World Cup countdown - 86 days to go

Forget about a single moment, stat or fact – for 86 days to go we couldn’t go past highlighting the memorable spectacle that was the Mexico 1986 World Cup.

Forget about a single moment, stat or fact - for 86 days to go we couldn-t go past highlighting the memorable spectacle that was the Mexico 1986 World Cup, a tournament that will forever be part of football folklore predominantly because of a pint sized Argentinean called Maradona.

In a tournament of many highlights and outstanding individual performances, it was Diego Maradona that stole the limelight as he scored five goals and had five assists on the way to leading Argentina claim their second World Cup as they beat West Germany 3-2 in the Final.

But what will arguably remembered by most were the two goals he scored against England in the quarter final in front of 114,000 at the Estadio Azteca in the Mexican capital. The first was the infamous ‘hand of God- goal to open the scoring before what would be later voted on FIFA-s website as the ‘Goal of the Century-, which saw Maradona mesmerise and weave his way past almost half of the England team to find the back of the net.

A total of 2,394,031 people attended the tournament (an average of 46,039 people per game) which Australia narrowly missed out on after falling at the final qualification hurdle as they went down 2-0 on aggregate to Scotland.

There were a host of other talking points and memorable games from the tournament, so if you are for some reminiscing on Mexico 1986, click here to relive more of the memories.

Winner: Argentina Runner-up: West Germany Golden Ball (Player of the tournament): Diego Maradona (Argentina) Golden Shoe (Leading goal scorer): Gary Lineker (England)

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