The 1982 World Cup was the 12th edition of the tournament hosted by Spain. The tournament took place between 13th June to 11th July 1982 with 24 teams taking part in it. A total of 14 venues with 17 stadiums were used to host the tournament which was a record that stood until 2002 World Cup. This World Cup featured the first penalty shoot-out of the competition. This edition also happened to be the last World Cup with two rounds of group stage. West Germany v France is one of the all time classics of this tournament.
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West Germany taking on France
The high voltage semi final clash saw two time world champion West Germany take on Michel Platini’s led France team. Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, Seville hosted the semi-finals on 8th July,1982. The Germans and French referred to this fixture as The Night of Seville. West Germany’s captain and European Player of the year Karl-Heinz Rummenigge started from the bench due to hamstring injury. The Germans drew first blood with Littbarski scoring a rebound from 18 yards. Platini pulled one back for France from the spot to make it 1-1 after Forster conceded a penalty. Both the teams created several goal scoring chances and French right-back Amoros came the closest to score by hitting the crossbar in stoppage time. At full time the score line read 1-1 and proceeded to extra time.
Penalty shoot-out to decide West Germany v France
The tie proceeded to the extra time and right away in the second minute France took the lead. Marius Tresor’s incredible volley from the deflected free-kick put France one ahead of Germans. Jupp Derwall introduced Rummenigge to salvage the game for Germans. France doubled their lead a minute later with French midfielder Giresse firing a shot from 18 yards. The game was comfortably in favour of France and within four minutes Germans started their comeback with a goal from Rummenigge. Fischer scored the equaliser for Germans with a bicycle kick in the second half of extra time. It was 3-3 at the end of extra time.
West Germany v France became the first ever fixture of World Cup to be decided by penalty shoot-out. Both the teams converted their first two rounds of penalty. Germans missed their third penalty kick and French missed their fourth penalty. The score was 3-3 and both Rummenigge and Platini converted the 5th penalty for their team. The game went to sudden death after the penalty shoot-out also ended in a tie with 4-4 each. Bossis’s shot was blocked and Hrubesch buried the ball at the back of the net. West Germany progressed to the finals with a 5-4 score line from the shoot-outs.
https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/watch/6pefecqFMjxVS0Z11Flkqn has the full match replay of this fixture.
Italy went on to defeat West Germany in the finals to win their third world title. Paolo Rossi of Italy won the golden ball and golden boot. West Germany’s Rummenigge won the silver shoe and bronze ball. Brazil’s Falcao won the silver ball. Brazil’s Zico and Poland’s Boniek jointly won the bronze shoe. Manuel Amoros of France won the Best Young Player award. Brazil took home the fair play trophy for the tournament.