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Group matches at France 98 played on Wednesday, 10th June.

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to Scotland Scotland in St. Denis (2:1).

Travel to Morocco Morocco vs Travel to Norway Norway in Montpellier (2:2).

Brazil vs Scotland in St. Denis: (17:30)

The Scots conceded the first goal of the tournament, from a corner, after only four minutes.

Sampaio headed in at the near post, but the flood of goals didn't materialise, and the Scots deserved their equaliser; a 37th minute penalty, coolly taken by John Collins.

Half-time: (1:1).

In a dour second half, Scotland didn't deserve to loose their grip on a point from this opening match. Sadly, a goal-mouth confusion saw the ball bounce off Jim Leighton's face and return to the open goal-mouth from Tommy Boyd's shoulder; an own goal under pressure from Cafu.

Final Score:
Travel to Brazil Brazil 2 - Travel to Scotland Scotland 1

Our Man of the Match:
Gordan Durie.

Morocco vs Norway in Montpellier: (21:00)

Norway, playing in white, kicked off and started well under the inspiration of Tore Andre Flo.

It took about ten minutes for Morocco to get into the game, and they started to dominate much of the play. Not surprisingly, Hadji took his opportunity on the left and came into the middle of the box to turn a defender and strike Morocco's first goal, in the 39th minute.

With half-time just seconds away, the Moroccan goal keeper flustered a cross at Henning Berg's head and the ball was helped in by the Moroccan, Chippo (another own goal).

Half-time: (1:1).

Morocco continued to dominate early in the second half and Hadda connected calmly to a long ball from Tahar.

Two minutes later, the Moroccan keeper flunked again, slapping pathetically at the ball to gift Eggen with an equalising close-range header, in the 62nd minute.

The Moroccans had a lucky escape in the 73rd minute, when Saber cleared off the line to save Benzekri's blushes.

Tor Andre Flo was looking more and more frustrated, as the Moroccans continued to close him down and then release through Hadji's red boots.

The Thai referee smiled as he handed out his first yellow card, in 79th minute; to Morocco's Chiba.

An excellent game!

Final Score:
Travel to Morocco Morocco 2 - Travel to Norway Norway 2

Our Man of the Match:
Moustafa Hadji.

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.

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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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