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Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

One of the greatest moments in football history - Diego Maradona's "hand of God" goal against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup - is the inspiration for a new play in Buenos Aires.


The play -- "Cosmic Kite, Match of the Century" - takes its name from the Argentine radio commentary which accompanied the goal by broadcaster Victor Hugo Morales.

Maradona's famous solo effort, which saw him weave past six English defenders in a mesmerising dribble from the halfway line before scoring, is often ranked as the greatest World Cup goal of all time.

The goal ultimately secured a 2-1 victory for Argentina in a match also made famous for Maradona's opening "Hand of God" goal.

The emotionally charged win came four years after Britain's 1982 war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.

The new play is a comedy which takes place in a Buenos Aires apartment as three fans gather to watch the game -- only for the wife of one of the fans to confess to having an affair with the two other supporters.

"The dictatorship was over, it was the start of democracy in Argentina," said actor Jorge Vigetti. "After losing the war of the Malvinas, the England game was seen as a rematch."

After beating the English, Argentina went on to lift the World Cup for the second time.

(France 24 with AFP)


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