The Great World Cup Goals, #9: Manuel Negrete (Mexico) vs Bulgaria, 1986 (Video)

Chris Wright

14th, May 2014


By Chris Wright

Soccer - World Cup Mexico 86 - Second Round - Mexico v Bulgaria

Hosts Mexico made it through to the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup before going out on penalties to eventual finalists West Germany, though it was the the round previous against Bulgaria that El Tri reached their zenith.

Mexico beat their wilting Eastern European opponents 2-0 in the sweltering heat at the Estadio Azteca in the round of 16, with UNAM Pumas striker Manuel Negrete’s 34th-minute unorthodox scissor-kick opener being a work of truly instinctive, mercurial genius…

Sí, eso es perfecto.

More in the series…

#1 – Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs Mexico, 2006
#2 – Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia) vs Belgium, 1994

#3 – Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010
#4 – Pierre Njanka-Beyaka, (Cameroon) vs Austria, 1998
#5 – Nelinho (Brazil) vs Italy, 1978
#6 – David Platt (England) vs Belgium, 1990
#7 – Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) vs Germany, 2006
#8 – Javier Zanetti (Argentina) vs England, 1998

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  1. Chris says:

    There are better goals out there but this one is ‘my’ absolute favourite.
    I watched this game as a 13 yr old (my dad taped it for me) and i saw this gambled shot pay off with Uber interest!! fackin’ belter

  2. Chris says:

    What a goal!!!! my hair just stood up.

    Seriously every 2nd worldcup should be held in Mexico. The two most attack minded and entertaining worldcups have been held there.

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