FIFA World Cup 1986: Penalties galore because the quarter-finals start – day 19 – Soccer Bloody Hell

FIFA World Cup 1986: Penalties galore because the quarter-finals start – day 19 – Soccer Bloody Hell
FIFA World Cup 1986: Penalties galore because the quarter-finals start – day 19 – Soccer Bloody Hell

Day 19, twenty first June 1986
The Second Spherical had thrown up some traditional matches, reminiscent of Spain thrashing Denmark. Or ought to that be the Danes’ capitulation? Belgium popping out on the precise aspect of a seven-goal thriller in opposition to the Soviet Union was one other one. Brazil, England, Argentina, Mexico and France progressed with out an excessive amount of hassle. Each Italy and Poland have been disappointing as their matches promised extra. West Germany struggled to get previous Morocco, needing a late aim. The Africans went residence with their heads held excessive.

Now we’re right down to the final eight. Two of the best-looking groups from 1982 have been up in opposition to one another, Brazil and France. Then we had runners-up in 1982, West Germany in opposition to the hosts, Mexico.
The World Cup 1986 quarter-finals
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, 65,000
BRAZIL (1) 1 (Careca 17)
FRANCE (1) 1 (Platini 40)
Brazil: Socrates (saved), Alemão, Zico, Branco, Júlio César (missed)
France: Stopyra, Amoros, Bellone, Platini (missed), Fernández
BRAZIL: Carlos; Josimar, Edinho, Júlio César, Branco; Elzo, Alemão, Socrates, Júnior (Silas); Müller (Zico), Careca
FRANCE: Bats; Amoros, Bossis, Battiston, Tusseau; Fernández, Giresse (Ferreri), Platini, Tigana; Rocheteau (Bellone) Stopyra
Now was not the time for tinkering, and so Tele Santana named an unchanged Brazilian aspect. He’d been answerable for the golden ’82 aspect and this time was decided to get them additional this time. This meant but once more Zico was on the bench. Brazil had gained each recreation within the competitors thus far.
France made one change from their Second Spherical win over Italy. Thierry Tusseau got here into defence for William Ayache, who was suspended. Tusseau performed of their opening match in opposition to Canada, however Ayache had been in all of the video games since then. Supervisor, Henri Michel resisted the choice of bringing Papin again up entrance, preferring to go together with the extra skilled Rocheteau to companion Stopyra.
This was the second assembly between the 2 nations in a World Cup. It was coming virtually precisely 28 years to the day after a hat-trick from 17-year-old Pele beat France within the Semi-Finals of Sweden ’58.
France had solely ever overwhelmed Brazil as soon as earlier than, again in 1978 two months earlier than the World Cup in Argentina. Solely Zico and Edinho remained on this squad from the workforce Brazil despatched out that day. For France, Platini, Bossis and Battiston remained. Henri Michel was the French captain that day.
This was the Closing many had hoped for again in Spain ’82. Despite the fact that there have been extra French survivors than Brazilians from these groups, it nonetheless promised to be a traditional. We might dream of seeing a midfield with Socrates and Zico on one aspect and Platini, Tigana and Giresse on the opposite.
Tigana had the primary actual probability of the sport when he pounced on a free ball out of the Brazil penalty space. From about 25 yards out he fired a low shot which went simply broad, hitting the side-netting. Socrates was introduced with an excellent probability on the different finish however he shot straight at Bats.
Then after 17 minutes, Brazil pulled the French defence aside for the opening aim. Müller and Junior exchanged passes. Junior’s run on the precise of the world took the eye of the defence, leaving Careca free. Müller discovered him and from simply inside the world he thrashed it into the web. 1-0.
It was his fifth aim of the event. Many believed Brazil would’ve gained 4 years earlier had he not been injured. Both manner he was enjoying an element of their cost in direction of the Semis now.
Simply after the half-hour, they have been virtually two-up. Socrates put Careca away on the left. He obtained the higher of Bossis and squared the ball throughout the six-yard space. Müller got here in on the again publish and his shot hit the publish.
Brazil had been threatening all through, however they have been made to pay for not including to their lead. With 5 minutes of the primary half remaining, Giresse discovered Rocheteau on the precise wing. His cross took a deflection off Júlio César and gave the impression to be a present for Stopyra. However the Toulouse striker someway determined to try to head the ball when all he wanted to do was get a foot to it and it was in. It fooled the keeper anyway, and the free ball was tapped in by Platini on the far publish. 1-1.

It was a little bit of a gentle aim to concede for Brazil and introduced again recollections of their titanic match in opposition to Italy in Spain when their defending that day price them.
The 2 sides went into half-time nonetheless degree.
Halfway by way of the second interval, Santana threw Zico on. It was his third look off the bench on this World Cup and eventually, we had Zico, Socrates, Platini, Giresse and Tigana on the pitch on the similar time. Properly at the least till Giresse was taken off 13 minutes later.
Inside two minutes of Zico getting into the fray, he was concerned in a transfer to place Brazil again in entrance. He performed a stunning by way of ball to Branco with the skin of his proper foot. Branco seemed to take the ball around the keeper, who hurled himself to the bottom bringing the Brazilian left-back down. Penalty.
Zico was given the duty of taking the penalty. It wasn’t one of the best of kicks, at an excellent peak for Bats who guessed the precise manner. Careca put the rebound broad.
It was a dramatic second, one which appeared nicely set for Zico to return on and be a hero. Was their luck working out?
With 5 minutes to go the French left Zico unmarked within the space. Josimar discovered him with a cross from the precise, however Zico’s header was straight at Bats.

90 minutes have been up and so we had further time. Either side cancelled one another out throughout a lot of the extra half-hour. The warmth was beginning to take impact with many tired-looking gamers on the market. Michel introduced Bellone on for Rocheteau and Santana changed Júnior with Silas.
Instantly with 5 minutes of additional time remaining the drama exploded.
Bats pushed away a cross from the precise and inside two touches they discovered Platini free simply contained in the centre circle. He took one look and noticed Bellone make a run. He performed him in and Bellone was away and clear. As he reached the ‘D’ Carlos got here out to slender the angle. Bellone’s tempo took him previous the keeper, who grabbed the Frenchman. Bellone ought to’ve gone to floor however he made a valiant try to remain on his ft. As he stumbled this allowed Josimar to get again and clear the ball. Extremely, the Romanian referee waved play on. With the French nonetheless protesting Careca ran down the right-wing and crossed it throughout the face of the aim. Socrates was unmarked on the far publish and easily needed to faucet the ball in. Inexplicably, he missed his kick. One of many best gamers to have graced any World Cup and he missed an open aim. Maybe it was justice, possibly Socrates thought-about it truthful? Who is aware of?
One factor no person knew was why the referee didn’t blow for a foul on Bellone. He was previous the keeper and easily needed to cross it into the web. There was little question Carlos’ problem impeded him. The ref ought to’ve awarded a free-kick and despatched the keeper off. It was an unbelievable determination. There have been comparisons with what occurred to France and Battiston within the Semi-Finals 4 years earlier. They didn’t get something from the ref that evening both
Nevertheless it made no distinction and so we headed to a penalty shootout. Solely the second within the historical past of the World Cup, the primary being France’s Semi-Closing conflict with the West Germans 4 years earlier.
There have been some wonderful dead-ball gamers on the pitch and so this promised to be a tense shootout. However there have been a number of drained gamers too. Perhaps one of many keepers would find yourself the hero?
Socrates was first up. Elegant, assured, elegant. He took one step and went for the highest proper nook. However so did Bats. Saved. First blood to the French.
Nobody might fairly consider what they have been witnessing. Zico and Socrates had each missed penalties in the identical match. Or maybe it’s fairer to say, Bats saved them each.
Stopyra was up first for the French and he hit his straight down the center, with Carlos going to his proper.
France led 1-0.
Alemão got here subsequent for Brazil. He put it within the left-hand nook and regardless of Bats guessing accurately, it was simply out of attain.
France right-back, Manuel Amoros was up subsequent. He scored within the shootout 4 years earlier than, and he scored right here too.
2-1 to France, with two kicks every.

Zico was subsequent. He’d simply missed one earlier so all of the strain was on him. He selected the identical aspect as earlier and Bats went the improper manner.
Bruno Bellone was subsequent for France. He took his left-footed and beat Carlos. However the ball hit the publish, bounced again, hit Carlos on the pinnacle and went in. There gave the impression to be some sense of justice maybe for Bellone and the French after what occurred to him in direction of the tip of additional time.
3-2 to France from three penalties every.
Branco was subsequent for Brazil. By now the referee was changing into involved with the situation of the penalty spot. He needed Branco to re-spot the ball, so there was a slight delay. This may usually go in opposition to the kicker as his focus has been affected. Nevertheless it made no distinction to Branco and he fired it down the centre.
Platini was up for France. Few individuals in world soccer had scored as many targets from dead-ball conditions than the French captain. He stepped up confidently and skied it over the bar. It wasn’t even shut. Astonishing. Platini had simply thrown away the benefit his workforce had.
3-3 from 4 pens every.
Júlio César stepped up subsequent for Brazil. A lot of the strain had lifted from this kick and if he scored, all of the stress can be on France’s subsequent alternative. However why wasn’t Careca taking it? He stepped ahead and hit it nicely however it struck the left-hand publish and ballooned away. Brazil had simply burned the chance Platini had handed them.
Luis Fernández now had the possibility to win it for France. Carlos tried to play thoughts video games. He was very sluggish to get to his mark. When Fernández positioned the ball on the spot, he hadn’t even reached the world. As he walked previous the ball he made certain he stepped down on the pitch proper beside it, as if to spoil the grass across the ball. This was tense stuff. Fernández was the calmest man within the stadium. He despatched the keeper the improper manner and France had gained and have been by way of to the Semi-Finals.
4-3 to France on penalties.
For the impartial, it was the proper consequence. Brazil solely had themselves guilty, very like that they had 4 years earlier than. France would meet the winner of the West Germany v Mexico recreation, which was up subsequent.
Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, 41,700
MEXICO (0) 0
West Germany: Allofs, Brehme, Matthäus, Littbarski
Mexico: Negrete, Quirarte (saved), Servin (saved)
WEST GERMANY: Schumacher; Berthold, Förster, Eder (Littbarski), Jakobs, Briegel; Matthäus, Magath, Brehme; Rummenigge (Hoeness), Allofs
MEXICO: Larios; Amador (Francisco Javier Cruz), Quirarte, Félix Cruz, Servin; España, Muñoz, Boy (de los Cobos), Aguirre; Negrete, Sánchez
Rudi Völler was out for the Germans, as Beckenbauer selected to herald Brehme to bolster the midfield, leaving Rummenigge and Allofs up entrance. It was nonetheless unclear how match the West German captain was, however he began his second match of the event. Förster was now being employed as a sweeper.
Mexico’s Yugoslav supervisor, Bora Milutinovic named an unchanged aspect for his or her first match of the event away from the Azteca Stadium. A complete nation’s desires and aspirations lay within the fingers of Hugo Sánchez and Tomás Boy. Luis Flores was maybe unfortunate to overlook out. He’d performed in all of the group matches however now needed to contend himself with a spot on the bench for the knockout phases.
These two nations had met as soon as earlier than in World Cups. In 1978 West Germany ran out 6-0 winners within the group stage with Rummenigge scoring twice. Each he and Sánchez have been the one survivors from that recreation.
Mexico had solely overwhelmed the Germans as soon as and that got here 12 months earlier than this event when Mexico hosted a sequence of matches additionally involving Italy and England. Negrete and Flores scored in every half in a 2-0 win.
This had been a stuttering marketing campaign for each groups. But they have been each 180 minutes away from the Closing.

The primary half didn’t have too many clear-cut possibilities. There have been two long-range efforts from free-kicks for either side. Tomás Boy struck his from the left however it was straight at Schumacher. Klaus Allofs bent his around the wall however simply over.
Then as the primary half was coming to an in depth West Germany produced one of the best transfer of the half. Magath floated it to the far proper of the world. Rummenigge headed it again and Allofs met it full on the volley. Larios pulled off a extremely good response save. Okay, it was straight at him however it was hit nicely and he nonetheless had to reserve it.
Halfway by way of the second half was the following piece of drama. Berthold tried to play a one-two with Allofs down the precise. As he ran to obtain the cross, Quirarte obtained within the German’s manner. The 2 bundled to the bottom. As he fell Berthold aimed a punch on the Mexican. It was proper in entrance of the linesman who signalled to the ref and Berthold was off. West Germany have been now down to 10 males.
Buoyed on by the group, Mexico seemed to press their benefit. Negrete pressured an excellent save from Schumacher. From the ensuing nook, West Germany cleared off the road. Within the following melee Mexico did get the ball into the web, however the referee had already blown for an infringement.
Mexico have been rampant now and as soon as once more surged ahead. Negrete chipped the ball to the far publish from the sting of the world. Sánchez was ready however Aguirre obtained there first. He headed it straight at Schumacher’s ft. Instantly Mexico have been simply creating probability after probability.
One other cross from the precise was met completely by Aguirre on the penalty spot. His volley was tipped over by Schumacher. The Germans ultimately weathered the storm and the sport went into further time.
10 minutes into the additional interval Matthäus performed the ball previous Aguirre in his personal half. As he handed the Mexican he was clipped and fell to the bottom. Aguirre, who’d been booked within the first 20 minutes, obtained a second yellow and each groups have been now right down to 10 males.
Neither aspect might acquire any benefit over the opposite so we went into the second penalty shootout of the day.
West Germany have been up first and Klaus Allofs took the primary one. He despatched the keeper the improper manner and West Germany have been in entrance.
Allofs reverse quantity, Negrete was up first for the hosts. He too despatched the keeper the improper manner, into the other nook to Allofs and Mexico have been degree.

Andreas Brehme was subsequent for the Germans. All three kickers have been left-footed and all three have been profitable. Brehme selected to go down the center and the keeper went to his proper.
2-1 to West Germany.
Fernando Quirarte was Mexico’s second kicker. Proper-footed he too selected to go down the center however Schumacher managed to reserve it along with his legs. Benefit to the Germans.
2-1 to West Germany from two penalties.
Lothar Matthäus was subsequent. He went to the keeper’s proper. Larios guessed the precise manner however couldn’t get a hand to it.
3-1 to West Germany.
Raúl Servin, one other defender, was subsequent for Mexico. He merely needed to rating. He didn’t. He hit it straight at Schumacher who gathered it simply. Catastrophe for the hosts and the house assist
3-1 to West Germany from three pens.
Pierre Littbarski now had the possibility to win it for West Germany. He’d solely come on in its place 4 minutes earlier than the tip of additional time. In opposition to a cacophony of boos and whistles, Littbarski patiently waited for the referee’s whistle, then fired it to the keeper’s proper. It was too fierce to be saved and the West Germans had gained one other penalty shootout.

4-1 to West Germany on penalties.
What drama, and what a day. There had solely ever been one penalty shootout in World Cups. Now two had come alongside on the identical day.
France would now meet West Germany within the first Semi-Closing. A repeat of the 1982 Semi-Closing.
Tomorrow we’ve the opposite two Quarter-Finals, England v Argentina and Spain v Belgium.

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