Ben Arfa’s Goal Compared to Maradona’s Goal Against England in 1986 – Video

Jonas Gutiérrez has today compared Ben Arfa’s goal on Saturday with the famous Maradona goal he scored against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup when Bobby Robson was the England manager.

Jonas Gutierrez – talks about Ben Arfa’s great goal

This is what the Argentine winger told the local Newcastle press today:

“Ben Arfa’s goal was magnificent.”  “It was the type of goal Lionel Messi would have been proud of, or even Maradona.”

“It reminded me of Diego Maradona’s goal against England in the World Cup quarter-final in 1986.”

“He beat so many players, he just kept on going. What we keep saying to him is when he gets the ball in the last quarter of the pitch, we want him to take on players because he has the skill and he is so quick.”

 “In the middle of the pitch we tell him just to keep it simple, not to do anything flashy and pass the ball.”

“He must do his fancy work in the final third. We know how hard it is to try to tackle Ben Arfa when he is on a run like that. We cannot do it on the training ground.”

“We know he is a good player with the ball at is feet, but he has to understand what English football is all about.”  

“In Spain or France it is not as physical, maybe there is less contact.”  “You do not always get the free-kicks you would expect in England.”

“When you break your leg like he did last season it is sometimes difficult to deal with the physical aspect, but he is doing well.”

You can compare the two goals because here’s Maradona’s goal against England that made it 2-0 in that 1986 quarter final tie, when Bobby Robson was the England manager.

This goal came just five minutes after he had punched the ball into the net for the first goal of the game.

And Newcastle’s second goal on Saturday by Gutierrez wasn’t too bad either, as Jonas delicately chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net with virtually the last kick of the game.

Gutiérrez’ goal has set up a 4th round tie at either Brighton or Wrexham, who drew their game 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday – and that’s a game we should be able to win.

But we said the exact same thing last January about the game at Stevenage. 😀

This is what Jonas said about his winning goal at the death on Saturday:

“I am very happy with my goal. The goalkeeper got close to me and made my mind up.”

“The Cup is important to us. It is a quicker route into Europe than the Premier League.”

“Maybe it is the last time I have the mask if it means I will get booked every time.”

Newcastle were out of sorts after the first 15 minutes of the game on Saturday, but it was to their credit that they came back in great style in that second half and scored two great goals.

And in the end they deserved their second win of the season against Blackburn at St. James’ Park.

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    If it really is the last time we see his SpiderMag mask. I think a proper burial is in order.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    its a good goal but i don’t think its the same level as maradona’s goal

    If HBA did it during FA Cup final or maybe against Man Utd or Man City then i think we can compare

  • alip123

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    ITV annoyed me. How did they give more highlights to EVERTON V TAMWORTH than us? all we got was 40 seconds. It’s a disgrace

  • lewytoon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I was int he stadium and its the best goal ive saw live

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    HBA is a flair player, and Pards has mentioned his work rate, but when we signed him nobody was saying “he really looks after his full back!!”. He was signed to do what he did on Saturday, and with a run in the team hopefully on the wing, he will do it again.

  • alex84

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Unreal! what a goal!! he needs a run of games to adapt to this league, the guy is class. he will have times whne he tries too much but what flair players dont…they take risks thats what makes them different. he has to play, out wide or in the middle, i think maybe start him out wide but let him drift in between the lines like mata and silver do,

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    lewytoon – A second that a was there aswel and was defo best goal ive seen live

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    alex84 – thats exactly the way we should use him he would line up as a winger but would just basically drift around causing all sorts of damage..
    Ben Arfa———Jonas

  • alex84

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    at least then he wont feel tied to one position, i think we will see him there more now. cant stop watching his goal!!

  • Klatoon

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    From Jonas’ words it seems the players get jittery when HBA gets the ball around halfway line. Personally i’d be more nervous seeing Cheik do his 360-turns a few metres from our own box 🙂

  • Rozzy

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11


  • Stuart

    Jan 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Well, looks likke we’re losing Ba this January then, cheers Harry!

    Can’t believe we’ve either added such a low release clause, or allowed Ba to add it himself, doesnt seem like the MA way to do business.

    We should be doing everything possible now to sign him onto a new contract either without the clause or with a much higher fee involved.

    Ba is the most exciting striker we’ve had since Shearer and I really dont want us to lose him.

    On HBA’s goal, its one of the best ive ever seen without a doubt. Maybe switch him to the wing more permanently in place of Obertan?

  • geordieviking

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Definitely the best goal I’ve ever seen in 60 years of watching football. Imho it’s better than Maradonna’s because Ben Arfa really had to twist and turn while Marodonna largely ran in a straight line and didn’t really have to beat the defenders. Of course you could argue about the different quality of the defenders and the pressure of the occasion ……..

  • Visten

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Steady on Spidey, compared to Maradona no, compared to Ryan Giggs against Arsenal yes.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    A truly amazing goal…Here in Peru they keep playing it over and over again.I for one am milking it being a Toon fan.Keep getting stopped in street with Toon top on( Solano is always mentioned)

    There’s more of this type of goal to com from him Im sure

  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #16

    don’t be ridiculous, maradona’s was definately better

  • demba_ba_ba_ba

    Jan 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #17

    cnt believe harry redknapp he is abouslty ass when it comes to transfers and other teams no body in newcastle was even thinking or debating demba would be sold or leave in januray or even at least for a few years fair enuf he wants to play for psg in his carear but thts later on not now and if harry liked demba why didnt he take the chance on him or any other manger cause of his knee ticking time bomb was a quote from pulis and now every1 wants him , if demba does have a release fee thts newcastle,s silly fault but i cant see him leaving for a few seasons at all. In my eyes he is our number 9 for next season and i think he would love to be aswell since the surport he has got , JORDAN RHODES has to come to toon before he gets snapped up , him and ba would be mint ,


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