1998 FIFA World Cup Group D

Nigeria won their first two games while Paraguay drew their first two games 0–0, which meant that Nigeria were certain of qualifying in first place with a game to spare. In their final game, Spain got their only victory after scoring six against Bulgaria, but were still eliminated in third place after Paraguay beat Nigeria.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Nigeria 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  Spain 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4 4
4  Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 7 6 1
Source: FIFA

Matches

Paraguay vs Bulgaria

Paraguay  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
Paraguay
Bulgaria
GK1José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF4Carlos Gamarra
DF5Celso Ayala
FW9José Cardozo 70'
MF10Roberto Acuña
DF11Pedro Sarabia
MF13Carlos Paredes
FW15Miguel Ángel Benítez 45'
MF16Julio César Enciso
MF19Carlos Morales 43'
MF21Jorge Luis Campos 78'
Substitutions:
DF20Denis Caniza 43'
FW18César Ramírez 70'
MF7Julio César Yegros 78'
Manager:
Paulo César Carpegiani
GK1Zdravko Zdravkov
DF2Radostin Kishishev
DF3Trifon Ivanov (c) 73'
DF4Ivaylo Petkov
MF5Ivaylo Yordanov
MF6Zlatko Yankov
FW8Hristo Stoichkov 45'
FW9Lyuboslav Penev 68'
MF10Krasimir Balakov
MF11Ilian Iliev 77'
MF16Anatoli Nankov 27', 89'
Substitutions:
FW7Emil Kostadinov 68'
MF18Daniel Borimirov 77'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

Assistant referees:
Achmat Salie (South Africa)
Hussain Ghadanfari (Kuwait)
Fourth official:
Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)

Spain vs Nigeria

Spain  2–3  Nigeria
Hierro  21'
Raúl  47'
Report Adepoju  24'
Zubizarreta  73' (o.g.)
Oliseh  78'
Spain
Nigeria
GK1Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB2Albert Ferrer 45'
CB14Iván Campo 75'
CB20Miguel Ángel Nadal 59' 77'
CB4Rafael Alkorta
LB12Sergi
RM21Luis Enrique
CM6Fernando Hierro
LM10Raúl
CF11Alfonso 58'
CF19Kiko
Substitutions:
MF18Guillermo Amor 56' 45'
FW17Joseba Etxeberria 58'
MF16Albert Celades 77'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK1Peter Rufai
DF2Mobi Oparaku 70'
DF3Celestine Babayaro
DF5Uche Okechukwu (c) 62'
DF6Taribo West
MF7Finidi George
MF8Mutiu Adepoju
MF10Jay Jay Okocha
MF11Garba Lawal 90+3'
MF15Sunday Oliseh
FW20Victor Ikpeba 83'
Substitutions:
FW9Rasheed Yekini 70'
MF13Tijani Babangida 83'
DF21Godwin Okpara 90+3'
Manager:
Bora Milutinović

Assistant referees:
Luis Torres Zúñiga (Costa Rica)
Yuri Dupanov (Belarus)
Fourth official:
Ian McLeod (South Africa)

Nigeria vs Bulgaria

Nigeria  1–0  Bulgaria
Ikpeba  28' Report
Attendance: 45,500
Nigeria
Bulgaria
GK1Peter Rufai
DF3Celestine Babayaro
DF5Uche Okechukwu (c) 44'
DF6Taribo West
MF7Finidi George 84'
MF8Mutiu Adepoju 20'
MF10Jay Jay Okocha 70'
MF11Garba Lawal
FW14Daniel Amokachi 67'
MF15Sunday Oliseh
FW20Victor Ikpeba 49' 75'
Substitutions:
FW4Nwankwo Kanu 67'
FW9Rasheed Yekini 75'
MF13Tijani Babangida 84'
Manager:
Bora Milutinović
GK1Zdravko Zdravkov
DF2Radostin Kishishev 78'
DF3Trifon Ivanov (c)
DF4Ivaylo Petkov
MF6Zlatko Yankov 84'
FW7Emil Kostadinov
FW8Hristo Stoichkov
MF10Krasimir Balakov
MF11Ilian Iliev 66' 66'
DF13Gosho Ginchev
MF14Marian Hristov 45'
Substitutions:
MF18Daniel Borimirov 45'
FW9Lyuboslav Penev 66'
FW19Georgi Bachev 84'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

Assistant referees:
Jorge Díaz Gálvez (Chile)
Arnaldo Pinto (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Marcio Rezende (Brazil)

Spain vs Paraguay

Spain  0–0  Paraguay
Report
Spain
Paraguay
GK1Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB15Juan Carlos Aguilera
CB5Abelardo 56'
CB4Rafael Alkorta
LB12Sergi 8'
RM17Joseba Etxeberria
CM6Fernando Hierro
CM18Guillermo Amor
LM21Luis Enrique
CF9Juan Antonio Pizzi 52'
CF10Raúl 65'
Substitutions:
FW7Fernando Morientes 52'
MF16Albert Celades 56'
FW19Kiko 87' 65'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK1José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF2Francisco Arce 76'
DF4Carlos Gamarra
DF5Celso Ayala 30' 73'
FW8Arístides Rojas 83'
MF10Roberto Acuña
DF11Pedro Sarabia
FW15Miguel Ángel Benítez
MF16Julio César Enciso
DF20Denis Caniza
MF21Jorge Luis Campos 45'
Substitutions:
MF13Carlos Paredes 45'
MF7Julio César Yegros 73'
FW18César Ramírez 83'
Manager:
Paulo César Carpegiani

Assistant referees:
Aristidis Chris Soldatos (South Africa)
Owen Powell (Jamaica)
Fourth official:
Esse Baharmast (United States)

Nigeria vs Paraguay

Nigeria  1–3  Paraguay
Oruma  11' Report Ayala  1'
Benítez  58'
Cardozo  86'
Attendance: 33,500
Nigeria
Paraguay
GK1Peter Rufai (c)
FW4Nwankwo Kanu
DF6Taribo West
FW9Rasheed Yekini
MF11Garba Lawal
MF13Tijani Babangida
MF15Sunday Oliseh 45'
DF16Uche Okafor
DF17Augustine Eguavoen 25'
MF18Wilson Oruma 68'
DF19Ben Iroha 38'
Substitutions:
DF21Godwin Okpara 45'
MF7Finidi George 68'
Manager:
Bora Milutinović
GK1José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF2Francisco Arce
DF4Carlos Gamarra
DF5Celso Ayala
FW9José Cardozo
DF11Pedro Sarabia
MF13Carlos Paredes
FW15Miguel Ángel Benítez 67'
MF16Julio César Enciso
FW17Hugo Brizuela 77'
DF20Denis Caniza 55'
Substitutions:
MF7Julio César Yegros 55'
MF10Roberto Acuña 67'
FW8Aristides Rojas 77'
Manager:
Paulo César Carpegiani

Assistant referees:
Mohamed Al Musawi (Oman)
Mikael Nilsson (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

Spain vs Bulgaria

Spain  6–1  Bulgaria
Hierro  6' (pen.)
Luis Enrique  18'
Morientes  55', 81'
Bachev  88' (o.g.)
Kiko  90+4'
Report Kostadinov  58'
Spain
Bulgaria
GK1Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB15Juan Carlos Aguilera 16'
CB20Miguel Ángel Nadal
CB4Rafael Alkorta
LB12Sergi
RM17Joseba Etxeberria 50'
CM6Fernando Hierro
CM18Guillermo Amor
LM21Luis Enrique 69'
CF7Fernando Morientes
CF11Alfonso 65'
Substitutions:
FW10Raúl 50'
FW19Kiko 65'
MF8Julen Guerrero 73' 69'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK1Zdravko Zdravkov
DF2Radostin Kishishev
DF3Trifon Ivanov (c)
MF5Ivaylo Yordanov
FW7Emil Kostadinov
FW8Hristo Stoichkov 45'
MF10Krasimir Balakov 61'
DF13Gosho Ginchev
MF16Anatoli Nankov 28'
MF18Daniel Borimirov
FW19Georgi Bachev 85'
Substitutions:
FW9Lyuboslav Penev 45' 28'
MF11Ilian Iliev 45'
MF14Marian Hristov 61'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

Assistant referees:
Nicolae Grigorescu (Romania)
Claudio Rossi (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)

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