What is the hand of God of Maradona?
The hand of God is a famous goal scored by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal between Argentina and England. This goal was scored by using Maradona’s left hand to touch the ball before putting it in the back of the net.
The goal was scored on June 22, 1986 in Mexico City, at the Azteca Stadium. The first half was almost over when Maradona scored this goal with his left hand. The goal was awarded by the referee at the time, Ali Bin Nasser, who did not see the foul committed by Maradona.
Maradona later said that the goal was scored “a little with Maradona’s head and a little with hand of God. Indeed, Maradona later admitted that he used his hand to score the goal. According to him, he scored the goal in this way because he was frustrated at not being able to score goals in previous games against England.
The hand of God was a foul because it is considered a violation of the rules of soccer. The use of the hand or arm to touch the ball is prohibited unless the goalkeeper does so in his own penalty area.
The reaction of the referee and players after the hand of God was mixed. The referee did not see the foul and awarded the goal. The English players protested the referee’s decision, but their protest was ignored.
Argentina eventually won the match 2-1. Maradona scored a second goal in this match, considered one of the most beautiful goals in soccer history.
The hand of God had a significant impact on Maradona’s career. The goal helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup and propelled Maradona to the status of a soccer legend. However, it also caused controversy and anger among England fans, who considered it a cheat.
The hand of God had a significant impact on soccer in general, as it highlighted the importance of refereeing decisions in the sport. It also raised questions about ethics and fair play in the sport.
Today, the hand of God is generally considered a historic moment in soccer, although it remains controversial. Some soccer fans consider Maradona a cheater for scoring the goal, while others consider him one of the greatest players of all time.
There have been other similar incidents in soccer history. For example, in 2010, Thierry Henry, the former French national team player, used his hand to help France qualify for the World Cup.