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Group matches at France 98 played on Wednesday, 24th June.

Travel to France France vs Travel to Denmark Denmark in Lyon (2:1).

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Travel to Paraguay Paraguay in Toulouse (1:3).

Travel to South Africa South Africa vs Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia in Bordeaux (2:2).

Travel to Spain Spain vs Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria in Lens (6:1).

France vs Denmark in Lyon: (16:00)

Just what the tournament needs; another dubious penalty in the opening minutes and I'm starting to hate this World Cup; and the words from Platini: 'The World Cup needs Italy', and with that I suppose he means France too.

The World Cup needs courageous referees.

Djorkaeff converted the spot kick in the thirteenth minute; unlucky for Denmark.

Another cock-up penalty decision, this time for Denmark; two players tumble over each other half a mile from the ball, goal Michael Laudrup.

Don't referees understand the importance of these games. Heaven forbid that the final will be decided by who has a player sent off first or some other absurd interpretation of Blatter's statement. Has Blatter ever played football?

Half-time: (1:1)

A real goal in the 52nd minute, after a free-for all in the box fell towards the outside of the area; for Emmanuel Petit to strike past Schmeichel.

Final Score:
Travel to France France 2 - Travel to Denmark Denmark 1

South Africa vs Saudi Arabia in Bordeaux: (16:00)

Bartlett scored for South Africa in the 17th minute.

A penalty for Saudi Arabia, just before half-time, levelled the scores; Al-Jaber.

Half-time: (1:1).

The fourth penalty of the afternoon went to Saudi Arabia, in the 73rd minute, and penalty number five to South Africa, in injury time: Al-Thyniyan and a last-minute consulation for Bartlett.

Final Score:
Travel to South Africa South Africa 2 - Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2

Nigeria vs Paraguay in Toulouse: (21:00)

With Nigeria already fixed up to play Denmark, in the Second Round, Paraguay needed to win if they wanted to stay in the tournament and play the hosts.

Ayala headed home in the first minute to make sure that Paraguay didn't have another scoreless draw to offer the millions of football fans around the world.

Chilavert's clean sheet went nine minutes later, as the Nigerian reserves fought back; Oruma brought the scores level.

The Thai referee had been one of the better officials of the tournament, on his earlier showing, but he fell for a Paraguay dive and roly poly; the yellow card should have gone to the actor rather than the Nigerian.

Half-time: (1:1).

Benitez added another goal for Paraguay, in the 58th minute; receiving a square ball and powering it in under the bar, from the edge of the semi-circle.

Cardozo ended any hopes Spain had for another Nigeria equalizer and Chilavert celebrated Paraguay's progress to the Second Round, with a summersault at the other end.

Final Score:
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria 1 - Travel to Paraguay Paraguay 3

Spain vs Bulgaria in Lens: (21:00)

Spain needed to win this encounter, against the candidates for alcoholics anonymous: Stoichkov was out drinking last week and Ivanov looked as though he had been on a bender the night before.

Iordanov pushed Luis Enrique off the ball in the fifth minute; giving Hierro the chance to plug in penalty number six of the day.

Thirteen minutes later, Alfonso on the right pulled the ball back for Luis Enrique to run through the area and score without falling over.

Half-time: (2:0).

In the 53rd minute, Morientes made a superb diagonal run off the ball to collect his pass and make it three for Spain.

Kostadinov replied within four minutes, to try and keep Bulgaria in with a shout.

Within a minute Paraguay took the lead in the other game but Spain continued to hunt for goals.

Morientes bagged a second, ten minutes from time, yet still no reply from Nigeria.

When Paraguay scored their third goal, in the 85th minute, this game became meaningless.

The fifth goal for Spain was rather bizarre: Kiko's header came off the bar, hit Zdravkov on the back and bounced off an unfortunate Bachev holding the post; own goal number five of the tournament.

Kiko didn't even bother to celebrate his last-minute goal, and Spain's sixth; they were going nowhere; Paraguay had found the scoring touch, against the Nigerian reserves.

Joy for the French fans, as a Spanish side playing like this would have given them problems.

Final Score:
Travel to Spain Spain 6 - Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria 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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