Germany against France is one of the biggest games in international football. Here are five of the best clashes between the pair.
5. France 1-0 West Germany — Feb. 23, 1977 Friendly
Not many French fans will remember this friendly, reason this match has some significance in German football history is that it was Franz Beckenbauer’s last game for his country. It was a nice farewell.
4. France 6-3 West Germany — June 28, 1958 World Cup
This was the match for third place at the World Cup in Sweden.
France had lost against Brazil in the semis, while title holders West Germany were beaten by the hosts in front of a famously hostile crowd.
With nine minutes remaining in the first half and France nurturing a 2-1 lead.Fontaine finished off another solo run for the final score of 6-3. It was his 13th goal of the World Cup.
3. Germany 1-0 France — July 4, 2014 World Cup
Germany have a perfect record against France in competitive games — P3, W3.
Toni Kroos free kick cross to set up Germany’s date with Brazil in the semis, while the French went home.
2. West Germany 3-3 France (8-7 on penalties) — July 8, 1982 European Championship
This is the game most people immediately associate with Germany vs. France, one of those unforgettable matches.
On 57 minutes, with the score 1-1, France’s playmaker Platini released substitute Patrick Battiston, who was clear through to goal.
Germany came back from two goals down in extra time and then won the first penalty shootout in World Cup history.
1. West Germany 2-0 France — June 25, 1986 World Cup
Four years after the Battiston game, France lost another World Cup semifinal to West Germany, and this second defeat was even more painful.
French went into the game not only as reigning European champions but also as overwhelming favourites.