Flashback: No 13. Mexico 1986: Maradona hands Argentina a second triumph

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Diego Maradona leaves England players trailing during Argentina's 2-1 quarter-final victory at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in 1986.

If one man could be said to have carried his side to World Cup glory it was Maradona in 1986. Four years previously in Spain the little genius had been kicked by Italians and sent off against Brazil – in Mexico he set about exacting revenge.

Argentina under coach Carlos Bilardo were a more defensive side than the one which lifted the World Cup in 1978 but that merely provided the platform for Maradona to shine. Against England he scored what was arguably the best goal in World Cup history – after his infamous "Hand of God" had beaten Peter Shilton to make it 1-0 – only to top it with another individual effort in the semi-final against Belgium.

In the final with West Germany all eyes were on Maradona and he did not disappoint, his pass with seven minutes to go setting up Jorge Burruchaga's winner.

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