World Cup 1982 revisited: Most memorable moments

Looking back at the 1982 World Cup, Ali Khaled remembers Algeria's upset over West Germany and the other standout moments.

Tardelli’s celebration

The celebration to end all celebrations. Marco Tardelli’s primal scream heard around the world is arguably more famous than the brilliant goal that had inspired it. The realisation that he may have just won the World Cup for Italy produced one of the World Cup’s most iconic moments.

Gentile’s hatchet job

In Italy’s 2-1 second-round win over Argentina, Diego Maradona endured one of the most harrowing experiences of his career, thanks to a notorious man-marking job by Claudio Gentile. Maradona would wreak havoc four years later in Mexico but not before having to find his way out of Gentile’s pocket first.

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Kuwait’s shame

Trailing 3-1 to France, Kuwait conceded a goal that the players complained was scored after they heard a whistle. Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, president of the Kuwait FA, made his way down to pitchside, threatening to withdraw his team if the goal was not overturned. Astonishingly, Ukrainian Miroslav Stupar reversed his decision, but France went on to win 4-1 anyway.

Armstrong’s giant step

In the days of two points for a win, Northern Ireland needed a victory over hosts Spain in their last group match to ensure progress to the second round. The shock win was duly achieved in Valencia thanks to Gerry Armstrong’s strike, which relegated Spain to second place in the group.

Algeria’s finest moment

In their first World Cup, Algeria warmed Arab hearts by beating West Germany 2-1 in their opening group match in Gijon. Rabeh Madjer scored early in the second half, before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge equalised on 67 minutes. Seconds later Lakhdar Belloumi struck the winner in what is still one of the World Cup’s biggest upsets.

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Published: May 28, 2014 04:00 AM


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