Group matches at France 98 played on Tuesday, 23rd June.
Brazil vs Norway in Marseilles (1:2).
Chile vs Cameroon in Nantes (1:1)
Italy vs Austria in Saint-Denis (2:1).
Scotland vs Morocco in St. Etienne (0:3).
Austria scored a last minute goal again, but this time they were
already down two goals.
Italy lost Nesta after only three minutes to injury, in a physical
contest that proved a nerve racking experience for Cesare Maldini once more.
The first goal came well into time added on in the first-half, a Del
Piero free-kick from the side of the area for Vieri to claim his fourth goal of the
Roberto Baggio came on in the second half and scored in the last
minute of normal time from Inzaghi; also a substitute.
Baggio tried to set up Inzaghi in injury time, but the last word fell
to Austria as usual. A penalty converted by Herzog as the seconds of their World Cup
Finals ticked away.
Chile just scrapped through with a draw against an understaffed
Cameroon and will have to sharpen up their act when they face Brazil.
Song was sent of in the 51st minute, and Etame joined him two minutes
before the end of normal time.
Sierra put the South Americans ahead, in the twentieth minute, from a
direct free-kick, curling in to the top right corner.
Rojas was booked for acting in the penalty area -- he wasn't even
touched. Justice for Cameroon as they scored almost immediately with a header from Mboma.
The Africans had a goal disallowed, and will now be cheering for Nigeria.
The Chileans will be without Parraguez, Rojas
and Villarroel for the clash with Brazil.
Brazil didn't start as if they were just going through the
Revenge is always sweet, and they had to make up for a (4:2) pillage
at the feet of the Vikings.
Ronaldo came close in the early minutes and Roberto Carlos cracked a
curling free-kick; from way out of the area, before the quarter-hour.
Dunga seemed happier with Bebeto, although the number 20 never seems
Norway, largely inspired by Tore Andre Flo, came into the game trying
to prove that they could beat Brazil in a real competition.
The start of the second-half was dismal. Norway must have known that
Morocco were leading two-nil, yet they couldn't relieve Brazil of possession and make it
In the 78th minute, Denilson beat two players on the left; then
stumbled but recovered to cross in for Bebeto, to head home.
Norway might have fell in a black hole, but recovered to level the
scores; within five minutes.
Tore Andre Flo received a long ball and took on Baiano, cut inside
him, and whallop.
An 89th minute penalty, by Rekdal, secured their place in the Second
Round; against Italy.
1 - Norway
What a terrible start for Scotland; a goal by Bassir in the
Another one from Hadda just after half time, and Craig Burley was sent
off in the 54th minute.
Bassir added his second goal, in the 84th minute; but Norway scored a
last-minute penalty, against Brazil, to take the second place in the group.
Scotland 0 -
Brazil, Morocco, Norway, Scotland.
Austria, Cameroon, Chile, Italy.
Denmark, France, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
Bulgaria, Nigeria, Paraguay, Spain.
Belgium, Holland, Mexico, South Korea.
Germany, Iran, United States, Yugoslavia.
Colombia, England, Romania, Tunisia.
Argentina, Croatia, Jamaica, Japan.
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