The botched call occurred on June 22, 1986 in front of 114,580 fans in Mexico City’s Estadia Azteca.
Known by the divinely inspired nickname the Hand of God, the controversial goal has never been forgotten and has been forever memorialized in sports blogs like these for the past 32 years.
During the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match-up between Argentina and England, Argentina’s Diego Maradona illegally punched a loose ball in the box into the back of the net. Maradona’s obvious hand ball goal should have been immediately disallowed by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser.
However, the goal stood and eliminated an angry English team from further competition in the tournament.
Video footage confirmed Maradona’s illegal goal. Yet, the small, chubby Argentine striker credited this unlikely goal to his head and to the Hand of God.
Maradona’s Hand of God Goal Replays Itself in Heated World Cup Debates
More than 25 years later, the Hand of God goal replays itself in heated debates. This happens whenever Maradona’s name is mentioned or when the 1986 World Cup game between the two countries is discussed.
I’m certain that Diego Maradona’s dubious score will even be referenced sometime during FOX Sports’ World Cup coverage during this quadrennial’s global tournament held in Russia.
Oddly, Maradona’s other goal in the second half of Argentina’s 2 – 1 victory over England should be as keenly remembered.
Maradona brilliantly dribbled through five English defenders before finding the back of the net. This was called the goal of the century by FIFA in 2002. On this goal, Maradona scored legally with his foot and not with his hand.
Maradona continued his brilliance in the semi-final match against Belgium, scoring twice. In the finals against Germany, a heavily marked Maradona assisted on the game winner to allow Argentina to win the World Cup 3 – 2 against the Germans.
When discussing the best footballers of all time, Diego Maradona is instantly named along with Pele, Lionel Messi and Johan Crujff.
He’s also featured in my sports book about all-time FIFA Favorites.Maradona’s deft touches, sudden bursts of athleticism and amazing soccer skill secure his lore among the sport’s greatest icons.
Fans’ initial memories of Diego Maradona’s incredible career will focus on what he did with his dazzling feet on the soccer pitch.
However, recollections of Maradona will never forget how the Argentine illegally scored in a vital World Cup victory for his country with a little help from the Almighty or the Hand of God.
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