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The Hand of God

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jun 2010 16:45

Maradona and his arm rise above Peter Shilton
Maradona and his arm rise above Peter Shilton

Argentina faced England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in the sweltering heat of Mexico in the first meeting of the two teams since the Falklands War.

After a first-half with limited chances, Maradona attempted to play the ball into the penalty area, but was beaten to it by Steve Hodge who lobbed the ball back to Peter Shilton.

In a flash, Maradona caught up to the ball, jumped for it and punched it into the net with his left arm. The referee awarded the goal despite vigorous protests from the English and, when asked about the goal after the game, Maradona declared that 'the hand of God' had guided the ball into the net.