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 5'
Boyd Goal 74' (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 46'
AM 10 Rivaldo
CF 9 Ronaldo
CF 20 Bebeto Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Leonardo Substituted in 46'
FW 19 Denílson Substituted in 72'
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 84'
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 78'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Billy McKinlay Substituted in 78'
DF 6 Tosh McKinlay Substituted in 84'
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 37'
Hadda Goal 60'
Report Chippo Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Eggen Goal 61'
Morocco
Norway
GK 12 Driss Benzekri
DF 2 Abdelilah Saber
DF 3 Abdelkrim El Hadrioui
DF 4 Youssef Rossi
DF 6 Noureddine Naybet (c)
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej Substituted off 90'
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
MF 8 Saïd Chiba Booked 79'
MF 18 Youssef Chippo Substituted off 78'
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda Substituted off 86'
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
Substitutions:
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted in 78'
FW 11 Ali El Khattabi Substituted in 86'
MF 16 Rachid Azzouzi Substituted in 90'
Manager:
France Henri Michel
GK 1 Frode Grodås (c)
DF 3 Ronny Johnsen
DF 4 Henning Berg
DF 5 Stig Inge Bjørnebye
DF 15 Dan Eggen
MF 7 Erik Mykland
MF 8 Øyvind Leonhardsen
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal
FW 9 Tore André Flo
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 72'
FW 20 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted in 46'
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)
DF 22 Christian Dailly
MF 14 Paul Lambert
MF 8 Craig Burley
MF 11 John Collins
FW 7 Kevin Gallacher
FW 9 Gordon Durie Booked 24'
FW 10 Darren Jackson Booked 56' Substituted off 61'
Substitutions:
DF 16 David Weir Substituted in 59'
DF 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
DF 15 Dan Eggen
MF 6 Ståle Solbakken
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal Booked 53'
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted off 71'
MF 22 Roar Strand
FW 9 Tore André Flo
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 60'
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'
DF 6 Roberto Carlos
MF 5 César Sampaio Booked 36' Substituted off 68'
MF 8 Dunga (c)
MF 10 Rivaldo Substituted off 87'
MF 18 Leonardo
FW 20 Bebeto Substituted off 72'
FW 9 Ronaldo
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)
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
MF 8 Saïd Chiba Booked 64' Substituted off 76'
MF 18 Youssef Chippo
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda Booked 32' Substituted off 88'
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
Substitutions:
DF 15 Lahcen Abrami Substituted in 76'
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted in 76'
FW 11 Ali El Khattabi Substituted in 88'
Manager:
France Henri Michel

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

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
DF 2 Jackie McNamara Substituted off 54'
DF 3 Tom Boyd
DF 5 Colin Hendry (c)
DF 16 David Weir
DF 22 Christian Dailly
MF 14 Paul Lambert
MF 8 Craig Burley Red card 53'
MF 11 John Collins
FW 7 Kevin Gallacher Booked 21'
FW 9 Gordon Durie Substituted off 83'
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)
DF 15 Lahcen Abrami
DF 20 Tahar El Khalej
MF 7 Mustapha Hadji
MF 17 Gharib Amzine Substituted off 76'
MF 18 Youssef Chippo Booked 81' Substituted off 87'
FW 9 Abdeljalil Hadda
FW 14 Salaheddine Bassir
Substitutions:
DF 4 Youssef Rossi Substituted in 72'
MF 16 Rachid Azzouzi Substituted in 76'
MF 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)

Brazil vs Norway[edit]

23 June 1998
21:00
Brazil  1–2  Norway
Bebeto Goal 78' Report T. A. Flo Goal 83'
Rekdal Goal 89' (pen.)
Brazil
Norway
GK 1 Taffarel
DF 2 Cafu
DF 14 Gonçalves
DF 4 Júnior Baiano
DF 6 Roberto Carlos
MF 8 Dunga (c)
MF 10 Rivaldo
MF 18 Leonardo
FW 19 Denílson
FW 20 Bebeto
FW 9 Ronaldo
Manager:
Mário Zagallo
GK 1 Frode Grodås (c)
DF 3 Ronny Johnsen
DF 4 Henning Berg
DF 5 Stig Inge Bjørnebye
DF 15 Dan Eggen
MF 8 Øyvind Leonhardsen Booked 54'
MF 10 Kjetil Rekdal
MF 21 Vidar Riseth Substituted off 79'
MF 22 Roar Strand Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Tore André Flo Booked 61'
FW 17 Håvard Flo Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Erik Mykland Substituted in 46'
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)