Diego Maradona hospitalised after Argentina vs Nigeria match at World Cup

first_imgArgentina great Diego Maradona was taken to the hospital after he collapsed following his country’s dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria in third and final Group D match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.Diego Maradona was first treated by paramedics in the stadium before he was taken to the hospital at St. Petersburg on Tuesday.According to a report in The Independent, the 1986 World Cup winner was seen taking a private jet to Moscow in the wee hours of Wednesday.The victory helped Argentina qualify for the round of 16 where they will face Group C toppers France, who ended with 7 points after a goalless draw against Denmark on Tuesday. Argentina and France will play the first knockout game on June 30 in Kazan.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEArgentine media, including newspaper La Nacion, said Diego Maradona was treated for low blood pressure in the stadium and was able to leave normally shortly afterwards.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico, a man can be seen helping Diego Maradona to stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room.A photograph also posted on Twitter appeared to show two medical staff attending to Maradona.Maradona stable after needing medical attention at #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tf0XIPRh72The Sportz Zone (@SportzGlobal) 27 June 2018Its exhausting being Maradona. pic.twitter.com/5n3xp8lUx5Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 26 June 2018Earlier, he had been captured by television cameras flicking his middle fingers towards the crowd and celebrating wildly as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 with the winner coming minutes before the South Americans would have been eliminated from the finals.advertisementRespect #maradona pic.twitter.com/kHCFFk7k99Hernán Sarmiento (@hsarmien) 27 June 2018Defines how different people react to the same situation #ArgentinaVsNigeria #Maradona pic.twitter.com/U9L5030QXJTravis (@sekharravi) 27 June 2018The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital. But other Argentine media described the incident as only a scare.Knew God would help us, says Messi as Argentina advanceA spokesman for World Cup organisers FIFA said Maradona had left the stadium but could not provide further comment.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTA spokesman for Argentina’s football association could not immediately be reached.Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, has battled cocaine addiction in the past. In 2015, he underwent a gastric bypass operation.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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