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. It is considered by French captain Michel Platini to be his "most beautiful game." West Germany's victory was the first time in World Cup finals history that a shootout determined the outcome.
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.
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), added to the tension on the field.