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Quarter-Finals matches at France 98 played on Saturday, 4th July.

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Croatia Croatia in Lyon (0:3).

Travel to Holland Holland vs Travel to Argentina Argentina in Marseilles (2:1).

Holland vs Argentina in Marseilles: (16.30)

What is it about Argentina that they have to cheat their way through major games?

They were at again, but this time justice was done. Maybe next time they'll show the world that they can play football without the antics.

Kluivert was back, after suspension, for the quarter-final against an Argentina with a rehabilitated Sensini.

Both teams started positively with Wim Jonk hitting the post in the 5th minute.

A ridiculous yellow card for Stam in the 10th minute. Ortega was grabbing the Dutchman's nuts before Stam pushed his arm away and the 'fake' hit the floor for the second time.

Holland's first goal was out of the textbook: Ronald De Boer came through three defenders to cross for Bergkamp, who headed back to Kluivert; to slip the ball under Roa and make up for his suspension.

Veron came close to equalising in the 17th minute and then on his next move, sent Lopez through the offside trap to poke the ball under Van der Sar's leg. The Argentinean fans could sing at last.

Davids was given far too much room to run through half the field before firing wide.

On the half-hour, Kluivert played a delicate one-touch to Davids; saved by Roa's right foot.

Ortega was diving a little too much and even fell over over when no one was near him. A habit is hard to break, or maybe the wind was too much for the paper bag.

The Argentina defence looked like England's; an organised chaos, with six or seven players closing in around the semi-circle to fend off Holland's advancing touch football.

An Argentina corner in the 37th minute was played back to Veron, who passed to Ortega in the middle; cracked against the post from well outside the area.

Half-time: (1-1).

Just when Argentina seemed to have lost organisation, Veron took the ball out of their half and released Batistuta. Always dangerous when he looks out of the game, Batigol thumped his shot against the post in the 63rd minute.

Kluivert's header was pushed over the bar in the same minute, at the other end.

When Overmars came on, Daniel Passarella replied by bringing Pineda on; to mark him.

Then Holland lost Numan in the 76th minute. Simeone might have been fouled, but his rolling made matters look worse; this man has a habit of getting players sent off and probably practises his art while others work at the free-kicks he wins for them.

It is not enough that Argentina couldn't score against ten Englishman for 75 minutes, they needed to get rid one of the Dutch too.

In the 87th minute, Ortega made one dive too many. He failed in his attempt to con the referee for a penalty and then head-butted Van Der Sar. This time Ortega got the red; rightly too.

Two minutes later justice was finally done and Argentina were out of the tournament.

A long ball came into the Argentinean area, Bergkamp controlled the ball around Ayala to score for genuine football fans around the world. Thanks!

Final Score:
Travel to Holland Holland 2 - Travel to Argentina Argentina 1

Germany vs Croatia in Lyon: (21.00)

Suker's overacting, in the 40th minute, cost Germany the game. W�rns was sent off and Jarni scored for Croatia just before half-time.

The Germans couldn't come back on level terms and Croatia made the score a little too flattering in the last ten minutes as Vlaovic and Suker ended the World Cup aspirations of the European Champions.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 0 - Travel to Croatia Croatia 3

Teams by Group

Group A
Travel to Brazil Brazil, Travel to Morocco Morocco, Travel to Norway Norway, Travel to Scotland Scotland.

Group B
Travel to Austria Austria, Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Chile Chile, Travel to Italy Italy.

Group C
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group D
Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Spain Spain.

Group E
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Holland Holland, Travel to Mexico Mexico, Travel to South Korea South Korea.

Group F
Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Iran Iran, Travel to USA United States, Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia.

Group G
Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to England England, Travel to Romania Romania, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Group H
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Japan Japan.

The Road to the Final

1998 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

Group Tables - Leading Goalscorers.

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Second Round
27th June:
Brazil vs Chile
Italy vs Norway

28th June:
France vs Paraguay
Nigeria vs Denmark

29th June:
Germany vs Mexico
Holland vs Yugoslavia

30th June:
Argentina vs England
Romania vs Croatia

3rd July:
Brazil vs Denmark
France vs Italy

4th July:
Croatia vs Germany
Holland vs Argentina

7th July:
Brazil vs Holland

8th July:
France vs Croatia

Third Place
11th July:
Croatia vs Holland

1998 World Cup Final
12th July:
France vs Brazil

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