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1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

UEFA was allocated thirteen qualifying berths for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however Italy were the defending champions and qualified automatically, leaving 12.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

Europe's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Poland, West Germany, Portugal, England, Northern Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Soviet Union and Spain. Belgium and Scotland qualified through the UEFA Play off and UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off respectively.

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FormatEdit

The 32 teams were divided into 7 groups. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The number of teams and spots for each group were as follows:

  • Groups 2, 3, 4 and 6 had 5 teams each. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.
  • Groups 1, 5 and 7 had 4 teams each.

The group winners would qualify. The runners-up of Groups 1 and 5 would advance to the UEFA Play-offs, while the runner-up of Group 7 would advance to the UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off. In the play-offs, the 2 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying.

Group playEdit

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 7 December 1983. During the draw teams were drawn from the 5 pots into the 7 groups. The seedings below were announced ten days before the draw.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

  West Germany
  Poland
  France
  England
  Soviet Union
  Austria
  Spain

  Northern Ireland
  Belgium
  Hungary
  Scotland
  Yugoslavia
  Czechoslovakia
  Denmark

  Republic of Ireland
  Wales
  Netherlands
  Romania
  Sweden
  East Germany
  Greece

  Bulgaria
  Portugal
   Switzerland
  Iceland
  Albania
  Turkey
  Cyprus

  Norway
  Finland
  Malta
  Luxembourg

Key to colours in group tables
Team qualifies for the World Cup
Team advances to the play-off
Team advances to the intercontinental play-off

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Poland 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 8
  Belgium 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 8
  Albania 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3 4
  Greece 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 4
         
Albania   2–0 1–1 0–1
Belgium   3–1 2–0 2–0
Greece   2–0 0–0 - 1–4
Poland   2–2 0–0 3–1 -

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  West Germany 8 5 2 1 22 9 +13 12
  Portugal 8 5 0 3 12 10 +2 10
  Sweden 8 4 1 3 14 9 +5 9
  Czechoslovakia 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 8
  Malta 8 0 1 7 6 25 −19 1
           
Czechoslovakia   4–0 1–0 2–1 1–5
Malta   0–0 1–3 1–2 2–3
Portugal   2–1 3–2 - 1–3 1–2
Sweden   2–0 4–0 0–1 - 2–2
West Germany   2–2 6–0 0–1 2–0 -

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England 8 4 4 0 21 2 +19 12
  Northern Ireland 8 4 2 2 8 5 +3 10
  Romania 8 3 3 2 12 7 +5 9
  Finland 8 3 2 3 7 12 −5 8
  Turkey 8 0 1 7 2 24 −22 1
           
England   5–0 0–0 1–1 5–0
Finland   1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Northern Ireland   0–1 2–1 - 3–2 2–0
Romania   0–0 2–0 0–1 - 3–0
Turkey   0–8 1–2 0–0 1–3 -

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  France 8 5 1 2 15 4 +11 11
  Bulgaria 8 5 1 2 13 5 +8 11
  East Germany 8 5 0 3 16 9 +7 10
  Yugoslavia 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1 8
  Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 27 −25 0
           
Bulgaria   1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1
East Germany   2–1 2–0 3–1 2–3
France   1–0 2–0 - 6–0 2–0
Luxembourg   1–3 0–5 0–4 - 0–1
Yugoslavia   0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 -

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hungary 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10
  Netherlands 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 7
  Austria 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 7
  Cyprus 6 0 0 6 3 18 −15 0
         
Austria   4–0 0–3 1–0
Cyprus   1–2 1–2 0–1
Hungary   3–1 2–0 - 0–1
Netherlands   1–1 7–1 1–2 -

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Denmark 8 5 1 2 17 6 +11 11
  Soviet Union 8 4 2 2 13 8 +5 10
   Switzerland 8 2 4 2 5 10 −5 8
  Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 5 10 −5 6
  Norway 8 1 3 4 4 10 −6 5
           
Denmark   1–0 3–0 4–2 0–0
Norway   1–5 1–0 1–1 0–1
Republic of Ireland   1–4 0–0 - 1–0 3–0
Soviet Union   1–0 1–0 2–0 - 4–0
Switzerland   1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 -

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 8
  Scotland 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7
  Wales 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 7
  Iceland 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 2
         
Iceland   0–1 1–2 1–0
Scotland   3–0 3–1 0–1
Spain   2–1 1–0 - 3–0
Wales   2–1 1–1 3–0 -

UEFA play-offEdit

The aggregate score was tied at 2–2, therefore Belgium qualified on away goals.

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland   2–0   Australia 2–0 0–0

GoalscorersEdit

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

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