West Germany vs France (1982)
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|West Germany won 5–4 on penalties|
|Date||8 July 1982|
|Venue||Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville|
|Referee||Charles Corver (Netherlands)|
West Germany vs France was a FIFA World Cup semi-final match that took place in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville, Spain. In this game, West Germany won the first penalty shootouts in World Cup finals, after having trailed by 2 goals in extra-time, with French player Patrick Battiston was knocked unconscious after an unpunished challenge from German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher. It is also known as the Seville night in most countries.
Following this dramatic encounter, the score was 3–3 (aet), with West Germany winning 5–4 on penalties and progressing to the 1982 FIFA World Cup Final against Italy.
Despite some fine goals – in particular from Trésor and Giresse of France, plus a spectacular trademark overhead shot from West Germany's Fischer – this game is probably best recalled for a reckless challenge by German goalkeeper Schumacher on Battiston as he advanced on the German goal toward the end of normal time. Battiston, after impact, was knocked out cold and taken to hospital with broken teeth and a damaged vertebra. Surprisingly, Schumacher remained unpunished, staying in the match to save two penalties as West Germany triumphed in the shootout. The goalkeeper offered to pay Battiston's dental bill right after the match. Later he apologized and befriended Battiston.
8 July 1982
|Report||Platini 27' (pen.)
- "Deutschland - Frankreich - Der Fall Schumacher/Battiston - Sport". sueddeutsche.de. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Match summary at the FFF website (French)
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