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14 World Cup memories we won't forget from Mexico 1986

In the first of our World Cup memory series, we look back at Mexico 86.

1. When Maradona did this with his hand against England

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2. And four minutes later when he did this with his feet

With the obligatory hysterical local commentary.

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3. Fergie stepping in to manage Scotland after the tragic death of Jock Stein

Scotland finished bottom of Group E as they lost to Denmark and West Germany before drawing with Uruguay.

Ferguson had been part of the Scottish coaching staff during qualifying while also managing Aberdeen. Source: EMPICS Sport

4. The hype machine cranked up about Denmark after the group stages

They thrashed Uruguay 6-1 with Elkjaer Larsen bagging a hat-trick

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Before then beating West Germany 2-0.

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5. But then Emilio Butragueno brought them back down to earth in the last 16

The Spanish striker fired home four goals as Spain won 5-1.

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6. Pat Jennings brought the curtain down on his international career

The legendary goalkeeper won 119 caps for Northern Ireland.


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Soccer - FIFA World Cup Mexico 1986 - Group D - Brazil v Northern Ireland - Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara Source: EMPICS Sport

7. Forget Barca’s Gerard, this was the original Pique – the Mexico 86 mascot

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8. France won a superb quarter-final against Brazil after a penalty shootout

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9. It was justice for France after this refereeing howler by Ioan Igna

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10. This golazo from Manuel Negrete for Mexico against Bulgaria was special

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11. Uruguay’s Jose Batista was sent-off after less than a minute for this foul on Gordon Stratton

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12. There were plenty weird and wonderful moments

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13. Gary Lineker finished top scorer with six goals, including this hat-trick for England against Poland

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14. But the star was Maradona as he inspired Argentina to World Cup glory

Soccer - World Cup Mexico 86 - Final - Argentina v West Germany Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the final. Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

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