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Second Round matches at France 98 played on Sunday, 28th June.

Travel to France France vs Travel to Paraguay Paraguay in Lens (1:0 aet).

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Travel to Denmark Denmark in Saint-Denis (1:4).

France vs Paraguay in Lens: (16.30)

Definitely not vintage football from the French. The Paraguayans defended excellently, but for the most part the home side were without ideas and couldn't cultivate the half-ripe chances ready for picking.

Diomede, of Auxerre, was hardly a diamond and the flowering Henry, who scored three goals in the group games, seemed to have gone to seed.

Henry woke from slumber, in the 39th minute, to run from inside the French half and thump a shot past Chilavert; onto the upright.

Only when Robert Pires came on for the injured Henry, halfway through the second half, did we see an attempt to use the width of the pitch.

Aime Jacquet left Diomede on the pitch for far too long; finally replacing him with Guivarc'h in the 78th minute.

The Paraguayans then had a nervous last fifteen minutes of normal time as the home fans tried to urge their team forward.

The first game to go into extra-time in this World Cup finals and of the two goalkeepers, Barthez looked the most desperate. Chilavert kissed his lucky charm, before the players had a quick massage on their tired legs.

0-0 at normal time and frustration for the French.

In the ninth minute of extra time, the free-kick by Djorkaeff was as nerve wrenching as a penalty for the taker; over the wall and headed away for a corner.

Chilavert was easily down to a shot from Pires in the 110th minute.

In minute 113, Laurent Blanc finally broke the deadlock before Chilavert could prove himself in the penalty shoot-out.

Final Score:
Travel to France Laurent Blanc 1 Travel to Paraguay Chilavert 0

Nigeria vs Denmark in Saint-Denis: (21.00)

No African team will win the World Cup this century as poor defending by Nigeria saw them two goals down, in eleven minutes.

Within three minutes of the start, Michael Laudrup on the right corner of the penalty area, flicked the ball to his left for Peter Moller, of PSV Eindhoven, to score.

Eight minutes later, Michael Laudrup to Moller again. This time he rolled the ball back with the sole of his foot and Brian Laudrup was where it counted, to punish Rufai for not holding Moller's shot.

Half-time: (0:2).

As valiant as Nigeria proved, the Danish were a class above them today.

On the hour, Sand was on for Moller and headed Michael Laudrup's chip around Taribo West, he of the frog green hair, then beat Rufai; to destroy Nigeria's chance of a Mexican-style comeback.

Ebbe Sand pounced on another careless piece of Nigerian goalkeeping, pulled the ball back to Jorgensen; who set up Helveg, with an open shot into the roof of the net.

Babangida volleyed in a consolation goal, with a little over ten minutes to go.

Denmark will now face Brazil in Nantes, on Friday July 3rd.

Final Score:
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria 1 - Travel to Denmark Denmark 4

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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Second Round
27th June:
Brazil vs Chile
Italy vs Norway

28th June:
France vs Paraguay
Nigeria vs Denmark

29th June:
Germany vs Mexico
Holland vs Yugoslavia

30th June:
Argentina vs England
Romania vs Croatia

Quarter-Finals
3rd July:
Brazil vs Denmark
France vs Italy

4th July:
Croatia vs Germany
Holland vs Argentina

Semi-Finals
7th July:
Brazil vs Holland

8th July:
France vs Croatia

Third Place
11th July:
Croatia vs Holland

1998 World Cup Final
12th July:
France vs Brazil

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