On July 8, 1982, France and Germany played one of the most epic World Cup semi-finals ever. The match, in Sevilla, is often remembered for German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher sending France’s Patrick Battiston into a coma.
Michel Platini apparently said after the game he thought Battiston was dead. When told after the game that Battiston had lost three teeth, Schumacher said: “If that’s all that’s wrong with him, I’ll buy him the crowns.”
They don’t play World Cup matches like that anymore.
The game ended 3-3 after extra time and went to penalties, the first ever shoot-out in World Cup history.
This short film, Refait, is a reconstruction of the final 15 minutes of the encounter. It is filmed on the streets of the French town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon.
And it is brilliant.