The memorable West Germany vs France 1982 FIFA World Cup match

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The memorable West Germany vs France 1982 FIFA World Cup match
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The West Germany vs. France match in the 1982 FIFA World Cup took place on the 8th of July of that year at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain.

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It is widely regarded as one of the most dramatic and memorable matches in World Cup history. This semi-final clash featured:

● thrilling gameplay;

● controversial moments;

● and an extraordinary level of tension that has cemented its place in football lore.

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A great contest with a major controversy

The match ended 1-1 after regular time and 3-3 after extra time, leading to a penalty shootout, which West Germany won 5-4.

The latter took the lead early in the match when Pierre Littbarski scored in the 17th minute. France equalized shortly after, with Michel Platini converting a penalty in the 27th minute.

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One of the most controversial moments came in the 60th minute when German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher collided violently with French defender Patrick Battiston.

The latter was knocked unconscious, suffered broken ribs, and lost teeth. Remarkably, Schumacher was not penalized, and the match continued.

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An epic finale

France seemed to take control in extra time, with Marius Trésor scoring a stunning volley in the 92nd minute. This was followed by Alain Giresse's goal in the 98th minute, giving France a 3-1 lead.

But West Germany made a dramatic comeback, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scoring in the 102nd minute and Klaus Fischer equalizing with a bicycle kick in the 108th minute, bringing the score to 3-3.

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The match proceeded to the 1st-ever penalty shootout in World Cup history. Ultimately, West Germany prevailed 5-4.

French players Didier Six and Maxime Bossis missed their penalties, while Horst Hrubesch scored the decisive goal for West Germany. At 1xBet you can discover any virtual sport and football betting featuring major competitions.

It should be said that the collision between Schumacher and Battiston is still well-remembered by French fans. In fact, in 2002, a survey was conducted in France where French people were asked about the “most hated German”.

Schumacher came first, even surpassing that German guy with a funny mustache that created a mess in France and the rest of the world in the 1930s and 1940s.

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