On This Day…. The Hand Of God

31 years ago the unthinkable happened. The quarter finals of the World Cup in Mexico saw England take on Argentina. Argentine talisman Diego Maradona was one of, if not THE best player in the world at the time. His sublime skills and ability were a joy to watch. However, one moment of cheating will never be forgotten and for those of us in England it is what sums him up.

He scored another goal that day. A goal that was one of the best solo goals you’ll ever likely to see. But it’s the ‘HAND OF GOD’ that will always define him for me and many other Englishmen. He coined the phrase himself by claiming ‘it was a little with the head and a little with the hand of God’ He also desperately wanted his team mates to celebrate with him for fear of the goal being disallowed. 

The referee and linesman have gone on record as saying they were waiting for each other to respond. 

Argentina went on to lift the trophy after beating Belgium in the semi finals, before the crowning glory with victory in the final against West Germany. 

The infamous moment is now well and truly in the past, but a huge moment that will never be forgotten.

 
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Serbia V Wales Preview And Confirmed Line Ups

Tonight Serbia entertain Wales in a World Cup qualifying group D match. The Welsh are in need of  a victory to boost their chances of going to Russia next summer after being unable to show the form they showed at last year’s European Championships.

Team News 

Wales are without the suspended Gareth Bale. A huge loss for the Welsh. Also out are Hal Robson-Kanu, Ben Woodburn, James Collins, Andy King and Jonny Williams through injury.

Confirmed Line Ups
Serbia: Stojkovic, Rukavina, Nastasic, Ivanovic, Mitrovic, Tadic, Kolarov, Vukovic, Milivojevic, Kostic, Matic.

Wales : Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, Williams, Chester, Richards, Edwards, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Vokes 

Wales Online
Previous meetings haven’t favoured Wales and they have never won in Serbia. The last meeting earlier in this campaign finished 1-1 in Cardiff.  Bale gave Wales the lead, Mitrovic equalized late on for Serbia.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

UPDATE: LINE UPS CONFIRMED             Scotland v England – Preview

Today at 5pm Scotland entertain England in a World Cup qualifier. England currently sit top of group F and will be hoping to take another step towards qualification for next year’s world cup in Russia. Scotland on the other hand currently lie 4th in the standings and are in need of morale boosting victory against the auld enemy.

Confirmed Starting Line ups – 

Scotland XI to play England: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Armstrong, Snodgrass, Griffiths #SCOENG

Scotland Subs: Hamilton, Marshall, R. Martin, Reynolds, Bannan, D. Fletcher, McArthur, Cairney, Fraser, Forrest, C. Martin, Naismith #SCOENG


England XI to play Scotland: Hart Walker Cahill Smalling Bertrand Dier Livermore Lallana Alli Rashford Kane #SCOENG

England Subs: Forster, Trippier, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland #SCOENG

Courtesy of Sky Football 


Team News

Jamie Murphy, Kenny McLean and Mark Reynolds have all been added to the squad but Oliver Burke, Matt Philip’s and Jordan Rhodes all miss out this time. Celtic’s Callum McGregor has not been called up despite many thinking the midfielder would be. Also Grant Hanley misses out through injury.

GoalkeepersCraig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Hull City), Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen), Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Kieran Tierney (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Jamie Murphy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Steven Naismith (Norwich City)

– BBC SPORT

England travel to Glasgow without Jamie Vardy and Nathaniel Clyne who have pulled out through injury since the original squad was named. Ben Gibson might well get his international debut.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

– BBC SPORT

Today’s game will be the 114th between the two rival nations…

Check out previous memorable matches between Scotland and England

Confirmed line up’s will be announced here when available…..



27 Years Ago – The Day Cameroon shocked Argentina 

It’s incredible to think it’s 27 years ago today that the 1990 World Cup kicked off in Italy. I for the one remember it so well. 

The first match saw the  footballing greats of Argentina face African minnows Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions were competing at their 2nd World Cup Finals and up against the holders you would be forgiven to expected one outcome….. A win for the white and sky blues. 

In front of 73,780 at the San Siro in Milan… Cameroon had other ideas. After a goalless first half, The Cameroon were riding their luck further after Andre Kana-Biyik saw red just after the hour mark. But a surprise that shocked world football was still to come. With 67 minutes gone…Francois Oman-Biyik write himself into World Cup folklore by scoring the only goal of the game and sending people in places such as Yaounde and Douala dilerious. There was still a late twist as Benjamin Massing received a 2nd yellow, but the 9 men held on for a famous win and also won the group before eventually succumbing to England at the quarter final stage.