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Group D of the 1994 FIFA World Cup was one of six groups of four teams competing at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The first match was played 21 June 1994 and the final games took place simultaneously on 30 June 1994.

The group consisted of Argentina, Greece, Nigeria and Bulgaria. Nigeria won the group on goal difference, Bulgaria finished second and Argentina qualified as one of the best third-placed teams (Bulgaria defeated Argentina in the group stage, thus their higher rank). Bulgaria and Argentina had previously met before in the group stage, in 1962; neither team advanced into the knockout stage. Bulgaria and Argentina had also met in 1986, both teams advanced to the knockout stage.

Group D was also notable for the end of Diego Maradona's international career. Maradona, who was Argentina's captain and star player, was found to contain ethedrine, a performance-enhancing drug, in his system after being subjected to an anti-doping test held during their match with Nigeria.[1] In his absence, Argentina would lose their final group match against Bulgaria, and were eliminated by Romania 3-2 at the Round of 16. Maradona's only goal in the tournament against Greece would prove to be his last for Argentina.

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Nigeria 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Bulgaria 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3   Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
4   Greece 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Source: FIFA


MatchesEdit

All times local (EDT/UTC–4, CDT/UTC–5, PDT/UTC–7)

Argentina vs GreeceEdit

Argentina  4–0  Greece
Batistuta   2'44'90' (pen.)
Maradona   60'
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greece
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
DF 4 Roberto Sensini
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c)   83'
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres   40'
MF 14 Diego Simeone
FW 19 Abel Balbo   80'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Alejandro Mancuso   80'
FW 17 Ariel Ortega   83'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Antonis Minou
DF 2 Stratos Apostolakis
DF 3 Thanasis Kolitsidakis
DF 4 Stelios Manolas   55'
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis
MF 6 Giotis Tsalouchidis   25'
FW 7 Dimitris Saravakos (c)
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas   59'
MF 11 Nikos Tsiantakis   45'
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
Substitutions:
MF 12 Spiros Marangos   45'
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos   59'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias

Assistant referees:
Park Hae-Yong (Korean Republic)
Jan Dolstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

Nigeria vs BulgariaEdit

Nigeria  3–0  Bulgaria
Yekini   21'
Amokachi   43'
Amunike   55'
Report
Attendance: 44,132
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen
DF 3 Benedict Iroha
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George   77'
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike   73'
FW 12 Samson Siasia   69'
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju   69'
DF 13 Emeka Ezeugo   77'
Manager:
  Clemens Westerhof
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
RB 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov
LB 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov
DF 5 Petar Houbchev
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov   54'   59'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov   73'
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov
Substitutions:
FW 10 Nasko Sirakov   59'
FW 13 Ivaylo Yordanov   73'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Assistant referees:
Gordon Dunster (Australia)
Eugene Brazzale (Australia)
Fourth official:
Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)

Argentina vs NigeriaEdit

Argentina  2–1  Nigeria
Caniggia   21'28' Report Siasia   8'
Attendance: 54,453
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
DF 4 Roberto Sensini   88'
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia   54'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c)
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres
MF 14 Diego Simeone
FW 19 Abel Balbo   72'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Alejandro Mancuso   72'
DF 16 Hernán Díaz   88'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen   20'
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 12 Samson Siasia   57'
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh   88'
DF 19 Michael Emenalo   53'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju   57'
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha   88'
Manager:
  Clemens Westerhof

Assistant referees:
Mikael Erik Everstig (Sweden)
Luc Matthys (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Leslie Mottram (Scotland)

Bulgaria vs GreeceEdit

Bulgaria  4–0  Greece
Stoichkov   5' (pen.)55' (pen.)
Letchkov   65'
Borimirov   90'
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greece
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
DF 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov   26'
DF 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov   77'
DF 5 Petar Houbchev   17'
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov   33'
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov   82'
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov
MF 10 Nasko Sirakov
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov
Substitutions:
DF 16 Ilian Kiriakov   77'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov   84'   82'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev
GK 20 Elias Atmatsidis
DF 2 Stratos Apostolakis (c)
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas
MF 12 Spiros Marangos
DF 13 Vaios Karagiannis   70'
FW 16 Alexis Alexoudis   6'   58'
MF 17 Minas Hantzidis   42'   48'
DF 18 Kiriakos Karataidis
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
Substitutions:
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos   59'   48'
FW 14 Vasilis Dimitriadis   58'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias

Assistant referees:
Abdulla Al Ghattan (Bahrain)
Raimundo Calix Garcia (Honduras)
Fourth official:
Arturo Angeles (United States)

Argentina vs BulgariaEdit

Argentina  0–2  Bulgaria
Report Stoichkov   61'
Sirakov   90+3'
Attendance: 63,998
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 3 José Chamot
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri (c)   34'
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia   26'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta   81'
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres
MF 14 Diego Simeone
DF 16 Hernán Díaz
FW 19 Abel Balbo
MF 20 Leonardo Rodríguez   44'   67'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Ariel Ortega   26'
FW 11 Ramón Medina Bello   67'
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
RB 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov   58'
LB 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov   45'   67'
DF 5 Petar Houbchev
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov   24'
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov   74'
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov   7'
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov   76'
MF 10 Nasko Sirakov
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov   74'
Substitutions:
DF 16 Ilian Kiriakov   74'
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov   76'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Assistant referees:
Tapio Yli-Karro (Finland)
El Jilali Rharib (Morocco)
Fourth official:
Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Greece vs NigeriaEdit

Greece  0–2  Nigeria
Report George   45+2'
Amokachi   90+5'
Attendance: 53,001
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greece
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
GK 15 Christos Karkamanis
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis   41'
MF 6 Giotis Tsalouchidis
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
FW 9 Nikos Machlas   80'
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos (c)   32'   72'
DF 13 Vaios Karagiannis
MF 17 Minas Hantzidis
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
FW 21 Alekos Alexandris
DF 22 Alexis Alexiou
Substitutions:
MF 11 Nikos Tsiantakis   72'
FW 14 Vasilis Dimitriadis   80'
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias
GK 1 Peter Rufai
DF 4 Stephen Keshi (c)   70'
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
MF 7 Finidi George   84'
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini   69'
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 12 Samson Siasia
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh   66'
DF 19 Michael Emenalo
Substitutions:
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha   69'
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju   84'
Manager:
  Clemens Westerhof

Assistant referees:
Park Hae-Yong (Korean Republic)
Paulo Jorge Alves (Brazil)
Fourth official:
José Torres Cadena (Colombia)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "After Second Test, Maradona Is Out of World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2018.