BY KUNLE SOLAJA
It is 34 years today since the legendary Diego Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in World Cup history.
On this date, 22 June 1986 at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico in a quarterfinal match involving Argentina and England, the stocky and short player rose above a taller England’s goalkeeper, Peter Shilton and used his hand to punch the ball into the net.
The goalkeeper protested in vain. But Tunisian referee, Ali Bennaceur insisted it was a goal.
Maradona later sarcastically described it as ‘hand of God’.
After this infamous game, Maradona refused to apologise or even acknowledge his offence, instead he sarcastically described the act as the ‘Hand Of God’.
But barely five minutes after the controversial goal came what is till date regarded as the best goal ever in the World Cup. If the first goal was roguish, the second atoned for it.
He took off from almost 65 yards and dribbled past eight bewildered English players before scoring what is often regarded as the goal of the century to double Argentina’s lead.
Ten minutes to end, Garry Linekar scored a consolatory goal for England, bringing scores to 2-1.