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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: France, Brazil go to penalties

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By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s be aware: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a special reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Brazil and France’s memorable quarterfinal showdown.

What’s probably the most emotional back-and-forth knockout sport between international powers in World Cup historical past? The quarterfinal between Brazil and France at Mexico ‘86 must be up there.

At Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Brazil ahead Careca gave the Seleção the lead after simply 17 minutes. Michel Platini — the reigning European participant of the yr — equalized shortly earlier than halftime. Brazil had an opportunity to reclaim their lead after the intermission, however Zico missed his penalty kick.

Nonetheless tied on the finish of additional time, Brazil additionally missed its first try from the spot. The subsequent six takers, together with Zico, all transformed. With an opportunity to win it, Platini skied his effort over the crossbar. Then Júlio César additionally missed, thundering his effort off the surface of the submit.

With the sport on his foot, defensive midfielder Luis Fernandez made no mistake, sending Les Bleus to the ultimate 4. France would additionally win the rematch 12 years later, beating Brazil within the 1998 ultimate to win their first World Cup.

The very best quarterfinal ever?

Brazil and France’s epic showdown within the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals was soccer at its most dramatic.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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