Argentina were up against England in their FIFA World Cup quarter-final match but little did fans know that the match will turn out to be one of the most famous in the history of the tournament. The match which took place in Mexico City produced an unforgettable incident as Diego Maradona scored with his hand and the famous ‘Hand of God’ incident was etched in history books.
It couldn’t be anyone else other than the then greatest player on the planet, or the greatest player in the history of the game for some, Diego Maradona who donned the No. 10 on his back and led the Argentines with the captain’s armband. Maradona scored a brace in the match as the La Albiceleste secured a 2-1 win over England, but it was his first goal (with the hand) that made headlines.
Coming into the World Cup as a 25-year-old, Maradona knew what Argentina vs England rivalry was. Fully determined for a victory, the Argentine great was tormenting the defence left-right-centre but he got success in the unlikeliest of manners which left the England players feeling cheated.
The Argentina No.10 dribbled past England’s Glenn Hoddle to get into the danger area before beating two more England players to unleash a slick pass to Jorge Valdano. Maradona then made his way into the penalty box before a fumble between players saw the ball fall right on top of his head. Maradona rose in an attempt to head the ball but punched it past the onrushing Peter Shilton on realising that he couldn’t hit it with the head.
Here’s the video of the Hand of God goal:
While England players felt cheated, Maradona never apologised for the act. “The truth is that I don’t for a second regret scoring that goal with my hand,” the Argentine legend had admitted back in 2005.