Football: The Complete Guide to France 98

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Goal: Henry 35, 76, Trezeguet 67, Lizarazu 84

Yellow cards: 2 (Blanc, Lizarazu).

Red cards: 1 (Zidane)

Corners: 3

Offside: 2

Free-kicks (against): 12

Coach: Aime Jacquet

Goals: 0

Yellow cards: 2 (Al-Jahni, Al-Jaber)

Red cards: 1 (Al-Khlaiwi)

Corners: 3

Offside: 1

Free-kicks (against): 13

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

Running commentary

1 min: Zidane has two shots blocked.

5 min: Dugarry slips inventive pass forward. No-one else thinks as quickly.

6 min: Yellow card Al-Jahni (foul on Diomede, edge of area).

12 min: Henry follows up high, clever pass by Zidane but volleys wildly.

18 min: Red card Al-Khilaiwi (lunging but harmless tackle on Lizarazu).

28 min: Dugarry stretches - pulls hamstring.

29 min: Trezeguet comes on. First touch, almost scores.

30 min: Trezeguet again in front of goal. Al-Deayea saves his shot, stretching.

34 min: Yellow card Blanc (unruly challenge on Al-Harbi).

35 min: Henry taps in to give France lead after Trezeguet sets them up. Lizarazu's ball across.

39 min: Three French players fail to meet inviting corner.

50 min: Trezeguet, in front of goal, fails to knock in.

51 min: Yellow card Lizarazu (foul, Al-Jaber).

55 min: Zidane drifts inside. Bends dangerous shot that 'keeper holds confidently.

57 min: Trezeguet gets yet another chance. Chests ball down and sends half-volley over.

62 min: Trezeguet challenges 'keeper in air. Opportunity lost.

67 min: Thuram repeats his excursion. This time his centre eludes fingers of 'keeper. Trezeguet heads in.

69 min: Red card Zidane (stamping on Anwar)

76 min: Henry chases long clearance from 'keeper. Runs on and slides ball into net.

80 min: Yellow card Al-Jaber (kick on Deschamps).

84 min: Delightful build-up to French fourth ends with back-heel by Djorkaeff to Lizarazu who nonchalantly finishes move.