
  8.  Uruguay

Eliminated at the group stage

  1.  Portugal
  2.  Hungary
  3.  Scotland
  4.  South Korea
  5.  Northern Ireland
  6.  Algeria
  7.  Iraq
  8.  Canada


External links

  • 1986 FIFA World Cup
  • 1986 World Cup Details RSSSF
  • History of the World Cup-1986
  • Mexico 1986 Planet World Cup
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