On This Day - 1986 - Maradona's Hand of God goal deprives England

England players protest to the referee for the first goal after Diego Maradona scored with his hand

30 years ago saw one of the most memorable acts of cheating on a football pitch.

England players protest to the referee for the first goal after Diego Maradona scored with his handEngland players protest to the referee for the first goal after Diego Maradona scored with his hand

It was probably the most famous act of cheating in football as Argentina met England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Mexico City on this day in 1986.

The game is remembered for two goals from Diego Maradona - one as an act of cheating, the other as a wonderful solo strike.

Diego Maradona celebrates v England 1986Diego Maradona celebrates v England 1986

After a goalless first half, Maradona broke the deadlock after latching on to Steve Hodge's miscued clearance, beating Peter Shilton to the ball. The referee adjudged the Argentine forward had headed the ball goal-wards, but in reality had punched the ball into the net. The goal stood despite furious protestations from England.

What Maradona produced next however has been hailed as one of the finest goals ever scored. He picked up the ball from inside his own half before going on a run covering 60 yards - taking on four England players in the process - before feinting towards Shilton and sliding the ball home. A stark contrast. 

England pulled one back 10 minutes from the end as Gary Lineker headed home a John Barnes cross from close range but Bobby Robson's side could not do enough to claw their way back to level terms.

England were eliminated in the last eight while Argentina went on to become World Champions. 

England's Gary Lineker scores their consolation goal against Argentina - 1986England's Gary Lineker scores their consolation goal against Argentina - 1986

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