El Salvador v Mexico, 1970 World Cup

Mexico thrash El Salvador in the Azteca, and a wonderful colourised artistic impression of match action

Mexico 4 v 0 El Salvador

Central Americans Clash In Mexico City

In 1969 the so-called 'Soccer War' broke out between El Salvador and Honduras when a World Cup qualifier gave a pretext for a dispute over land policy to be escalated into armed conflict. The fighting lasted four days.

Qualification placed El Salvador in the same group as hosts Mexico, Belgium and the Soviet Union. A 0 v 3 defeat by Belgium led The Salvadorians into their second group game against Mexico where they were thrashed 0 v 4 and they would ultimately prop up the group in 4rth place. However the central americans didnt take defeat lying down, hounding the referee and complaining at will; all in vain!

The original black and white image

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