Sunday 22 June 1986 (Maradona’s Hand of God)

What’s to be said about today?  Let me just get the mundanities out of the way first.  Because my ankle was in a state after spraining it on Friday, my brother did me paper round, and in putting one of my contact lenses I managed to scratch my eyeball.  Sorry, I should have advised looking away, for those of you who are squeamish.

Anyway, at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City in front of 115,000 punters, England departed the world cup 2-1 at the hands of Argentina.  Well more accurately at the hand of one Diego Armando Maradona.  But hey, whatever you say about the first goal (and it was handball) I agree with Barry Davies for the second, because it was magnificent and is arguably the best goal ever scored.  England then, belatedly, woke up and pulled one back through Lineker and even had a chance to level it at 2-2, but our Gary’s not tall enough.

In the other game, red hot favourites Spain, were sent packing by a determined Belgium team after a penalty shoot out.  So, the semi finals would see an all European clash and a Europe versus South America clash with France against West Germany and Belgium taking on Argentina.

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