Germany vs France: European Rivals Open Semifinal World Cup Action
European fútbol powerhouses renew their epic rivalry
With these European neighbors set to clash in World Cup quarterfinal action, few soccer fans can forget the brutal collision between West Germany goaltender Harald Schumacher and France defender Patrick Battiston during 1982 semifinal tournament play. Schumacher almost beheaded Battistion with a hard foul, deemed red card worthy by many, that went unnoticed by the Dutch referee Charles Korver. Germany went on to win that match (3-3) thanks to a 5-4 edge in penalty kicks. Had Schmacher received a red card ejection – the outcome may have been a lot different. Die Mannschaft would turn the trick again four years later as they eliminated Les Bleus with a 2-0 semifinal victory, which was the last time these two squads met in World Cup play.
Both squads look to return to early tournament dominating form
These teams began the tournament like a house on fire as Germany pounded Portugal 4-0 in their opener while France recorded 3-0 and 5-0 wins over Honduras and Switzerland. Since then though, neither team has been all that dominant as they were both pushed to the limit and needed late goals to secure their quarterfinal victories. France has owned Germany in recent International matches as they hold a 5-1-1 edge in contests dating back to 1990. The lone loss (2-1 in regular time) came on February 6, 2013, in a friendly contested at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. We’ll wager 500 units on the Germany/Draw Double Chance price.
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