FIFA World Cup 1982 Group 3
The world champions brought their new star, Diego Maradona to the tournament for the first time along with Mario Kempes and Osvaldo Ardiles, who had excelled in 1978. Hungary were by now well past their best but recorded a huge win against El Salvador.
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Belgium 1 Argentina 0
Camp Nou, Barcelona (95,500)
13 June 1982
The opening match was held in Barcelona and a huge crowd turned out to see their club's new signing, the Argentinian star, Diego Maradona. The match did not live up to expectations and Belgium finished as winners, a result that would eventually see them through to the next round.
Hungary 10 El Salvador 1
Nuevo Estadio, Elche (23,000)
15 June 1982
The Hungarians ran riot against the Central American team.
Argentina 4 Hungary 1
Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante (32,093)
18 June 1982
Two goals in each half were enough for the world champions to ease their way past Hungary. Maradona scored twice.
Belgium 1 El Salvador 0
Nuevo Estadio, Elche (15,000)
19 June 1982
A narrow win for Belgium against an improved El Salvador side kept Belgium in contention for a place in the next round.
Belgium 1 Hungary 1
Nuevo Estadio, Elche (37,000)
22 June 1982
Thanks to their ten goals against El Salvador, Hungary would have qualified on goal difference had they won this match. Varga put them ahead in the first half but a goal 15 minutes from the end by Czerniatynski ensured that Belgium would go through.
Argentina 2 El Salvador 0
Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante (32,500)
23 June 1982
As expected, Argentina secured a place in the second round.