Mark Leech on a certain goal scored by Diego Maradona against England 28 years ago
“The famous hand of god goal – this is the sort of picture sports photographers dream of capturing, an iconic moment in sporting history.
© L'Equipe Archive / Offside Sports Photography
None of the English photographers got this picture. There was no evidence of this in the English press the following day.
It was taken by a Frenchman from L’Equipe. This was the one you would’ve wanted to get.
I blame Shilton for being too slow off his line. Maybe he thought Maradona was only 5’7 so he would never get it.
He was as sly as a fox with that touch of the hand. He scored two unforgettable goals in four minutes that day.
The 1986 World Cup final [against Germany, also in the exhibition] was one of the best and most dramatic ever.
Love him or hate him, it was Maradona’s tournament.”
- Offside Sports Photography have a World Cup exhibition at The Old Red Lion, St John Street, London until July 18 2014. Visit welloffside.com.
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