1986 World Cup Final: SPAIN 2, MEXICO 1



Congratulations to Spain, 2-1 winners over Mexico in a World Cup Final certain to go down as one of the classics

 The following is a transcript of the Live Twitter feed from the action, posted in chronological order:

JUNE 29, 1986 Mexico City – Estadio Azteca: It was merely 9 months ago that the earth of this proud nation was torn asunder by an 8.0 quake.  Today the country is transfixed by the spectacle about to take place in their capital – a World Cup Final vs. their former oppressor, Spain.

Players fidget and stretch on the pitch, as they are enveloped by uproarious fanfare. The significance of this match is not lost on any one.

Spain’s anthem is grand and bold, but there isn’t a dry eye in the house when Mexico’s anthem is played:


The players have taken to the pitch. Opening kickoff is moments away. Spain will have 1st possession. Millions breathless in anticipation.

And the Spanish come out of the gate firing on all cylinders! Jose Salinas finds the back of the net in the 3rd minute! Spain leads 1-0.

What a surreal moment in Mexican football history. The squad and the 96,000 in attendance are dazed – did that really just happen?

Everything is falling apart for Mexico – they look disorganized, mismanaged. El Capitan, Tomas Boy, barks at his midfielders in frustration.

And Spain is up 2-0! In the 34th minute, Butragueno hits a curling long-range strike that gets past Mexico’s Pablo Larios.

But Mexico will not roll over – just a minute later a strike from Hugo Sanchez has a 60% chance of success…but misses wide.

Spain hits a Team X-Chart result and has a chance to score two goals in 15 minutes, but home field advantage keeps Mexican hopes alive.

As we head into 4 minutes of stoppage time, Hugo Sanchez misses another 45% chance! Mexico’s 1st half: mismanagement & missed opportunity.

With a last gasp effort before the half, Mexico fires on goal (15%), but it’s scooped up with nonchalance. At halftime: Spain leads 2 – 0

Mexico has made a midfield change, bringing on de los Cobos for Miguel Espana. They already look like a better unit early in the 2nd half.

We’re into the 75th minute and neither side has shown much this half until suddenly Mexico’s 4-4-2 formation makes something happen…

It’s a cross from the wing – we’ll have to check Spain’s GK chart: Save (-18) + 30 = 12% chance on goal for Mexico. The roll: 08! GOOOAAAL!

Fittingly, it was a defender, Raul Servin who put Mexico on the board. But they’ll have precious few chances in the final 15 mins to tie.

Mexico has actually put on one of the finest offensive performances of the tournament. Only the 1 goal to show for it though.

Spain is unable to do anything with the ball in the final 15. Mexico’s defense has locked them down. Zero chances in the second half.

This is it! 89th minute, Mexico’s Raul Servin gets another shot on goal…30% chance of scoring…the roll: 68. Now 5 minutes injury time.

The Spanish squad has a wasted 5% chance in stoppage time. It all comes down to Mexico now and their absolute final opportunity here.

Last moments of the game, last moments of an epic tournament, last moments of a month that’s been like a dream for the people of Mexico.

They roll for shot chances, in stoppage time each opportunity is only a 5% chance of success. Need a 36 or lower to earn any chance at all.

Here is the roll:


Congratulations to Spain – Los Campeones del Mundo 1986!

FINAL:  SPAIN 2, MEXICO 1 (3′ Salinas, 34′ Butragueno, 75′ Servin)


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  2. Wow. Really enjoyed the replay. I know I am late to the party but you have really got me interested in playing MEA COPA. I intend to redo the whole 2006 world cup, from qualifying to the cup. (Hoping for a minnow or 2 [OK, Guatemala – folks are from there and lived there for 10 years] to make it!).

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