1986 FIFA World Cup final
Argentina germany entering.jpg
The teams enter the field at the Estadio Azteca
Event1986 FIFA World Cup
Date29 June 1986
VenueEstadio Azteca, Mexico City
RefereeRomualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

The 1986 FIFA World Cup final was the final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico. The match was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on 29 June 1986 and had an attendance of 114,600. It was contested by Argentina and West Germany. Argentina won the match 3–2 in regulation time.[1][2]

Route to the final

Argentina Round West Germany
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 South Korea 3–1 Match 1  Uruguay 1–1
 Italy 1–1 Match 2  Scotland 2–1
 Bulgaria 2–0 Match 3  Denmark 0–2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
 Italy 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 West Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Uruguay 1–0 Round of 16  Morocco 1–0
 England 2–1 Quarter-finals  Mexico 0–0 (aet) (4–1 pen.)
 Belgium 2–0 Semi-finals  France 2–0



Argentina captain Diego Maradona and West Germany captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Argentina captain Diego Maradona and West Germany captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Jorge Burruchaga scoring the third goal for the Argentine win
Jorge Burruchaga scoring the third goal for the Argentine win

José Luis Brown opened the scoring for Argentina in the 23rd minute with a header after an error of the German Keeper Harald Schumacher on a free-kick from the right and it stayed at 1–0 until half-time. 11 minutes into the second half, Jorge Valdano doubled Argentina's lead with a low side foot finish after cutting in from the left past the advancing goalkeeper. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled a goal back in the 74th minute from close range for West Germany, his first goal in the tournament. West Germany then equalised in the 81st minute, with Rudi Völler scoring with a header from close range. Although Diego Maradona was heavily marked by Lothar Matthäus throughout the game, his pass to Jorge Burruchaga in the 84th minute allowed Argentina to regain the lead at 3–2 when he slid the ball past the advancing goalkeeper from the right and into the corner of the net.[3][4]

Six yellow cards were issued in this match, which was a record number until the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Two of them were issued because of timewasting from Argentine players. As the clock expired, Argentina celebrated their second World Cup victory in three tournaments after having won the 1978 World Cup on home soil.


Argentina 3–2 West Germany
Brown 23'
Valdano 56'
Burruchaga 84'
Report Rummenigge 74'
Völler 81'
West Germany
GK 18 Nery Pumpido Yellow card 85'
SW 5 José Luis Brown
CB 9 José Luis Cuciuffo
CB 19 Oscar Ruggeri
RWB 14 Ricardo Giusti
LWB 16 Julio Olarticoechea Yellow card 77'
DM 2 Sergio Batista
CM 7 Jorge Burruchaga downward-facing red arrow 90'
CM 12 Héctor Enrique Yellow card 81'
SS 10 Diego Maradona (c) Yellow card 17'
CF 11 Jorge Valdano
GK 15 Luis Islas
DF 8 Néstor Clausen
DF 13 Oscar Garré
MF 21 Marcelo Trobbiani upward-facing green arrow 90'
FW 17 Pedro Pasculli
Carlos Bilardo
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GK 1 Harald Schumacher
SW 17 Ditmar Jakobs
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
CB 2 Hans-Peter Briegel Yellow card 62'
RWB 14 Thomas Berthold
LWB 3 Andreas Brehme
CM 6 Norbert Eder
CM 8 Lothar Matthäus Yellow card 21'
AM 10 Felix Magath downward-facing red arrow 62'
CF 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (c)
CF 19 Klaus Allofs downward-facing red arrow 46'
GK 22 Eike Immel
MF 21 Wolfgang Rolff
FW 7 Pierre Littbarski
FW 9 Rudi Völler upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 20 Dieter Hoeneß upward-facing green arrow 62'
Franz Beckenbauer

Assistant referees:
Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)
Berny Ulloa Morera (Costa Rica)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


Diego Maradona (with the World Cup) and teammates celebrating the title
Diego Maradona (with the World Cup) and teammates celebrating the title

The second World Cup won by Argentina is regarded by many as the most important victory for an Argentine side.[5] Four years later, both teams met in the final of the 1990 World Cup, with West Germany winning. This marked the first time two World Cup finalists met twice, a record later shared with Brazil and Italy, the 1970 and 1994 World Cup finalists. Argentina and Germany met in the 2014 final for a record third time as finalists.

With the 1986 defeat, German manager Franz Beckenbauer gained the distinction of having lost a World Cup final as a player (in 1966) and a manager. In 1990 he managed Germany to victory, becoming a winner of the World Cup as player (in 1974) and as manager.

The games are won by the players on the field, but behind it there must be a machinery that works. There I include players, coaching staff and leaders. If you all pull in the same direction, you can think of titles. That's what happened in Mexico '86.[6]

— Carlos Bilardo, manager of Argentina

Argentina would not see another world title for 36 years until their win over France in the 2022 final.


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  2. ^ 1986 FIFA World Cup Final Archived 13 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine on shubhayan.com
  3. ^ En la cima del mundo by Pablo Ibaldi on Diario Publicable, 29 Jun 2016
  4. ^ México 1986: Dios y diez más levantaron la segunda y última Copa by Federico Cristofanelli, Infobae, 30 Apr 2014 Archived 22 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mundial '86: a 30 años de la mayor hazaña del fútbol argentino by Augusto Dorado, 29 Jun 2016 Archived 6 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Argentina 86 on El Gráfico Archived 28 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine