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Background

Colombia were originally chosen as the thirteenth hosts by the FIFA Executive Committee on 9 June 1974 in Stockholm.  However, the Colombian authorities declared in November 1982 that they could not afford to host the World Cup under the terms that FIFA demanded.  Mexico were selected on 20 May 1983 in Zürich as the replacement hosts, with unanimous votes ahead of Canada and USA, Brazil had also pulled out, and became the first nation to host two World Cups. 

However, a severe earthquake in September 1985, eight months before the tournament, cast doubt over Mexico's ability to organize the event; however, the stadiums were not affected and it was decided to go ahead with the preparations.

The Draw

The 24 participating teams were divided into six groups, in which all four teams will play each other once, at a draw conducted at Televisa televison studios in Ciudad de México on 15 December 1985.
Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Mexico England Algeria Belgium
Italy USSR Canada Bulgaria
West Germany Argentina Denmark Hungary
Poland Spain Iraq Northern Ireland
France Paraguay Morocco Portugal
Brazil Uruguay Korean Republic Scotland

The top two teams and the four best third place finishers from the six groups advanced to the knockout round of 16 teams.

 

First Phase Table
Group F
Team P W D L F A 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 - all 4:00pm CST
Morocco 0 Poland 0 [0-0]
Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Monterrey, Nuevo León (19,694)
 
3 June 1986
Portugal 1 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Nuevo León (19,998)
Carlos Manuel
6 June 1986
England 0 Morocco 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Nuevo León (20,200)
 

Wilkins

7 June 1986
Poland 1 Portugal 0 [0-0]
Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Monterrey, Nuevo León (19,915)
Smolarek
11 June 1986
England 3 Poland 0 [3-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Nuevo León (22,600)
Lineker (3)
Morocco 3 Portugal 1 [2-0]
Estadio Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara, Nuevo León (18,000)
Khairi (2), Krimau
Diamantino

The Second Phase

15 June 1986
12:00noon CST - Mexico 2 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México (114,580)
Negrete, Servin
4:00pm CST - Belgium 4 USSR 3 [0-1] AET
Estadio León, León de los Aldama, Guanajuato (32,277)
Scifo, Ceulemans, Demol, Claesen
Belanov (3 (1 pen))
16 June 1986
12:00noon CST - Brazil 4 Poland 0 [1-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco (45,000)
Sócrates (pen), Josimar, Edinho, Careca (pen)
4:00pm CST - Argentina 1 Uruguay 0 [1-0]
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Heroic Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla (26,000)
Pasculli
17 June 1986
12:00noon CST - France 2 Italy 0 [1-0]
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, ciudad de México (71,449)
Platini, Stopyra
4:00pm CST - West Germany 1 Morocco 0 [0-0]
Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Monterrey, Nuevo León (19,800)
Matthäus
18 June 1986
12:00noon CST - England 3 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México (98,728)
Lineker (2), Beardsley
4:00pm CST - Spain 5 Denmark 1 [1-1]
Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro, Querétaro (38,500)
Butrageño (4 (1 pen)), Goikoetxea (pen)
J.Olsen (1 pen)
Round of sixteen

The six third place teams from the Group phase were (A) Bulgaria (B) Belgium (C) Hungary (D) Northern Ireland (E) Uruguay and (F) Poland.
Hungary and Northern Ireland were the two teams that finished with the poorest records in comparison with the other third-placed teams and failed to progress to the second phase.

Quarter Finals

21 June 1986
12:00noon CST - France 1 Brazil 1 [1-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-3]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco (65,677)
Platini
Careca
Penalty Shoot-out:- Sócrates saved, Stopyra 1-0, Alemão 1-1, Amoros 2-1, Zico 2-2, Bellone 3-2, Branco 3-3, Platini missed, Júlio César hit post, Fernandez 4-3
4:00pm CST - West Germany 0 Mexico 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] & Penalties [4-1]
Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Monterrey, Nuevo León (44,386)
  

Berthold Aguirre

Penalty Shoot-out:- Allofs 1-0, Negrete 1-1, Brehme 2-1, Quirarte saved, Matthäus 3-1, Servín saved, Littbarski 4-1
22 June 1986
12:00noon CST - Argentina 2 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México (114,580)
Maradona (2)
Lineker
4:00pm CST - Belgium 1 Spain 1 [1-0]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [5-4]
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Heroic Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla (45,000)
Ceulemans
Señor
Penalty Shoot-out:- Señor 1-0, Claesen 1-1, Eloy saved, Scifo 1-2, Chendo 2-2, Broos 2-3, Butrageño 3-3, Vervoort 3-4, Victor 4-4, L.Van der Elst 4-5.

Semi Finals

25 June 1986 - 12:00pm CST
West Germany 2 France 0 [1-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco (47,500)
Brehme, Völler
26 June 1986 - 4:00pm CST
Argentina 2 Belgium 0 [0-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México (110,420)
Maradona (2)

 

Third Place Play-off

28 June 1986 - 12:00pm CST
France 4 Belgium 2 [2-1] AET [2-2]
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Heroic Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla (21,500)
Ferreri, Papin, Genghini, Amoros (pen)
Ceulemans, Claesen

 

The 1986 Final

29 June 1986 - 12:00pm CST
Argentina 3 West Germany 2 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México
(114,580)
Brown, Valdano, Burruchaga
Rummenigge, Völler

 

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