DAY SEVENTEEN Today in Group H, Argentina won their group with a 1-0 win over
Croatia, who had already qualified for the second round. In the
other match in the group, Jamaica scored their first World Cup
win ever, beating hapless Japan, 2-1. In Group G, England advanced
while knocking out Colombia 2-0 and Romania drew with Tunisia
1-1 to win the group. Stage One is complete.
DAY SIXTEEN The day's early play featured Group E saw Mexico earning a Second
Round berth with a draw against the Netherlands on a late goal
by Luis Hernandez, and Belgium failing to qualify in a disappointing
draw with South Korea. In Group F, Germany beat Iran 2-0 to win
the group, while Yugoslavia easily defeated the U.S. 1-0 to send
the Yanks home with zero wins and three losses.
DAY FIFTEEN Group C saw Denmark getting through to the Second Round despite
losing to France 1-2, as Saudi Arabia drew with South Africa,
2-2 in a match where three goals came on penalty kicks. In Group
D (the group of death), Spain beat up on Bulgaria 6-1, but it
was for naught as Paraguay beat Nigeria 2-1 to advance to the
Second Round and a match against France.
DAY FOURTEEN In Group B's final matches, Italy won the group with a 2-1 victory
over Austria while Chile advanced with a 1-1 draw with Cameroon.
Cameroon were a man down in the second half and appeared to score,
but the goal was disallowed. Also on this day Group A was finished
with Norway upsetting Brazil 2-1 to advance to the second round
and Morocco making a valiant attempt at advancing by beating Scotland
3-0, but coming up short on total points.
DAY THIRTEEN Colombia keeps their Second Round hopes alive with a 1-0 victory
over Tunisia in Group G, while preventing the African nation from
advancing to the next round. Romania beat England 2-1 in the same
group to qualify for the Second Round. England scored in the 83rd
minute to equalize, but Romania netted one in the 90th minute
to take the match.
DAY TWELVE Yugoslavia kept Germany's play in check for most of the match,
but the Germans found their legs and scored twice late in the
second half to earn a 2-2 draw in Group F play. In the same group,
Iran wins the political match against the U.S. 2-1, and in the
process dashes any hope of the U.S. advancing to the Second Round.
For the U.S., its one more game then home. In Group H, Argentina
advances with a 5-0 drubbing of the Jamaica's Reggae Boyz. Same
story for Jamaica as the U.S.
DAY ELEVEN In today's lone Group H match, Croatia scored a goal late in
the second half and held off Japan for a 1-0 victory and secured
advancement to the Second Round. In Group E, the best match so
far of World Cup '98 saw 4 goals scored in the first 18 minutes
of the second half as Mexico recovered from an early red card
and tied Belgium in the Bordeaux heat after the Belgium side also
received a red card. Also in the group, Holland dismantled South
Korea, 5-0, to move to the top of the group on goal differential.
DAY TEN Bora's magic continues as Nigeria earns the D1 spot in the Second
Round with a 1-0 victory over Bulgaria. Spain's chances for advancement
are hurt by a 0-0 draw with Paraguay in the other Group D match
DAY NINE in a day marred by Red Cards (each team received one), Group
C matches had South Africa gaining a draw against Denmark, 1-1,
and France decimating Saudi Arabia while securing a second round
DAY EIGHT saw action in Group B with Austria getting an equalizing goal
in stoppage time in the second half to snatch a victory from Chile.
Italy took on sentimental favorites Cameroon and handled the African
DAY SEVEN featured the second games in Group A. Norway and Scotland played
to a 1-1 draw and Brazil easily handled Morocco, starting with
a nice goal from Ronaldo in the 9th minute. The final was 3-0.
DAY SIX saw Germany handle the U.S. 2-0. In Group G matches, England
easily beat Tunisia 2-0, even as English hooligans were battling
with police outside the stadium in Marseilles. Romania beat Colombia
on a goal in first-half stoppage time. All teams will have now
played once and the round-robin in each group continues.
DAY FIVE included matches from Groups F and H. In the opener, Japan played
Argentina tough but lost 0-1 on a goal by Batistuta. Then, in
Saint-Etienne, Yugoslavia scored on a free kick in the 73rd minute
to defeat Iran, 1-0. Yugo and Iran play in the same group as the
United States, so Yugo has 3 points in the group now, which means
the U.S. will have to play some great football in the coming week.
The third match of the day, between World Cup first-timers, Croatia
easily handled Jamaica 3-1.
DAY FOUR of the first round (Groups D and E) featured Nigeria upsetting
Spain 3-2; Mexico dismantling South Korea 3-1, including two goals
by Luis Hernandez; and long-time foes Belgium and the Netherlands
playing to a lackluster, disorganized, and foul-plagued nil-nil
draw, which was a moral victory for the Belgians.
DAY THREE featured matches in Groups C and D. First up, Paraguay and Bulgaria
played to a scoreless draw. Saudi Arabia succumbed to Denmark
0-1 and host nation France easily overpowered first-timer South
DAY TWO of play (Group B) saw Chile control Italy until a handball by
Chile resulted in a Penalty shot. Italy's Baggio didn't miss and
Italy drew against Chile. Cameroon scored late thanks to some
very nice footwork from Njanka, but Austria's Polster managed
a goal in the 91st minute for the equalizer. Final 1-1.
DAY ONE play in Group A saw Brazil survive their opening match against
Scotland and Morocco drew against Norway.
Qualifying Nations were drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams each in
December, 1997. Each team will play the other three teams in its
group once, for a total of three first round games per team. Three
points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The top
two teams in each group will advance. Tie-breakers include goal
differential, then total goals scored.