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Group matches at France 98 played on Thursday, 25th June.

Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Travel to South Korea South Korea in Paris (1:1).

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Iran Iran in Montpellier (2:0).

Travel to Holland Holland vs Travel to Mexico Mexico in St. Etienne (2:2).

Travel to USA United States vs Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia in Nantes (0:1).

Belgium vs South Korea in Paris: (16:00)

Belgium had to win this game and scored two minutes after the first Dutch goal against Mexico; Nilis the scorer.

Half-time: (1:0).

The South Koreans sent a lifeboat to the Bay of Mexico, with a 71st minute goal by Yoo.

Final Score:
Travel to Belgium Belgium 1 - Travel to South Korea South Korea 1

Holland vs Mexico in St Etienne: (16:00)

Mexico were without Pavel Pardo and, for the first 45 minutes, looked like it was siesta time already.

In the fourth minute, Bergkamp flicked the ball over a Mexican in the centre circle; for Cocu to run onto and finish, with a low shot past Campos.

A Ramirez shot, in the eleventh minute, was punched away by Van Der Sar; Blanco's return easily collected.

In the 19th minute, Ronald de Boer shook off three defenders and struck in the second for Holland; off the inside of the post. That's how Michael Owen should have done it against Romania.

The Mexicans had gone to sleep and Campos had to react quickly on the half-hour, to prevent a ridiculous goal. A lazy high ball was passed square across the edge of the penalty area and cut out by a Dutch attempt at a header. Campos was off his line and sprinted back to push the ball wide.

Overmars, in the penalty area, should have made it three; five minutes before half-time. His cool little chip, over a groveling Campos, curled away from the top right hand corner instead of towards it.

Where was the urgency in Mexico's play?

The Dutch were almost walking the ball into them as if the Mexicans expected South Korea to beat Belgium for them, in the other game.

Half-time: (2:0).

Mexico didn't look any fresher after the break, until South Korea equalised against Belgium, in the 71st minute.

Four minutes later, a downward header fell to Palaez, in the box, to get in the decisive touch.

Then Hernandez sprang into life and crossed high for Pelaez again. Van der Sar fummbled the ball and the Mexican goalscorer just failed to tuck in an equaliser. There was a buzz in the game at last.

After a Blanco goal was ruled offside, Ramirez was sent off.

Hernandez equalised, in the 94th minute, but they can thank South Korea for bringing them back to life.

Final Score:
Travel to Holland Holland 2 - Travel to Mexico Mexico 2

Germany vs Iran in Montpellier: (21:00)

Germany made sure that they would avoid Holland in the second round with goals from Bierhoff (50 mins) and Klinsmann (58 mins).

Bierhoff connected to Thomas Haessler's cross, then set up Klinsmann eight minutes later; when his drive came off the post for the veteran to follow up on.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 2 - Travel to Iran Iran 0

United States vs Yugoslavia in Nantes: (21:00)

Team USA were already out of the competition but they put their squabbles behind them and came out to attack Yugoslavia.

In the first minute, United States hit the woodwork again; enforcing further their need for bigger goals.

Yugoslavia took the lead in the fourth minute. Sinisa Mihajlovic's free-kick, from over 30 metres, was palmed away by Brad Friedel. Komljenovic rounded his defender to head the ball back past the surprised Liverpool reserve.

Stankovic tried to score between the goalkeeper and the post, in the 18th minute, but Friedel was down well to palm the shot around the post.

The corner that followed will be a discussion topic on football forums. Did the ball cross the line?

Friedel was swift to swing the ball out of his goalmouth but his back obscured the camera angle. Was the Swedish camera there?

America had some good possession and were not to be the cannon-fodder that some commentators predicted. However, the likes of Dooley will have to head the ball a little harder if they are to score from around the penalty spot.

McBride played most of the game with his head bandaged and, on the whole, the Americans were not disgraced.

Final Score:
Travel to USA United States 0 - Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia 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.

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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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