So away we go - and ITV kicked off the World Cup .... by showing a schoolboys international at Wembley between England and Italy!
But that evening BBC showed the opening ceremony followed by live coverage of the opening match kicking off at 7pm - as the defending champions Italy drew a tough game with Bulgaria 1-1.
Italy 1 Bulgaria 1
Altobelli 43 - Sirakov 85
Italy P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Bulgaria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Argentina P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
South Korea P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
1 - Strakov (Bul) Altobelli (Ita)
ITV WORLD CUP TITLES 1986
GAME OF THE DAY - ITALY V BULGARIA