FIFA World Cup 1986 Group C
Canada made their first appearance but had their work cut out in a tough group that included France, the European Champions. Hungary's heavy defeat at the hands of the Soviet team emphasised just how far Hungarian football had declined since the 1950s.
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France 1 Canada 0
Estadio Nou Camp, León (36,000)
1 June 1986
Papin scored France's winner in the 78th minute, heading home from point blank range after the Canadian defence failed to deal with a high, looping cross.
Soviet Union 6 Hungary 0
Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato (16,500)
2 June 1986
Two goals in the opening four minutes put the Soviets in the driving seat. Belanov added a penalty in the 24th minute. Three more were scored in the second period to complete a miserable afternoon for Hungary.
France 1 Soviet Union 1
Estadio Nou Camp, León (36,540)
5 June 1986
The front runners in the group were content to settle for a draw.
Hungary 2 Canada 0
Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato (13,800)
6 June 1986
Victory against Canada was small compensation for Hungarian supporters after the humiliation of their opening game but it did at least keep hopes of progressing alive This would, however, need a famous victory in their final match.
France 3 Hungary 0
Estadio Nou Camp, León (31,420)
9 June 1986
France brushed Hungary aside with goals from Stopyra in the first half, Tigana and Rocheteau in the second.
Soviet Union 2 Canada 0
Estadio Sergio León Chavez, Irapuato (14,200)
9 June 1986
The Soviets had no difficulty easing into the next round.