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France '98 Daily Summary

Day 33: July 12, 1998

France plays perfect host; hoists World Cup in Paris.

PARIS (Sunday, July 12, 1998) -- France turned in a perfect performance as host. Zinedine Zidane scored two first-half goals as the French completed their World Cup tour de force by routing defending champion Brazil 3-0 in tonightís title game of France '98.   Full Story.

France 3, Brazil 0

Day 32: July 11, 1998

Croatia more than pleased with third place; Suker takes Golden Boot lead.

PARIS (Saturday, July 11, 1998) -- Third place in the World Cup was a magnificent achievement for Croatia, a nation of 5 million in just its eighth year of existence. The Croats didn't win the title, but it didn't seem to matter much.   Full Story.

Croatia 2, The Netherlands 1

Days 30-31: July 9-10, 1998

No games scheduled

Day 29: July 8, 1998

Thuram finds perfect time to finally find net.

PARIS (Thursday, July 9, 1998) -- In 37 appearances with the French national team, defender Lilian Thuram had done everything but score. He made up for that, twice over, as France rallied defeat Croatia 2-1 yesterday.   Full Story.

France 2, Croatia 1

Day 28: July 7, 1998

Brazil will defend their crown, beats The Netherlands on penalty kicks.

MARSEILLE, France (Tuesday, July 7, 1998) -- It wasn't the kind of shootout Brazil expected to win, but the world champions are nothing if not adaptable. Goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel made two diving saves as Brazil defeated The Netherlands 4-2 on penalty kicks Tuesday night to advance to the championship match Sunday of the World Cup.   Full Story.

Brazil 1, The Netherlands 1 (Brazil wins on penalty kicks 4-2)

Days 26-27: July 5-6, 1998

No games scheduled

Day 25: July 4, 1998

Croatia stuns Germany 3-0, using one-man advantage.

LYON, France (Saturday, July 4, 1998) -- In perhaps the greatest World Cup upset in nearly 50 years, first-timer Croatia shocked three-time world champion Germany 3-0 tonight to advance to the semifinals of France í98.   Full Story.

The Netherlands beat Argentina on Bergkampís late goal.

MARSEILLE, France (Saturday, July 4, 1998) -- Dennis Bergkamp used a superb individual effort to net a 90th minute goal to give the Netherlands a 2-1 victory over Argentina Saturday in a World Cup quarterfinal.   Full Story.

The Netherlands 2, Argentina 1
Croatia 3, Germany 0

Day 24: July 3, 1998

DiBiagioís miss means France is in Cup semifinals.

PARIS (Friday, July 3, 1998) -- France and Italy went eyeball to eyeball for 120 minutes and four rounds of penalty kicks in the World Cup quarterfinals today. Then Italy blinked. Luigi DiBiagio hit the crossbar on the 10th and final penalty kick.   Full Story.

Rivaldo scores two, Brazil escapes resilient Denmark side 2-1.

NANTES, France (Friday, July 3, 1998) -- Denmark put up much more of a battle than many thought possible, but in the end, using two goals by Rivaldo, defending World Cup holder Brazil pulled out a 3-2 decision in a quarterfinal match today.    Full Story.

France 0, Italy 0 (France wins on penalty kicks 4-3)
Brazil 3, Denmark 2

Days 22 - 23: July 1 - 2, 1998

With World Cup on hiatus, a quick look back.

PARIS (Wednesday, July 1, 1998) -- On the 22nd day, they rested. After three solid weeks of at least two matches a day, the World Cup finally took a break.   Full Story.

No games scheduled

Day 21: June 30, 1998

World Cup: Few surprises as quarterfinals are set.

(Tuesday, June 30, 1998) -- The 1998 World Cup has the six pre-tournament favorites in the quarterfinals. The darkhorses are Denmark and Croatia.   Full Story.

Argentina beats courageous England 4-3 in penalty kicks.

ST. ETIENNE, France (Tuesday, June 30, 1998) -- In 1986, it was the Hand of God. In 1998, it was the Hands of Roa. David Batty's shootout penalty kick was knocked down by goalkeeper Carlos Roa as Argentina defeated courageous England 4-3 in penalty kicks today to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.   Full Story.

Croatia 1, Romania 0
Argentina 2, England 2 (Argentina wins on penalty kicks 4-3)

Day 20: June 29, 1998

World Cup: Germany sheds Mexico; the Netherlands edge Yugoslavia in thrilling round of 16 play.

MONTPELLIER, France (Monday, June 29, 1998) -- Maybe Mexico never should have taken a lead. This World Cup's best rallying team couldn't hold a lead and lost 2-1 to Germany. Injured Edgar Davids scored in injury time to give the Netherlands a 2-1 decision over Yugoslavia.   Full Story.

Germany 2, Mexico 1
The Netherlands 2, Yugoslavia 1

Day 19: June 28, 1998

World Cup: Blanc propels France to quarterfinals 1-0; Denmark blasts Nigeria 4-1.

(Sunday, June 28, 1998) -- Defender Laurent Blancís blistering seven-yard shot in sudden death put France in the World Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 decision over Paraguay. Denmark routed favored Nigeria 4-1.   Full Story.

France 1, Paraguay 0 (2 OT)
Denmark 4, Nigeria 1

Day 18: June 27, 1998

World Cup: Italy, Brazil advance to quarterfinals.

(Saturday, June 27, 1998) -- No one will ever accuse Norway coach Egil Olsen of sugarcoating victories or defeats.   Full Story.

Italy 1, Norway 0
Brazil 4, Chile 1

Day 17: June 26, 1998

World Cup: Quarterfinals feature Argentina-England matchup.

(Friday, June 26, 1998) -- It will be Argentina vs. England . . . in the second round of the 1998 World Cup.    Full Story.

Jamaica 2, Japan 1
Argentina 1, Croatia 0
England 2, Colombia 0
Romania 1, Tunisia 1

Day 16: June 25, 1998

U.S. exits World Cup with modicum of respect.

NANTES, France (Thursday, June 25, 1998) -- The United States exited the 1998 World Cup winless, but neither helpless nor hopeless. The Americans lost 1-0 to European power Yugoslavia.   Full Story.

Mexico rallies into 2d round; South Korea eliminates Belgium.

(Thursday, June 25, 1998) -- Mexico rallied from nearly insurmountable odds to tie shocked the Netherlands 2-2 and South Korea provided the upset of the World Cupís first round.   Full Story.

Netherlands 2, Mexico 2
Belgium 1, South Korea 1
Germany 2, Iran 0
Yugoslavia 1, United States 0

Day 15: June 24, 1998

World Cup: Paraguayís gain is Spainís loss.

(Wednesday, June 24, 1998) -- Spain is the "Colombia" of the 1998 World Cup. Thought by many to be a serious title contender, it failed to advance to the second round.   Full Story.

France 2, Denmark 1
South Africa 2, Saudi Arabia 2
Spain 6, Bulgaria 1
Paraguay 3, Nigeria 1

Day 14: June 23, 1998

World Cup: Norway beats Brazil, advances with refereesí help.

(Tuesday, June 23, 1998) -- Norway beat Brazil and advanced to the second round of the World Cup, but not without the help of officiating decisions.   Full Story.

Italy 2, Austria 1
Chile 1, Cameroon 1
Norway 2, Brazil 1
Morocco 3, Scotland 0

Day 13: June 22, 1998

World Cup: Romania shocks England; Colombia down Tunisia.

(Monday, June 22, 1998) -- Two aging teams showed today they still had some life left in the 1998 World Cup. Romania pulled off a 2-1 conquest of England. Colombia slid by Tunisia 1-0.   Full Story.

Colombia 1, Tunisia 0
Romania 2, England 1

Day 12: June 21, 1998

World Cup: U.S. eliminated from Cup after 2-1 loss to Iran.

LYON, France (Monday, June 21, 1998) -- Coach Steve Sampson wanted his team to go forward. Instead, it soon is going back home.   Full Story.

World Cup: Germany battles back to tie Yugoslavia.

(Sunday, June 21, 1998) -- Don't ever count Germany out. The three-time world champions were outclassed the first half today by Yugoslavia, but battled back with two late goals to tie Yugoslavia.   Full Story.

Germany 2, Yugoslavia 2
Argentina 5, Jamaica 0
Iran 2, United States 1

Day 11: June 20, 1998

World Cup: Despite heroics, Mexico facing elimination.

(Saturday, June 20, 1998) -- Mexico has become the comeback story of the 1998 World Cup -- and still faces an imposing struggle to stay alive.   Full Story.

Croatia 1, Japan 0
Belgium 2, Mexico 2
Netherlands 5, South Korea 0

Day 10: June 19, 1998

World Cup: Nigeria third to clinch second round.

(Friday, June 19, 1998) -- Nigeria joined Brazil and France in advancing to the World Cup second round today, but had to share the spotlight with pre-tournament favorite Spain, which was held to a 0-0 draw by Paraguay and is close to elimination.   Full Story.

Nigeria 1, Bulgaria 0
Spain 0, Paraguay 0

Day 9: June 18, 1998

World Cup: France advances with rout of Saudis; Denmark, South Africa tie.

(Thursday, June 18, 1998) -- France prevailed today by routing Saudi Arabia, 4-0, to clinch a berth in the second round of the World Cup. Denmark virtually earned the second Group C advancement slot after tying South Africa 1-1.   Full Story.

Denmark 1, South Africa 1
France 4, Saudi Arabia 0

Day 8: June 17, 1998

World Cup: Italy gains edge in tight Group B standings.

(Wednesday, June 17, 1998) -- Austria continued to live on the edge, while Chile continued to be snake-bit at the end. Italy, meanwhile, moved ahead of the field, and Cameroon dug itself a big hole. But all four teams remained in contention for World Cup advancement.   Full Story.

Chile 1, Austria 1
Italy 3, Morocco 0

Day 7: June 16, 1998

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

(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.   Full Story.

Scotland 1, Norway 1
Brazil 3, Morocco 0

Day 6: June 15, 1998

World Cup: German 2-0 victory over U.S. far from routine.

PARIS (Monday, June 15, 1998) -- The final score would seem to indicate business as usual. Germany 2, United States 0, and the sun rises in the East. But this was not the Teutonic walkover many expected.   Full Story.

World Cup: England and Romania lead Group G.

(Monday, June 15, 1998) -- England and Romania went to the top of Group G with opening World Cup victories today.   Full Story.

England 2, Tunisia 0
Romania 1, Columbia 0
Germany 2, United States 0

Day 5: June 14, 1998

World Cup: Yugoslavia struggles to beat Iran; Argentina, Croatia win.

(Sunday, June 14, 1998) -- Heavily favored, Yugoslavia was fortunate to escape with a 1-0 victory today against Iran on a 73rd-minute curving 25-yard free kick by Sinisa Mihajlovich. Argentina edged Japan 1-0 and Croatia scored twice in the second half to down Jamaica 3-1.   Full Story.

Argentina 1, Japan 0
Yugoslavia 1, Iran 0
Croatia 3, Jamaica 1

Day 4: June 13, 1998

World Cup: Nigeria, Mexico back on track with victories.

(Saturday, June 13, 1998) -- Two promising teams that played miserably much of the spring, Nigeria and Mexico, posted victories today in their World Cup openers.   Full Story.

Nigeria 3, Spain 2
Mexico 3, South Korea 1
Netherlands 0, Belgium 0

Day 3: June 12, 1998

World Cup: France and Denmark are easy victors; Paraguay, Bulgaria draw.

(Friday, June 12, 1998) -- France and Denmark rolled to easy victories today in the World Cup, while Paraguay and Bulgaria battled to a 0-0 draw.   Full Story.

France 3, South Africa 0
Denmark 1, Saudi Arabia 0
Paraguay 0, Bulgaria 0

Day 2: June 11, 1998

World Cup: Late goals help Italy, Cameroon gain ties.

(Thursday, June 11, 1998) -- Late goals resulted in a pair of draws Thursday in opening World Cup matches for Group B teams in France '98.   Full Story.

Chile 2, Italy 2
Cameroon 1, Austria 1

Day 1: June 10, 1998

Brazil wins, Morocco and Norway tie, in opener.

(Wednesday, June 10, 1998) -- The 1998 World Cup opened Wednesday in France with two exciting, evenly contested, end-to-end matches.   Full Story.

Brazil 2, Scotland 1
Morocco 2, Norway 2

An American Fans' Journal

An American Fanís Journal: U.S. goes home and so do we.

ON AIR FRANCE 28 COMING HOME (Friday, June 26, 1998) -- The United States has officially been eliminated, we've about run out of francs, so we're heading home.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: U.S. fans remain loyal to their team.

ON THE TGV TO NANTES, France (Tuesday, June 23, 1998) -- Two dozen Americans riding a train to Nantes represent the bedrock of support for U.S. soccer.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: Politics reigned in stands of U.S.-Iran match.

LYON, France (Monday, June 22, 1998) -- The atmosphere at Stade de Gerland was as electric. But what went on in the stands had very little to do with the soccer match. What was going on was essentially a political demonstration.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: Free tickets provide Cupís best treat.

LYON, France (Sunday, June 21, 1998) -- Come to a World Cup and after a week or so of non-stop world class soccer you can begin to lose perspective. Take yesterday as an example.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: French cabbies and waiters know the truth.

LYON (Friday, June 19, 1998) -- Many United States Soccer Federation officials, and not a few of the players, have spent the days since the U.S. defeat by Germany doing a little rewriting of history. The company line is that we expected to lose to Germany.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: The Great Paris Umbrella Riot.

PARIS (Tuesday, June 16, 1998) -- I have survived the great umbrella riot of the Coupe Du Monde. Survived, but poorer for the experience.   Full Story.

An American Fan's Journal: A crowning moment for Nigeria.

NANTES (Sunday, June 14, 1998) -- Occasionally at a World Cup there is a result, a moment, that transcends sport. That kind of moment took place here when underdog Nigeria --it's country in political turmoil -- overcame Spain 3-2.   Full Story.

An American Fanís Journal: Let the World Cup debate begin.

PARIS (Saturday, June 13, 1998) -- Much excitement today. The sun came out for about a hour this afternoon, and it almost felt like springtime. Summer-like seems out of the question.   Full Story.

An American Fanís Journal: World Cup off to good start.

PARIS (Wednesday, June 10, 1998) -- It's started. The opening match at the Stade de France came off better than the organizers could ever have hoped. Fans started arriving at 10:00 am for the 5:30 p.m. kickoff and it ended up an easy Metro ride to the stadium.   Full Story.

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