This 1982 World Cup semifinal is probably best remembered for the infamous foul by West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher on France’s Patrick Battiston.
But it was also one of the most thrilling semifinals in World Cup history and featured the tournament’s very first penalty shootout.
Pierre Littbarski had given West Germany an early lead after 17 minutes, which was canceled out by a Michel Platini penalty less than 10 minutes later.
Early in the second half substitute Battiston raced clear onto a perfect pass from Platini.
As Schumacher advanced from his penalty area, Battiston neatly flicked the ball over his head. The goalkeeper simply jumped straight into the Frenchman and knocked him unconscious.
The ball rolled wide of the post and the referee, seeing no foul, awarded a goal kick.
Play was held up for several minutes as emergency teams gave Battiston oxygen before carrying him off on a stretcher.
The furious French team managed to maintain its composure and bring the game into extra time, where it asserted its dominance.
Marius Trésor gave les Bleus the lead with a superb volley, and it looked all over after 98 minutes when Didier Six set up Alain Giresse for France’s third.
But West German substitute Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stirred his team to life, finishing off a move he started to make it 3-2 France at the end of the first period of extra time.
West Germany was level within three minutes of the restart thanks to Klaus Fischer, and the game went to a decisive penalty shootout.
Uli Stielike was the first player to miss, but the devastated West German was quickly cheered up by Schumacher’s save from six.
As the tension mounted, Maxime Bossis stepped up to take France’s final penalty, but Schumacher was his equal.
Horst Hrubesch scored his penalty to ensure that the villain of the piece, Schumacher, ended as a West German hero.