West Germany v France was a FIFA World Cup semi-final match that took place in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville, Spain on 8 July 1982. The match was won by West Germany on penalty kicks (5–4); West Germany advanced to face Italy in the final. Thanks to its back-and-forth drama, four goals in extra time, and a dramatic penalty shootout, this game is regarded not only as the best of the 1982 tournament, but one of the best World Cup games of all time.[1] It is considered by French captain Michel Platini to be his "most beautiful game."[2] West Germany's victory was the first time in World Cup finals history that a shootout determined the outcome.[3]


This match, like a number of other matches in this tournament, was played at nine o'clock in the evening, because July daily high temperatures in the southwestern Spanish city of Seville averaged 98 °F (37 °C); the hot weather during the tournament had already taken a toll on the players. The day of the match had been very hot, and the temperature at the start of the match was still in the high nineties, with high humidity.[4]

With West Germany's captain and European Footballer of the Year Karl-Heinz Rummenigge benched from the start due to a hamstring injury, West Germany was nonetheless the first to score in the 17th minute. With Klaus Fischer charging in to challenge French goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori from about 12 yards out, the ball rebounded to Pierre Littbarski, who scored with his first-touch shot from 18 yards.

At 27 minutes, Bernd Förster was whistled for holding Dominique Rocheteau and France was awarded a penalty, which was converted by Platini.

Despite several good chances for both sides, including Manuel Amoros hitting the crossbar in stoppage time, the score remained at 1–1 at the end of regulation. The teams then played two 15-minute periods of extra time. In the second minute of the first period, Marius Tresor struck an 11-yard volley off of a deflected free kick from just outside the box to put France ahead for the first time in the match, 2–1. Rummenigge entered the game shortly afterwards in place of Hans-Peter Briegel, but it was France who struck once again at the 98 minute mark, with Alain Giresse firing a first-touch shot from 18 yards off of Schumacher's right post and into the goal to give France a 3–1 advantage.

Four minutes later, West Germany began its comeback, with Rummenigge flicking home an outside-of-the-foot volley from six yards that cut France's lead to 3–2. Three minutes into the second extra time period, Fischer scored by a bicycle kick from six yards, and the teams were level once more at 3–3, where the score remained through the end of extra time.

The shootout began with Giresse converting the first kick for France, which was answered by West Germany's Manfred Kaltz. Amoros for France and Paul Breitner for West Germany both converted, but in the third round, Uli Stielike's shot was blocked by Ettori, following Rocheteau's successful strike, giving France a 3–2 lead. However, in the fourth round, France failed to capitalize: Schumacher was able to block Didier Six's shot, and Littbarski scored for West Germany. Platini and Rummenigge both scored in the fifth round, and the shootout, tied at 4–4, moved to sudden-death shooting. In the sixth round, Maxime Bossis's shot was blocked, and Horst Hrubesch converted to give West Germany the win.


French player Patrick Battiston's controversial collision on a breakaway with German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher, which knocked Battiston unconscious and forced him from the game with two missing teeth, three cracked ribs, and damaged vertebrae (though no foul was given on the play),[5] added to the tension on the field.[6][7]

Match Summary

West Germany  3–3  France
Littbarski Goal 17'
Rummenigge Goal 102'
Fischer Goal 108'
Report Platini Goal 27' (pen.)
Trésor Goal 92'
Giresse Goal 98'
Kaltz Penalty scored
Breitner Penalty scored
Stielike Penalty missed
Littbarski Penalty scored
Rummenigge Penalty scored
Hrubesch Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Giresse
Penalty scored Amoros
Penalty scored Rocheteau
Penalty missed Six
Penalty scored Platini
Penalty missed Bossis
West Germany
GK 1 Harald Schumacher
SW 15 Uli Stielike
RB 20 Manfred Kaltz (c)
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
LB 5 Bernd Förster YC 46'
RM 6 Wolfgang Dremmler
CM 3 Paul Breitner
LM 2 Hans-Peter Briegel Substituted off 97'
RW 14 Felix Magath Substituted off 73'
LW 7 Pierre Littbarski
CF 8 Klaus Fischer
GK 21 Bernd Franke
DF 12 Wilfried Hannes
MF 10 Hansi Müller
MF 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Substituted in 97'
FW 9 Horst Hrubesch Substituted in 73'
Jupp Derwall
GK 22 Jean-Luc Ettori
RB 2 Manuel Amoros
CB 5 Gerard Janvion
CB 8 Marius Tresor
LB 4 Maxime Bossis
CM 14 Jean Tigana
CM 12 Alain Giresse YC 35'
AM 10 Michel Platini (c)
AM 9 Bernard Genghini YC 40' Substituted off 50'
CF 18 Dominique Rocheteau
CF 19 Didier Six
GK 21 Jean Castaneda
DF 3 Patrick Battiston Substituted in 50' Substituted off 60'
DF 6 Christian Lopez Substituted in 60'
FW 17 Bruno Bellone
FW 20 Gerard Soler
Michel Hidalgo

Bruno Galler (Switzerland)
Bob Valentine (Scotland)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • To be decided on penalty shootout after extra time if necessary
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


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