Top 10: Most memorable World Cup goals
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9) The Hand of God: Diego does the nasty
Diego Maradona (Argentina) vs England, 22 June 1986
The South Americans have a word for it: malicia in Portuguese, malícia in Spanish. The literal translation may be "malice", but the connotation is cunning, craftiness, street-smarts: bending the rules to get away with what you can. Michael Owen displayed it in the 2002 World Cup, diving over an Argentinian leg to get a penalty. But the finest example came from one of the finest players the planet has produced.
The England-Argentina quarter-final had an added edge of straightforward malice due to the recent Falklands conflict; certainly Terry Fenwick felt no compunction about clearly elbowing the face of Diego Maradona, easily the best player in the Argentina team and the world. Maradona expected rough treatment, and knew what would hurt in return.
Receiving the ball from Julio Olarticoechea just inside the England half, Maradona turns and accelerates towards the England D, slipping past Glenn Hoddle, Peter Reid and Terry Fenwick and drawing Terry Butcher out of defence before passing to Jorge Valdano and sprinting on past Kenny Sansom and Gary Stevens for the return. Steve Hodge gets to the ball before Valdano but his sliced clearance loops into the air, falling towards goalkeeper Peter Shilton - until Maradona's typically impressive leap allows him to beat Shilton to the ball and flick it into the net.
Shilton and his defenders appealed immediately for handball, but Tunisian referee Alin Bin Nasser refused to disallow the goal. England would have to chase the game in the Mexican heat.