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Group matches at France 98 played on Sunday, 14th June.

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to Japan Japan in Toulouse (1:0).

Travel to Jamaica Jamaica vs Travel to Croatia Croatia in Lens (1:3).

Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia vs Travel to Iran Iran in St. Etienne (1:0).

Argentina vs Japan in Toulouse: (14:30)

The Argentinean fans still like to litter the pitch with yesterday's news, but the untidy mess on the playing surface didn't disturb the orderly Japanese.

Nakata, the Japanese number 8, would stand out from the crowd even without his orange hair.

The pace was not as fast as the South Korea game, but Japan were still posing Argentina problems with their nippy moves in the first twenty minutes.

Batistuta and Vernon tried long range shots, but still a blank.

When Batistuta's chance did come; in the penalty area, just before the half-hour, he had no problem to flick it over the diving goalkeeper, Kawaguchi.

The Argentinean's started to tango on the left, crossed high for Batistuta to head powerfully against the post. The rebound fell to Lopez, but his swift return was collected by Kawaguchi.

Half-time: (1:0).

In the second half, Akita made it harder for Batistuta to find any space so Vernon was trying to initiate moves with Simeone.

More free-kicks; a Sensini sandwich; another free-kick; goalmouth scrambles and bouncing acrobatics from Kawaguchi.

It was like trying to eat watermelon with flies on every bite. The goalkeeper never stopped smiling, and the Argentinean fans seemed to be pleased with it all.

Sensini went up for a header, around the 70th minute, with his head down and eyes closed; seemingly breaking his finger in the process.

Near the end of the second half, Akita headed down a close opportunity for Japan, and was stretchered off after a tumble with Batistuta. He soon returned to stick to Argentinean players again.

Japan wouldn't say die and tried valiantly for an equaliser in the final minutes; even with the Argentina fans whistling and carrying on as if they had already won the cup.

Still a corner for Japan, and a wasted last chance.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 1 - Travel to Japan Japan 0

Our Man of the Match:

Yugoslavia vs Iran in St. Etienne: (17:30)

Yugoslavia almost scored from their first corner, in the fifteenth minute; a deep one that Groan Djorovic headed onto the crossbar.

The rebound came out to Jokanovic, who connected to Hamid Estili's head.

Mihajlovic was lucky not to get a card, on the half-hour, when he tripped Bagheri deliberately. For the Jamaican referee it also seemed okay to have your foot on the ball, and push a player over it.

Petrovic didn't seem pleased to get the first yellow card of the match, in the 43rd minute; it was about time someone did.

Stojkovic was lucky to escape with a free-kick for shirt pulling a little later.

A very scrappy first half where players off the ball even fell over themselves.

Looking at this game, Team USA should feel confident of joining the Germans in the next round.

Half-time: (0:0).

For the amount of energy these players showed, they looked as though they were playing in Iran with bare feet.

The second half was so boring, I made love to my girlfriend.

Mihajlovic scored too, from a direct free-kick in the 73rd minute.

Final Score:
Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia 1 - Travel to Iran Iran 0

Our Man of the Match:
The FIFA official with the number board.

Jamaica vs Croatia in Lens: (21:00)

It has been said that Jamaica play well on grass as the Croats soon found out that they wouldn't be in for an easy cruise.

Five minutes into the game, Soldo was booked for handling outside the area. Simpson drove into the wall.

Both teams were pressing, with Suker an inspiration for Croatia and the Reggae Boyz intent on enjoying the jam.

Sandwiched between a series of corners, in the twentieth minute, Jamaica almost scored. Robbie Earle, of Wimbledon, headed down with such force that Simic had to jump to head the bouncing ball out of the top corner.

Seven minutes later, Stanic was on the end of a rebound from the Jamaican bar, to put Croatia ahead.

Suker always looked dangerous and hardly ever waited twice to take his opportunities.

This is a match well worth watching again on video.

Croatia continued with the pressure, knowing full well that they would need more than one goal to take the wind out of Jamaica.

Another Stanic cross and Stimac hit the bar. Stanic landed awkwardly from a challenge in the air with Cargill.

Robbie Earle equalized on the stroke of half-time, for Jamaica.

Half-time: (1:1).

The second half was full of incident too.

Early into the restart, Prosinecki even surprised himself when he lined up up for a trike of the ball, dummied the defender and struck a narrow angled shot into the roof of the net.

At the other end, Burton headed wide almost immediately.

Then the tumbles and clutching of heads started. Lanky Lowe systematically tried to take out the Croats in the air. Suker had to go off momentarily, but he seemed fired up on his return.

Things looked dangerous for the lads from the Caribbean. If Suker was the inspiration in the first half, he meant war now.

Sure enough, Davor Suker took a cross on his chest, turned slightly, then drove it in through two defenders and over the falling Barrett.

Sadly Jamaica were stoned..... I mean stunned.

Final Score:
Travel to Jamaica Jamaica 1 - Travel to Croatia Croatia 3

Our Man of the Match:
Davor Suker.

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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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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