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 Group B Standings

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
+/-
PTS

Italy

2
1
1
0
5
2
3
4

Chile

2
0
2
0
3
3
0
2

Austria

2
0
2
0
2
2
0
2

Cameroon

2
0
1
1
1
5
-4
1
*20th Match - 7:00pm GMT Italy 3 - Cameroon 0  Montpellier

Roberto Baggio's World Cup comeback surged on Wednesday as the Italian striker set up Luigi Di Biagio's eighth minute goal in Italy's 3-0 victory over Cameroon, which played most of the game with 10 men.

Christian Vieri added his second and third goals of the tournament in the 75th and 89th minutes as the Italians moved into solid position to advance to the second round by producing the first win in Group B.

Any chance of Cameroon making a second-half comeback was hindered two minutes before halftime when Raymond Kalla Nkongo was given a controversial red card.

Kalla was dribbing near midfield when Di Biagio slid in front of him to make a tackle. Unable to stop his momentum, Kalla slid cleats-first into the Italian midfielder and was instantly shown the red card by Australian referee Edward Lennie.

Di Biagio, taken off on a stretcher, returned before the half was over to the jeers of the fans at Stade de la Mosson. As the players walked off the field at halftime, Di Biagio lifted his right shorts leg to show his injury to Songo'o and coach Claude Leroy as if to vindicate the referee's discision.

Though down a man, Cameroon pressed forward in the second half and paid for it at the defensive end. Songo'o made three solid saves -- on Vieri, Dino Baggio and Del Piero -- to keep the score respectable until the final minutes.

Goals

Italy: Di Biagio 8m, Vieri 75m, Vieri 89m

Cameroon: None

Italy: G 1. Pagliuca, D 2. Cannavaro, D 3. Costacurta, D 4. Maldini , D 5. Nesta , M 6. Albertini (Di Matteo (62)) , M 7. Baggio, M 8. Di Biagio, M 9. Moriero (Di Livio (84)), F 10. Baggio, R (Del Piero (65)), F 11. Vieri .

Cameroon: G 1. Songo'o, D 2. Wome, D 3. Song, D 4. Kalla Nkongo, 5. Njanka, M 6. Olembe, D 7. Ndo, F 8. Omam Biyick ( Eto'o (66)), F 9. Mboma, P (Tchami (66)), M 10. Ipoua (Job (46)), F 11. Angibeaud

Referee: E. Lennie, Austria.

Yellow Cards

Italy: Costacurta, 26m foul; Di Biagio, 64m unsporting behaviour

Cameroon: Wome, 7m foul; Njanka, 17m foul; Angibeaud, 78m foul; Song, 85m foul

Red Cards

Italy : None

Cameroon: Kalla Nkongo, 43m foul

 

*19th Match - 3:30 pm GMT - Austria 1 - Chile 1St. Etienne

The Austrians did it again. It was the second minute of injury time and Chile was leading 1-0. There was no way it could happen ...again. Yet midfielder Ivica Vastic, a substitute who had not seen play in this or any World Cup, curled a right-footed shot past Chilean goalkeeper Nelson Tapia, and suddenly the Alpine underdogs, who had looked almost certain to go out, were still in the World Cup.

Unbelievable? Yes. Unlucky? For the Chileans, yes. When playing in the World Cup it is not how you win, what matters is that you win. But if you can only manage a tie in the 91st minute of both games you gotta believe you are lucky. For the Austrians this also came after a stunning late save by goalkeeper Michael Konsel which stopped the Chileans going 2-0 up with two minutes to go.

Chilean coach Nelson Acosta, whose team appeared on course to win against Italy June 11 until the Italians equalized 2-2 with a controversial Roberto Baggio penalty, was predictably bitter. "I do not know what to say, why we have to suffer through things like this," he said. "I do not know what happened, can't explain it."

It should have been Chile's game, judging from possession, ball control and scoring opportunities. But luck was elsewhere.

 

Goals

Chile : Salas, 70m

Austria: Vastic, 90m

Austria: Michael Konsel; Peter Schoettel, Anton Pfeffer, Wolfgang Feiersinger, Mario Haas (Ivica Vastic, 74th); Heimo Pfeifenberger, Harald Cerny (Markus Schopp, 46th), Arnold Wetl, Roman Maehlich; Dietmar Kuehbauer (Andreas Herzog, 46th), Anton Polster.

Chile: Nelson Tapia; Ronald Fuentes, Pedro Reyes, Javier Margas, Moisés Villarroel (Cristian Castañeda, 67th); Francisco Rojas, Nelson Parraguéz, Clarence Acuña, Fabián Estay (José Sierra, 57th); Iván Zamorano, Marcelo Salas.

Referee: Gamal Gandour, Egypt.

Yellow Cards

Chile: Villarroel, 16m foul; Estay, 48m foul; Salas, M, 58; unsporting behaviour; Zamorano, 74m dissent

Austria: Schottel, 25m foul

Red Cards

Chile : None

Austria : none

 

Schedule Group B

GAME #

DATE

VENUE

TIME

TEAMS

FINAL

[4]

11-Jun-98  

Bordeaux

17:30

Italy vs. Chile

2 - 2
[3]

11-Jun-98  

Toulouse

21:00

Cameroon vs. Austria

1 - 1
[19]

17-Jun-98  

St. Etienne

17:30

Chile vs. Austria

1 - 1
[20]

17-Jun-98  

Montpellier

21:00

Italy vs. Cameroon

3 - 0
[33]

23-Jun-98  

Paris St. Denis

16:00

Italy vs. Austria

[36]

23-Jun-98

Nantes

16:00

Chile vs. Cameroon

ALL TIMES GMT

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