Before he ever became 'Tim Vickery, South American football expert,' the well-known football journalist was sitting at home in England to watch the World Cup quarter-final in 1986. Defeated soundly Argentina would continue to stake a claim to the islands and four years on Diego Maradona saw the fixture as an opportunity to restore some pride. He challenged me for a high, looping ball, but knew he wouldn't get it with his head, so he punched it into the net. "The hand of God" was a phrase used by the Argentine footballer Diego Maradona to describe a goal that he scored during the Argentina v England quarter finals match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.The goal took place on 22 June 1986, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.Under association football rules, Maradona should have received a yellow card for using his hand and … Maradona, seven inches shorter than Shilton, contested for the loose ball, with his left hand, while Shilton attempted to punch with his right. Maradona Hand of God Goal Video: The venue was Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Maradona's quick thinking -- and quick hand -- handed Argentina a World Cup quarterfinal victory against England in Mexico City during the 1986 tournament. “Not then, not 30 years later…not on my death bed.”, “I would have killed him if he hadn’t admitted it”. It was tough. “Not sorry at all! 55 – Diego Maradona: Argentina v England 1986 – 90 World Cup Minutes In 90 Days Adam Brandon 0 April 20, 2018 WFI ‘s Adam Brandon counts down to Russia 2018 with 90 World Cup goals in 90 days, scored in the minute corresponding to the day in the countdown. “She is up somewhere else now but probably still wants to punch him.”. Thirty-one years ago today, the 22nd of June 1986, will forever be etched in the fabric of football. Argentina v England was a football match played on 22 June 1986 between Argentina and England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Diego Maradona’s greatest goal revisited. Maradona would win the race of limbs, knocking the ball into Shilton’s net. "A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God", Diego Armando Maradona told a melee of reporters at the Azteca Stadium in 1986. The Napoli player would initially celebrate while clocking the reactions of referee Ali Bennaceur and his officials, before leaping triumphantly in front of travelling Argentinian supporters following the confirmation of the goal. This article was originally published on 22 June 2017, 31 years to the day after the quarter-final between England and Argentina. WATCH: Diego Maradona’s Goal of the Century against England in 1986 World Cup It is nearly impossible to pick the greatest moment in any sport. 12/30 | El Diego Maradona vs England, World Cup 1986 - June 15, 2018 6/30 | El Tri – Mexico’s Misfortunes in the World Cup - May 22, 2018 5/30 | Brazil 1982 – Football Beyond Enthralling - May 19, 2018 Probably the best thing he ever did, because I would have killed him if he hadn’t admitted it.”. Diego ‘escaped’ a potentially fractious situation. But Argentina treated the game as revenge for the Falklands War four years previously, which claimed nearly 1,000 lives – the majority Argentine. While it is impossible to not mention the infamous Maradona Hand of God moment while discussing the Argentina vs England 1986 World Cup quarter-final, the game also saw Diego Maradona score one of his greatest goals ever. Four minutes later Maradona would score what has been become known as the “Goal of the Century”, comabtively dribbling past a number of England defenders and then ‘keeper Shilton before sliding the ball home to extend Argentina’s lead. What have Diego Maradona and Peter Shilton said about the goal? 1 share What a Goal: Maradona VS England (1986) 2 shares Kicking and Screaming: The Bouncing Souls. Barcelona to Bayern: the secrets of European football success, The man who collected all 211 international football shirts, James Richardson on Football Italia: ‘There was a romance to it’, How to be a football fan in a summer without football, When Paolo Di Canio pushed over a referee – and shocked world football, The cost of relegation: what the drop really means for Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City. MEXICO CITY (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: The quarterfinal match at the 1986 World Cup encapsulated both the best and worst of Diego Maradona, who died Wednesday at the age of 60. Picking the ball up in the Argentine half, he danced and pirouetted away from two opponents. He said: “What I don't like is that he never apologised...never at any stage did he say he had cheated and that he would like to say sorry. Diego Maradona vs England in 1986: the good, the bad and the ugly. “I am not sorry for scoring with my hand,” he wrote in his recent book ‘Touched by God: How we won the Mexico ’86 World Cup’. A year on, I'm still catching up on Zoom etiquette, Sergei Polunin on 'Simple Passion', getting rid of his tattoos and why he refuses to say sorry, Liverpool's expected 4-3-3 line up vs Man City with Kabak in line for debut. The game was held four years after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and was a key part in the already intense Argentina–England football rivalry.It was also a … Maradona’s unwillingness to repent has done little to allow wounds to heal. Everybody did — apart from the referee and two linesmen.”. Fitting, as that’s exactly what Maradona did to the ball, putting Argentina ahead. View in App Diego Maradona's performances at the ‘86 World Cup are regarded as one of the great individual performances at an international tournament. FIFA 21 vs US: Adama Traore. “He pointed to his hand. Back in the dressing room, the normally amiable Ray Wilkins chased away the Argentina kitman, who was attempting to swap shirts. “I am not sorry for scoring with my hand.”. Great Britain would inflict heavy losses on Argentinian forces who would surrender after 74 days handing power back to the UK. And Scotland. Inghilter... Maradona: The most beautiful goal in the history. Hand of God: Diego Maradona ousts England at 1986 World Cup The victory was Argentina’s first over England in the World Cup competition. the magnitude of maradona's was about a million times larger, based solely on the significance of the game it was scored in. “She hated Maradona,” says Samson. Diego Maradona ousts England at 1986 World Cup The squat, powerful and quick Maradona dribbled through three English players, around goalkeeper Peter Shilton and then poked the ball into the net from short range. In one flick of the hand Maradona made sure he would go down in infamy in England but, equally, he would be revered for eternity in Argentina. Super Bowl 2021: when is the NFL championship game, kickoff, coverage start time and how to watch in UK, What did Justin Thomas say? Even if he scored a goal that is still celebrated 31 years on, he also ruined a summer for millions of England fans with a moment of the utmost deception. “As he ran away to celebrate he even looked back twice, as if waiting for the referee's whistle. Relive the full match of Argentina v England from the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico quarter-finals. Four years prior to the game England and Argentina were opposing parties in a bitter conflict over the status of the remote Falkland Islands. Somewhat surprisingly, the rest of the 90 minutes of football was serene by comparison. Watch a full replay of the 1986 Fifa World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina, perhaps the most iconic game of Diego Maradona's career. Cheating. Maradona fouled during Argentina's 1986 World Cup clash vs South Korea. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. A place in the semi-finals of the World Cup awaited the winner, but for Argentina there was more at stake. It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship.”, This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). "It wasn't my plan but the action happened so fast that the linesman didn't see me putting my hand in. What a hand of God, it was the hand of Diego!”. The image of Argentina’s diminutive number 10 deceiving England’s towering ‘keeper Peter Shilton has evolved into one of the most iconic images in football history. The Porteno, who died at he age of 60 on Wednesday, was describing the responsible parties for his first of two goals against England in a game which would go down in football infamy and legend. They told us that we were winning the war. I knew it was my hand. Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. He knew what he had done. Trending News. “That wasn't right. The English won in 1962 and 1966. Valdano is unable to keep it under control with Three Lions midfielder Steve Hodge looping the ball towards goalkeeper Peter Shilton with the outside of his boot. “I did the drugs test with Maradona,” Butcher recalled. No words can do Maradona’s second goal in the World Cup quarter-final justice. In the 51st minute with the game goalless, Maradona attempts to play a one-two with teammate Jorge Valdano on the edge of England’s box. Dochev, the Bulgarian official, passed away two days before the release of Maradona’s book. “I know the Scots came up with a chant they sing in the stadium when they play against the English and when they sing it the Scots looks happy,” wrote Diego. Yet, you ask any football fan about the greatest goal scored and the first that comes to mind is perhaps Diego Maradona’s magical goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. The Argentine football player scored with his hand against England’s Peter Shilton before scoring ‘the goal of the century’ minutes later. REUTERS. He had previously admitted that “Diego Maradona ruined my life”. A clear offence. Il goal più bello della storia. Speaking in Asif Kapadia’s 2019 documentary, Diego Maradona would say: "We, as Argentinians, didn't know what the military was up to. Driving forward, he waltzed past Peter Reid, skipped inside Terry Butcher, left Terry Fenwick for dead, before sitting Peter Shilton down and evading Butcher’s despairing slide tackle. After the game had concluded, both Maradona and the irascible Butcher were chosen to attend a drugs test. 22 June 1986, will … It’s up there with Carlos Alberto for Brazil in 1970 for goal of the century. Argentina comfortably saw off Belgium in the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory, both goals scored by Diego Maradona, before contesting a World Cup final for the ages, defeating West Germany 3-2 with Maradona assisting the decisive third goal for the South Americans. What a Goal: Maradona VS England (1986) Kicking and Screaming: The Bouncing Souls. 1. While Gary Lineker is not overly perturbed by the incident, Butcher, Shilton and Samson (and his late mother Rose) are all still livid, unable to forgive and forget. An opinion not shared by the mother of England left-back Kenny Samson. In the years that followed the tournament St George’s Cross flags became noticeable at games of Argentine giants Boca Juniors, having been stolen from English fans by the club’s barra-bravas. “A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”, Diego Armando Maradona told a melee of reporters at the Azteca Stadium in 1986. Instead, he used his 'Hand of God' line. The legendary live commentary by Victor Hugo Morales of the Maradona's Goal of the Century, which exemplifies its characteristic style. The Napoli star’s attribution of a goal and blatant piece of cheating to God would incense England fans, delight Argentines and secured him a place in the hearts of Scotland supporters. Golf champion’s homophobic slur after a missed putt explained - and his apology. But in reality, England was winning 20-0. Just watch. It was a nice feeling like some sort of symbolic revenge against the English.”. Diego Maradona of Argentina in action with the player of England during the World Cup quarter final match between Argentina and England on June 22, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico. Catch him if you can: Maradona vs England at the 1986 World Cup. Remember the Name: Darwin Nunez.