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Group matches at France 98 played on Sunday, 21st June.

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to Jamaica Jamaica in Paris (5:0).

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia in Lens (2:2).

Travel to USA United States vs Travel to Iran Iran in Lyon (1:2).

Germany vs Yugoslavia in Lens: (14:30)

The average age of the Germans is the oldest in the World Cup Finals.

Perhaps they need some fresh blood in the squad; and the World Cup some new faces in the finals.

In the thirteenth minute, Mijatovic drove in a long ball that Stankovic almost touched past the advancing Köpke.

The Yugoslavian team have nothing to do with the problems in Kosovo, and many of the Yugoslav fans at the finals probably live and work in Germany, or the German-speaking part of Switzerland. It was nice to see some players of the two teams have photographs taken together before the start of the match.

Petrovic forced a flying save from Köpke just before the half-hour; nothing so positive or threatening from the Germans though.

On the 33rd minute, Darko Kovacevic beat the offside trap and ran the ball off his chest, only to see his chance cleared by the presence of Köpke.

The corner that followed was another scramble for the German goalkeeper and his defenders. General Vogts had to rethink the positioning of his rusty panzers.

Half-time: (0:1).

The General sent on Matthäus, as his Lieutenant, to try and shore up the rearguard. They started with confidence-inspiring square balls across the half-way line. Maybe the strategy was to avoid a revenge-seeking England in the quarter-finals. These cart horses would surely struggle on this performance.

Nine minutes into the second half and Andreas Köpke gave away the second goal. Johanovic came into the area, on the end of a one-two, and released the ball to the right. Kovacevic sent in a low cross that the aging German goalkeeper collected and then let slip underneath him for Stojkovic to punt in.

In the 74th minute, the German's were given a lifeline; Tarnat's free-kick deflected in by Mihajlovic for the tournament's fourth own goal.

The Germans were mobile again. Kirsten, on for Möller, had his header deflected. From the corner, Bierhoff's header was pushed onto the post and Klinsmann's opportunity for the sucker punch was cleared off his head by Jugovic.

Two more corners, and Bierhoff headed home.

For the last five mintes, Germany were without Klinsmann and down to ten men; all substitutes were used in Vogt's reshuffle.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 2 - Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia 2

Our Man of the Match:
Johanovic.

Argentina vs Jamaica in Paris: (17:30)

With Jamaica needing to win and a draw not really good enough for Argentina, both teams opened positively. If end to end stuff is a cliche, then I'm using it anyway.

The first push came from Argentina; Barrett saving point blank from Sensini, in the fifth minute. Darryl Powell had already earned himself a needless yellow card too early in the game.

A Wimbledon style long-ball released Portsmouth's Paul Hall, on the right wing. Hall was pulled down near the edge of the area; the free-kick blasted at the keeper on the near post.

Ortega tried a high shot, on the quarter-hour. Barrett caught it firmly and danced back over the line; good job he's got long arms.

Nine minutes later, Ortega dribbled through five players and wasted all his hard work over the bar.

With Jamaica trying to use Hall out wide, Veron profited from the space in the middle. Just after the half-hour, the Sampdoria midfielder instigated a fast one-two, and slipped the ball right to Ortega.

No messing this time, Ortega chipped the ball between the sliding Jamaican 'keeper and the bar. Gooooooaaaaaaaaaallllllll.

If Jamaica thought that they might reply just before half-time, like they did against Croatia, then they were in for a shock.

Instead of a goal, they lost a player. Powell was booked again and sent off.

Half-time: (1:0).

With the extra man advantage, Argentina slowed the game down in possession.

When Jamaica did get the ball, they gave it away. Lopez found Batistuta; the shot off for a corner.

Ten minutes into the second-half, Ortega played the one-two and accelerated with the ball, á la Maradonna, into the box for his second goal. The change of beat stunned the Reggae Boyz.

Jamaica tried to pull back the two goal deficit, like others before them in this tournament, but an off-touch Batistuta finally found the target; twenty minutes before the end, to effectively put Jamaica and Japan out of the tournament.

Seven minutes later Batistuta added his second and a penalty in the 82nd gave Batistuta his hatrick; the first of the tournament.

Argentina and Croatia will decide the top two places between themselves on the 26th June, in Bordeaux.

Argentina top of the group at the moment, on goal difference.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 5 - Travel to Jamaica Jamaica 0

Our Man of the Match:
Batistuta.

United States vs Iran in Lyon: (21:00)

I assume the Iranians knew the words to their national anthem; they certainly didn't know the tune.

Anyway, it's fair play day and, after the joint photo-call, the Iranians presented the Americans with flowers and a giant commemorative silver platter. Maybe one day, the politicians will get together too.

McBride thundered a header onto the crossbar, in the opening minutes, as the Americans tried to get off to a fair start.

After that, both teams cancelled each other out to a tremendous atmosphere of drums, whistles, and hooters. The ball travelled all over the pitch like a pinball machine with an expert on the flippers.

Keller felled Azizi as he entered the area for the ball, around the twentieth minute, but the man in the middle from Switzerland remained neutral.

Claudio Reyna slammed a shot against the lower part of the upright for the USA, just after the half-hour; and still the ball didn't go down.

Iranians passed to Americans and Americans passed back to Iranians.

In the 40th minute the script changed. Javad Zarincheh crossed into an unmarked Hamid Estili, in the middle of the area. Estili headed into the top left corner.

Half-time: (0:1).

I've heard a lot of Americans moan about some of the football in the World Cup, but they've finally shown the world that there is something that they are not too good at either.

America had a lot of the possession in the second half, but still they couldn't put one of them away. Regis made it a woodwork hat-trick, in the 73rd minute; no wonder the Americans wanted to make the goals larger.

The Swiss referee booked Javad Zarincheh, for not leaving the field fast enough when his number was called.

Mehdi Mahda Vikia then ran the full half to score Iran's second, with McBride getting a consolation header five minutes from time.

Keller wanted to come up for a last minute corner, á la Chilavert, but his team-mates didn't wait.

Will Steve Sampson get the sack along with the Saudi and Korean coaches after this?

Final Score:
Travel to USA United States 1 - Travel to Iran Iran 2

Our Man of the Match:
McBride.

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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