When Spain beat Malta 12-1 to qualify for Euro 84 on goals scored | Football

Some football matches will forever be shrouded in suspicion. Every so often a result comes along that lends itself to conspiracy theories and accusations. Ask any Dutch football fan about a match that brings into question sporting integrity and they will point you to Spain’s 12-1 victory against Malta on 21 December 1983.

The Netherlands were on the brink of qualifying for Euro 84, having just beaten Malta 5-0 in Rotterdam in their final qualifier. They were top of the group, two points above Spain – in the era of two points for a win – with a whopping 11-goal advantage. Only a…

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