Background: The Falkland Wars had not happened. The rivalry between the two sides existed, but was not as intense. Argentina was the reigning World Cup winner while England missed the previous, two World Cup Finals. The match was a part of Argentina's European tour and England's preparation match for Euro 1980. Kevin Keegan won two Ballon d'Or in 1978 and 1978. In two's time, he would play in the European Cup Final against Nottingham Forrest. Liverpool was a top side in Europe. Five of England's starting eleven came from Liverpool, perhaps the top side in Europe. Osvaldo Ardiles and Mario Kempes were not on Argentina's team.
Diego Maradona was brilliant throughout the match. In the first half, the moment came. He dribbled past 4 defenders. With Ray Clemence to beat, he shot wide to the left. I have been told that Maradona regretted about not dribbling past Clemence before shooting. Six years later, he again dribbled past the English defenders. With Peter Shilton, he decided to cut to his right and dribbled past the keeper before shooting. The 1986 goal was very similar to the 1980 miss.
|Maradona swapped shirt with Keegan|
England beat Argentina that day. David Johnson scored two goals before Daniel Passarella answered back, but Keegan scored a brilliant goal to make it 3-1. Argentina was the losing side, but Maradona made a big impression that day.