Diego Maradona recreates Hand of God goal

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Diego Maradona recreates Hand of God goal
Diego Maradona recreates Hand of God goal
  • Diego Maradona recreated his controversial 1986 World Cup goal
  • The Argentine legend was in South Korea to promote Under-20 World Cup
  • He played in a five-a-side game in the host city of Suwon
  • Maradona then drew England and Argentina in the same group  

Diego Maradona recreated his infamous 'Hand of God' goal on Monday - and then those same hands paired Argentina with England in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

The Argentine legend, 56, was in South Korea to conduct the draw for the tournament in May and took part in a five-a-side game to promote it.

And, guess what, he couldn't resist punching the ball into the net in a carbon copy of the goal that broke English hearts at the 1986 World Cup.

 Argentine legend Diego Maradona recreates his infamous Hand of God goal during a five-a-side match to promote the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea

Argentine legend Diego Maradona recreates his infamous Hand of God goal during a five-a-side match to promote the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea

 Maradona replicated the controversial handball goal that knocked England out in 1986

Maradona replicated the controversial handball goal that knocked England out in 1986

 Maradona's controversial 'Hand of God' moment sinks England at the 1986 World Cup

Maradona's controversial 'Hand of God' moment sinks England at the 1986 World Cup

 The 56-year-old took part in a five-a-side match in Suwon, South Korea on Monday

The 56-year-old took part in a five-a-side match in Suwon, South Korea on Monday

This time, though, it didn't go into the net and Maradona was booked for his cheek. 

Maradona won the FIFA World Youth Championship, as it was then known, in 1979 and went on to lift the real World Cup in Mexico seven years later.

En route to the final, it was Maradona's highly controversial handball goal past Peter Shilton that sent England tumbling out at the quarter-final stage.

Maradona, who joined fellow Argentine hero Pablo Aimar to conduct the draw in Suwon on Tuesday, then pulled out England and Argentina with Guinea and the hosts South Korea in Group A. 

Paul Simpson's England team will open their campaign against Argentina at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 20.

 Maradona shows he still possesses some ability on the football pitch in South Korea

Maradona shows he still possesses some ability on the football pitch in South Korea

 The Argentine hero celebrates wildly after hitting the target during the small-sided game

The Argentine hero celebrates wildly after hitting the target during the small-sided game

 Maradona was the centre of attention as he spoke to the Korean media in Suwon

Maradona was the centre of attention as he spoke to the Korean media in Suwon

 Maradona laughs as he pulls Argentina from the pot during the U20 World Cup draw

Maradona laughs as he pulls Argentina from the pot during the U20 World Cup draw

 Maradona poses with the mascot for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the draw

Maradona poses with the mascot for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the draw

Their next Group A fixture will be against Guinea in the same stadium on May 23, before they round off the group stage against hosts Korea at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on May 26.

The Young Lions will be hoping to do better than their last World Cup appearance at this age level in 2013, when they finished bottom of their group and crashed out early.

50-year-old Simpson, formerly the Football Association's national specialist coach, stepped up to the job after Aidy Boothroyd was confirmed as under 21 coach. 

The final of the competition will be played at the 44,000-capacity Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11.

Under-20 World Cup draw

GROUP A

South Korea (hosts)

Guinea

Argentina

England

GROUP B

Venezuela

Germany

Vanuatu

Mexico

GROUP C

Zambia

Portugal

Iran

Costa Rica 

GROUP D

South Africa

Japan

Italy

Uruguay

GROUP E

France

Honduras

Vietnam

New Zealand

GROUP F

Ecuador

United States

Saudi Arabia

Senegal