“Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón”

West Germany v Austria (1982) – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

West Germany versus Austria was a 1982 FIFA World Cup game that is widely believed to have changed the rules of future World Cup tournaments. In German the match is known as Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón. The match was the last game of the first-round Group 2, with Algeria and Chile having played already the day before. With that game already decided, a win by one or two goals for West Germany would result in both sides qualifying, at the expense of Algeria, which had beaten Germany in the first game. After 10 minutes, Germany scored the 1-0 lead. As the game progressed, both teams seemed to be content with the result, giving the impression of both sides having an unspoken agreement to play for a 1–0 German win.

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