14 June 1998
YUGOSLAVIA 1-0 IRAN
A Mihajlovic free kick sealed the points but the Iranians played some great
football at times, Azizi was outstanding and his through balls were World Class,
shame the forwards lack the pace to take advantage. Irans right back,
Mahdavikia, was breathtaking, a decent defender but his forays into attack, his
one-twos, crossing and technique were devastating. Sort of the Iranian Cafu.
Almost certain to be snapped up by a European club. Yugoslavias best spell came
after the departure of the highly overrated and insipid Stojkovic. Subs Stankovic,
Ognjenovic and Kovacevic looked far more lively in attack. Poor display for
Yugoslavia and a good performance by Iran.
Attendance : 30,392
15 June 1998
GERMANY 2-0 USA
Klinsmann headed Haesslers corner back accross goal and Moller was on hand to
head in at the near post, what Burns thought he was doing standing on the goaline
is beyond me, awful defending. Klinsmann capped a great performance with a goal
late in the second half, controlling an inch perfect Bierhoff cross on his chest and
placing the ball into the net but credit to Jeremies who won back the ball initially
with more strong tackling, a feature of his game throughout. A methodical
performance from the Germans, you get the feeling they could have turned it up a
notch if needed. One thing Ive noticed, the Germans rarely waste a pass, always
going forward with purpose.
Attendance : 48,200
21 June 1998
GERMANY 2-2 YUGOSLAVIA 2
Mihajlovic 72 (og) Mijatovic 12
Bierhoff 80 Stojkovic 52
Mijatovics tame shot appeared to take a slight deflection off Stankovic en route
to goal. Terrible keeping from Kopke, the defending wasnt much better. Kopke
gifted Stojkovic a goal when he spilled what should have been a routine save from
Kovacevic. Tarnats free kick took a deflection off Mihajlovic and Bierhoff headed
in from a corner to rescue a draw for the Germans.
The Yugoslavians were strolling and if anything looked likely to increase their
lead, Germanys defending was terrible, they didnt create any goalscoring
chances up until Mihajlovic deflected a shot past his own keeper. The
Yugoslavians fell to pieces and the Germans looked a different side once they
pulled a goal back.
Attendance : 41,275
IRAN 2-1 USA
Estili 39 McBride 86
A fantastic counter attack ended when Zarincheh crossed for Estili to head past
Keller. Irans second also came from a counter attack, the US in pursuit of an
equaliser piled forward and naively tried to play offside in Irans half, Daei fed
Mahdavikia and he ran half the length of the pitch and placed a shot past Keller.
McBride pulled one back with a powerful diving header, which flew in off Saadavi.
The US created more scoring chances, hit the post and the crossbar and were also
denied a goal by poor finishing/great goalkeeping. Iran were technically on
another planet and had far more pace. Mahdavikia was again outstanding and has
guaranteed himself a move to Europe, clubs will be falling over themselves to sign
Attendance : 44,000
25 June 1998
GERMANY 2-0 IRAN
Bierhoff, Inevitably, headed Germany into the lead. Bierhoff then smashed
a volley against the post, Klinsmann pounced on the rebound with a
spectacular diving header.
Attendance : 35,500
YUGOSLAVIA 1-0 USA
Friedel punched out Mihajlovics free kick, Komlejenovic headed in from
close range. Awful defending and awful keeping.
Another poor performance by Yugoslavia. Mijatovic was once again
disappointing and the US dominated the latter stages of the game.
Attendance : 35,000