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In Pictures: 19-Year-Old Diego Maradona Graces Lansdowne Road

In Pictures: 19-Year-Old Diego Maradona Graces Lansdowne Road

The world of football is in mourning following the passing of Diego Maradona aged just 60.

On May 16th, 1980, a 19-year-old Maradona and Argentina took on Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

Argentina won the game 1-0 with José Valencia heading the winner from a Maradona free kick. (We've covered the game more in-depth here.)

Sportsfile's Ray McManus was there on that day 40 years ago.

Diego Maradona of Argentina prior to the friendly against Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Diego Maradona of Argentina in action against Pierce O'Leary of Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona on the ball. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona of Argentina in action against Gerry Daly of Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Diego Maradona of Argentina in action against Chris Hughton of Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona of Argentina in action against Dave Langan of Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona of Argentina with referee George Courtney. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Diego Maradona of Argentina, 10, in action against Dave Langan of Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona takes a free kick which led to Argentina's winning goal scored by José Valencia. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona of Argentina takes a free kick against Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diego Maradona of Argentina prior to the friendly against Ireland. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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