1.The Hand of GodThe major highlight (or well the lowlight) of Diego Maradona’s career took place in this quarter-final played in Mexico. The teams drew 0-0 going into half time. However 6 minutes into second half Maradona charged towards the England goalkeeper. It looked as if Shilton would be the first to reach and punch the ball away being eight inches taller. However it was Maradona who got to it first with his outstretched arm and pushed it into the England net, scoring one of the most infamous goals in the world cup history. All the still photos and videos showed the clear handball however to the disbelief of the rest of the world, the goal stood and Argentina won the game 2-1 and went on to win the world cup. This handball came to be known forever as “Hand of God” as said by Maradona later on.
2. Luis Suarez: The VillainUndoubtedly Luis Suarez is one of the top 50 best performers for club and country. However he has been accused of biting players on three different occasions. In 2014 in South Africa he was involved in a controversial incident with Giorgio Cheillini. The game was at 0-0 when in the 79th minute Suarez clashed with Chiellini in a penalty area scuffle and both went to the ground apparently in pain. However the replays showed that the Uruguayan had bitten the Italian defender and should have been sent off. The referee failed to spot the incident but later on Suarez was imposed to a 4 month ban including 9 international matches. This proved to be a highly controversial moment as Uruguay won the game to knock Italy out from the competition.
3. The Disallowed GoalToday looks back to 2010 world cup match between Germany and England when frank lampard’s superb strike was disallowed despite it having crossed the goal line. Germany were 2-0 up after 32 minutes but the three lions got themselves right back on track just after 5 minutes with a well taken goal from Matthew Upson and soon after Lampard looked to have equalized only for the ref Jorge Larrionda to disallow it.
England was on the suffering end as they went on to lose 4-1. But this highly controversial moment made a positive influence on the game leading to Fifa introducing goal line technology for the 2014 world cup. Would the goal have changed the outcome? Some will argue.
World Cup 2010, Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal v Germany… pic.twitter.com/CWXDpDu0mO— 90thMin ⚽️ (@90thMin) June 3, 2018
4. Zidane HeadbuttIn his final ever appearance for France, Zinedine Zidane was accused of head butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Locked in at 1-1 after 110 minutes the heat was on but he stayed in the kitchen. The replays showing of what Zidane had done sent the crowd into utter shock. He was sent off for violent conduct and Italy went on to win the world cup 5-3 on penalties, meanwhile Zidane to everyones dismay ended his glittering career on a low.
It was later revealed that Materazzi had made foul comments about the midfielder’s sister which sent Zidane fuming and in a state of rage over him.
Countdown to the World Cup moment 9: Zidane headbutt pic.twitter.com/2s49RP9zLZ— The Mill, Cambridge (@TheMillCam) June 5, 2018