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Group matches at France 98 played on Friday, 26th June.

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to Croatia Croatia in Bordeaux (1:0).

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Travel to England England in Lens (0:2).

Travel to Japan Japan vs Travel to Jamaica Jamaica in Lyon (1:2).

Travel to Romania Romania vs Travel to Tunisia Tunisia in Saint-Denis (1:1).

Argentina vs Croatia in Bordeaux: (16:00)

Argentina are the only team to still have a clean sheet and claimed top spot in Group H with a win against Croatia (1:0).

The first chance fell to Croatia in the second minute; a header from Davor Suker, onto the roof of the net.

River Plate's Marcelo Gallardo was in the shop window from the start and would surely have caught the eye of many coaches and scouts, but the only goal of the game fell to Hector Pineda; who pushed on Ortegea's through ball into the area, with his upper body, and struck the back of the net on his third stride.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 1 - Travel to Croatia Croatia 0

Japan vs Jamaica in Lyon: (16:00)

Only a run out for these two teams but there would have been equal roars in Tokyo and Kingston.

The Reggae Boyz won their first World Cup finals match with two goals from Theodore Whitmore in the 39th and 54th minutes; while Nakayama volleyed in the first ever World Cup finals goal for Japan, fifteen minutes before the end.

Final Score:
Travel to Japan Japan 1 - Travel to Jamaica Jamaica 2

Colombia vs England in Lens: (21:00)

Glenn Hoddle finally started Michael Owen and David Beckham in the game against Colombia.

The pair repaid his faith by giving England a two-goal lead to take into the break.

Paul Scholes forced a save from Mondragon, in the second minute, indicating what was about to come.

In the 19th minute, Le Saux missed a great chance to put England in the driving seat, but England showed they had the Colombians in their hands.

Two minutes later, Michael Owen crossed into the area for Paul Scholes. The half headed clearance from Bermudez fell down for Darren 'sicknote' Anderton to thunder into the roof of net; just what the doctor ordered.

On the half-hour, David Beckham made it two; his free-kick floated over the wall and dipped into the left side of the goal.

Half-time: (2:0).

Just like at the beginning of this match, Paul Scholes forced Mondragon to pull out another save in the opening minutes of the second-half. Scholes again with an half overhead kick minutes later; wide of the post.

Sol Campbell ran at the Colombian defence, with Michael Owen in support. Mondragon was hard at work for ten minutes.

And then the script changed. Colombia tried to slow the game and pounce through England as Michael Owen made a crucial tackle in England's penalty area.

"Keep that fucking ball everyone", cried Hoddle from the sideline: "You're losing it. Keep it!"

When Steve McManaman came on for Paul Scholes, with fifteen minutes to go, the tempo increased.

Michael Owen was finding out about World Cup football, as his shirt was pulled at the collar. When he continued to outpace Bermudez, he was pushed to the floor.

A series of magnificent saves from Mondragon kept the scorline respectable.

Time to make up for the hand of God; here comes the Team of God. England to play Argentina.

Final Score:
Travel to Colombia Colombia 0 - Travel to England England 2

Romania vs Tunisia in Saint-Denis: (21:00)

Romanian football died the night the clowns dyed their hair yellow.

Tunisia scored from a tenth minute Souayah penalty to leave the Romanians with egg on their faces.

Half-time: (0:1).

Moldovan equalised for Romania, in the 71st minute, to bring some respect back into the camp and a Second Round match against Croatia.

Final Score:
Travel to Romania Romania 1 - Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 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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