As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by.
Here is number 7.
PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 7: Diego Maradona versus England in 1986
Diego Maradona scored twice at Azteca Stadium against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, one a thing of beauty and the other perhaps the most infamous goal in World Cup history.
We’ll start with the controversy: Maradona clearly used his arm to push the ball over the leaping Peter Shilton, giving Argentina in 1-0 lead after 51 minutes. After the game, Maradona famously said (translated into English), “A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”
His second goal, however, was four minutes later and a thing of only wonder. Maradona dashed through half of England’s team (at least half) on a half-field dribble before sliding the ball into the goal. If the first is known as the “Hand of God,” this has become known as the “Goal of the Century.”
Tournament leading scorer Gary Lineker pulled one back, but it was too late. Argentina went through with a 2-1 win, and won the tournament win a final win over West Germany.