World Cup: Italy, Brazil advance to quarterfinals.By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service
(Saturday, June 27, 1998) -- No one will ever accuse Norway coach Egil Olsen of sugarcoating victories or defeats.
His team was eliminated today in the World Cup 1-0 by favored and deserving Italy, which advanced to the quarterfinals against the winner of the tomorrow’s France-Paraguay match.
In the other game, Brazil routed Chile, 4-1, with two goals apiece from Cesar Sampaio and Ronaldo.
"We met a bad Italian team," Olsen said after his final match as national team coach.
That wasn't all: "I'm not very impressed by Italy. It was more because we didn't play well that we lost."
He is the same coach who observed after one of Norway's two victories against Brazil in the past year that the world champions play poor defense, and could learn something from his approach to the sport. It's little wonder nobody on the Norway team publicly criticizes his single striker 4-5-1 formation, which was unable to create many opportunities today in Marseille.
Italy shrugged off the criticism. "What makes me laugh is that they were losing 1-0, they had 10 men behind the ball, and they expected us to come forward," defender Paolo Maldini told Reuters. "We're not as stupid as the other teams they played."
Added defender Fabio Cannavaro: "Their coach might be disappointed in us but the fact is we beat his side. We're used to . . . people criticizing us, but it doesn't bother us."
Christian Vieri had the game's only goal, his fifth of the tournament. He took a long through ball from Luigi Di Biagio, who had outrun and outmuscled defender Dan Eggen, to score on a right-footed 10-yard low shot to the far post past sliding goalkeeper Frode Grodas.
Italy had more good scoring chances than Norway, whose attempts to reach striker Tore Andre Flo were thwarted by defenders jamming him in the penalty area.
"We are going all the way," Brazil coach Mario Zagallo said after his favored team reached the quarterfinals, where it will meet the winner of the Nigeria-Denmark match Sunday.
"When you are playing a team that has Ronaldo and Cesar Sampaio who can score
at any time, you are really up against it," Chile striker Ivan Zamorano said.
Jerry Langdon is sports editor of Gannett News Service and can be e-mailed at
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Round of 16
Italy 1, Norway 0
Italy -- Gianluca Pagliuca, Giuseppe Bergomi, Alessandro Costacurta,
Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Demetrio Albertini (Gianluca Pessotto 72), Dino
Baggio, Luigi Di Biagio, Francesco Moriero (Angelo Di Livio 63), Alessandro Del
Piero (Enrico Chiesa 77), Christian Vieri.
Goal: Italy - Christian Vieri 18.
Brazil 4, Chile 1
Brazil -- Taffarel, Cafu, Junior Baiano, Roberto Carlos, Aldair
(Goncalves 78), Cesar Sampaio, Dunga, Rivaldo, Leonardo, Ronaldo, Bebeto (Denilson 65).
Goals: Brazil - Cesar Sampaio 11, 27; Ronaldo 45 (penalty kick), 70;
Chile - Marcelo Salas 68.