Argentina coach Diego Maradona is hoping heavenly intervention can save his team’s faltering World Cup qualifying campaign.
1986 quarter-final against England
Of course we’ve been here before with Maradona, something the legendary No.10 admits.
“The Beard (God) saved me many times, I hope he saves me this time too,” he said in a not very subtle reference to his notorious 'Hand of God' goal during Argentina's 1986 victory over England.
Bobby Robson put Maradona straight
It was Bobby Robson who memorably dismissed the so-called celestial interference in earthly matters.
“It wasn’t the Hand of God,” said the then England manager after the match, “it was the hand of a rascal”. Genius.
Argentina face Peru and Uruguay in their final qualifiers next month. Expect a giant hand to sweep the ball into the opposition’s net if Maradona’s team struggle at any time during these games. Or not.