If you haven’t been following, I’ve been replaying the 1986 Mexico World Cup, using Mea Copa, the quick-play soccer game from Time Travel Games.
The Round of 16 had two very interesting results, both 3-2 scores.
Italy v. Uruguay ended 3-2 after extra time when Uruguay scored on a 15% chance in the very last roll of the game to eliminate the defending world champs. Had Uruaguay missed that chance the match would have gone to penalty kicks to determine the winner.
The other interesting result was Morocco v. West Germany. This was one of two Round of 16 games that actually matched up exactly as a real-life Round of 16 game did back in Mexico ’86. In the actual tournament that year, West Germany pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Moroccans when, according to the AP report:
That Moroccan squad was, at the time, the first ever African country to make it out of the Group Stage in the World Cup. Their close-but-no-cigar effort against a West German side that ended the tournament as the runners-up was hailed as a great victory for the future of African football.
In this replay, things went differently. If you’ve played Mea Copa, you know that each side rolls for number of scoring chances in 15 minute blocks, and then rolls to see if any goals are scored off those chances. Here is how each side scored, in parenthesis are number of chances:
With the score tied at 2, West Germany missed a 60% chance to start the second half. Morocco immediately capitalized, scoring on their only shot chance of the second half.
In added time, West Germany had a final shot – a chance to tie and send the game into a 30 minute extra-time period. While a 01-05 result would have kept their chances alive, the Deutchelanders rolled an 06. I imagined it as Matthaeus’ rainbow free-kick, in this universe bouncing just inches outside the goalpost, altering history forever. It was the most exciting and interesting match of the tournament so far.
Here are the results of the Round of 16 and the matchups going into the Quarterfinals. Each match has an appeal, but Brazil v. Argentina especially should be a doozy. Click on the bracket below to make it bigger.