FOOTBALL: WORLD CUP OPENING MATCHES
Wednesday 10 June 1998
A very dull match settled by a strike mid-way through the second half from Klinsmann.
8 Jun 1990 Milan Argentina 0 Cameroon 1
Omam-Biyik scored one and the Africans lost two men in their shock opening triumph.
31 May 1986 Mexico City Bulgaria 1 Italy 1
Altobelli gave the holders the lead but the game was full of missed chances. Sirakov equalised with five minutes left.
13 Jun 1982 Barcelona Belgium 1 Argentina 0
The first goal in an opening match for 20 years went to Vandenbergh and Belgium.
1 Jun 1978 Buenos Aries Poland 0 W Germany 0
A terrible pitch and two sides who had eclipsed their former glories. The fourth goalless opening game.
13 Jun 1974 Frankfurt Brazil 0 Yugoslavia 0
Zagallo had put together a physical side with the demise of Pele. The consequence was a scoreless opener.
31 May 1970 Mexico City Mexico 0 USSR 0
Altitude and heated tackles took their toll on a drab first fixture.
11 Jul 1966 London England 0 Uruguay 0
A defensive South American side kept England at bay.
30 May 1962 Vina del Mar Brazil 2 Mexico 0
The holders did not repeat their domination of this fixture from 1950 but they went on to retain the trophy.
8 Jun 1958 Malmo W Germany 3 Argentina 1
Argentina shocked the holders with an early goal but the Germans recovered and went on to the semi-finals.
16 Jun 1954 Berne Uruguay 2 Czechoslovakia 0
It took two late goals for the 1950 champions, Uruguay, to finish off the resolute Czechs.
24 Jun 1950 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 4 Mexico 0
Brazil hit the net four times and the woodwork a further five times in a bombardment of the Mexican goal.
4 Jun 1938 Paris Switzerland 1 Germany 1
Germany were ahead through Gauchel in the first half, Switzerland equalised, and won the replay.
27 May 1934 Rome Italy 7 USA 1
Mussolini watched rout, including a Schiavio hat trick.
13 July 1930 Montevideo France 4 Mexico 1
Lucien Laurent scored the first ever World Cup goal.
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