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The Spain 1982 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed slightly to have two group stages, with the winners of the four second-round groups of three, moving on to the semi-finals.

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World Cup History - Spain 1982

Some teams were playing not to lose and contributed 16 draws in the group stages, seven of them (0:0). There were also eight (1:0) victories to add to the snore bores.

Italy drew all three of their first-round matches, nudging an unbeaten Cameroon out on goals scored, then stepped up a gear when it was needed; to win all their remaining games.

England were also unbeaten in the tournament but as they could only draw (0:0) against Spain and West Germany, in their second-round games, missed out on a semi-final spot in Seville; to the West Germans, who beat the hosts (2:1).

At least the West Germany vs France semi final was a classic and Hungary scored a record 10 goals against El Salvador, in their first-round game; played in Elche.

West Germany trailed France by two goals, in extra-time, then snatched the semi-final away from Platini's team by bringing the scores level and winning the penalty shootout (5:4).

The player of the tournament was probably Paolo Rossi (leading scorer with 6 goals), who scored three of them against Brazil (3:2) in a second-round group that also included World Cup holders, Argentina.

Italy went on to beat Poland in their semi-final (2:0), with another two goals by Paolo Rossi, and win the World Cup for the third time, by beating West Germany (3:1); Paolo Rossi again on the scoresheet.

First Round - Group Stage

Group 1

14th June
Vigo: Italy vs Poland (0:0)

15th June
La Coruņa: Peru vs Cameroon (0:0)

18th June
Vigo: Italy vs Peru (1:1)

19th June
La Coruņa: Poland vs Cameroon (0:0)

22nd June
La Coruņa: Poland vs Peru (5:1)

23rd June
Vigo: Italy vs Cameroon (1:1)

Poland and Italy qualify for the second round.

Group 2

16th June
Gijon: Algeria vs West Germany (2:1)

17th June
Oviedo: Austria vs Chile (1:0)

20th June
Gijon: West Germany vs Chile (4:1)

21st June
Oviedo: Austria vs Algeria (2:0)

24th June
Oviedo: Algeria vs Chile (3:2)

25th June
Gijon: West Germany vs Austria (1:0)

West Germany and Austria qualify for the second round.

Group 3

13th June
Barcelona: Belgium vs Argentina (1:0)

15th June
Elche: Hungary vs El Salvador (10:1)

18th June
Alicante: Argentina vs Hungary (4:1)

19th June
Elche: Belgium vs El Salvador (1:0)

22nd June
Elche: Belgium vs Hungary (1:1)

23rd June
Alicante: Argentina vs El Salvador (2:0)

Belgium and Argentina qualify for the second round.

Group 4

16th June
Bilbao: England vs France (3:1)

17th June
Valladolid: Czechoslovakia vs Kuwait (1:1)

20th June
Bilbao: England vs Czechoslovakia (2:0)

21st June
Valladolid: France vs Kuwait (4:1)

24th June
Valladolid: France vs Czechoslovakia (1:1)

25th June
Bilbao: England vs Kuwait (1:0)

England and France qualify for the second round.

Group 5

16th June
Valencia: Spain vs Honduras (1:1)

17th June
Zaragoza: Yugoslavia vs Northern Ireland (0:0)

20th June
Valencia: Spain vs Yugoslavia (2:1)

21st June
Zaragoza: Honduras vs Northern Ireland (1:1)

24th June
Zaragoza: Yugoslavia vs Honduras (1:0)

25th June
Valencia: Northern Ireland vs Spain (1:0)

Northern Ireland and Spain qualify for the second round.

Group 6

14th June
Seville: Brazil vs USSR (2:1)

15th June
Malaga: Scotland vs New Zealand (5:2)

18th June
Seville: Brazil vs Scotland (4:1)

19th June
Malaga: USSR vs New Zealand (3:0)

22nd June
Malaga: USSR vs Scotland (2:2)

23rd June
Seville: Brazil vs New Zealand (4:0)

Brazil and USSR qualify for the second round.

Second Round - Group Stage

Group A

Played in Barcelona.

28th June
Poland vs Belgium (3:0)

1st July
USSR vs Belgium (1:0)

4th July
Poland vs USSR (0:0)

Poland qualify for the semi-finals.

Group B

Played in Madrid.

29th June
West Germany vs England (0:0)

2nd July
West Germany vs Spain (2:1)

5th July
Spain vs England (0:0)

West Germany qualify for the semi-finals.

Group C

Played in Barcelona.

29th June
Italy vs Argentina (2:1)

2nd July
Brazil vs Argentina (3:1)

5th July
Italy vs Brazil (3:2)

Italy qualify for the semi-finals.

Group D

Played in Madrid.

28th June
France vs Austria (1:0)

1st July
Austria vs Northern Ireland (2:2)

4th July
France vs Northern Ireland (4:1)

France qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals - 8th July, 1982

Barcelona: Italy vs Poland (2:0)

Seville: West Germany vs France (3:3 aet)
West Germany win (5:4) on penalties.

Third Place - 10th July, 1982

Alicante: Poland vs France (3:2)

1982 World Cup Final
11th July:
Italy vs West Germany (3:1)
Madrid.

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24 Countries

Travel to Algeria Algeria
Group 2 (2:1) (0:2) (3:2)

Travel to Argentina Argentina
Group 3 (0:1) (4:1) (2:0)
Group C (1:2) (1:3)

Travel to Austria Austria
Group 2 (1:0) (2:0) (0:1)
Group D (0:1) (2:2)

Travel to Belgium Belgium
Group 3 (1:0) (1:0) (1:1)
Group A (0:3) (0:1)

Travel to Brazil Brazil
Group 6 (2:1) (4:1) (4:0)
Group C (3:1) (2:3)

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon
Group 1 (0:0) (0:0) (1:1)

Travel to Chile Chile
Group 2 (0:1) (1:4) (2:3)

Travel to Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 4 (1:1) (0:2) (1:1)

Travel to El Salvador El Salvador
Group 3
(1:10) (0:1) (0:2)

Travel to England England
Group 4 (3:1) (2:0) (1:0)
Group B (0:0) (0:0)

Travel to France France
Group 4 (1:3) (4:1) (1:1)
Group D (1:0) (4:1)
Semi-finals
(3:3 aet) (4:5pens)
Third place (2:3)

Travel to Honduras Honduras
Group 5 (1:1) (1:1) (0:1)

Travel to Hungary Hungary
Group 3
(10:1) (1:4) (1:1)

Travel to Italy Italy
Group 1 (0:0) (1:1) (1:1)
Group C (2:1) (3:2)
Semi-finals (2:0)
Winner (3:1)

Travel to Kuwait Kuwait
Group 4 (1:1) (1:4) (0:1)

Travel to New Zealand New Zealand
Group 6 (2:5) (0:3) (0:4)

Travel to Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Group 5 (0:0) (1:1) (1:0)
Group D (2:2) (1:4)

Travel to Peru Peru
Group 1 (0:0) (1:1) (1:5)

Travel to Poland Poland
Group 1 (0:0) (0:0) (5:1)
Group A (3:0) (0:0)
Semi-finals (0:2)
Third place (3:2)

Travel to Scotland Scotland
Group 6 (5:2) (1:4) (2:2)

Travel to Spain Spain
Group 5 (1:1) (2:1) (0:1)
Group B (1:2) (0:0)

Travel to Russia USSR
Group 6 (1:2) (3:0) (2:2)
Group A (1:0) (0:0)

Travel to Germany West Germany
Group 2 (1:2) (4:1) (1:0)
Group B (0:0) (2:1)
Semi-finals
(3:3 aet) (5:4pens)
Finalist (1:3)

Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia
Group 5 (0:0) (1:2) (1:0)

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