FIFA World Cup 1986 Group B
The shirts of the home team had "Mexico" printed on the back above their squad numbers just in case there was any doubt. Iraq appeared in the finals for the first time having qualified despite playing all their home games on neutral territory because of the war with Iran.
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Mexico 2 Belgium 1
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (110,000)
3 June 1986
Mexico sailed into a two goal lead in the first half before Vandenburgh pulled one back just before half-time. There was no further scoring in a tense second half.
Paraguay 1 Iraq 0
Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca (24,000)
4 June 1986
In the 35th minute Romero ran on to a through ball following a swift passing move from deep in Paraguay's defence and chipped the Iraqi goalkeeper to score the only goal of the game.
Mexico 1 Paraguay 1
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (114,600)
7 June 1986
Flores put Mexico ahead in the third minute but his team could not capitalise on their lead and fell victim to a late equaliser scored by Romero.
Belgium 2 Iraq 1
Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca (20,000)
8 June 1986
Both Belgium's goals came in a three minute spell in the first half. It seemed they would cruise to victory after that but in the 59th minute Radhi put Iraq back in the game.
Paraguay 2 Belgium 2
Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca (16,000)
11 June 1986
Belgium were ahead twice but each time Paraguay came back and the match finished all square, enough for Paraguay to finish in second place. Belgium later qualified as one of the four best third placed teams.
Mexico 1 Iraq 0
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (103,763)
11 June 1986
Iraq once again proved tough opponents to beat but Quirarte's goal in the second half was enough. Mexico in first place.