Top 10: Shocking tackles

Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston

Germany vs France, 1982 World Cup semi-final

The iconic foul.

With the score at 1-1 in the 1982 World Cup semi-final, France substitute Patrick Battiston bore down on goal, chasing a long ball that had also alerted German ˜keeper Harald Schumacher.

The two raced towards each other at speed, but neither backed out of this football version of chicken. Battiston was focused on the ball, and reached it first, firing past the onrushing custodian. Schumacher -“ obviously the smarter of the two -“ decided to ignore the ball completely, and concentrated on surviving a crash by leaping and turning his body into his opponent.

Schumacher slammed into the Frenchman, catching him full in the face and immediately knocking out three teeth. Battiston was prone on the turf, toothless and with vertebrae damage, but the referee decided no foul had been committed, and resumed play, much to the astonishment of the players, as well as the fans.

"I thought he was dead," said Michel Platini, "because he had no pulse and looked pale."

Germany eventually won the game on penalties after a 3-3 extra time draw, and when the goalkeeper was informed of the damage he had caused he simply replied: "If that's all that's wrong with him, I'll pay him the crowns."


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