Wednesday 16th June 1982
GROUP TWO, Estadio El Molinon, Gijon. (17:15)
ALGERIA (0) 2 (Madjer 54, Belloumi 69)
WEST GERMANY (0) 1 (Rummenigge 68)
Algeria: Cerbah; Guendouz, Merzekane, Mansouri, Kourichi; Fergani, Belloumi, Dahleb; Assad, Madjer (Larbes), Zidane (Bensaoula)
West Germany: Schumacher; Kaltz, K-H. Forster, Stielike, Briegel; Littbarski, Dremmler, Breitner, Magath (Fischer); Rummenigge, Hrubesch
West Germany were reigning European Champions, with the pedigree of having been World and European Champions in the mid-70’s. This game was definitely a case of the Germans underestimating their opponents as they had done four years previously when Tunisia held them to a 0-0 draw in Cordoba. After a goalless first half, the Africans grew in confidence and within 10 minutes of the turnaround, had gone in front. They broke quickly from the back when Zidane slid a ball through to Belloumi, whose shot was partially stopped by Schumacher, and bounced kindly for Madjer to hook it over the line for the opening goal.
In the 68th minute, Felix Magath attacked down the left and his ball into the 6-yard box was turned in by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. But if it was expected for the Germans to run riot, the Algerians hadn’t read the script. Almost from the re-start Salah Assad was put away down the left and his low cross was turned in by Belloumi. The crowd, and the Algerians, went mad. They’d pulled off the shock of the tournament, to outdo the Belgians on the first day.
GROUP FOUR, Estadio San Mames, Bilbao. (17:15)
ENGLAND (1) 3 (Robson 1, 67, Mariner 83)
FRANCE (1) 1 (Soler 24)
England: Shilton; Mills, Thompson, Butcher, Sansom (Neal); Coppell, Robson, Wilkins, Rix; Francis, Mariner
France: Ettori; Bossis, Tresor, Lopez, Battiston; Larios (Tigana), Girard, Platini, Giresse; Soler, Rocheteau (Six)
They couldn’t have asked for a better start when Bryan Robson scored the fastest goal in World Cup history at the time, when he ran onto Butcher’s near post flick, to hook the ball past Ettori.
The French were stunned, but gradually came back into it. England were without their two star players, Kevin Keegan and Trevor Brooking and England’s midfield struggled to deal with Platini, Giresse and Larios. It was Larios who provided the ball over the top of the defence for Soler to fire a left foot shot past Shilton to equalise in the 24th minute. Level at half-time, the two teams appeared well matched as Platini tried his luck with a couple of free-kicks and Francis, Coppell and Wilkins went close for England. But then midway through the second period, Francis crossed from the right and Robson again arrived late and unmarked to head past Ettori for his, and his team’s 2nd goal.
GROUP FIVE, Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia. (21:00)
SPAIN (0) 1 (Lopez-Ufarte, pen 65)
HONDURAS (1) 1 (Zelaya 7)
Spain: Arconada; Camacho, Tendillo, Alexanco, Gordillo; Alonso, Joaquin (Sanchez), Zamora; Juanito (Saura), Satrustegui, Lopez-Ufarte
Honduras: Arzu; Gutierrez, Bulnes, Costly, Villegas; Maradiaga, Zelaya, Yearwood; Betancourt, Figueroa, Norales (Caballero)
Honduras were playing their first ever World Cup match and were off to a tremendous start. The Spanish defence was caught asleep as Zelaya held off Tendillo and beat Arconada for an astonishing start after only 7 minutes. The home crowd was shocked but determined to roar their team on.
It took until 20 minutes into the second half for Spain to finally get on level terms. Gordillo ran down the left and his cross saw Satrustegui brought down in the area and this time the referee gave the decision Spain’s way. Lopez Ufarte stepped up and tucked it in the corner for the equaliser. The expected avalanche didn’t materialise from Spain as Honduras continued to offer a threat. In the end it was a poor result for the home side, under severe pressure, but they only had themselves to blame as they missed a whole host of chances. For Honduras they had matched Algeria for the result of the tournament so far.
After the goal-fest of yesterday, today was a day of shocks. First timers Algeria and Honduras had joined Cameroon in putting in great performances in their World Cup debuts.