1998 FIFA World Cup Group H

Group H at the 1998 FIFA World Cup comprised CONMEBOL representatives Argentina, World Cup debutants Croatia, competing from the UEFA confederation, Jamaica of CONCACAF and Japan from the Asian Football Confederation.

Argentina qualified with a match to spare after they beat Japan and Jamaica with Gabriel Batistuta scoring in both games. Croatia did the same with Davor Šuker scoring in both games. Argentina then beat Croatia to take first place, while Jamaica got their first ever points in a World Cup finals tournament by beating Japan.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Croatia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 6 3
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 1 4 3 0
Source: FIFA

Matches

Argentina vs Japan

Argentina  1–0  Japan
Batistuta  28' Report
Argentina
Japan
GK1Carlos Roa
DF2Roberto Ayala
MF5Matías Almeyda
DF6Roberto Sensini 72'
FW7Claudio López 61'
MF8Diego Simeone (c)
FW9Gabriel Batistuta
MF10Ariel Ortega
MF11Juan Sebastián Verón
DF14Nelson Vivas
DF22Javier Zanetti
Substitutions:
FW18Abel Balbo 61'
DF3José Chamot 72'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK20Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
DF2Akira Narahashi
DF3Naoki Soma 84'
DF4Masami Ihara (c) 26'
MF6Motohiro Yamaguchi
MF8Hidetoshi Nakata
FW9Masashi Nakayama 65'
MF10Hiroshi Nanami
DF17Yutaka Akita
FW18Shoji Jo
DF19Eisuke Nakanishi 67'
Substitutions:
FW12Wagner Lopes 65'
MF22Takashi Hirano 90+2' 84'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Assistant referees:
Marc Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
Eddie Foley (Republic of Ireland)
Fourth official:
Ryszard Wójcik (Polish)

Jamaica vs Croatia

Jamaica  1–3  Croatia
Earle  45' Report Stanić  27'
Prosinečki  53'
Šuker  69'
Jamaica
Croatia
GK1Warren Barrett (c)
DF5Ian Goodison
MF6Fitzroy Simpson
MF7Peter Cargill 69'
MF11Theodore Whitmore
DF15Ricardo Gardner
MF16Robbie Earle 74'
FW17Onandi Lowe
FW18Deon Burton 62'
DF19Frank Sinclair
FW22Paul Hall 81'
Substitutions:
MF20Darryl Powell 69'
FW9Andrew Williams 74'
FW10Walter Boyd 81'
Manager:
René Simões
GK1Dražen Ladić
DF4Igor Štimac
DF6Slaven Bilić
MF7Aljoša Asanović
MF8Robert Prosinečki
FW9Davor Šuker
MF10Zvonimir Boban (c)
MF13Mario Stanić
MF14Zvonimir Soldo 5'
DF17Robert Jarni
DF20Dario Šimić 59' 74'
Substitutions:
FW19Goran Vlaović 74'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Nicolae Grigorescu (Romania)
Jacques Poudevigne (France)
Fourth official:
Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

Japan vs Croatia

Japan  0–1  Croatia
Report Šuker  77'
Japan
Croatia
GK20Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
SW4Masami Ihara (c)
RB2Akira Narahashi 79'
CB17Yutaka Akita 89'
CB19Eisuke Nakanishi 70'
LB3Naoki Soma
RM6Motohiro Yamaguchi
CM8Hidetoshi Nakata
LM10Hiroshi Nanami 41' 84'
CF18Shoji Jo
CF9Masashi Nakayama 61'
Substitutions:
FW14Masayuki Okano 61'
MF15Hiroaki Morishima 79'
FW12Wagner Lopes 84'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
GK1Dražen Ladić
CB6Slaven Bilić
CB14Zvonimir Soldo
CB4Igor Štimac 46'
RWB20Dario Šimić
LWB17Robert Jarni
DM21Krunoslav Jurčić
CM8Robert Prosinečki 26' 67'
CM7Aljoša Asanović
CF13Mario Stanić 70' 88'
CF9Davor Šuker (c)
Substitutions:
FW19Goran Vlaović 46'
MF11Silvio Marić 67'
DF15Igor Tudor 88'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Marere Gonzales (Trinidad and Tobago)
Achmat Salie (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Gunter Benko (Austria)

Argentina vs Jamaica

Argentina  5–0  Jamaica
Ortega  31', 55'
Batistuta  73', 78', 83' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 45,500
Argentina
Jamaica
GK1Carlos Roa
DF2Roberto Ayala
DF3Jose Chamot 65'
MF5Matías Almeyda
DF6Roberto Sensini 25'
FW7Claudio López 75'
MF8Diego Simeone (c) 80'
FW9Gabriel Batistuta
MF10Ariel Ortega
MF11Juan Sebastián Verón
DF22Javier Zanetti
Substitutions:
DF14Nelson Vivas 25'
MF20Marcelo Gallardo 75'
DF4Mauricio Pineda 80'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK1Warren Barrett (c)
DF2Stephen Malcolm 62'
DF3Chris Dawes
DF5Ian Goodison
MF6Fitzroy Simpson
MF11Theodore Whitmore 73'
DF15Ricardo Gardner
FW18Deon Burton 46'
DF19Frank Sinclair
MF20Darryl Powell 4', 45+1'
FW22Paul Hall
Substitutions:
MF7Peter Cargill 88' 46'
FW10Walter Boyd 62'
MF16Robbie Earle 73'
Manager:
René Simões

Assistant referees:
Mikael Nilsson (Sweden)
Gennaro Mazzei (Italy)
Fourth official:
Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

Argentina vs Croatia

Argentina  1–0  Croatia
Pineda  36' Report
Attendance: 31,800
Argentina
Croatia
GK1Carlos Roa
DF2Roberto Ayala 35'
DF4Mauricio Pineda
MF5Matías Almeyda
FW9Gabriel Batistuta (c)
MF10Ariel Ortega 23' 52'
MF11Juan Sebastián Verón
DF13Pablo Paz
DF14Nelson Vivas 68'
MF20Marcelo Gallardo 80'
DF22Javier Zanetti 67'
Substitutions:
FW7Claudio López 52'
MF8Diego Simeone 67'
MF16Sergio Berti 80'
Manager:
Daniel Passarella
GK1Dražen Ladić
DF6Slaven Bilić 20'
MF7Aljoša Asanović
MF8Robert Prosinečki 67'
FW9Davor Šuker
MF10Zvonimir Boban (c) 47'
MF11Silvio Marić 46'
MF13Mario Stanić
MF14Zvonimir Soldo 43'
DF17Robert Jarni 58'
DF20Dario Šimić
Substitutions:
FW19Goran Vlaović 46'
DF4Igor Štimac 67'
Manager:
Miroslav Blažević

Assistant referees:
Aristidis Chris Soldatos (South Africa)
Mohamed Mansri (Tunisia)
Fourth official:
An-Yan Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Japan vs Jamaica

Japan  1–2  Jamaica
Nakayama  74' Report Whitmore  39', 54'
Attendance: 39,100
Japan
Jamaica
GK20Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
DF2Akira Narahashi
DF3Naoki Soma
DF4Masami Ihara (c)
DF5Norio Omura 58'
MF6Motohiro Yamaguchi 4'
MF8Hidetoshi Nakata
FW9Masashi Nakayama
MF10Hiroshi Nanami 78'
DF17Yutaka Akita
FW18Shoji Jo 58'
Substitutions:
FW12Wagner Lopes 58'
MF22Takashi Hirano 58'
MF11Shinji Ono 78'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
GK13Aaron Lawrence
DF2Stephen Malcolm 78'
DF3Chris Dawes 88'
DF5Ian Goodison (c)
MF6Fitzroy Simpson 89'
FW8Marcus Gayle 80'
MF11Theodore Whitmore
DF15Ricardo Gardner
FW17Onandi Lowe
DF19Frank Sinclair
FW22Paul Hall 72'
Substitutions:
FW10Walter Boyd 72'
FW18Deon Burton 80'
MF16Robbie Earle 89'
Manager:
René Simões

Assistant referees:
Evžen Amler (Czech Republic)
Dramane Danté (Mali)
Fourth official:
Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

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