1994 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Group A 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 matches were played 18 June 1994 and the final games took place simultaneously on 26 June 1994.

The group consisted of one CONCACAF team, the host United States, two UEFA teams, Switzerland and Romania, and one CONMEBOL team, Colombia. Romania won the group, Switzerland finished second and also the United States advanced to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams. Colombia finished last with only three points.

Overall[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 United States 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3



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

United States vs Switzerland[edit]

18 June 1994
11:30 EDT
United States  1–1   Switzerland
Wynalda Goal 44' Report Bregy Goal 39'
United States
Switzerland
GK 1 Tony Meola (c)
SW 17 Marcelo Balboa
RB 4 Cle Kooiman
CB 22 Alexi Lalas
LB 20 Paul Caligiuri
RM 9 Tab Ramos
CM 16 Mike Sorber
CM 5 Thomas Dooley
LM 6 John Harkes YC 89'
CF 8 Earnie Stewart Substituted off 81'
CF 11 Eric Wynalda Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Roy Wegerle Substituted in 58'
FW 13 Cobi Jones Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
SW 5 Alain Geiger (c)
RB 2 Marc Hottiger
CB 4 Dominique Herr YC 26'
LB 3 Yvan Quentin
CM 6 Georges Bregy
CM 10 Ciriaco Sforza Substituted off 77'
RW 8 Christophe Ohrel
AM 16 Thomas Bickel Substituted off 72'
LW 7 Alain Sutter
CF 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
FW 14 Nestor Subiat YC 82' Substituted in 72'
MF 21 Thomas Wyss Substituted in 77'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson

Assistant referees:
Ernesto Taibi (Argentina)
Venancio Zarate (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Ernesto Filippi (Uruguay)

Colombia vs Romania[edit]

18 June 1994
16:30 PDT
Colombia  1–3  Romania
Valencia Goal 43' Report Răducioiu Goal 15'89'
Hagi Goal 34'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 91,856
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)
Colombia
Romania
GK 1 Óscar Córdoba
DF 2 Andrés Escobar
DF 4 Luis Fernando Herrera YC 36'
MF 6 Gabriel Gómez
MF 10 Carlos Valderrama (c) YC 53'
FW 11 Adolfo Valencia
MF 14 Leonel Álvarez YC 70'
DF 15 Luis Carlos Perea
MF 19 Freddy Rincón
DF 20 Wilson Pérez
FW 21 Faustino Asprilla
Manager:
Francisco Maturana
GK 12 Bogdan Stelea
DF 2 Dan Petrescu
DF 3 Daniel Prodan
DF 4 Miodrag Belodedici
MF 5 Ioan Lupescu
MF 6 Gheorghe Popescu
MF 7 Dorinel Munteanu
FW 9 Florin Răducioiu YC 39' Substituted off 90'
MF 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)
MF 11 Ilie Dumitrescu Substituted off 68'
DF 14 Gheorghe Mihali
Substitutions:
DF 13 Tibor Selymes Substituted in 68'
DF 19 Corneliu Papură Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu

Assistant referees:
Yousif Abdullah Al Ghattan (Bahrain)
Douglas Micael James (Trinidad and Tobago)
Fourth official:
Alberto Tejada Noriega (Peru)

Romania vs Switzerland[edit]

22 June 1994
16:00 EDT
Romania  1–4   Switzerland
Hagi Goal 35' Report Sutter Goal 16'
Chapuisat Goal 52'
Knup Goal 65'72'
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac
Attendance: 61,428
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)
Romania
Switzerland
GK 12 Bogdan Stelea
DF 2 Dan Petrescu
DF 3 Daniel Prodan
DF 4 Miodrag Belodedici YC 47'
MF 5 Ioan Lupescu YC 40' Substituted off 85'
MF 6 Gheorghe Popescu
MF 7 Dorinel Munteanu
FW 9 Florin Răducioiu
MF 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)
MF 11 Ilie Dumitrescu Substituted off 70'
DF 14 Gheorghe Mihali YC 32'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Basarab Panduru Substituted in 85'
FW 16 Ion Vlădoiu Red card 73' Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
DF 2 Marc Hottiger
DF 3 Yvan Quentin
DF 4 Dominique Herr
DF 5 Alain Geiger (c)
MF 6 Georges Bregy
MF 7 Alain Sutter Substituted off 71'
DF 8 Christophe Ohrel Substituted off 83'
FW 9 Adrian Knup
MF 10 Ciriaco Sforza
FW 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
MF 16 Thomas Bickel Substituted in 71'
MF 20 Patrick Sylvestre Substituted in 83'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson

Assistant referees:
Abdel-Magid Hassan (Egypt)
Davoud Fanaei (Iran)
Fourth official:
Joël Quiniou (France)

Note: Switzerland's fourth goal is also credited to Georges Bregy.

United States vs Colombia[edit]

22 June 1994
16:30 PDT
United States  2–1  Colombia
Escobar Goal 35' (o.g.)
Stewart Goal 52'
Report Valencia Goal 90'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 93,869
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)
United States
Colombia
GK 1 Tony Meola (c)
DF 17 Marcelo Balboa
DF 20 Paul Caligiuri
DF 21 Fernando Clavijo
DF 22 Alexi Lalas YC 48'
MF 5 Thomas Dooley
MF 6 John Harkes
MF 9 Tab Ramos
MF 16 Mike Sorber
FW 11 Eric Wynalda Substituted off 61'
FW 8 Earnie Stewart Substituted off 66'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Roy Wegerle Substituted in 61'
MF 13 Cobi Jones Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Óscar Córdoba
DF 2 Andrés Escobar
DF 4 Luis Fernando Herrera
DF 5 Hernán Gaviria
FW 7 Antony de Ávila YC 24' Substituted off 45'
MF 10 Carlos Valderrama (c)
MF 14 Leonel Álvarez
DF 15 Luis Carlos Perea
MF 19 Freddy Rincón
DF 20 Wilson Pérez
FW 21 Faustino Asprilla Substituted off 45'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Iván Valenciano Substituted in 45'
FW 11 Adolfo Valencia Substituted in 45'
Manager:
Francisco Maturana

Assistant referees:
Domenico Ramicone (Italy)
El Jilali Rharib (Morocco)
Fourth official:
Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Switzerland vs Colombia[edit]

26 June 1994
13:00 PDT
Switzerland   0–2  Colombia
Report Gaviria Goal 44'
Lozano Goal 90'
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Attendance: 83,401
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)
Switzerland
Colombia
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
DF 2 Marc Hottiger
DF 3 Yvan Quentin
DF 4 Dominique Herr
DF 5 Alain Geiger (c)
MF 6 Georges Bregy YC 85'
MF 7 Alain Sutter Substituted off 82'
DF 8 Christophe Ohrel
FW 9 Adrian Knup YC 39' Substituted off 82'
MF 10 Ciriaco Sforza
FW 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
FW 14 Nestor Subiat Substituted in 82'
FW 15 Marco Grassi Substituted in 82'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson
GK 1 Óscar Córdoba
DF 2 Andrés Escobar
DF 3 Alexis Mendoza
DF 4 Luis Fernando Herrera
MF 5 Hernán Gaviria YC 58' Substituted off 79'
MF 10 Carlos Valderrama (c) YC 62'
FW 11 Adolfo Valencia Substituted off 64'
MF 14 Leonel Álvarez YC 80'
MF 19 Freddy Rincón
DF 20 Wilson Pérez
FW 21 Faustino Asprilla
Substitutions:
FW 7 Antony de Ávila Substituted in 64'
MF 8 John Harold Lozano Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Francisco Maturana

Assistant referees:
Carl-Johan Meyer Christensen (Denmark)
Douglas Micael James (Trinidad and Tobago)
Fourth official:
Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

United States vs Romania[edit]

26 June 1994
13:00 PDT
United States  0–1  Romania
Report Petrescu Goal 18'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 93,869
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)
United States
Romania
GK 1 Tony Meola (c)
DF 5 Thomas Dooley
MF 6 John Harkes YC 41'
FW 8 Earnie Stewart
MF 9 Tab Ramos Substituted off 64'
FW 11 Eric Wynalda
MF 16 Mike Sorber Substituted off 75'
DF 17 Marcelo Balboa
DF 20 Paul Caligiuri
DF 21 Fernando Clavijo YC 48'
DF 22 Alexi Lalas
Substitutions:
FW 10 Roy Wegerle Substituted in 75'
MF 13 Cobi Jones Substituted in 64'
Manager:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Florin Prunea
DF 2 Dan Petrescu YC 73'
DF 3 Daniel Prodan
DF 4 Miodrag Belodedici Substituted off 89'
MF 5 Ioan Lupescu
MF 6 Gheorghe Popescu
MF 7 Dorinel Munteanu
FW 9 Florin Răducioiu YC 62' Substituted off 84'
MF 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)
MF 11 Ilie Dumitrescu
DF 13 Tibor Selymes
Substitutions:
DF 14 Gheorghe Mihali Substituted in 89'
MF 18 Constantin Gâlcă Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu

Assistant referees:
Jan Dolstra (Netherlands)
Gordon Dunster (Australia)
Fourth official:
Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

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