Just three days after the Brazil-Italy five goal thriller, we were all treated to another classic at Espana '82 in this semi final. Both countries had been getting stronger and stronger as the tournament progressed, and there were a host of world class players on show such as Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, and Pierre Littbarski.
Littbarski's early opener was cancelled out by Platini's penalty, and what followed was an absorbing contest between the two enemies. Aside from the football, there was one of the most controversial moments in World Cup history as German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clattered French defender Patrick Battiston in a one-on-one situation rendering him unconscious and causing two of his teeth to fall out. Schumacher became the villain of the World Cup after the referee didn't even give a free kick.
The match moved into extra time, and two goals in six minutes from Marius Tresor and Giresse seemed certain to book France's place in the final, but a famous German comeback forced penalties through substitute Karl Heinz Rummenigge and a Klaus Fischer bicycle kick. In the shootout, France again gained the upper hand when Stielike became (still) the only German in history to miss a World Cup shootout penalty, but Schumacher saved from Dider Six and Maxime Bossis to win the day for West Germany, who would lose in the final to Italy.
In Image: Middlefield and captain of the French soccer team Michel Platini gets up after a tackle, 08 July 1982 in Sevilla during the match France/West Germany counting for the semi-final of the World Cup
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