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Group matches at France 98 played on Monday, 22nd June.

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Travel to Tunisia Tunisia in Montpellier (1:0).

Travel to Romania Romania vs Travel to England England in Toulouse (2:1).

Colombia vs Tunisia in Montpellier: (17:30)

Colombia went into this match without Asprilla, who was sent home for criticising the coach on radio.

Valderrama seemed to play too deep and perhaps the Colombians could have troubled the Tunisians more if 'the hair' took the play to them more.

Both teams had close chances, with an almost freak goal looking the most interesting. Chokri el-Oauer punched out, and the ball rebounded off the back of Bouazizi. What an own goal that would have been.

Half-time: (0:0).

In the second half, Ben Slimane had the best chances for Tunisia but it was not to be their day.

Instead, it was the Colombian substitute, Preciado, who received the ball from Valderrama, in the 83rd minute, and beat off two defenders; to set up an important contest with England on the 26th June.

The late Colombian goal puts pressure on England in the last game. A draw will do for England, but they will need to win to boost confidence again, after a last minute winner by Romania denied them of a point.

Final Score:
Travel to Colombia Colombia 1 - Travel to Tunisia Tunisa 0

Romania vs England in Toulouse: (21:00)

A frustrating first half.

Almost as monotonous as some of the English fans' singing:

"De de, de de, de de, de de, de-de-de-de, de de, de de; England!"

On the quarter hour, Darren Anderton crossed in for Sheringham. Tony Adams came close to his shot from the hip; but not close enough.

Ilie stunned Seaman, on the 27th minute, with a chip that skimmed off the front of the bar.

Shearer came deep a plenty to bring himself into the game, and England seemed content not to concede a goal. Caution was the name of the game.

Just after the half-hour, Hoddle went through the notes with Beckham and sent the Spice Boy on for Paul Ince.

Half-time: (0:0).

Two minutes into the second-half. A throw-in for Romania, in line with the England area. Hagi receives it and chips the ball over Sol Campbell; Moldovan chests it past Tony Adams and fires past Seaman.

Ten minutes after coming on for the lacklustre Sheringham, Michael Owen becomes the youngest English goalscorer in the World Cup finals.

Petrescu dampened his glory with a bustled goal between his defender and David Seaman on the last minute of normal time.

The young Michael Owen almost equalised again in injury time, hitting the post with a low diagonal shot through three defenders.

Surely he must start against Colombia and let the old boys worry about his hunger for further World Cup goals.

Final Score:
Travel to Romania Romania 2 - Travel to England England 1

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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