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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 17:37 GMT 18:37 UK

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Mexico 1986


[ image: Diego Maradona, Argentina]
Diego Maradona, Argentina
When Colombia had problems raising the funds to host the 1986 World Cup, the tournament was switched to Mexico.

Kick-off times were also changed to suit the media, with many matches played under the midday sun. Argentina kept their cool and went on to claim their second title amid controversy.

Who played?


[ image: Gary Lineker, England]
Gary Lineker, England
England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all qualified, but the Scotland manager Jock Stein had died shortly after his team knocked Wales out of the qualifiers.

The six previous winners made it through from the 121 nations competing for 24 qualifying places.

What happened?

Scotland's World Cup was short-lived, as they faced former champions Uruguay and West Germany in the group stages. The Irish also had an early exit after first round defeats to Spain and Brazil.


"Gary Lineker, plaster on the wrist, confidence in the boot" [46'']
England struggled with injuries, but qualified for the last 16 thanks to a Gary Lineker hat-trick against Poland. Victory against Paraguay set them up for the infamous quarter-final against Argentina.


Gary Lineker criticises Maradonna's famous "hand of God" goal [22'']
With the tabloids signalling a re-run of the Falklands War, Diego Maradona did little to improve international relations when he fisted the ball into the net.


"England nil, Diego Maradonna two" [1'48'']
Five minutes later Maradona picked up the ball from the halfway line, dribbled past three defenders and scored one of the World Cup's greatest goals. Lineker got one back but England were on their way home.

The other three quarter-finals went to penalty shoot-outs. France knocked out Brazil but were beaten in the semis by West Germany.

The final between Argentina and West Germany was Maradona's showpiece. The Germans came back from two goals down to equalise with less than 10 minutes remaining. But three minutes later, Maradona split the defence to set up Burrachaga for the winner.

Any lasting memories?
[ image: Maradona's
Maradona's "Hand of God"
While Maradona was gaining notoriety for his "hand of God", England found their own hard-man in the normally mild-mannered Ray Wilkins, who was sent off after throwing a ball at the referee.





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