Mexico '86: Belgium eliminated Spain on penalties

Mexico '86: Belgium eliminated Spain on penalties
Butragueño fue una figura destacada del Mundial de México '86 aunque no pudo evitar la eliminación de España contra Bélgica (Photo: The confidential)

Last update March 24, 2024 by colgadosporelfutbol

It was an atypical World but in which Spain He was very close to getting into semifinals after all. However it would be Belgium which it would cross on their way in Quarterfinals.

The fury’ It was a team with veterans who had participated in the World Cup Spain '82 but on the whole block he had reached the end of Euro in 1984 with new figures such as youth Míchel Y Butragueño who achieved the League and UEFA Cup with Real Madrid that same year.

Spain It was planted against all odds in the quarterfinals after annihilating Denmark in octaves 5 goals 1, with an exhibition of Butragueño who authored four goals. Now it was eliminating Belgium which was lower than the Spaniards a priori and take that final step in a championship of the world. they say Billiards, Argentina coach, saw the match between Spaniards and Belgians with the fervent wish that were the latter who left in the lurch Red, to which feared.

Belgium struck first

The match started badly for Spain as Belgium managed early lead with a goal by Ceulemans in the minute 35 and from there he devoted himself to defend and counter the opponent's game.

But nevertheless, The group led by Miguel Muñoz He did not give up and equalized with five minutes remaining with a goal from Lord. The match went into extra time where nothing happened and outstanding semifinalist would have to decide on the lottery of penalties.

The penalty missed by Eloy remained in the history of the Belgium-Spain World Cup in Mexico 1986

Belgians scored all releases from the spot while by Spain failure Eloy Olaya. The Spanish dream remained just that, Spain in a dream and packed his bags and returned home. Belgium, meanwhile, It was removed by Argentina's Bilardo and Maradona, who would become champion of the world, avoiding a showdown against Spanish combined.

That was the best participation to editing Russia 2018 Belgium in a World Cup but little or nothing that team seemed to Belgium Hazard, De Bruyne O Lukaku, much more talented, powerful and physical and with a coach like Roberto Martinez to which likes much more vertical game and fast transitions.


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