1998 FIFA World Cup Group H

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Group H at the 1998 FIFA World Cup comprised CONMEBOL representatives Argentina, World Cup debutants Croatia, competing from the UEFA confederation, Jamaica of CONCACAF and Japan from the Asian Football Confederation.

Overall[edit]

Argentina qualified with a match to spare after they beat Japan and Jamaica with Gabriel Batistuta scoring in both games. Croatia did the same with Davor Šuker scoring in both games. Argentina then beat Croatia to take first place, while Jamaica got their first ever points in a World Cup finals tournament by beating Japan.

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

Argentina vs Japan[edit]

14 June 1998
14:30
Argentina  1–0  Japan
Batistuta Goal 28' Report
Argentina
Japan
GK 1 Carlos Roa
RB 14 Nelson Vivas
CB 2 Roberto Ayala
CB 6 Roberto Sensini Substituted off 72'
LB 22 Javier Zanetti
DM 5 Matías Almeyda
DM 8 Diego Simeone (c)
AM 11 Juan Sebastián Verón
RW 7 Claudio López Substituted off 61'
CF 9 Gabriel Batistuta
LW 10 Ariel Ortega
Substitutions:
DF 3 José Chamot Substituted in 72'
FW 18 Abel Balbo Substituted in 61'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK 20 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
DF 2 Akira Narahashi
DF 3 Naoki Soma Substituted off 84'
DF 4 Masami Ihara (c) Booked 26'
MF 6 Motohiro Yamaguchi
MF 8 Hidetoshi Nakata
FW 9 Masashi Nakayama Substituted off 65'
MF 10 Hiroshi Nanami
DF 17 Yutaka Akita
FW 18 Shoji Jo
DF 19 Eisuke Nakanishi Booked 67'
Substitutions:
FW 12 Wagner Lopes Substituted in 65'
MF 22 Takashi Hirano Booked 90+2' Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Assistant referees:
Marc Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
Eddie Foley (Republic of Ireland)
Fourth official:
Ryszard Wójcik (Polish)

Jamaica vs Croatia[edit]

14 June 1998
21:00
Jamaica  1–3  Croatia
Earle Goal 45' Report Stanić Goal 27'
Prosinečki Goal 53'
Šuker Goal 69'
Jamaica
Croatia
GK 1 Warren Barrett (c)
DF 5 Ian Goodison
MF 6 Fitzroy Simpson
MF 7 Peter Cargill Substituted off 69'
MF 11 Theodore Whitmore
DF 15 Ricardo Gardner
MF 16 Robbie Earle Substituted off 74'
FW 17 Onandi Lowe
FW 18 Deon Burton Booked 62'
DF 19 Frank Sinclair
FW 22 Paul Hall Substituted off 81'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Andrew Williams Substituted in 74'
FW 10 Walter Boyd Substituted in 81'
MF 20 Darryl Powell Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Brazil René Simões
GK 1 Dražen Ladić
SW 14 Zvonimir Soldo Booked 5'
CB 4 Igor Štimac
CB 6 Slaven Bilić
LM 17 Robert Jarni
RM 20 Dario Šimić Booked 59' Substituted off 74'
CM 10 Zvonimir Boban (c)
CM 7 Aljoša Asanović
CM 8 Robert Prosinečki
CF 13 Mario Stanić
CF 9 Davor Šuker
Substitutions:
FW 19 Goran Vlaović Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Nicolae Grigorescu (Romania)
Jacques Poudevigne (France)
Fourth official:
Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

Japan vs Croatia[edit]

20 June 1998
14:30
Japan  0–1  Croatia
Report Šuker Goal 77'
Japan
Croatia
GK 20 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
DF 2 Akira Narahashi Substituted off 79'
DF 3 Naoki Soma
DF 4 Masami Ihara (c)
MF 6 Motohiro Yamaguchi
MF 8 Hidetoshi Nakata
FW 9 Masashi Nakayama Substituted off 61'
MF 10 Hiroshi Nanami Booked 41' Substituted off 84'
DF 17 Yutaka Akita Booked 89'
FW 18 Shoji Jo
DF 19 Eisuke Nakanishi Booked 70'
Substitutions:
FW 12 Wagner Lopes Substituted in 84'
FW 14 Masayuki Okano Substituted in 61'
MF 15 Hiroaki Morishima Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
GK 1 Dražen Ladić
SW 14 Zvonimir Soldo
CB 4 Igor Štimac Substituted off 46'
CB 6 Slaven Bilić
LM 17 Robert Jarni
RM 20 Dario Šimić
DM 21 Krunoslav Jurčić
AM 7 Aljoša Asanović
AM 8 Robert Prosinečki Booked 26' Substituted off 67'
FW 13 Mario Stanić Booked 70' Substituted off 88'
FW 9 Davor Šuker (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Silvio Marić Substituted in 67'
DF 15 Igor Tudor Substituted in 88'
FW 19 Goran Vlaović Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Marere Gonzales (Trinidad and Tobago)
Achmat Salie (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Gunter Benko (Austria)

Argentina vs Jamaica[edit]

21 June 1998
17:30
Argentina  5–0  Jamaica
Ortega Goal 31'55'
Batistuta Goal 72'80'82' (pen.)
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)
Argentina
Jamaica
GK 1 Carlos Roa
RB 22 Javier Zanetti
CB 2 Roberto Ayala
CB 3 Jose Chamot Booked 65'
LB 6 Roberto Sensini Substituted off 25'
DM 5 Matías Almeyda
DM 8 Diego Simeone (c) Substituted off 80'
AM 11 Juan Sebastián Verón
LW 7 Claudio López Substituted off 75'
CF 9 Gabriel Batistuta
RW 10 Ariel Ortega
Substitutions:
DF 4 Mauricio Pineda Substituted in 80'
DF 14 Nelson Vivas Substituted in 25'
MF 20 Marcelo Gallardo Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK 1 Warren Barrett (c)
2 Stephen Malcolm Substituted off 62'
3 Chris Dawes
5 Ian Goodison
6 Fitzroy Simpson
11 Theodore Whitmore Substituted off 73'
15 Ricardo Gardner
18 Deon Burton Substituted off 46'
19 Frank Sinclair
20 Darryl Powell Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 4', 45+1'
22 Paul Hall
Substitutions:
7 Peter Cargill Booked 88' Substituted in 46'
10 Walter Boyd Substituted in 62'
16 Robbie Earle Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Brazil René Simões

Assistant referees:
Mikael Nilsson (Sweden)
Gennaro Mazzei (Italy)
Fourth official:
Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

Argentina vs Croatia[edit]

26 June 1998
16:00
Argentina  1–0  Croatia
Pineda Goal 36' Report
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 31,800
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Argentina
Croatia
GK 1 Carlos Roa
RB 14 Nelson Vivas Booked 68'
CB 2 Roberto Ayala Booked 35'
CB 13 Pablo Paz
LB 4 Mauricio Pineda
DM 22 Javier Zanetti Substituted off 67'
DM 5 Matías Almeyda
AM 11 Juan Sebastián Verón
AM 20 Marcelo Gallardo Substituted off 80'
AM 10 Ariel Ortega Booked 23' Substituted off 52'
CF 9 Gabriel Batistuta (c)
Substitutions:
7 Claudio López Substituted in 52'
8 Diego Simeone Substituted in 67'
16 Sergio Berti Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK 1 Dražen Ladić
CB 14 Zvonimir Soldo Booked 43'
CB 6 Slaven Bilić Booked 20'
CB 20 Dario Šimić
MF 17 Robert Jarni Booked 58'
MF 13 Mario Stanić
MF 7 Aljoša Asanović
MF 8 Robert Prosinečki Substituted off 67'
MF 10 Zvonimir Boban (c) Booked 47'
MF 11 Silvio Marić Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Davor Šuker
Substitutions:
CB 4 Igor Štimac Substituted in 67'
FW 19 Goran Vlaović Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Aristidis Chris Soldatos (South Africa)
Mohamed Mansri (Tunisia)
Fourth official:
An-Yan Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Japan vs Jamaica[edit]

26 June 1998
16:00
Japan  1–2  Jamaica
Nakayama Goal 74' Report Whitmore Goal 39'54'
Stade Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 39,100
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)
Japan
Jamaica
GK 20 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
2 Akira Narahashi
3 Naoki Soma
4 Masami Ihara (c)
5 Norio Omura Substituted off 58'
6 Motohiro Yamaguchi Booked 4'
8 Hidetoshi Nakata
9 Masashi Nakayama
10 Hiroshi Nanami Substituted off 78'
17 Yutaka Akita
18 Shoji Jo Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
11 Shinji Ono Substituted in 78'
12 Wagner Lopes Substituted in 58'
22 Takashi Hirano Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
GK 13 Aaron Lawrence
2 Stephen Malcolm Booked 78'
3 Chris Dawes Booked 88'
5 Ian Goodison (c)
6 Fitzroy Simpson Substituted off 89'
8 Marcus Gayle Substituted off 80'
11 Theodore Whitmore
15 Ricardo Gardner
17 Onandi Lowe
19 Frank Sinclair
22 Paul Hall Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
10 Walter Boyd Substituted in 72'
16 Robbie Earle Substituted in 89'
18 Deon Burton Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Brazil René Simões

Assistant referees:
Evzen Amler (Czech Republic)
Dramane Dante (Mali)
Fourth official:
Hugh Dallas (Scotland)