1998 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Group A of the 1998 FIFA World Cup was one of eight groups of four teams competing at the 1998 World Cup in France. The first matches were played on 10 June 1998 and the final games took place simultaneously on 23 June 1998.

The group consisted of world champions Brazil, Norway, Scotland and Morocco. Matches took place at six different venues around France.

After Brazil beat Scotland and Morocco while Norway drew with Morocco and Scotland, Brazil had qualified as group winners with a game to spare. With ten minutes to go in the final two games, Morocco looked like they would take second place, because they were beating Scotland while Brazil were beating Norway. However, Norway scored two late goals to win and take the second qualifying place away from Morocco.

Standings[edit]

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

All times are local (UTC+2)

Brazil vs Scotland[edit]

10 June 1998
17:30
Brazil  2–1  Scotland
César Sampaio Goal 4'
Boyd Goal 73' (o.g.)
Report Collins Goal 38' (pen.)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: José Garcia Aranda (Spain)
Brazil
Scotland
GK 1 Taffarel
RB 2 Cafu
CB 3 Aldair Booked 45+2'
CB 4 Júnior Baiano
LB 6 Roberto Carlos
CM 5 César Sampaio Booked 37'
CM 8 Dunga (c)
AM 7 Giovanni Substituted off 45'
AM 10 Rivaldo
CF 9 Ronaldo
CF 20 Bebeto Substituted off 70'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Leonardo Substituted in 45'
FW 19 Denílson Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Mário Zagallo
GK 1 Jim Leighton
RB 3 Tom Boyd
CB 4 Colin Calderwood
CB 5 Colin Hendry (c)
LB 22 Christian Dailly Substituted off 85'
RM 14 Paul Lambert
CM 8 Craig Burley
LM 11 John Collins
RF 7 Kevin Gallacher
CF 9 Gordon Durie
LF 10 Darren Jackson Booked 25' Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Billy McKinlay Substituted in 79'
DF 6 Tosh McKinlay Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Craig Brown

Assistant referees:
Fernando Tresaco Gracia (Spain)
Jorge Luis Arango (Colombia)
Fourth official:
Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

Morocco vs Norway[edit]

10 June 1998
21:00
Morocco  2–2  Norway
Hadji Goal 38'
Hadda Goal 59'
Report Chippo Goal 46' (o.g.)
Eggen Goal 60'
Morocco
Norway
GK 12 Driss Benzekri
DF 2 Abdelilah Saber
DF 3 Abdelkrim El Hadrioui
DF 4 Youssef Rossi
DF 6 Noureddine Naybet (c)
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
MF 8 Saïd Chiba Booked 79'
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda Substituted off 87'
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
MF 18 Youssef Chippo Substituted off 78'
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej Substituted off 90+1'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted in 78'
FW 11 Ali El Khattabi Substituted in 87'
MF 16 Rachid Azzouzi Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
France Henri Michel
GK 1 Frode Grodås (c)
DF 3 Ronny Johnsen
DF 4 Henning Berg
DF 5 Stig Inge Bjørnebye
MF 7 Erik Mykland
MF 8 Øyvind Leonhardsen
FW 9 Tore André Flo
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal
DF 15 Dan Eggen
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 72'
FW 20 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Substituted off 45'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted in 45'
MF 6 Ståle Solbakken Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Egil Olsen

Assistant referees:
Halim Abdul Hamid (Malaysia)
Nimal Wickeramatunge (Sri Lanka)
Fourth official:
Eddie Lennie (Australia)

Scotland vs Norway[edit]

16 June 1998
17:30
Scotland  1–1  Norway
Burley Goal 66' Report H. Flo Goal 46'
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 31,800
Referee: László Vagner (Hungary)
Scotland
Norway
GK 1 Jim Leighton
DF 3 Tom Boyd
DF 4 Colin Calderwood Substituted off 59'
DF 5 Colin Hendry (c)
FW 7 Kevin Gallacher
MF 8 Craig Burley
FW 9 Gordon Durie Booked 24'
FW 10 Darren Jackson Booked 56' Substituted off 61'
MF 11 John Collins
MF 14 Paul Lambert
MF 22 Christian Dailly
Substitutions:
DF 16 David Weir Substituted in 59'
MF 2 Jackie McNamara Substituted in 61'
Manager:
Craig Brown
GK 1 Frode Grodås (c)
DF 3 Ronny Johnsen
DF 4 Henning Berg Booked 58' Substituted off 81'
DF 5 Stig Inge Bjørnebye
MF 6 Ståle Solbakken
FW 9 Tore André Flo
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal Booked 53'
DF 15 Dan Eggen
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 60'
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted off 71'
MF 22 Roar Strand
Substitutions:
MF 11 Mini Jakobsen Substituted in 60'
FW 18 Egil Østenstad Substituted in 71'
DF 2 Gunnar Halle Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Egil Olsen

Assistant referees:
Evzen Amler (Czech Republic)
Laurent Rausis (Switzerland)
Fourth official:
Abdul Rahman Al-Zeid (Saudi Arabia)

Brazil vs Morocco[edit]

16 June 1998
21:00
Brazil  3–0  Morocco
Ronaldo Goal 9'
Rivaldo Goal 45+2'
Bebeto Goal 50'
Report
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 35,500
Referee: Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)
Brazil
Morocco
GK 1 Taffarel
DF 2 Cafu
DF 3 Aldair
DF 4 Júnior Baiano Booked 87'
MF 5 César Sampaio Booked 36' Substituted off 68'
DF 6 Roberto Carlos
MF 8 Dunga (c)
FW 9 Ronaldo
MF 10 Rivaldo Substituted off 87'
MF 18 Leonardo
FW 20 Bebeto Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Doriva Substituted in 68'
FW 21 Edmundo Substituted in 72'
FW 19 Denílson Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Mário Zagallo
GK 12 Driss Benzekri
DF 2 Abdelilah Saber Substituted off 76'
DF 3 Abdelkrim El Hadrioui
DF 4 Youssef Rossi
DF 6 Noureddine Naybet (c)
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
MF 8 Saïd Chiba Booked 64' Substituted off 76'
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda Booked 32' Substituted off 88'
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
MF 18 Youssef Chippo
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej
Substitutions:
DF 15 Lahcen Abrami Substituted in 76'
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted in 76'
MF 11 Ali El Khattabi Substituted in 88'
Manager:
France Henri Michel

Assistant referees:
Yuri Dupanov (Belarus)
Mark Warren (England)
Fourth official:
Paul Durkin (England)

Brazil vs Norway[edit]

23 June 1998
21:00
Brazil  1–2  Norway
Bebeto Goal 78' Report T. A. Flo Goal 83'
Rekdal Goal 88' (pen.)
Brazil
Norway
GK 1 Taffarel
DF 2 Cafu
DF 4 Júnior Baiano
DF 6 Roberto Carlos
MF 8 Dunga (c)
FW 9 Ronaldo
MF 10 Rivaldo
DF 14 Gonçalves
MF 18 Leonardo
FW 19 Denílson
FW 20 Bebeto
Manager:
Mário Zagallo
GK 1 Frode Grodås (c)
DF 3 Ronny Johnsen
DF 4 Henning Berg
DF 5 Stig Inge Bjørnebye
MF 8 Øyvind Leonhardsen Booked 54'
FW 9 Tore André Flo
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal
DF 15 Dan Eggen
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 68'
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted off 79'
MF 22 Roar Strand Substituted off 45'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Erik Mykland Booked 59' Substituted in 45'
FW 20 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Substituted in 68'
MF 16 Jostein Flo Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Egil Olsen

Assistant referees:
Gennaro Mazzei (Italy)
Dramane Danté (Mali)
Fourth official:
Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

Scotland vs Morocco[edit]

23 June 1998
21:00
Scotland  0–3  Morocco
Report Bassir Goal 22'85'
Hadda Goal 46'
Scotland
Morocco
GK 1 Jim Leighton
MF 2 Jackie McNamara Substituted off 54'
DF 3 Tom Boyd
DF 5 Colin Hendry (c)
FW 7 Kevin Gallacher Booked 21'
MF 8 Craig Burley Red card 53'
FW 9 Gordon Durie Substituted off 83'
MF 11 John Collins
MF 14 Paul Lambert
DF 16 David Weir
DF 22 Christian Dailly
Substitutions:
DF 6 Tosh McKinlay Substituted in 54'
FW 20 Scott Booth Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Craig Brown
GK 12 Driss Benzekri
DF 2 Abdelilah Saber Substituted off 72'
DF 5 Smahi Triki
DF 6 Noureddine Naybet (c)
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
DF 15 Lahcen Abrami
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted off 76'
MF 18 Youssef Chippo Booked 81' Substituted off 87'
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej
Substitutions:
DF 4 Youssef Rossi Substituted in 72'
MF 16 Rachid Azzouzi Substituted in 76'
DF 19 Jamal Sellami Substituted in 87'
Manager:
France Henri Michel

Assistant referees:
Luis Torres Zuniga (Costa Rica)
Lencie Fred (Vanuatu)
Fourth official:
László Vágner (Hungary)