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1998 FIFA World Cup Final
Event 1998 FIFA World Cup
Date 12 July 1998
Venue Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Man of the Match Zinedine Zidane
Referee Said Belqola (Morocco)
Attendance 75,000

The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was the final round of competition held for the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup, a global football tournament held every four years. This cup was contested between Brazil, the world champions and the host, France. France won 3–0, winning the World Cup for the first time and claiming victory in their own country only two days before one of its major national holidays.


Route to the final



Brazil were drawn in Group A for the group stages alongside Scotland, Morocco and Norway. They recorded victories over Scotland (2-1) and Morroco (3-0) to progress but lost their final game 2-1 to Norway.

They next faced Group B runners-up Chile in the last-16 and comprehensively won 4-1, Ronaldo and César Sampaio each scoring twice. In the quarter finals they played Denmark, who had also won their previous game 4-1 (against Nigeria) but Brazil won a tight game 3-2. Despite being 1-0 down to a Martin Jorgensen goal in the 2nd minute, Brazil turned the game around in their favour with goals from Bebeto (11) and Rivaldo (27). Brian Laudrup equalised for Denmark after 50 minutes but Brazil won the game 10 minutes later courtesy of a second from Rivaldo.

In the semi-finals, Brazil faced the Netherlands in Marseille. The game finished 1-1 at full-time, Ronaldo scoring just after half-time and Patrick Kluivert equalising for the Netherlands in the 87th minute, and the score remained the same through extra-time. The match had to be settled by penalties and it was Brazil that eventually won 4-2 to reach their second successive World Cup final.


France were drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. They started their campaign with an easy 3-0 win over South Africa followed by a convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia. France secured top spot in their group courtesy of a 2-1 win over Denmark with goals from Youri Djorkaeff and Emmanuel Petit.

In the second round they faced Group D runners-up Paraguay. France won a close encouter 1-0 in extra time thanks to a golden goal scored by Laurent Blanc. In the quarter-finals France faced Italy who had also scraped through to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Norway. A tense match ended 0-0 after extra time and France won 4-3 on penalties after Italy's Luigi Di Biagio struck his penalty onto the crossbar.

In the semi-finals, France faced tournament surprise packet Croatia. After a goal-less first half, Croatia took the lead in the first minute of the second half through Davor Suker, his fifth goal of the tournament. France responded immediately with Lilian Thuram scoring his first international goal. Thuram then added a second twenty minutes from time to send France to their first ever World Cup final. The match ended in controversy however when Laurent Blanc was sent off after a skirmish with Croatia's Slaven Bilic. Bilic had sunk down to his knees, seemingly in pain. However, replays showed there was minimal contact between the players. Blanc's expulsion meant he would miss the final.

Match summary

The build-up was dominated by the fitness of Brazil's star striker, Ronaldo, amid reports that he had suffered a pre-match fit.

Zinedine Zidane gave France the lead just before the half-hour mark with a header from an inswinging corner. Only minutes later, Ronaldo was put through on goal by a long ball from Dunga but he could not get the better of the onrushing Fabien Barthez, who collided with the Brazilian striker. Both needed assistance from the squad medics but quickly recovered. Brazil's superstar playmakers Leonardo of AC Milan and Rivaldo of Barcelona were kept quiet by Deschamps and Karembeu. Zidane doubled France's advantage on the stroke of half-time with an almost identical goal. In the second half, Ronaldo had a chance to half the deficit. The ball fell kindly for him inside the Penalty Box, but he could only plant his shot into Barthez's arms. Midfielder Emmanuel Petit wrapped up the scoring in the 90th minute to put the victory beyond all doubt. France had to survive the last 20 minutes with only 10 men with the dismissal of Marcel Desailly; however, this did not affect them much.

Match details

Brazil  0 – 3  France Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)
(Report) Zidane Goal 27'45+1'
Petit Goal 90'
GK 1 Claudio Taffarel
RB 2 Cafu
CB 3 Aldair
CB 4 Junior Baiano Booked in the 33rd minute 33'
LB 6 Roberto Carlos
DM 5 César Sampaio Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
DM 8 Dunga (c)
AM 18 Leonardo Substituted off in the 45th minute 45'
AM 10 Rivaldo
CF 20 Bebeto
CF 9 Ronaldo
MF 19 Denílson Substituted on in the 45th minute 45'
FW 21 Edmundo Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
Brazil Mário Zagallo
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GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 48', 68'
CB 18 Frank Leboeuf
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
DM 7 Didier Deschamps (c) Booked in the 39th minute 39'
CM 17 Emmanuel Petit
CM 19 Christian Karembeu Booked in the 56th minute 56' Substituted off in the 57th minute 57'
CM 10 Zinedine Zidane
AM 6 Youri Djorkaeff Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
CF 9 Stephane Guivarc'h Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
MF 4 Patrick Vieira Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
MF 14 Alain Boghossian Substituted on in the 57th minute 57'
FW 21 Christophe Dugarry Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
France Aimé Jacquet



  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level:
  • 3 substitutions permitted


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