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 Group C Standings

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
+/-
PTS

France

2
2
0
0
7
0
7
6

Denmark

2
1
1
0
4
1
3
4

South Africa

2
0
1
1
1
2
-1
1

Saudi Arabia

2
0
0
2
1
3
-3
1

* 21th Match - 7:00 pm GMT - France 4 - Saudi Arabia Paris St. Dennis

Attendance: 80, 00

Forward Thierry Henry scored two goals as host-nation France assured itself a berth in the second round with an overwhelming 4-0 rout of Saudi Arabia in a World Cup Group C match in Saint-Denis. David Trezeguet and Bixente Lizarazu also scored for France (2-0-0 in Group C), which has outscored its opponents 7-0 in the first two games of group play. A tie in its final match against Denmark, which has four points, would nail down first place in Group C.

But the hosts will be without at least stellar midfielder Zinedine Zidane, who was given a direct red card in the 70th minute and may even miss the second-round game, pending FIFA's ruling. In addition, forward Christophe Dugarry left the game in the first half with a strained right hamstring.

Saudi Arabia (0-2-0), which again failed to show any resemblance to the 1994 team that reached the second round, played most of the game with 10 men after defender Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi was given a direct red card in the 19th minute for a poor tackle on Lizarazu.

Four cautions were issued by Mexican referee Arturo Brizio Carter in addition to the two ejections. Lizarazu and Laurent Blanc were booked for France, and Al-Jaber and Mohammed Al-Jahni were given yellow cards for Saudi Arabia.

Goals

France: Henry, 36m; Trezeguet, 68m; Henry, 77m;Lizarazu, 85

Saudi Arabia: None

France: G 1. Barthez, D 2. Lizarazu, D 3. Blanc, D 4. Desailly , D 5. Thuram, M 6. Deschamps, M 7. Boghossian , M 8. Zidane, M 9. Diomede (Djorkaeff (58)), F 10. Henry (Pires (78)), F 11. Dugarry (Trezeguet (29)).

Saudi Arabia: G 1.Mohammed al-Deayea, D 2. Mohammed al-Gahani, 3. Mohammed al-Khilaiwi, 4.Abdullah Zubromawi , M 6. Fouad Amin, M 6. al-Shahrani , F 7. al-Jaber , F 8. al-Owairan, S, D 9. Sulimani , M 10. al-Owairan, K , M 11. Saleh , D (17. Ahmed al-Dosari(76)), F 8. al-Harbi (33) .

Referee: A. Brizio Carter, México.

Yellow Cards

France:Blanc, 35m foul; Lizarazu, 52m foul

Saudi Arabia: al-Jahani, 8m foul; al-Jaber, 81 foul

Red Cards

France : Zidane, 70m violent conduct

Saudi Arabia : al-Khilaiwi, 19m foul

*22th Match - 3:30 pm GMT - South Africa 1 - Denmark 1 Toulouse

Forward Benedict McCarthy's goal in the 52nd minute provided one point and midfielder Quinton Fortune nearly made it three in extra time as World Cup newcomer South Africa threw a major scare into Denmark before the two sides settled for a 1-1 tie in Group C at Toulouse, France.

McCarthy took a nifty backheeled pass from Shaun Bartlett in the penalty box and slotted a 10-yard shot between the legs of Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to draw the match even.

As Colombian referee John Jairo Toro Rendon handed out cautions and ejections at a stunning rate, South Africa (0-1-1 in Group C) had the better of the play in the second half as it showed much better form than in its 3-0 loss to France at Marseille six days before.

Midfielder Allan Nielsen scored in the 13th minute for Denmark (1-0-1), which is still in good shape to advance to the second round. The Danes started strong and had two other shots in the first half ring off the right goal post. 

Rendon ejected three players -- all second-half substitutes -- as Denmark played the final five minutes of regulation and three-plus minutes of added time with only nine players. Rendon also handed out seven yellow cards, while South African midfielder Alfred Phiri and Danes Miklos Molnar and Morten Wieghorst were issued direct red cards.

But it was Molnar, who entered the game nine minutes prior, sent off first in the 67th minute after a questionable foul in the South African end of the pitch. The ink barely dried on Rendon's red card when he sent Phiri off two minutes later after a push-off to gain position.

South Africa defender Lucas Radebe was cautioned in the 73rd minute before Wieghorst was shown the exit in the 85th minute after a tackle from behind. Schmeichel and South Africa defender David Nyathi were given yellow cards for delay of game.

Denmark players Michael Schjonberg and Jes Hogh were also issued cautions by Rendon.

Goals

Denmark : Nielsen, A 13m

South Africa: McCarthy 52m

South Africa: G 1. Vonk , D 2. Nyathi (Buckley (89)), D 3. Fish , M 4. Fortune, F 5. Bartlett ( Masinga (78)), M 6. Moshoeu , M 7. Mkhalele, M 8. Augustine (Phiri (46)), F 9. McCarthy , D 10. Radebe, D 11. Issa.

G 1. Schmeichel, D 2. Schjonberg (Wieghorst (82)), D 3. Rieper , D 4. Hogh, J , M 5. Helveg, M 6. Nielsen, A , M 7. Laudrup, M (Heintze (58)), F 8. Laudrup, B , D 9. Colding, F 10. Sand (Molnar (58)), M 11. Jorgensen

Referee: J. J. Toro Rendon, Colombia.

Yellow Cards

South Africa: Nyathi, 38m unsporting behavior; Issa, 63m foul; Phiri, 65m foul; Radebe, 73m foul

Denmark : Schjonberg, 23m dissent; Hogh, J, 55m foul;Schmeichel, 57m unsporting behavior

Red Cards

South Africa: Phiri, 69m violent conduct

Denamrk: Molnar, 67m foul; Wieghorst, 85m foul

 

Schedule GROUP C

GAME #

DATE

VENUE

TIME

TEAMS

FINAL
[5]

12-Jun-98  

Lens

17:30

Saudi Arabia vs. Denmark

0 - 1
[6]

12-Jun-98

Marseille

21:00

France vs. South Africa

3 - 0
[22]

18-Jun-98  

Toulouse

17:30

South Africa vs. Denmark

1 - 1
[21]

18-Jun-98

Paris St. Denis

21:00

France vs. Saudi Arabia

4- 0
[38]

24-Jun-98

Lyon

16:00

France vs. Denmark

[40]

24-Jun-98  

Bordeaux

16:00

South Africa vs. Saudi Arabia

ALL TIMES GMT

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