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Group B of the 1986 FIFA World Cup was one of the groups of nations competing at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on 3 June and its last matches were played on 11 June. Matches were played at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and at the Estadio Nemesio Díez in Toluca. Host Mexico topped the group, joined in the second round by Belgium and by Paraguay, who were making their first appearance in the finals since 1958. Iraq, making their debut in the World Cup, lost all three of their matches and scored just one goal.

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Mexico (H) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Paraguay 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 4
3   Belgium 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 3
4   Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

MatchesEdit

Belgium vs MexicoEdit

Belgium  1–2  Mexico
Vandenbergh   45' Report Quirarte   23'
Sánchez   39'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
GK 1 Jean-Marie Pfaff
DF 19 Hugo Broos
DF 2 Eric Gerets
DF 3 Franky Van Der Elst   56'
DF 4 Michel De Wolf
MF 6 Franky Vercauteren
MF 7 René Vandereycken
MF 10 Philippe Desmet   60'
MF 8 Enzo Scifo
MF 11 Jan Ceulemans (c)
FW 9 Erwin Vandenbergh   66'
Substitutions:
GK 12 Jacky Munaron
DF 13 Georges Grün
DF 5 Michel Renquin
FW 16 Nico Claesen   60'
MF 21 Stéphane Demol   66'
Manager:
  Guy Thys
GK 1 Pablo Larios
DF 2 Mario Trejo
DF 3 Fernando Quirarte
DF 14 Félix Cruz
DF 17 Raúl Servín
MF 16 Carlos Muñoz   83'
MF 10 Tomás Boy (c)   69'
MF 13 Javier Aguirre
FW 22 Manuel Negrete
FW 15 Luis Flores   79'
FW 9 Hugo Sánchez   23'
Substitutions:
GK 20 Olaf Heredia
MF 8 Alejandro Domínguez
MF 7 Miguel España   69'
FW 5 Francisco Javier Cruz   79'
FW 11 Carlos Hermosillo
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović

Paraguay vs IraqEdit

This match caused controversy as the referee, Edwin Picon-Ackong, blew the whistle for half time a split-second before Iraq striker Ahmed Radhi's header hit the back of the net, and the goal was ruled out. Picon-Ackong received a lot of criticism for blowing the whistle when Iraq had such a big goalscoring opportunity.[1]

Paraguay  1–0  Iraq
Romero   35' Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iraq
GK 1 Roberto Fernández
DF 2 Juan Torales
DF 3 César Zabala
DF 4 Vladimiro Schettina   45'
DF 5 Rogelio Delgado (c)
MF 6 Jorge Amado Nunes
MF 10 Adolfino Cañete
MF 8 Julio César Romero
FW 7 Buenaventura Ferreira
FW 11 Alfredo Mendoza   88'
FW 9 Roberto Cabañas
Substitutions:
MF 16 Jorge Guasch   88'
Manager:
  Cayetano Ré
GK 1 Raad Hammoudi Salman (c)
DF 3 Khalil Mohammed Allawi
DF 4 Nadhim Shaker Salim
DF 5 Samir Shaker Mahmoud   29'
DF 15 Natiq Hashim Abidoun
DF 22 Ghanim Oraibi Jassim
MF 6 Ali Hussein Shihab
MF 7 Haris Mohammed Hassan   67'
MF 14 Basil Gorgis   81'
FW 10 Hussein Saeed Mohammed
FW 8 Ahmad Radhi Amaiesh
Substitutions:
FW 11 Abdul-Rahim Hamed Aufi   67'
MF 19 Basim Qasim Hamdan   81'
Manager:
  Evaristo de Macedo

Mexico vs ParaguayEdit

Mexico  1–1  Paraguay
Flores   3' Report Romero   85'
Attendance: 114,600
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
GK 1 Pablo Larios
DF 2 Mario Trejo   80'
DF 3 Fernando Quirarte
DF 14 Félix Cruz
DF 17 Raúl Servín
MF 16 Carlos Muñoz
MF 10 Tomás Boy (c)   58'
MF 13 Javier Aguirre
FW 22 Manuel Negrete   26'
FW 15 Luis Flores   77'
FW 9 Hugo Sánchez   75'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Miguel España   58'
FW 5 Francisco Javier Cruz   77'
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Roberto Fernández
DF 2 Juan Torales   80'
DF 3 César Zabala
DF 4 Vladimiro Schettina   30'
DF 5 Rogelio Delgado (c)
MF 6 Jorge Amado Nunes
MF 10 Adolfino Cañete
MF 8 Julio César Romero
FW 7 Buenaventura Ferreira
FW 11 Alfredo Mendoza   5'   62'
FW 9 Roberto Cabañas
Substitutions:
MF 16 Jorge Guasch   62'
FW 20 Ramón Hicks   80'
Manager:
  Cayetano Ré

Iraq vs BelgiumEdit

This match caused controversy as referee Jesús Díaz gave a yellow card to Iraq's Basil Gorgis in a case of mistaken identity (the yellow was supposed to be given to Ghanim Oraibi) while the score was 2–0 to Belgium. Gorgis sarcastically applauded Díaz's incorrect decision which led to Gorgis getting sent off and Iraq lost 2–1.[2]

Iraq  1–2  Belgium
Radhi   59' Report Scifo   16'
Claesen   21' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belgium
GK 1 Raad Hammoudi Salman (c)   20'
DF 3 Khalil Mohammed Allawi
DF 4 Nadhim Shaker Salim   29'
DF 5 Samir Shaker Mahmoud   48'
DF 15 Natiq Hashim Abidoun   65'
DF 22 Ghanim Oraibi Jassim
MF 6 Ali Hussein Shihab
MF 7 Haris Mohammed Hassan   42'
MF 14 Basil Gorgis    52'
FW 9 Karim Saddam Minshid   81'
FW 8 Ahmad Radhi Amaiesh
Substitutions:
FW 11 Abdul-Rahim Hamed Aufi   81'
Manager:
  Evaristo de Macedo
GK 1 Jean-Marie Pfaff
DF 2 Eric Gerets
DF 3 Franky Van Der Elst
DF 4 Michel De Wolf
MF 21 Stéphane Demol   69'
MF 6 Franky Vercauteren
MF 7 René Vandereycken
MF 10 Philippe Desmet
MF 8 Enzo Scifo   67'
MF 11 Jan Ceulemans (c)
FW 16 Nico Claesen   16'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Lei Clijsters   67'
DF 13 Georges Grün   69'
Manager:
  Guy Thys

Paraguay vs BelgiumEdit

Paraguay  2–2  Belgium
Cabañas   50'76' Report Vercauteren   30'
Veyt   59'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belgium
GK 1 Roberto Fernández
DF 2 Juan Torales
DF 3 César Zabala
DF 5 Rogelio Delgado (c)
MF 16 Jorge Guasch
MF 6 Jorge Amado Nunes
MF 10 Adolfino Cañete
MF 8 Julio César Romero   55'
FW 7 Buenaventura Ferreira
FW 11 Alfredo Mendoza   68'
FW 9 Roberto Cabañas
Substitutions:
GK 12 Jorge Battaglia
DF 13 Virginio Cáceres
DF 14 Luis Caballero
FW 18 Evaristo Isasi
FW 20 Ramón Hicks   68'
Manager:
  Cayetano Ré
GK 1 Jean-Marie Pfaff
DF 5 Michel Renquin
DF 19 Hugo Broos
DF 13 Georges Grün   89'
MF 21 Stéphane Demol
MF 6 Franky Vercauteren
MF 22 Patrick Vervoort
MF 8 Enzo Scifo
MF 11 Jan Ceulemans (c)   55'
FW 16 Nico Claesen
FW 18 Daniel Veyt
Substitutions:
GK 12 Jacky Munaron
DF 3 Franky Van Der Elst   89'
DF 14 Leo Clijsters
MF 15 Leo Van Der Elst
DF 4 Michel de Wolf
Manager:
  Guy Thys

Iraq vs MexicoEdit

Iraq  0–1  Mexico
Report Quirarte   54'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
GK 20 Abdul-Fatah Nasif Jassim
DF 2 Maad Ibrahim Majid
DF 3 Khalil Mohammed Allawi (c)   73'
DF 4 Nadhim Shaker Salim
DF 15 Natiq Hashim Abidoun   60'
DF 22 Ghanim Oraibi Jassim
MF 6 Ali Hussein Shihab
MF 17 Anad Abid Tweresh   70'
MF 19 Basim Qasim Hamdan
FW 9 Karim Saddam Minshid   30'
FW 8 Ahmad Radhi Amaiesh
Substitutions:
GK 21 Ahmad Jassim
MF 12 Jamal Ali
MF 18 Ismail Mohammed Sharif
FW 11 Abdul-Rahim Hamed Aufi   60'
MF 16 Shaker Mahmoud Hamza   70'
Manager:
  Evaristo de Macedo
GK 1 Pablo Larios
DF 18 Rafael Amador   62'
DF 3 Fernando Quirarte
DF 14 Félix Cruz
DF 17 Raúl Servín
MF 6 Carlos de los Cobos   79'
MF 7 Miguel España
MF 10 Tomás Boy (c)
MF 13 Javier Aguirre
FW 22 Manuel Negrete
FW 15 Luis Flores
Substitutions:
GK 20 Olaf Heredia
DF 4 Armando Manzo
MF 8 Alejandro Domínguez   62'
FW 11 Carlos Hermosillo
FW 5 Francisco Javier Cruz   79'
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović

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