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World Cup Football

Football World Cup 1998

The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992. The tournament was won by France, who beat Brazil 3-0 in the final. This was the first World Cup title for France, who joined Brazil and five others (Uruguay, Italy, Germany, England, and Argentina) to be world champions.

The format of the competition changed from 1994: it was expanded to 32 teams, divided into eight groups of four. 16 teams: eight group winners and eight second place finishers would qualify for the knockout competition.

 

Davor Šuker of surprise third-place finisher Croatia won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals.

Michael Owen made his World Cup debut in '98 by scoring one of his most amazing solo goals ever. Taking the ball from the halfway line, he dribbled past 3 Argentinean defenders before slotting the ball past the 'keeper.

This World Cup tournament was the first one for the countries of Croatia, Jamaica, Japan, and South Africa.

For details of the competition, see Football World Cup 1998 (match reports) article.

Venues

City Stadium Capacity
Saint-Denis Stade de France 80,000
Marseille Stade Vélodrome 60,000
Paris Parc des Princes 49,000
Lens Stade Félix Bollaert 41,800
Lyon Stade Gerland 41,200
Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38,500
Toulouse Stadium de Toulouse 37,000
Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 36,000
Bordeaux Parc Lescure 35,200
Montpellier Stade de la Mosson 33,900

First round

All times local (CET)
Half-time scores are in brackets

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Brazil 6 3 2 0 1 6 3
Norway 5 3 1 2 0 5 4
Morocco 4 3 1 1 1 5 5
Scotland 1 3 0 1 2 2 6
Brazil 2 - 1 Scotland
Morocco 2 - 2 Norway
Scotland 1 - 1 Norway
Brazil 3 - 0 Morocco
Brazil 1 - 2 Norway
Scotland 0 - 3 Morocco

June 10, 1998

Brazil 2 - 1 (1-1) Scotland 17:30 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: José Maria Garcia Aranda (Spain)
Attendance: 80,000
César Sampaio 4'   Collins (p) 38'
Boyd (og) 73'
 
Morocco 2 - 2 (1-1) Norway 21:00 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Un Prasert (Thailand)
Attendance: 29,750
Hadji 38'   Chippo (og) 45'+1'
Hadda 59'   Eggen 60'

June 16, 1998

Scotland 1 - 1 (0-0) Norway 17:30 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Laszlo Vagner (Hungary)
Attendance: 31,800
Burley 66'   H. Flo 46'
 
 
Brazil 3 - 0 (2-0) Morocco 21:00 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)
Attendance: 35,000
Ronaldo 9'
Rivaldo 45'+2'
Bebeto 50'

June 23, 1998

Brazil 1 - 2 (0-0) Norway 21:00 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Esfandiar Baharmast (USA)
Attendance: 55,000
Bebeto 78'   T.A. Flo 83'
    Rekdal (p) 88'
 
Scotland 0 - 3 (0-1) Morocco 21:00 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Attendance: 30,600
    Bassir 22'
    Hadda 46'
    Bassir 85'

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Italy 7 3 2 1 0 7 3
Chile 3 3 0 3 0 4 4
Austria 2 3 0 2 1 3 4
Cameroon 2 3 0 2 1 2 5
Italy 2 - 2 Chile
Cameroon 1 - 1 Austria
Chile 1 - 1 Austria
Italy 3 - 0 Cameroon
Italy 2 - 1 Austria
Chile 1 - 1 Cameroon

June 11, 1998

Italy 2 - 2 (1-1) Chile 17:30 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Lucien Bouchardeau (Nigeria)
Attendance: 31,800
Vieri 10'   Salas 45'
R. Baggio (p) 85'   Salas 49'
 
Cameroon 1 - 1 (0-0) Austria 21:00 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: Epifanio Gonzalez Chavez (Paraguay)
Attendance: 33,460
Njanka 78'   Polster 90'
 

June 17, 1998

Chile 1 - 1 (0-0) Austria 17:30 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Gamal Ghandour (Egypt)
Attendance: 30,600
Salas 70'   Vastic 90'
 
 
Italy 3 - 0 (1-0) Cameroon 21:00 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Edward Lennie (Australia)
Attendance: 29,800
Di Biagio 7'
Vieri 75'
Vieri 89'

June 23, 1998

Italy 2 - 1 (0-0) Austria 16:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Paul Durkin (England)
Attendance: 80,000
Vieri 49'   Herzog (p) 90'
R. Baggio 89'
 
Chile 1 - 1 (1-0) Cameroon 16:00 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Laszlo Vagner (Hungary)
Attendance: 35,500
Sierra 20'   Mboma 55'
 

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
France 9 3 3 0 0 9 1
Denmark 4 3 1 1 1 3 3
South Africa 2 3 0 2 1 3 6
Saudi Arabia 1 3 0 1 2 2 7
Saudi Arabia 0 - 1 Denmark
France 3 - 0 South Africa
South Africa 1 - 1 Denmark
France 4 - 0 Saudi Arabia
France 2 - 1 Denmark
South Africa 2 - 2 Saudi Arabia

June 12, 1998

Saudi Arabia 0 - 1 (0-0) Denmark 17:30 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Javier Castrilli (Argentina)
Attendance: 38,140
    Rieper 68'
 
 
France 3 - 0 (0-0) South Africa 21:00 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Márcio Rezende Freitas]] (Brazil)
Attendance: 55,077
Dugarry 34'
Issa (og) 77'
Henry 90'

June 18, 1998

South Africa 1 - 1 (0-1) Denmark 17:30 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: John Toro Rendon]] (Colombia)
Attendance: 33,300
McCarthy 52'   Nielsen 13'
 
 
France 4 - 0 (1-0) Saudi Arabia 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)
Attendance: 80,000
Henry 36'
Trézéguet 68'
Henry 77'
Lizarazu 85'

June 24, 1998

France 2 - 1 (1-1) Denmark 16:00 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
Attendance: 39,100
Djorkaeff (p) 12'   M. Laudrup (p) 42'
Petit 56'
 
South Africa 2 - 2 (1-1) Saudi Arabia 16:00 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Mario Sanchez Yanten (Chile)
Attendance: 31,800
Bartlett 19'   Al Jaber (p) 45'
Bartlett (p) 90'+4'   Al Tunian (p) 74'

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Nigeria 6 3 2 0 1 5 5
Paraguay 5 3 1 2 0 3 1
Spain 4 3 1 1 1 8 4
Bulgaria 1 3 0 1 2 1 7
Paraguay 0 - 0 Bulgaria
Spain 2 - 3 Nigeria
Nigeria 1 - 0 Bulgaria
Spain 0 - 0 Paraguay
Nigeria 1 - 3 Paraguay
Spain 6 - 1 Bulgaria

June 12, 1998

Paraguay 0 - 0 (0-0) Bulgaria 14:30 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Abdul Rahman Al Zaid (Saudi Arabia)
Attendance: 27,650

June 13, 1998

Spain 2 - 3 (1-1) Nigeria 14:30 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Esfandiar Baharmast (USA)
Attendance: 33,257
Hierro 21'   Adepoju 25'
Raúl 47'   Lawal 73'
    Oliseh 78'

June 19, 1998

Nigeria 1 - 0 (1-0) Bulgaria 17:30 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Mario Sanchez Yanten (Chile)
Attendance: 45,500
Ikpeba 26'
 
Spain 0 - 0 (0-0) Paraguay 21:00 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Ian McLeod (South Africa)
Attendance: 30,600

June 24, 1998

Nigeria 1 - 3 (1-1) Paraguay 21:00 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: Un Prasert (Thailand)
Attendance: 33,500
Oruma 11'   Ayala 1'
    Benitez 59'
    Cardozo 86'
 
Spain 6 - 1 (2-0) Bulgaria 21:00 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)
Attendance: 38,100
Hierro (p) 6'   Kostadinov 58'
Luis Enrique 19'
Morientes 55'
Morientes 81'
Kiko 88'
Kiko 90'

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Netherlands 5 3 1 2 0 7 2
Mexico 5 3 1 2 0 7 5
Belgium 3 3 0 3 0 3 3
South Korea 1 3 0 1 2 2 9
South Korea 1 - 3 Mexico
Netherlands 0 - 0 Belgium
Belgium 2 - 2 Mexico
Netherlands 5 - 0 South Korea
Netherlands 2 - 2 Mexico
Belgium 1 - 1 South Korea

June 13, 1998

South Korea 1 - 3 (1-0) Mexico 17:30 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Günter Benkö (Austria)
Attendance: 39,133
Ha 28'   Pelaez 51'
    Hernández 74'
    Hernández 84'
 
Netherlands 0 - 0 (0-0) Belgium 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
Attendance: 75,000

June 20, 1998

Belgium 2 - 2 (1-0) Mexico 17:30 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
Attendance: 31,800
Wilmots 43'   García Aspe (p) 55'
Wilmots 47'   Blanco 62'
 
Netherlands 5 - 0 (2-0) South Korea 21:00 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Ryszard Wojcik (Poland)
Attendance: 55,000
Cocu 38'
Overmars 42'
Bergkamp 71'
van Hooijdonk 80'
R. de Boer 83'

June 25, 1998

Netherlands 2 - 2 (2-0) Mexico 16:00 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Abdul Rahman Al Zaid (Saudi Arabia)
Attendance: 30,600
Cocu 4'   Pelaez 75'
R. de Boer 18'   Hernández 90'
 
Belgium 1 - 1 (1-0) South Korea 16:00 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Márcio Rezende Freitas (Brazil)
Attendance: 45,500
Nilis 7'   Yoo 71'
 

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Germany 7 3 2 1 0 6 2
Yugoslavia 7 3 2 1 0 4 2
Iran 3 3 1 0 2 2 4
USA 0 3 0 0 3 1 5
Yugoslavia 1 - 0 Iran
Germany 2 - 0 USA
Germany 2 - 2 Yugoslavia
USA 1 - 2 Iran
USA 0 - 1 Yugoslavia
Germany 2 - 0 Iran

June 14, 1998

Yugoslavia 1 - 0 (0-0) Iran 17:30 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Alberto Tejada Noriega (Peru)
Attendance: 30,392
Mihajlovic 72'
 

June 15, 1998

Germany 2 - 0 (1-0) USA 21:00 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Attendance: 43,815
Möller 8'
Klinsmann 64'

June 21, 1998

Germany 2 - 2 (0-1) Yugoslavia 14:30 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
Attendance: 38,100
Mihajlovic (og) 73'   Mijatovic 2'
Bierhoff 80'   Stojkovic 54'
 
USA 1 - 2 (0-1) Iran 21:00 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
Attendance: 39,100
McBride 87'   Estili 40'
    Mahdavikia 84'

June 25, 1998

USA 0 - 1 (0-1) Yugoslavia 21:00 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Gamal Ghandour (Egypt)
Attendance: 35,500
    Komljenovic 4'
 
 
Germany 2 - 0 (0-0) Iran 21:00 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Epifanio Gonzalez Chavez (Paraguay)
Attendance: 29,800
Bierhoff 50'
Klinsmann 57'

Group G

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Romania 7 3 2 1 0 4 2
England 6 3 2 0 1 5 2
Colombia 3 3 1 0 2 1 3
Tunisia 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
England 2 - 0 Tunisia
Romania 1 - 0 Colombia
Colombia 1 - 0 Tunisia
Romania 2 - 1 England
Colombia 0 - 2 England
Romania 1 - 1 Tunisia

June 15, 1998

 England 2 - 0 (1-0)  Tunisia 14:30 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
Attendance: 54,587
Shearer 43'
Scholes 89'
 
 Romania 1 - 0 (1-0)  Colombia 17:30 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)
Attendance: 37,572
Ilie 45'
 

June 22, 1998

Colombia 1 - 0 (0-0) Tunisia 17:30 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)
Attendance: 29,800
Preciado 83'
 
 
Romania 2 - 1 (0-0) England 21:00 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: Marc Batta (France)
Attendance: 33,500
Moldovan 47'   Owen 79'
Petrescu 90'

June 26, 1998

Colombia 0 - 2 (0-2) England 21:00 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)
Attendance: 38,100
    Anderton 20'
    Beckham 29'
 
Romania 1 - 1 (0-1) Tunisia 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Edward Lennie (Australia)
Attendance: 77,000
Moldovan 72'   Souayah (p) 10'
 
 

Group H

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 9 3 3 0 0 7 0
Croatia 6 3 2 0 1 4 2
Jamaica 3 3 1 0 2 3 9
Japan 0 3 0 0 3 1 4
Argentina 1 - 0 Japan
Jamaica 1 - 3 Croatia
Japan 0 - 1 Croatia
Argentina 5 - 0 Jamaica
Argentina 1 - 0 Croatia
Japan 1 - 2 Jamaica

June 14, 1998

Argentina 1 - 0 (1-0) Japan 14:30 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)
Attendance: 33,400
Batistuta 28'
 
 
Jamaica 1 - 3 (1-1) Croatia 21:00 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Vítor Pereira (Portugal)
Attendance: 38,058
Earle 45'   Stanic' 27'
    Prosinečki 53'
    Šuker 69'

June 20, 1998

Japan 0 - 1 (0-0) Croatia 14:30 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad and Tobago)
Attendance: 35,500
    Šuker 77'
 

June 21, 1998

Argentina 5 - 0 (1-0) Jamaica 17:30 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Rune Pedersen (Norway)
Attendance: 45,000
Ortega 31'
Ortega 55'
Batistuta 72'
Batistuta 80'
Batistuta (p) 82'

June 26, 1998

Argentina 1 - 0 (1-0) Croatia 16:00 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Attendance: 31,800
Pineda 36'
 
 
Japan 1 - 2 (0-1) Jamaica 16:00 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Günter Benkö (Austria)
Attendance: 39,100
Nakayama 74'   Whitmore 39'
    Whitmore 54'

Round of Sixteen

June 27, 1998

Italy 1 - 0 (1-0) Norway 16:30 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)
Attendance: 55,000
Vieri 18'
 
 
Brazil 4 - 1 (3-0) Chile 21:00 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Marc Batta (France)
Attendance: 45,500
César Sampaio 11'   Salas 68'
César Sampaio 27'
Ronaldo (p) 45'+1'
Ronaldo 70'

June 28, 1998

France 0 - 0 (0-0) Paraguay 16:30 - Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Attendance: 38,100
after extra-time: 1 - 0 (0-0)
Blanc (GG) 113'
 
Nigeria 1 - 4 (0-2) Denmark 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
Attendance: 77,000
Babangida 78'   Mřller 3'
    B. Laudrup 12'
    Sand 60'
    Helveg 76'

June 29, 1998

Germany 2 - 1 (0-0) Mexico 16:30 - Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Ref: Vítor Pereira (Portugal)
Attendance: 29,800
Klinsmann 75'   Hernandez 47'
Bierhoff 86'
 
Netherlands 2 - 1 (1-0) Yugoslavia 21:00 - Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Ref: José Garcia Aranda (Spain)
Attendance: 33,500
Bergkamp 38'   Komljenovic 48'
Davids 90'+2'

June 30, 1998

Romania 0 - 1 (0-1) Croatia 16:30 - Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Ref: Javier Castrilli (Argentina)
Attendance: 31,800
    Šuker (p) 45'+2'
 
 
Argentina 2 - 2 (2-2) England 21:00 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Étienne
Ref: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
Attendance: 30,600
after extra-time: 2 - 2 (2-2)
Batistuta (p) 6'   Shearer (p) 10'
Zanetti 45'+1'   Owen 16'
 
Penalty shootout
Argentina 4 - 3 England
Berti: goal 1-1 Shearer: goal
Crespo: Seaman saved 1-1 Ince: Roa saved
Verón: goal 2-2 Merson: goal
Gallardo: goal 3-3 Owen: goal
Ayala: goal 4-3 Batty: Roa saved

Quarterfinals

July 3, 1998

France 0 - 0 (0-0) Italy 16:30 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
Attendance: 77,000
after extra-time: 0 - 0 (0-0)
 
Penalty shootout
France 4 - 3 Italy
Zidane: goal 1-1 R. Baggio: goal
Lizarazu: Pagliuca saved 1-1 Albertini: Barthez saved
Trézéguet: goal 2-2 Costacurta: goal
Henry: goal 3-3 Vieri: goal
Blanc: goal 4-3 Di Biagio: out
 
Brazil 3 - 2 (2-1) Denmark 21:00 - Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Ref: Gamal Ghandour (Egypt)
Attendance: 35,500
Bebeto 11'   Jřrgensen 2'
Rivaldo 27'   B. Laudrup 50'
Rivaldo 60'

July 4, 1998

Netherlands 2 - 1 (1-1) Argentina 16:30 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)
Attendance: 55,000
Kluivert 12'   López 17'
Bergkamp 89'
 
Germany 0 - 3 (0-1) Croatia 21:00 - Stade Gerland, Lyon
Ref: Rune Pedersen (Norway)
Attendance: 39,100
    Jarni 45'+3'
    Vlaović 80'
    Šuker 85'

Semifinals

July 7, 1998

Brazil 1 - 1 (0-0) Netherlands 21:00 - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Attendance: 54,000
after extra-time: 1 - 1 (1-1)
Ronaldo 46'   Kluivert 87'
 
Penalty shootout
Brazil 4 - 2 Netherlands
Ronaldo: goal 1-1 F. de Boer: goal
Rivaldo: goal 2-2 Bergkamp: goal
Emerson: goal 3-2 Cocu: Taffarel saved
Dunga: goal 4-2 R. de Boer: Taffarel saved

July 8, 1998

France 2 - 1 (0-0) Croatia 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: José Garcia Aranda (Spain)
Attendance: 76,000
Thuram 47'   Šuker 46'
Thuram 69'

Third place match

July 11, 1998

Netherlands 1 - 2 (1-2) Croatia 21:00 - Parc des Princes, Paris
Ref: Epifanio Gonzalez Chavez (Paraguay)
Attendance: 45,500
Zenden 21'   Prosinecki 13'
    Šuker 35'

Final

July 12, 1998

Brazil 0 - 3 (0-2) France 21:00 - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Ref: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Attendance: 75,000
    Zidane 27'
    Zidane 45'+1'
    Petit 90'
World Cup Champions:

FRANCE (First title)

Goal Scorers

6 goals

  • Davor Šuker

5 goals

  • Gabriel Batistuta
  • Christian Vieri

4 goals

  • Ronaldo
  • Marcelo Salas
  • Luis Hernandez

3 goals

  • Bebeto - Rivaldo - César Sampaio
  • Thierry Henry
  • Oliver Bierhoff - Jürgen Klinsmann
  • Dennis Bergkamp

2 Goals

  • Ariel Ortega
  • Marc Wilmots
  • Robert Prosinečki
  • Brian Laudrup
  • Alan Shearer - Michael Owen
  • Emmanuel Petit - Lilian Thuram - Zinedine Zidane
  • Roberto Baggio
  • Theodore Whitmore
  • Ricardo Pelaez
  • Salaheddine Bassir - Abdeljalil Hadda
  • Ronald de Boer - Phillip Cocu - Patrick Kluivert
  • Viorel Moldovan
  • Shaun Bartlett
  • Fernando Hierro - Kiko - Fernando Morientes
  • Slobodan Komljenovic

1 Goal

  • Claudio López - Hector Pineda - Javier Zanetti
  • Andreas Herzog - Toni Polster - Ivica Vastic
  • Luc Nilis
  • Emil Kostadinov
  • Pierre Njanka - Patrick Mboma
  • José Sierra
  • Leider Preciado
  • Robert Jarni - Mario Stanic - Goran Vlaovic
  • Thomas Helveg - Martin Jřrgensen - Michael Laudrup - Peter Mřller - Allan Nielsen - Marc Rieper - Ebbe Sand
  • Darren Anderton - David Beckham - Paul Scholes
  • Laurent Blanc - Youri Djorkaeff - Christophe Dugarry - Bixente Lizarazu - David Trézéguet
  • Andreas Möller
  • Mehdi Mahdavikia - Hamid Estili
  • Luigi Di Biagio
  • Robert Earle
  • Masashi Nakayama
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco - Alberto García Aspe
  • Moustafa Hadji
  • Edgar Davids - Pierre van Hooijdonk - Marc Overmars - Boudewijn Zenden
  • Mutiu Adepoju - Tijani Babangida - Victor Ikpeba - Garba Lawal - Sunday Oliseh - Wilson Oruma
  • Dan Eggen - Harvard Flo - Tore André Flo - Kjetil Rekdal
  • Celso Ayala - Miguel Benitez - José Cardoso
  • Adrian Ilie - Dan Petrescu
  • Sami Al Jaber - Youssef Al Tunian
  • Craig Burley - John Collins
  • Benni McCarthy
  • Ha Seok-Ju - Yoo Sang-Chul
  • Luis Enrique - Raúl González
  • Skander Souayah
  • Brian McBride
  • Siniša Mihajlovic - Dragan Stojkovic

Own Goals

  • Youssef Chippo (1)
  • Thomas Boyd (1)
  • Pierre Issa (1)
  • Siniša Mihajlovic (1)

Trivia

  • A change in the rules came into effect at the 1998 World Cup, stating that as regulation time was about to expire in any period of play the fourth official would use a handheld electronic display to show how many minutes of stoppage time were to be played. This practice has continued since then, after being well received by media and spectators alike.
  • An attempt to revive ancient ballgame of La Soule to celebrate the Football World Cup (1998), fell through.

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