The USSR team became the first team to make a substitution in World Cup history in this match. Seed in Group 1 the 1970 World Cup started with the match between Mexico and the Soviet Union. Other opponents in their group were Belgium and El Salvador. Mexico and the Soviet Union had finished tied at the top of Group 1 on both points and goal difference, meaning that the drawing of lots was required to rank them. On 12 June the draw ranked the Soviets as group winners. The Soviet team easily qualified to the quarter-final where they lost against Uruguay in extra time. This was the last time the Soviet Union reached the quarter-finals.