On the passing of Diego Maradona, journalist Tim Vickery joined OTB Sports to discuss one of the Argentine icon's most memorable performances against England in the 1986 World Cup. Diego Maradona vs England in 1986: the good, the bad and the ugly. 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. "Diego always scores spectacular goals, and that second one today was perhaps the best I've seen him score," Bilardo said. “I did the drugs test with Maradona,” Butcher recalled. Bogdan Dochev, the assistant referee, said: “Although I felt immediately there was something irregular, back in that time Fifa didn’t allow the assistants to discuss the decisions with the referee.”. not that messi's goal wasn't great (because it certainly was), but it was against freaking getafe in a midseason la liga fixture. 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. 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. Instead, he used his 'Hand of God' line. Great Britain would inflict heavy losses on Argentinian forces who would surrender after 74 days handing power back to the UK. 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. Il goal più bello della storia. 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. “I am not sorry for scoring with my hand.”. “She is up somewhere else now but probably still wants to punch him.”. 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. 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. If you hear the Tartan Army singing the ‘Hokey Cokey’ it is in honour of Maradona and his left hand. 1 share What a Goal: Maradona VS England (1986) 2 shares Kicking and Screaming: The Bouncing Souls. He knew what he had done. The 1986 World Cup Quarter Finals featured international giants England and Argentina, and high expectations were set since both of these teams had world-class squads, with players such as Gary Lineker and John Barnes representing England, and Jorge Burruchaga and Diego Armando Maradona backing up Argentina. Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. An Argentina side heavily reliant on 25-year-old Diego Maradona took on an England side which featured the talents of Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle and Terry Butcher among others. 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 English won in 1962 and 1966. An Argentina side heavily reliant on 25-year-old Diego Maradona took on an England side which featured the talents of Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle and Terry Butcher among others. “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’. England - Argentina, world cup football championship Mexico 1986. Fitting, as that’s exactly what Maradona did to the ball, putting Argentina ahead. The legendary live commentary by Victor Hugo Morales of the Maradona's Goal of the Century, which exemplifies its characteristic style. “That wasn't right. A driving run from diminutive Diego injected the game with a spark of urgency, but two poor touches, one from a team-mate, another from an opponent, saw the ball spin upwards. “Not sorry at all! The referee looked at me and he said: 'Goal.' “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. Diego ‘escaped’ a potentially fractious situation. 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. Maradona, seven inches shorter than Shilton, contested for the loose ball, with his left hand, while Shilton attempted to punch with his right. Dochev, the Bulgarian official, passed away two days before the release of Maradona’s book. Diego Maradona’s greatest goal revisited. Inghilter... Maradona: The most beautiful goal in the history. 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. i's guide to the 1st India vs England Test - dates, times, TV coverage and team news, Why the Peter Rabbit 50p coin is among the rarest in circulation, Did you know you aren't supposed to wave? A place in the semi-finals of the World Cup awaited the winner, but for Argentina there was more at stake. 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. 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 … On the line was a place in the semi-finals. England goalkeeper Shilton remembered the goal less fondly, stating: "None of us expected what happened next. Maradona notched both of La Albiceleste's goals in the 2-1 quarter-final victory over England, before doing the exact same in the 2-0 semi-final win against Belgium. Maradona’s unwillingness to repent has done little to allow wounds to heal. Hand of God: Diego Maradona ousts England at 1986 World Cup The victory was Argentina’s first over England in the World Cup competition. REUTERS. 22 June 1986, will … © 2020 Associated Newspapers Limited. But Argentina treated the game as revenge for the Falklands War four years previously, which claimed nearly 1,000 lives – the majority Argentine. But in reality, England was winning 20-0. 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. Picking the ball up in the Argentine half, he danced and pirouetted away from two opponents. Wiritng in his 2000 biography, Maradona described the goal as follows: “Now I can say what I couldn't at that moment, what I defined at that time as The Hand of God. It was a nice feeling like some sort of symbolic revenge against the English.”. Somewhat surprisingly, the rest of the 90 minutes of football was serene by comparison. This article was originally published on 22 June 2017, 31 years to the day after the quarter-final between England and Argentina. “Not then, not 30 years later…not on my death bed.”, “I would have killed him if he hadn’t admitted it”. 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. All rights reserved. Maradona fouled during Argentina's 1986 World Cup clash vs South Korea. Cheating. How could we? And Scotland. 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. I knew it was my hand. Golf champion’s homophobic slur after a missed putt explained - and his apology. 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. 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. 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. What have Diego Maradona and Peter Shilton said about the goal? The stage - 1986 World Cup. Remarkably, the fall out from the goal would stretch for decades with Maradona often stoking the flames of English discontent. Four years prior to the game England and Argentina were opposing parties in a bitter conflict over the status of the remote Falkland Islands. He scored one of soccer’s most astounding goals, weaving through England’s midfield and defense before finding the back of the net. 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. the magnitude of maradona's was about a million times larger, based solely on the significance of the game it was scored in. 1. "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. Relive the full match of Argentina v England from the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico quarter-finals. 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. 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 Writing in the Daily Mail on Wednesday, shortly after Maradona’s death, Shilton stated that he had still not forgiven Maradona. Thirty-one years ago today, the 22nd of June 1986, will forever be … Diego Maradona's performances at the ‘86 World Cup are regarded as one of the great individual performances at an international tournament. What a hand of God, it was the hand of Diego!”. Super Bowl 2021: when is the NFL championship game, kickoff, coverage start time and how to watch in UK, What did Justin Thomas say? What a Goal: Maradona VS England (1986) Kicking and Screaming: The Bouncing Souls. 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. View in App After the game had concluded, both Maradona and the irascible Butcher were chosen to attend a drugs test. 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. Catch him if you can: Maradona vs England at the 1986 World Cup. Young Talents Pt. Gregor Townsend names Scotland team to face England in Six N... Celtic prepare Ajeti appeal, Rangers 'made inquiry' for Chel... Former Celtic and Rangers defender interviewed for Kilmarnoc... Celtic agree fee for forward, Ex-Rangers ace’s Gerrard claim... What did Justin Thomas say? Thirty-one years ago today, the 22nd of June 1986, will forever be etched in the fabric of football. At the famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in front of nearly 115,000 sun-drenched fans, Diego Maradona confirmed his place in the history of the sport as one of the greatest – and most controversial – players of all time. 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’s up there with Carlos Alberto for Brazil in 1970 for goal of the century. “As he ran away to celebrate he even looked back twice, as if waiting for the referee's whistle. 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. With the temperature high and passions even hotter, both sets of fans clashed. Trending News. “She hated Maradona,” says Samson. Maradona's quick thinking -- and quick hand -- handed Argentina a World Cup quarterfinal victory against England in Mexico City during the 1986 tournament. 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. Maradona Hand of God Goal Video: The venue was Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Remember the Name: Darwin Nunez. Back in the dressing room, the normally amiable Ray Wilkins chased away the Argentina kitman, who was attempting to swap shirts. "It wasn't my plan but the action happened so fast that the linesman didn't see me putting my hand in. The hype made it seem like we were going to play out another war. It was tough. Bennaceur would consult with one of his linesman following protestations by England before confirming that the goal stood. FIFA 21 vs US: Adama Traore. 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The Argentine football player scored with his hand against England’s Peter Shilton before scoring ‘the goal of the century’ minutes later. "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 … An opinion not shared by the mother of England left-back Kenny Samson. No words can do Maradona’s second goal in the World Cup quarter-final justice. Just watch. They told us that we were winning the war. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. A clear offence. Watching the goal back, even though the outcome is known, it’s only on a third viewing that it becomes obvious. 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. 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. 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. Diego Maradona would deliver his famous press conference, stating "Un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios," ("a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God") and the media would act with a mixture of outrage and delight. Speaking in Asif Kapadia’s 2019 documentary, Diego Maradona would say: "We, as Argentinians, didn't know what the military was up to. “He pointed to his hand. Maradona’s mother called it the best goal she had ever seen in her life. Getty Images.