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Second Round matches at France 98 played on Monday, 29th June.

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Mexico Mexico in Montpellier (2:1).

Travel to Holland Holland vs Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia in Toulouse (2:1).

Germany vs Mexico in Montpellier: (16.30)

Time to pension off half of the German Mannschaft.

Germany looked rusty by what has always done them good; the machine. A working machine needs oiling and parts changed; and where were Germany's spare parts. Are there seriously no exciting young players in the Bundesliga, or is Berti Vogts too conservative?

Commentators said that Blanco couldn't do his South Korean hop-over against quality opposition. Well, he tried it again in the opening minutes against Germany, in almost the same situation, and was shut out. Commentators get it right, Blanco doesn't.

There was no urgency in the Mexican counter and they seemed prepared to let Germany come at them in the first half.

Is there some masochistic streak in this Mexican side that they need to be two goals down before they come into the game?

The first half was a no-goal affair. The Mexicans had given the Germans enough time to get the two goals and then changed the game plan.

On the edge of the German area, Blanco threaded the ball through to Hernandez who slammed it home; with defenders either side of him.

I guess German machines don't need servicing so much as Klinsmann was there to tap in a mistake from German Villa in the 75th minute and Bierhoff headed in the winner; four minutes from the end of normal time.

World Cups are getting too predictable: Italy, Brazil, Germany, and the hosts.

Final Score:
Germany 2 - Mexico 1

Holland vs Yugoslavia in Toulouse: (21.00)

Davids killed this game in the last minute. Actually, it seemed dead for most of the ninety minutes.

A slow, boring game as the fans in the stadium seemed to have gone to sleep too.

Bergkamp gets lucky in the 38th minute. A long ball from Frank de Boer arrives in the Yugoslav area, Bergkamp is being tugged on the shirt by Mirkovic and slips the ball under the keeper.

At the start of the second half a Yugoslav free-kick arrives at the far post for Komljenovic to equalise.

Mijatovic missed a penalty, by slamming the ball on the underside of the bar.

No point boring anyone with the minor details, except that Bergkampf should have taken a shower in the 52nd minute; for a Zidane style stamp.

Final Score:
Travel to Holland Holland 2 - 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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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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