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Group matches at France 98 played on Tuesday, 16th June.

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to Morocco Morocco in Nantes (3:0).

Travel to Scotland Scotland vs Travel to Norway Norway in Bordeaux (1:1).

Scotland vs Norway in Bordeaux: (17:30)

Scotland needed to take the winning route, here in Bordeaux, and they started pressing in the right frame of mind from the start.

An early cross from Collins was headed down across goal by Christian Dailly, but no chance for a frustrated Gordan Durie to get anywhere near it.

Scotland applied most of the pressure in the first half, to a continued chorus from their fans; many in traditional kilts.

Gallacher crossed a high ball back to Durie, in the twelfth minute, headed narrowly wide.

In the 16th minute, a penalty appeal was turned down but a free-kick was awarded just outside the right of the area. Colin Hendry was there to add some height; Scotland would have to try again.

The Norwegian goal was continually under attack, but still the Viking ship wouldn't leak.

The first Norwegian corner came in the 21st minute.

At last, Tore Andre Flo had some support. Leighton punched out the effort, with Hendry's head bravely in to clear the return.

In the few Norwegian raids, Jim Leighton guarded his territory like a snarling Rottweiller, while his handler, Colin Hendry, patrolled the whole Scottish half.

Half-time: (0:0).


Straight from the restart, Haavard Flo was on the end of a Riseth cross, to head in low at the far post. Any one still in the toilet would have missed it.

Jackie McNamarra came on for his Celtic team-mate, Darren Jackson, as Scotland looked for new ideas on the hour.

Five minutes later, Craig Burley ran onto a long through ball and lobbed in Scotland's equaliser.

A fine save from Chelsea's Frode Grodas denied Scotland the chance to take the lead soon after.

The mathematicians will be at work now. Scotland's chances are slim, but they are still remotely possible. They will need to beat Morocco, and hope that Brazil win or draw their match tonight and the one against Norway.

Final Score:
Travel to Scotland Scotland 1 - Travel to Norway Norway 1

Our Man of the Match:
Colin Hendry.

Brazil vs Morocco in Nantes: (21:00)

Bebeto would be supporting Ronaldo up front again; as viewers around the world saw them give each other a nice little hug in the centre circle, before the cautious start.

Baiano culled Hadji's first tentative run and, on the next attack, Brazil were almost ahead: Robert Carlos to Ronaldo, and through for Leonardo; offside. Morocco's back line worked effectively.

Benzekri looked a liability again and Rivaldo spotted him way off his line. The ambitious shot would have gone in, if Pel� was in his boots.

Then the Moroccans gave Ronaldo too much space, in the ninth minute, and paid; as the Brazilian fired in from the edge of the area. Not much Benzekri could do about that.

Chiba marked Ronaldo alright after that; he studded the goalscorer on the thigh, at around the quarter-hour. This one was no play acting, and the Moroccan was lucky to get away without a booking for dangerous play.

Ronaldo almost connected to a Roberto Carlos cross, in the 26th minute. The narrow miss hurt more than the earlier footprint of Chiba's.

The referee was conned by Cafu's theatrics, as Hadda appeared to have placed his foot on the ground, and not the Brazilian.

In the thirty-fifth minute, the Brazilians seemed in all sorts of problems. A free-kick was awarded to Morocco, on the edge of the area. In all the frustration and confusion, Dunga almost head-butted one of his own team mates in anger.

Benzekri was at it again, slapping at corners and relying on defenders to head off the line. Scotland should enjoy playing against him.

On half time, Bebeto passed the ball through to Cafu, on the right, who crossed in an easy tap-in for Rivaldo.

Half-time: (2:0).

While Bezekri looks like his own worst enemy at times, he can pull out something important at others: a good save from a Bebeto after the restart, and again clearing with his foot at the feet of Bebeto after Brazil were three up and cruising.

The third goal came five minutes into the second-half. Ronaldo on the left, with Bezekri diving at his feet, flicked the ball for one of Bebeto's easiest goals.

Morocco tried to put some moves together but they were out of the contest.

Brazil were at the carnival again. They have won the group, whatever the outcome against Norway.

Final Score:
Travel to Brazil Brazil 3 - Travel to Morocco Morocco 0

Our Man of the Match:
Rivaldo; even though he was taken off in the dying minutes to give Denilson a run.

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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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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