Manuel Negrete – June 15th 1986 (Mexico v Bulgaria)
The date was June 1986, the country was Mexico and the World Cup Group stages were over. Mexico had beaten Belgium, drew with Paraguay and beaten debutants Iraq and had qualified for the round of 16 in front of 328,363 people at the Azteca Stadium. The country was at fever pitch heading into game 37 – the first game of the last 16 stage. The opponents on the 15th June were Bulgaria who had come through as one of the best 3rd place teams in Group A alongside Italy and Argentina.
The date was 15th June 1986 kick off was midday, 114,580 people crammed into the Azteca for the next trip on Mexicos World Cup journey. The Mexicans started favourites and started briskly as they played up to their fans and the worldwide media, up front for them was much loved Hugo Sanchez who was well known in Europe for his exploits in Spain, the U.N.A.M striker Manuel Negrete and Javier Aguirre from Atlante.
On the 35th minute with the game still at 0-0, Negrete receives a long ball, controls this on the volley, then with the ball about 25 yards out flicks it out to Aguirre who volleys it back in a classic 1-2 triangular motion to Negrete who heads towards the edge of the Bulgarian box, bypassing the man, then in a moment of genius fires in a classic side on scissor kick to keeper Mikhailovs bottom left hand corner, causing the Mexican crowd to go wild, followed by the standard commentator reaction of GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL.
The Mexican team went onto dominate the game winning 2-0 with Defender Raul Servin scoring in the 61st minute. Mexico went into the Quarter Final to face the strong West German side but were knocked out on penalties after a 0-0 draw, with your man Negrete netting the only pen in a 4-1 defeat.
Goal Link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIWZDjyoqAA