The hand of God in Mexico City

The hand of God in Mexico City

The name given to the goal scored by Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona in the quarter-final match between Argentina and England during the 1986 World Cup. The event took place on June 22, 1986, at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The game ended with a 2–1 win for the Argentine.

Azteca Stadium in Mexico City

Six minutes into the second half, Maradona cut inside from the left and played a diagonal low pass to the edge of the area to teammate Jorge Valdano and continued his run in the hope of a one-two movement. Maradona’s pass was played slightly behind Valdano and reached England’s Steve Hodge, the left midfielder who had dropped back to defend.

Hodge tried to hook the ball clear but miscued it. The ball looped off his foot and into the penalty area, toward Maradona, who had continued his run. England goalkeeper Peter Shilton came out of his goal to punch the ball clear. Maradona, despite being 20 cm shorter than the Shilton, reached it first with his outside left hand. The ball bounced into the goal.

Tunisia’s referee Ali Bennaceur validated the goal, but after the English players’ demands, he sought the advice of his second standard-bearer, who ratified the goal.

Websites: estadioazteca.com.mx


 

 

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