- On June 18, 1986, Spain defeated Denmark 5-1
- Emilio Butragueno scored that day a quadruplet
- Butragueno: “It was without doubt one of the best moments of my career”
The name ofEmilio Butragueño will forever be inseparable from the round of 16 of the 1986 FIFA World Cup ™. The Spain striker allowed his side to beat Denmark by signing a quadruple in this game. A time considered as serious outsiders for the title, the Danish Dynamites suffered a rout that day (1-5).
“It was probably one of the best moments of my career. We found ourselves up against Denmark, one of the best teams at the time, who were among the favorites. The Danes were stronger than us in first half, but we were able to get back to the score by taking advantage of a mistake on their part. Then they wanted to take the game on their own and we hurt them very badly on the block. I scored four goals. .. it was extraordinary, “recalls the former Real Madrid striker, who has more than 460 appearances for the club. “I never imagined myself scoring four goals in a World Cup game. In the end, the reality was even more generous to me than my childhood dreams.”
“At the time, I felt a little funny. I was not a great goalscorer but this player, I was lucky. I also benefited from two penalties. Everything worked for me in this match. Then I exchanged my jersey with Michael Laudrup. I still have it at home. My father was in the stands with my wife. He was overjoyed. He felt like he was walking on a cloud. On the contrary, I was very calm ”, continues Butragueño, who will finish in second place in the scorers standings for this edition.
The beautiful course of theSpain However, there was an abrupt end in the quarter-finals, against Belgium, in a meeting whose fate was played on penalties.