1994 FIFA World Cup Group D

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Group D of the 1994 FIFA World Cup was one of six groups of four teams competing at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The first match was played 21 June 1994 and the final games took place simultaneously on 30 June 1994.

The group consisted of Argentina, Greece, Nigeria and Bulgaria. Nigeria won the group on goal difference, Bulgaria finished second and Argentina qualified as one of the best third-placed teams (Bulgaria defeated Argentina in the group stage, thus their higher rank.) Bulgaria and Argentina had previously met before in the group stage, in 1962; neither team advanced into the knockout stage. Bulgaria and Argentina had also met in 1986, both teams advanced to the knockout stage.

Overall[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 Bulgaria 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Greece 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0



All times local (EDT/UTC–4, CDT/UTC–5, PDT/UTC–7)

Argentina vs Greece[edit]

21 June 1994
12:30 EDT
Argentina  4–0  Greece
Batistuta Goal 2'44'90' (pen.)
Maradona Goal 60'
Report
Argentina
Greece
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
DF 4 Roberto Néstor Sensini
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c) Substituted off 83'
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres Booked 40'
MF 14 Diego Simeone
FW 19 Abel Balbo Substituted off 80'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Alejandro Mancuso Substituted in 80'
FW 17 Ariel Ortega Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Antonis Minou
DF 2 Stratos Apostolakis
DF 3 Thanasis Kolitsidakis
DF 4 Stelios Manolas Booked 55'
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis
MF 6 Giotis Tsalouchidis Booked 25'
FW 7 Dimitris Saravakos (c)
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas Substituted off 59'
MF 11 Nikos Tsiantakis Substituted off 45'
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
Substitutions:
MF 12 Spiros Marangos Substituted in 45'
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos Substituted in 59'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias

Assistant referees:
Park Hae-Yong (Korean Republic)
Jan Dolstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

Nigeria vs Bulgaria[edit]

21 June 1994
18:30 CDT
Nigeria  3–0  Bulgaria
Yekini Goal 21'
Amokachi Goal 43'
Amuneke Goal 55'
Report
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Attendance: 44,132
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)
Nigeria
Bulgaria
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen
DF 3 Benedict Iroha
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George Substituted off 77'
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
MF 11 Emmanuel Amuneke Booked 73'
FW 12 Samson Siasia Substituted off 69'
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 69'
DF 13 Emeka Ezeugo Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
RB 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov
LB 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov
DF 5 Petar Houbchev
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov Booked 54' Substituted off 59'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov Substituted off 73'
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov
Substitutions:
FW 10 Nasko Sirakov Substituted in 59'
FW 13 Ivaylo Yordanov Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Assistant referees:
Gordon Dunster (Australia)
Eugene Brazzale (Australia)
Fourth official:
Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)

Argentina vs Nigeria[edit]

25 June 1994
16:00 EDT
Argentina  2–1  Nigeria
Caniggia Goal 21'28' Report Siasia Goal 8'
Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough
Attendance: 54,453
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Argentina
Nigeria
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
DF 4 Roberto Néstor Sensini Substituted off 88'
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia Booked 54'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c)
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres
MF 14 Diego Simeone
FW 19 Abel Balbo Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Alejandro Mancuso Substituted in 72'
DF 16 Hernán Díaz Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen Booked 20'
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
FW 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 12 Samson Siasia Substituted off 57'
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh Substituted off 88'
DF 19 Michael Emenalo Booked 53'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 57'
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof

Assistant referees:
Mikael Erik Everstig (Sweden)
Luc Matthys (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Leslie Mottram (Scotland)

Bulgaria vs Greece[edit]

26 June 1994
11:30 CDT
Bulgaria  4–0  Greece
Stoichkov Goal 5' (pen.)55' (pen.)
Letchkov Goal 65'
Borimirov Goal 90'
Report
Bulgaria
Greece
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
DF 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov Booked 26'
DF 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov Substituted off 77'
DF 5 Petar Houbchev Booked 17'
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov Booked 33'
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov Substituted off 82'
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov
MF 10 Nasko Sirakov
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov
Substitutions:
DF 16 Ilian Kiriakov Substituted in 77'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov Booked 84' Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev
GK 20 Elias Atmatsidis
DF 2 Stratos Apostolakis (c)
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas
MF 12 Spiros Marangos
DF 13 Vaios Karagiannis Booked 70'
FW 16 Alexis Alexoudis Booked 6' Substituted off 58'
MF 17 Minas Hantzidis Booked 42' Substituted off 48'
DF 18 Kiriakos Karataidis
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
Substitutions:
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos Booked 59' Substituted in 48'
FW 14 Vasilis Dimitriadis Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias

Assistant referees:
Abdulla Al Ghattan (Bahrain)
Raimundo Calix Garcia (Honduras)
Fourth official:
Arturo Angeles (United States)

Argentina vs Bulgaria[edit]

30 June 1994
18:30 CDT
Argentina  0–2  Bulgaria
Report Stoichkov Goal 61'
Sirakov Goal 90'
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Attendance: 63,998
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)
Argentina
Bulgaria
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri (c) Booked 34'
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia Substituted off 26'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta Booked 81'
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres
MF 14 Diego Simeone
DF 16 Hernán Díaz
FW 19 Abel Balbo
MF 20 Leonardo Rodríguez Booked 44' Substituted off 67'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Ariel Ortega Substituted in 26'
FW 11 Ramón Medina Bello Substituted in 67'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
RB 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov Booked 58'
LB 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 45', 67'
DF 5 Petar Houbchev
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov Booked 24'
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov Substituted off 74'
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov Booked 7'
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov Substituted off 76'
MF 10 Nasko Sirakov
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov Booked 74'
Substitutions:
DF 16 Ilian Kiriakov Substituted in 74'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Assistant referees:
Tapio Yli-Karro (Finland)
El Jilali Rharib (Morocco)
Fourth official:
Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Greece vs Nigeria[edit]

30 June 1994
19:30 EDT
Greece  0–2  Nigeria
Report George Goal 45'
Amokachi Goal 90'
Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough
Attendance: 53,001
Referee: Leslie Mottram (Scotland)
Greece
Nigeria
GK 15 Christos Karkamanis
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis Booked 41'
MF 6 Giotis Tsalouchidis
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas Substituted off 80'
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos (c) Booked 32' Substituted off 72'
DF 13 Vaios Karagiannis
MF 17 Minas Hantzidis
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
FW 21 Alekos Alexandris
DF 22 Alexis Alexiou
Substitutions:
MF 11 Nikos Tsiantakis Substituted in 72'
FW 14 Vasilis Dimitriadis Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias
GK 1 Peter Rufai
DF 4 Stephen Keshi (c) Booked 70'
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George Substituted off 84'
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini Substituted off 69'
FW 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 12 Samson Siasia
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh Booked 66'
DF 19 Michael Emenalo
Substitutions:
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha Substituted in 69'
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof

Assistant referees:
Park Hae-Yong (Korean Republic)
Paulo Jorge Alves (Brazil)
Fourth official:
José Torres Cadena (Colombia)

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