1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

UEFA was allocated thirteen qualifying berths for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however Italy were the defending champions and qualified automatically, leaving 12.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

Europe's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Poland, West Germany, Portugal, England, Northern Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Soviet Union and Spain. Belgium and Scotland qualified through the UEFA Play off and UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off respectively.

Tournament Structure[edit]

The 32 teams were divided into 7 groups. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The number of teams and spots for each group were as follows:

  • Groups 2, 3, 4 and 6 had 5 teams each. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.
  • Groups 1, 5 and 7 had 4 teams each. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up of Groups 1 and 5 would advance to the UEFA Play-offs, while the runner-up of Group 7 would advance to the UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

In the Play-offs, the 2 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying.

Key to colours in group tables
Team qualifies for the World Cup
Team advances to the play-off

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 8
 Belgium 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 8
 Albania 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3 4
 Greece 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 4
  Albania Belgium Greece Poland
Albania Albania 2–0 1–1 0–1
Belgium Belgium 3–1 2–0 2–0
Greece Greece 2–0 0–0 - 1–4
Poland Poland 2–2 0–0 3–1 -

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 8 5 2 1 22 9 +13 12
 Portugal 8 5 0 3 12 10 +2 10
 Sweden 8 4 1 3 14 9 +5 9
 Czechoslovakia 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 8
 Malta 8 0 1 7 6 25 −19 1
  Czechoslovakia Malta Portugal Sweden West Germany
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–5
Malta Malta 0–0 1–3 1–2 2–3
Portugal Portugal 2–1 3–2 - 1–3 1–2
Sweden Sweden 2–0 4–0 0–1 - 2–2
West Germany West Germany 2–2 6–0 0–1 2–0 -

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 4 4 0 21 2 +19 12
 Northern Ireland 8 4 2 2 8 5 +3 10
 Romania 8 3 3 2 12 7 +5 9
 Finland 8 3 2 3 7 12 −5 8
 Turkey 8 0 1 7 2 24 −22 1
  England Finland Northern Ireland Romania Turkey
England England 5–0 0–0 1–1 5–0
Finland Finland 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 0–1 2–1 - 3–2 2–0
Romania Romania 0–0 2–0 0–1 - 3–0
Turkey Turkey 0–8 1–2 0–0 1–3 -

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 8 5 1 2 15 4 +11 11
 Bulgaria 8 5 1 2 13 5 +8 11
 East Germany 8 5 0 3 16 9 +7 10
 Yugoslavia 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1 8
 Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 27 −25 0
  Bulgaria East Germany France Luxembourg Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1
East Germany East Germany 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–3
France France 1–0 2–0 - 6–0 2–0
Luxembourg Luxembourg 1–3 0–5 0–4 - 0–1
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 -

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10
 Netherlands 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 7
 Austria 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 7
 Cyprus 6 0 0 6 3 18 −15 0
  Austria Cyprus Hungary Netherlands
Austria Austria 4–0 0–3 1–0
Cyprus Cyprus 1–2 1–2 0–1
Hungary Hungary 3–1 2–0 - 0–1
Netherlands Netherlands 1–1 7–1 1–2 -

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 8 5 1 2 17 6 +11 11
 Soviet Union 8 4 2 2 13 8 +5 10
  Switzerland 8 2 4 2 5 10 −5 8
 Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 5 10 −5 6
 Norway 8 1 3 4 4 10 −6 5
  Denmark Norway Republic of Ireland Soviet Union Switzerland
Denmark Denmark 1–0 3–0 4–2 0–0
Norway Norway 1–5 1–0 1–1 0–1
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 1–4 0–0 - 1–0 3–0
Soviet Union Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 2–0 - 4–0
Switzerland Switzerland 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 -

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 8
 Scotland 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7
 Wales 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 7
 Iceland 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 2
  Iceland Scotland Spain Wales
Iceland Iceland 0–1 1–2 1–0
Scotland Scotland 3–0 3–1 0–1
Spain Spain 2–1 1–0 - 3–0
Wales Wales 2–1 1–1 3–0 -

Play-offs[edit]

16 October 1985
Belgium  1 – 0  Netherlands
Vercauteren Goal 20' Report
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: Pietro D'Elia (Italy)

20 November 1985
Netherlands  2 – 1  Belgium
Houtman Goal 60'
de Wit Goal 72'
Report Grün Goal 85'
de Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: George Courtney (England)

The aggregate score was tied at 2–2, therefore Belgium qualified on away goals.

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