West Germany v France (1982 FIFA World Cup)

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1982 FIFA World Cup
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Preferencia and Gol Norte-2007-04-05.jpg
The match was played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Event1982 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
West Germany won 5–4 on penalties
Date8 July 1982
VenueRamón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville
RefereeCharles Corver (Netherlands)

On 8 July 1982, West Germany and France played in the semi-finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain. The match is known in both countries as the Night of Seville (German: Nacht von Sevilla,[1] French: Nuit de Séville[2]). The match was won by West Germany 5–4 on penalties. They advanced to face Italy in the final. Thanks to its back-and-forth drama, four goals in extra time and a dramatic penalty shoot-out, the match is regarded as one of the best football matches of all time.[3] It is considered by French captain Michel Platini to be his "most beautiful game."[4] West Germany's victory was the first time in the history of the World Cup that a shoot-out determined the outcome.[5]


This match, like a number of other matches at this tournament, was played at nine o'clock in the evening, because July daily high temperatures in the south-western Spanish city of Seville averaged 37 °C (99 °F); the hot weather during the tournament had already taken a toll on the players.[citation needed] The day of the match had been very hot, and the temperature even at 9 p.m. local time 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 were nonetheless the first to score, in the 17th minute. With Klaus Fischer charging in to challenge the French goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori from about 12 yards out, the ball rebounded to Pierre Littbarski, who scored with a first-time shot from 18 yards.

After 27 minutes, Bernd Förster was penalised for holding Dominique Rocheteau and France were 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 full time. 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 after 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-time shot from 18 yards off Harald Schumacher's right post and into the goal to give France a 3–1 advantage.

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

The penalty 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 capitalise: Schumacher blocked 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. 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 foul on a breakaway with the West German goalkeeper 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),[6] added to the tension on the field.[7][8] France were forced to replace the injured Battiston, who himself had only come on ten minutes earlier. By contrast, West Germany had the opportunity to bring on Rummenigge in extra time, and he scored five minutes after taking the field.

Match summary[edit]

West Germany 3–3 (a.e.t.) France
Littbarski 17'
Rummenigge 102'
Fischer 108'
Report Platini 27' (pen.)
Trésor 92'
Giresse 98'
Kaltz soccer ball with check mark
Breitner soccer ball with check mark
Stielike soccer ball with red X
Littbarski soccer ball with check mark
Rummenigge soccer ball with check mark
Hrubesch soccer ball with check mark
5–4 soccer ball with check mark Giresse
soccer ball with check mark Amoros
soccer ball with check mark Rocheteau
soccer ball with red X Six
soccer ball with check mark Platini
soccer ball with red X Bossis
West Germany
GK 1 Harald Schumacher
RB 20 Manfred Kaltz (c)
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
CB 5 Bernd Förster Yellow card 46'
LB 3 Paul Breitner
CM 6 Wolfgang Dremmler
CM 15 Uli Stielike
RW 14 Felix Magath downward-facing red arrow 73'
AM 2 Hans-Peter Briegel downward-facing red arrow 97'
LW 7 Pierre Littbarski
CF 8 Klaus Fischer
GK 21 Bernd Franke
DF 12 Wilfried Hannes
MF 10 Hansi Müller
FW 9 Horst Hrubesch upward-facing green arrow 73'
FW 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge upward-facing green arrow 97'
Jupp Derwall
GK 22 Jean-Luc Ettori
CB 5 Gerard Janvion
CB 14 Jean Tigana
CB 8 Marius Trésor
RWB 2 Manuel Amoros
LWB 4 Maxime Bossis
CM 12 Alain Giresse Yellow card 35'
CM 10 Michel Platini (c)
CM 9 Bernard Genghini Yellow card 40' downward-facing red arrow 50'
SS 19 Didier Six
CF 18 Dominique Rocheteau
GK 21 Jean Castaneda
DF 3 Patrick Battiston upward-facing green arrow 50' downward-facing red arrow 60'
DF 6 Christian Lopez upward-facing green arrow 60'
FW 15 Bruno Bellone
FW 20 Gérard Soler
Michel Hidalgo

Bruno Galler (Switzerland)
Bob Valentine (Scotland)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if scores level after 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level after extra time
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


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  2. ^ Delerm, Philippe. "Et le meilleur de notre jeunesse s'est envolé". lefigaro.fr. FigaroVox. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. ^ Ger, McCarthy. "Memory Lane – West Germany v France at World Cup 82". Backpage Football. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Pears, Tim (26 October 2008). "My most beautiful game". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  5. ^ Murray, Scott (27 May 2014). "World Cup: 25 stunning moments: Patrick Battiston loses his teeth". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ France, West Germany, and the Most Horrific Challenge in World Cup History
  7. ^ World Cup History Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Russian Roulette in Seville". Planet World Cup. Retrieved 13 October 2019.

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