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Group matches at France 98 played on Thursday, 11th June.

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon vs Travel to Austria Austria in Toulouse (1:1).

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Chile Chile in Bordeaux (2:2).

Italy vs Chile in Bordeaux: (17:30)

Italy, playing in all white, gained an early advantage when the ball was pushed through to Vieri on a fast counter attack in the tenth minute.

The Chileans seemed drained, and in a muddle as the confident Italians continued to advance for a second.

The Nigerian referee, a George Foreman look-a-like, booked DiLivio, Cannavaro and Parraguez in the first-half, but missed a couple of off the ball incidents.

So much for FIFA directives, but it makes for fast-flowing football and the Italians, who soon gave up on the overacting, kicked a little themselves.

Against the run of play, Salas scored from a corner headed down by Zamorrano just before the whistle.

Half-time: (1:1).

Chile started the second-half on a buoyant note, and within four minutes Salas rose high to head in his second.

With the wind out of the Italian's sails, so to speak, Cesare Maldini made two quick substitutions: Di Baggio on for DiMatteo, and Chiesa replacing DiLivio.

Chile replied with Miguel Ramirez taking the place of an injured Javier Margas.

The Italian fans were silent, until an unlucky hand-ball at the edge of the box, in the 83rd minute, gave Roberto Baggio the chance to make amends for the miss in the final of USA 1994; this time he kept it low.

Final Score:
Travel to Italy Italy 2 - Travel to Chile Chile 2

Our Man of the Match:

Cameroon vs Austria in Toulouse: (21:00)

Not much to write about for the first half.

Both sides passed poorly and neither goalkeeper was truly tested, although Angibeaud came close in the 28th minute; with a curling shot from the left, going narrowly over.

Perhaps the earlier Italy-Chile match had made these two teams complacent.

A free-kick by Wome, in the 36th minute, after a needless push from Schottel, tested the Austrian goalkeeper's reflexes; otherwise a stalemate.

Cameroon probably put some of the better moves together and frustrated the Austrians, but on the whole too many balls were wasted.

Half-time: (0:0).

The second half started fast, and Cameroon proved the most athletic.

They closed down Herzog and Polster continually and sprinted upfield at every opportunity.

Wome woke up the Austrian keeper again in the 58th minute with a powerful rising shot.

Song, who had been outstanding, pushed Pfeifenberger on the edge of the box, but Polster's drive was met by the keeper and turned away by the laughing villain; Song.

Cameroon's surging paid off in the 75th minute, when Njanka soared past the sliding Feiersinger, turned Schottel in the box and slotted the ball between the goalkeeper and the appearing head of Anton Pfeffer.

Full scale substitutions were made by the Austrians.

A corner in the dying minutes saw the ball knocked down to Polster. The Cameroon defence had pushed out too fast, and left the Austrian with time and space in the middle of the penalty box.

What a battle!

Final Score:
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon 1 - Travel to Austria Austria 1

Our Man of the Match:

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.

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1998 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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Wednesday, 10th June:
Brazil vs Scotland
Morocco vs Norway

Thursday, 11th June:
Cameroon vs Austria
Italy vs Chile

Friday, 12th June:
France vs South Africa
Paraguay vs Bulgaria
Saudi Arabia vs Denmark

Saturday, 13th June:
Holland vs Belgium
South Korea vs Mexico
Spain vs Nigeria

Sunday, 14th June:
Argentina vs Japan
Jamaica vs Croatia
Yugoslavia vs Iran

Monday, 15th June:
England vs Tunisia
Germany vs United States
Romania vs Colombia

Tuesday, 16th June:
Brazil vs Morocco
Scotland vs Norway

Wednesday, 17th June:
Chile vs Austria
Italy vs Cameroon

Thursday, 18th June:
France vs Saudi Arabia
South Africa vs Denmark

Friday, 19th June:
Nigeria vs Bulgaria
Spain vs Paraguay

Saturday, 20th June:
Belgium vs Mexico
Holland vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Sunday, 21st June:
Argentina vs Jamaica
Germany vs Yugoslavia
United States vs Iran

Monday, 22nd June:
Colombia vs Tunisia
Romania vs England

Tuesday, 23rd June:
Brazil vs Norway
Chile vs Cameroon
Italy vs Austria
Scotland vs Morocco

Wednesday, 24th June:
France vs Denmark
Nigeria vs Paraguay
South Africa vs Saudi Arabia
Spain vs Bulgaria

Thursday, 25th June:
Belgium vs South Korea
Germany vs Iran
Holland vs Mexico
United States vs Yugoslavia

Friday, 26th June:
Argentina vs Croatia
Colombia vs England
Japan vs Jamaica
Romania vs Tunisia

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