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Second Round matches at France 98 played on Tuesday, 30th June.

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to England England in St. Etienne (2:2 aet).

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

Romania vs Croatia in Bordeaux: (16.30)

Suker's too sweet for Stelea.

After sending the goalkeeper the wrong way on the first penalty, in the 45th minute, Suker had to take it again because Boban entered the area.

Suker slotted the ball in the same place. Stelea guessed right eventually but was beaten by his own hesitation to commit to the dive.

In the first half, Romania seemed content to hold the ball in their own half and then thump up the long ball. The strategy would have to change.

Half-time: (0:1).

The Romanians still looked too passive in the second half, and Croatia should have punished them for the laziness. The Croatians seemed happy enough; a meeting with Germany in Lyon, on July 4th.

The Romanian coach won't become a two-star general.

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

Argentina vs England in St. Etienne: (21.00)

The penalty shoot-out started early in Saint Etienne.

In only the sixth minute, David Seaman received a yellow card for grabbing Simeone's leg. Penalty converted by who else but Batistuta.

Four minutes later, Michael Owen showed that he knows all about diving too; running full steam between two Argentine defenders, and oops; floored in the area.

Penalty number two of the match, to Alan Shearer.

Michael Owen, in true world class, beat Chamot and Ayala, two of the best defenders in the world; then turned the shot past Roa, in the sixteenth minute, to put England ahead.

Le Saux on the left wing hurdles tackles well; no silly diving for free-kicks and yellow cards here.

Scholes runs onto a Shearer header, six minutes from half-time, only to slip the ball wide.

Ortega and Batistuta tried to short pass through the England defence to no avail, until the end of the first half.

Sol Campbell and Tony Adams get in a mix-up on the edge of the area; free kick to Argentina. Veron slides the ball to Zanetti, who slipped off the edge off the wall to score past a helpless Seaman.

Half-time: (2-2).

Catastrophe at the start of the second half. Simeone is on top of David Beckham and gets a yellow card, but Spice Boy Beckham flicks out his leg while lying on his stomach and gets sent off.

A Shearer free-kick is pushed away, while a Le Saux mistake at the other end almost costs England dearly; with Lopez and Ortega applying the pressure.

Another Argentine attack and Shearer is back to clear; away from Vivas and the open goal.

England are barely coping, Gary Neville throws in right, to the six-yard box, but it is collected by Roa.

Then Sol Campbell runs over to the bench after he believes that he has headed in from a corner. He did, but Shearer's elbow on the goalkeeper rules the goal a void.

Batistuta is out for Crespo and Lopez replaced by Gallardo.

Glenn Hoddle replies by bringing on Gareth Southgate for Le Saux, and Paul Merson for Scholes.

Mick Jagger does one of his best numbers as England go into extra-time. He is there with the fans on the terraces.

Darren Anderton is the last to go off; making way for David Batty. The tense moments are at the door and English fans try to keep the spirits high in the team.

Ince is up and strikes venomnessly from the edge of the area.

The second period of extra-time.

Michael Owen goes down to a Vivas challenge and is clipped by the Argentine's stud. England are not down to nine men for long, as the young lad has courage too.

England are totally in God's hands. Another Argentine shot goes over the bar and Roa, at the other end, has a look of horror on his face.

Gallardo tries to do a Maradonna run, goes down and the referee ignores it. Two minutes to go.

Tony Adams heads wide at the other end. England are still in the game; unbelievable.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 2 - Travel to England England 2 aet

PENALTIES: (4:3)
Argentina: Berti -- scored.
England: Shearer -- scored.

Argentina: Crespo -- SAVED.
England: Ince -- SAVED.

Argentina: Veron -- scored.
England: Merson -- (Goalkeeper booked for dissent) scored.

Argentina: Gallardo -- scored.
England: Owen -- scored (the biggest cheer).

Argentina: Ayala -- scored
England: Batty -- SAVED.

End result:
England lost on penalties; like they do.

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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