Payet evokes memories of Maradona with West Ham solo goal

Payet evokes memories of Maradona with West Ham solo goal

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Dhaka – Thirty years after Diego Maradona’s goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal on Saturday evoking memories of the Argentina great.Unlike Maradona’s 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet’s mazy run through Middlesbrough’s defense came on a far less significant occasion. But the English Premier League point it secured might just have saved Slaven Bilic’s job, with the 1-1 draw preventing West Ham from crashing to a fifth successive loss,AP/UNB News Reported.Payet lit up a drab game about an hour in at the Olympic Stadium, with home fans restless after Cristhian Stuani’s header six minutes earlier. The France international dropped a shoulder to turn past Antonio Barragan on the left touchline, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson. After cutting through the defense with ease, Payet provided the perfect finish to score his first goal of the league.One that evoked memories for Payet’s manager of Argentina’s current star rather than Maradona.”It reminded me of Lionel Messi’s goals,” Bilic said. “It was a brilliant moment of magic.”But West Ham remains winless since the opening day of the season, lodged in the relegation zone with four points from seven games.Problems keep cropping up off the pitch, too, with the enhanced policing operation around West Ham’s new stadium failing to prevent another outbreak of unrest following disorder in the opening weeks of the season.Two men were arrested for fighting outside the stadium on suspicion of affray, and a third was held on suspicion of assaulting an officer.”During the match officers were also deployed inside the stadium following a separate disturbance. The matter was quickly dealt with and no arrests were made,” police said. “Only a small minority (was)
intent on causing disruption.”Here’s the rest of the on-field action in the Premier League:

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