In terms of pure skill, this was the greatest World Cup game of all time. The superb France side of the 1980s was in its last tournament with Platini, Giresse, Tigana and Dominique Rocheteau all now in their thirties. Meanwhile, this was also the final World Cup for many Brazil legends such as Socrates, Junior and Zico.
In the scorching sun, Brazil roared into the lead through Careca and missed a number of chances to extend their advantage. France equalised through Platini, and both teams exchanged blows in a truly epic encounter. The Guadalajara crowd chanted Zico's name so loud and for so long, demanding that the veteran was brought on as a substitute, that Tele Santana eventually obliged. Zico rolled back the years, creating a penalty with a genius through pass. Zico stepped up to win the game for Brazil, but inexplicably saw his spot-kick saved by man-of-the-match Joel Bats.
The game went to penalties after more missed chances. The two captains both incredibly failed - Socrates and Platini - but it was France who emerged victorious.
In Image: French midfielder Michel Platini ties the score at 1 as he kicks the ball past his Brazilian counterpart Alemao during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and Brazil 21 June 1986 in Guadalaraja. France beat Brazil 4-3 on penalty kicks at the end of the extra time period to advance to the semifinals.
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