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Back in the Day: Maradona and the 'Hand of God'

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Back in the Day: Maradona and the 'Hand of God'


June 22, 1986. Diego Maradona scores a goal with his hand in Argentina’s football World Cup quarter final against England. The Tunisian referee awarded the goal and Argentina went on to win the match 2-1 and eventually the tournament. After the match the striker said the goal came “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God” (un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios). Replays show the ball clearly came off his fist. Three minutes after God’s alleged intervention in the game, Maradona scored another goal, this time legitimate, that is regarded as one of the best in World Cup history. But the match was to be remembered for his controversial first and fuelled a sporting rivalry between Argentina and England that had been developing since the Falklands War between the two countries four years earlier.

Also on June 22: Sweden adopts its national flag (1907); Joe Louis begins his 12-year reign as world heavyweight boxing champion (1937); Germany begins Operation Barbarossa and the invasion of the Soviet Union (1941).

Born on June 22: Kris Kristofferson (1936), Meryl Streep (1949), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Erin Brockovich (1960), Dan Brown (1964).

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