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Maradona Hand of God Scandal

Unlike fantasy football, the real football world is full of gossips and scandals. Play online fantasy football and enjoy one of the most engaging scandals in the history of soccer which links the world’s greatest footballer, Diego Maradona. 

In 22 June 1986, the destiny of at least three people changed forever. By scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against England in a World Cup quarter-final; Diego Maradona completely convinced the world audience he had a unique football gift which was touched by God. And also by the evil spirit. 

There have been few games in football World Cup history that has left more of a lasting impact on the sport than Argentina’s victory over England in the 1986 quarter finals in the Mexico City. 

The match took over by the greatest player of the planet, Argentina’s captain and No 10, Diego Maradona.   

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The Goal 

Six minutes into the second-half, Maradona passed the ball to Jorge Valdano. And then sustained his run from the left into the England penalty area. 

The pass was interrupted by Steve Hodge but in attempting to clear the ball he skewed it into penalty area. It was where Maradona had continued his run and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton had emerged to meet it. 

Shilton was favourite to punch the ball clear, but, Maradona reached it first and with the outside of his left fist, knocked it beyond Shilton and into the net. Inexpert Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser and his linesman did not see the breach and the goal stood. Terry Fenwick and Glenn Hoddle chased Bin Nasser back to the centre circle, but their complaints fell on deaf ears. 

Maradona went from the ridiculous to the sublime as he put his team 2-0 up three minutes later. 

Getting the ball from Hector Enrique, just inside his own half, he went past five English defenders – Hodge, Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher and Fenwick – prior to rounding Shilton and sliding the ball in. Valdano was existing for a tap in but Maradona ended the move off alone for one of the greatest goals ever scored. 

Although Gary Lineker netted late on, Argentina held on for a 2-1 win. Tension had surrounded the match because it was the first time the teams had met since the Falklands War, and if the game’s characters were playing this down, the media definitely were not. 

Argentina went on to win the 1986 World Cup, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final, and Maradona was named Player of the Tournament. 

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