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Group matches at France 98 played on Wednesday, 17th June.

Travel to Chile Chile vs Travel to Austria Austria in St. Etienne (1:1).

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Cameroon Cameroon in Montpellier (3:0).

Chile vs Austria in St. Etienne: (17:30)

Whoever comes second in this group now know that they will have to play Brazil in the next round; incentive enough to get the three points, I would think.

Pfeffer conceded a salty free-kick on Zamorano, outside the D, in the ninth minute. The dead ball, laid off to Margas, was blasted wide of the top corner.

Chile looked slightly more threatening around the Austrian area, with their subtle recipe served up by masterchef Zamorano; yet the beefy Austrians muscled in on their attempts to create any clear-cut carne.

Austria had a dangerous looking free-kick in the 25th minute but failed to use the height advantage of Pfeffer and Polster in the air; rolling the ball across to the corner of the area instead.

The Austrians whipped up a little more pressure towards the end of the first half, but the cream was sour.

Half-time: (0:0).

Austria started stronger in the second half, yet Chile were still hot on the counter attack: Zamorano ran through the wide open midfield to release Villarroel on the right. A good high strike, pushed away by the left hand of Konsel.

Rojas had a magnificent game on the left; covering well and creating many important runs.

On the hour, Chile started to look spicy again. Another fast move on the left; with Konsel cutting out a threatening low cross into the box, meant for a fast approaching Zamorano.

Herzog tried to thread the ball through for Polster; the Austrians tried long range shots; but again Chile were on the loose.

Zamorano climbed high above two Austrian defenders to head in aggressively. Drama on the goal-line: Konsel blocked the header from Zamorano, but Salas pounced to claim his third goal of the tournament. The Austrian goalkeeper, on the floor, still had the ball in his hands and tried to roll it back over the line.

In the dying minutes, the Austrian substitute Vastic received the ball on the D, and side-footed firmly into the top right of the goal. No chance for the goalkeeper, or for Chile.

Final Score:
Travel to Chile Chile 1 - Travel to Austria Austria 1

Our Man of the Match:
Zamorano.

Italy vs Cameroon in Montpellier: (21:00)

The minute's silence for the France 98 co-President was not even over before the Italian fans started making a noise.

Vieri gave Cameroon their first scare around the fifth minute, coolly knocking the ball over the advancing goalkeeper; hooked away by a defender.

Three minutes later, Di Biagio headed in from Roberto Baggio's cross. Italy didn't want to listen to Samba in Paris too early. Cameroon just shaked their heads and tried to push up again.

On the twenty-fifth minute, Songo'o saved at point blank range from Vieri once more.

The Italians also made plenty of mistakes but the Africans were not able to make their chances count.

"Guarda! Guarda!" shouted Cesare Maldini from the touchline.

The Australian referee, who didn't fall for the Italian dives and caught plenty of their sneaky tricks, made no hesitation in showing Cameroon's Kalla the red for a two footed challenge on Luigi Di Biagio, just before half-time.

Half-time: (1:0).

The Italians lacked a collective spirit in the team, early in the second half; had something of the coach's neurosis rubbed off on his son?

With only ten men, and Mboma in a head bandage, Cameroon had the support of the French fans.

Maldini took off Albertini and Roberto Baggio for Di Matteo and Del Piero, with just over twenty minutes to go.

Italy started to control the game in the closing fifteen minutes. At the end of a well worked move, Vieri scored from the edge of the box without thinking for a second to touch the ball twice.

The Italian fans, who had behaved so disrespectfully at the start and cat whistled their own team for most of the second half, roared "Italia!" for once.

Within a couple of minutes, Songo'o tipped the ball over the bar twice; to try and keep the scoreline respectable.

But in the last minutes, Del Piero and Vieri both entered the Cameroon area with two defenders at their legs. A couple of lucky bounces and the ball was at Vieri's feet; who managed to shake off the hard working Wome and beat Songo'o again.

Final Score:
Travel to Italy Italy 3 - Travel to Cameroon Cameroon 0

Our Man of the Match:
Vieri.

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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