Sam Matterface gave birth to the ‘Hand of Cod’ after Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thór Halldórsson’s penalty save against Lionel Messi.
The ITV pundit called Argentina against Iceland in their World Cup Group D opener and it was an eventful game.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored a beautiful goal early on to make it 1-0 before Iceland hit back through Alfred Finbogason – the first goal the country has ever scored at the tournament.
And Argentina had the opportunity to get back in front in the second half when Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot after Hordur Magnusson brought down Aguero.
But Messi’s spotkick was saved by Halldórsson and that gave birth to Matterface’s ‘Hand of Cod’ line.
That’s got a split reaction on Twitter:
The Hand of Cod? FIRE THIS COMMENTATOR. NO PUNS.
— PyrionFlax (@PyrionFlax) June 16, 2018
BBC World Cup commentating: "Instead of the Hand of God we've just seen the Hand of Cod!" on Iceland saving Argentina's penalty. Genius.
— Christina Pagel (@chrischirp) June 16, 2018
Missing the penalty is one thing, but when Lionel Messi finds out it was used for a 'hand of cod' pun he is going to be even more upset.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) June 16, 2018
Hand of Cod. @sammatterface. I may never speak to you again.
— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) June 16, 2018
The Hand of Cod… Lol.
— Iain Dale (@IainDale) June 16, 2018
That “Hand of Cod” shout was terrible btw
— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 16, 2018
Hand of cod? He should be jailed for that, I'm deadly serious.
— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) June 16, 2018
"The hand of cod"…thank you, ITV. #ARGISL
— Nick Quantrill (@NickQuantrill) June 16, 2018
— Lesley 🐱 (@tattythings) June 16, 2018
Commentary genius on the penalty save "we have seen the hand of god in the stands, we might just have seen the hand of cod" 😂 #ARGISL
— Reece Head (@ReeceJHead) June 16, 2018
The Hand Of Cod pic.twitter.com/Gff3ekTZRH
— McBookie (@McBookie) June 16, 2018
— Shire Piskie (@ShirePiskie) June 16, 2018
‘The hand of Cod’ – commentary line of the tournament so far as Iceland save a penalty #WorldCup2018
— Jamie Angus (@grvlx001) June 16, 2018
I really hope “the hand of cod” quote catches on after that 😂
— Ashley Page (@ashleypage_) June 16, 2018
How long has he been waiting to use "hand of cod"……
— The Unknown Stuntman (@ustuntman) June 16, 2018
"The hand of cod"??! Sweet Jesus. #ARGISL
— Gerard Watson (@GerardWatson77) June 16, 2018
"Hand of Cod" is EASILY the best commentary moment of this World Cup so far. #ARGISL
— Chris Crampton (@BlueEarthMngmnt) June 16, 2018
We’re actually a fan of that line – and we’d be shocked if it didn’t appear on some newspapers tomorrow morning as they react to Iceland getting a famous result.
Both teams will be back in action later next week when they play games against Nigeria and Croatia.