Group matches at France 98 played on Wednesday, 10th June.
Brazil vs Scotland in St. Denis (2:1).
Morocco vs Norway in Montpellier (2:2).
The Scots conceded the first goal of the tournament, from a
corner, after only four minutes.
Sampaio headed in at the near post, but the flood of goals didn't
materialise, and the Scots deserved their equaliser; a 37th minute penalty, coolly taken
by John Collins.
In a dour second half, Scotland didn't deserve to loose their grip on
a point from this opening match. Sadly, a goal-mouth confusion saw the ball bounce off Jim
Leighton's face and return to the open goal-mouth from Tommy Boyd's shoulder; an own goal
under pressure from Cafu.
Our Man of the Match:
Norway, playing in white, kicked off and started well under the
inspiration of Tore Andre Flo.
It took about ten minutes for Morocco to get into the game, and they
started to dominate much of the play. Not surprisingly, Hadji took his opportunity on the
left and came into the middle of the box to turn a defender and strike Morocco's first
goal, in the 39th minute.
With half-time just seconds away, the Moroccan goal keeper flustered a
cross at Henning Berg's head and the ball was helped in by the Moroccan, Chippo (another
Morocco continued to dominate early in the second half and Hadda
connected calmly to a long ball from Tahar.
Two minutes later, the Moroccan keeper flunked again, slapping
pathetically at the ball to gift Eggen with an equalising close-range header, in the 62nd
The Moroccans had a lucky escape in the 73rd minute, when Saber
cleared off the line to save Benzekri's blushes.
Tor Andre Flo was looking more and more frustrated, as the Moroccans
continued to close him down and then release through Hadji's red boots.
The Thai referee smiled as he handed out his first yellow card, in
79th minute; to Morocco's Chiba.
An excellent game!
Morocco 2 - Norway
Our Man of the Match:
Brazil, Morocco, Norway, Scotland.
Austria, Cameroon, Chile, Italy.
Denmark, France, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
Bulgaria, Nigeria, Paraguay, Spain.
Belgium, Holland, Mexico, South Korea.
Germany, Iran, United States, Yugoslavia.
Colombia, England, Romania, Tunisia.
Argentina, Croatia, Jamaica, Japan.
1998 World Cup Finals -
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