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World Cup: Brazil beats Morocco, goes to round of 16.


By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service

(Tuesday, June 16, 1998) --Brazil advanced to the second round of the World Cup, no great achievement for the four-time champions. But Scotland now has a great chance to go beyond the first round for the first time in history, after seven failures.

That's the situation following Group A play Tuesday, with Brazil routing Morocco, 3-0, to clinch the four-team title, while Scotland and Norway battled to a 1-1 draw. Norway is second with 0-0-2 and an even-goal differential. Scotland is third with 0-1-1 and a minus-one. Morocco is a longshot at 0-1-1 and minus-three differential.

But Norway must face Brazil in the final game June 23. Scotland obviously is counting on a Brazil triumph -- and a simultaneous Scottish victory or possibly a tie against Morocco. Brazil isn't expected to let up despite having won the group.

There is no love lost with Norway, which upset Brazil in an international match last year in Oslo, 4-2. Afterwards, the Norway coach, Egil Olsen, crowed that the win was no fluke and that Brazil had serious deficiencies on defense, an assertion he repeated last month.

The biggest question about Brazil involves team morale, with an on-field first-half squabble Monday between volatile captain Dunga and striker Bebeto requiring teammates to push them away after words were exchanged.

Scotland's David Burley, switched from defense to central midfield, scored the tying goal in the 67th minute, a lob shot over a charging Norway goalkeeper Frode Grodas.

Scotland had a sizeable edge in ball possession.

Jerry Langdon is sports editor of Gannett News Service and can be e-mailed at jlangdon@gns.gannett.com.

Group A

Scotland 1, Norway 1
in Bordeaux

Scotland - Jim Leighton, Tom Boyd, Colin Calderwood (David Weir 60), Colin Hendry, Craig Burley, John Collins, Christian Dailly, Paul Lambert, Gordon Durie, Kevin Gallacher, Darren Jackson (Jackie McNamara 62).
Norway - Frode Grodaas, Henning Berg (Gunnar Halle 82), Stig Bjoernebye, Dan Eggen, Ronny Johnsen, Roar Strand, Kjetil Rekdal, Staale Solbakken, Haavard Flo (Jahn Ivar Jakobsen 61), Tore Andre Flo, Vidar Riseth (Egil Oestenstad 73).
Goals: Norway - Haavard Flo 46; Scotland - Craig Burley 66.
Shots at goal: Scotland 13, Norway 6.
Shots on goal: Scotland 5, Norway 3.
Yellow cautionary cards: Scotland - Gordon Durie 25, Darren Jackson 56; Norway - Kjetil Rekdal 54, Henning Berg 59.
Referee:Laszlo Vagner (Hungary).
Attendance: 30,236.

Brazil 3, Morocco 0
in Nantes

Brazil - Taffarel, Cafu, Aldair, Junior Baiano, Roberto Carlos, Cesar Sampaio (Doriva 68), Dunga, Leonardo, Rivaldo (Denilson 88), Ronaldo, Bebeto (Edmundo 72).
Morocco - Driss Benzekri, Abdelilah Saber (Lahcen Abrami 76), Noureddine Naybet, Youssef Rossi, Abdelkrim El Hadrioui, Tahare El Khalej, Moustafa Hadji, Youssef Chippo, Said Chiba (Gharib Amzine 76), Salaheddine Bassir, Abdeljilil Hadda (Ali El Khattabi 89).
Goals: Brazil: Ronaldo 9, Rivaldo 45, Bebeto 50.
Shots at goal: Brazil 9, Morocco 7.
Shots on goal: Brazil 5, Morocco 0.
Yellow cautionary cards: Morocco - Abdeljlil Hadda 32, Said Chiba 64; Brazil - Cesar Sampaio 36, Junior Baiano 87.
Referee: Nikolai Levnikov (Russia).
Attendance: 33,266.