France V. Brazil, 1986 World Cup, Mexico

June 6, 2007 at 4:54 am | Posted in World Cup Memories | Leave a comment


I was still stinging from France’s tragic and unjust semi final loss against Germany in 1982  when France played Brazil in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.  There are certain games of football which transcend the usual game and enter into a kind of dream category.  Brazil’s 1970 team was like this.  France V Brazil in 1986 was such a game.  This game was so beautifully played and so thrilling and dramatic that it proves demonstrably that football is the best game that God ever created.  It was played in cruel heat in Mexico around noon, reportedly for the sake of televising the games back in Europe at the right time.  The match featured goals by Careca and Platini (his last in a France jersey), incredibly close misses at the end of extra time by both teams, and a dramatic shootout in which both Socrates and Platini missed penalty kicks (the latter on his birthday!).  Luis Fernandez scored the winning penalty, and Joel Bats, who in my opinion was generally very poor as a keeper, excelled with amazing penalty saves.  I felt that with this victory France had redeemed themselves from throwing away the semi final in 1982… Of course they met Germany in the semi final again and threw it away again through an error by…you guessed it, Joel Bats…

 Here is the FIFA match summary:


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