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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. Thus, Spain were the only top seed not to advance to the second round, while all others topped their respective groups.

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StandingsEdit

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

MatchesEdit

Paraguay vs BulgariaEdit

Paraguay  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 1 José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF 4 Carlos Gamarra
DF 5 Celso Ayala
FW 9 José Cardozo   70'
MF 10 Roberto Acuña
DF 11 Pedro Sarabia
MF 13 Carlos Paredes
FW 15 Miguel Ángel Benítez   45'
MF 16 Julio César Enciso
MF 19 Carlos Morales   43'
MF 21 Jorge Luis Campos   78'
Substitutions:
DF 20 Denis Caniza   43'
FW 18 César Ramírez   70'
MF 7 Julio César Yegros   78'
Manager:
  Paulo César Carpegiani
GK 1 Zdravko Zdravkov
DF 2 Radostin Kishishev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov (c)   73'
DF 4 Ivaylo Petkov
MF 5 Ivaylo Yordanov
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov   45'
FW 9 Lyuboslav Penev   68'
MF 10 Krasimir Balakov
MF 11 Ilian Iliev   77'
MF 16 Anatoli Nankov   27'   89'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov   68'
MF 18 Daniel Borimirov   77'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

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

Spain vs NigeriaEdit

Spain  2–3  Nigeria
Hierro   21'
Raúl   47'
Report Adepoju   24'
Zubizarreta   73' (o.g.)
Oliseh   78'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB 2 Albert Ferrer   45'
CB 14 Iván Campo   75'
CB 20 Miguel Ángel Nadal   59'   77'
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
LB 12 Sergi
RM 21 Luis Enrique
CM 6 Fernando Hierro
LM 10 Raúl
CF 11 Alfonso   58'
CF 19 Kiko
Substitutions:
MF 18 Guillermo Amor   56'   45'
FW 17 Joseba Etxeberria   58'
MF 16 Albert Celades   77'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK 1 Peter Rufai
DF 2 Mobi Oparaku   70'
DF 3 Celestine Babayaro
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu (c)   62'
DF 6 Taribo West
MF 7 Finidi George
MF 8 Mutiu Adepoju
MF 10 Jay Jay Okocha
MF 11 Garba Lawal   90+3'
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh
FW 20 Victor Ikpeba   83'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Rasheed Yekini   70'
MF 13 Tijani Babangida   83'
DF 21 Godwin Okpara   90+3'
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović

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

Nigeria vs BulgariaEdit

Nigeria  1–0  Bulgaria
Ikpeba   28' Report
Attendance: 45,500
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 1 Peter Rufai
DF 3 Celestine Babayaro
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu (c)   44'
DF 6 Taribo West
MF 7 Finidi George   84'
MF 8 Mutiu Adepoju   20'
MF 10 Jay Jay Okocha   70'
MF 11 Garba Lawal
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi   67'
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh
FW 20 Victor Ikpeba   49'   75'
Substitutions:
FW 4 Nwankwo Kanu   67'
FW 9 Rasheed Yekini   75'
MF 13 Tijani Babangida   84'
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Zdravko Zdravkov
DF 2 Radostin Kishishev   78'
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov (c)
DF 4 Ivaylo Petkov
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov   84'
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
MF 10 Krasimir Balakov
MF 11 Ilian Iliev   66'   66'
DF 13 Gosho Ginchev
MF 14 Marian Hristov   45'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Daniel Borimirov   45'
FW 9 Lyuboslav Penev   66'
FW 19 Georgi Bachev   84'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

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

Spain vs ParaguayEdit

Spain  0–0  Paraguay
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB 15 Juan Carlos Aguilera
CB 5 Abelardo   56'
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
LB 12 Sergi   8'
RM 17 Joseba Etxeberria
CM 6 Fernando Hierro
CM 18 Guillermo Amor
LM 21 Luis Enrique
CF 9 Juan Antonio Pizzi   52'
CF 10 Raúl   65'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Fernando Morientes   52'
MF 16 Albert Celades   56'
FW 19 Kiko   87'   65'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK 1 José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF 2 Francisco Arce   76'
DF 4 Carlos Gamarra
DF 5 Celso Ayala   30'   73'
FW 8 Arístides Rojas   83'
MF 10 Roberto Acuña
DF 11 Pedro Sarabia
FW 15 Miguel Ángel Benítez
MF 16 Julio César Enciso
DF 20 Denis Caniza
MF 21 Jorge Luis Campos   45'
Substitutions:
MF 13 Carlos Paredes   45'
MF 7 Julio César Yegros   73'
FW 18 César Ramírez   83'
Manager:
  Paulo César Carpegiani

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

Nigeria vs ParaguayEdit

Nigeria  1–3  Paraguay
Oruma   11' Report Ayala   1'
Benítez   58'
Cardozo   86'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigeria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paraguay
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
FW 4 Nwankwo Kanu
DF 6 Taribo West
FW 9 Rasheed Yekini
MF 11 Garba Lawal
MF 13 Tijani Babangida
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh   45'
DF 16 Uche Okafor
DF 17 Augustine Eguavoen   25'
MF 18 Wilson Oruma   68'
DF 19 Ben Iroha   38'
Substitutions:
DF 21 Godwin Okpara   45'
MF 7 Finidi George   68'
Manager:
  Bora Milutinović
GK 1 José Luis Chilavert (c)
DF 2 Francisco Arce
DF 4 Carlos Gamarra
DF 5 Celso Ayala
FW 9 José Cardozo
DF 11 Pedro Sarabia
MF 13 Carlos Paredes
FW 15 Miguel Ángel Benítez   67'
MF 16 Julio César Enciso
FW 17 Hugo Brizuela   77'
DF 20 Denis Caniza   55'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Julio César Yegros   55'
MF 10 Roberto Acuña   67'
FW 8 Aristides Rojas   77'
Manager:
  Paulo César Carpegiani

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

Spain vs BulgariaEdit

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
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB 15 Juan Carlos Aguilera   16'
CB 20 Miguel Ángel Nadal
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
LB 12 Sergi
RM 17 Joseba Etxeberria   50'
CM 6 Fernando Hierro
CM 18 Guillermo Amor
LM 21 Luis Enrique   69'
CF 7 Fernando Morientes
CF 11 Alfonso   65'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Raúl   50'
FW 19 Kiko   65'
MF 8 Julen Guerrero   73'   69'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK 1 Zdravko Zdravkov
DF 2 Radostin Kishishev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov (c)
MF 5 Ivaylo Yordanov
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov   45'
MF 10 Krasimir Balakov   61'
DF 13 Gosho Ginchev
MF 16 Anatoli Nankov   28'
MF 18 Daniel Borimirov
FW 19 Georgi Bachev   85'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Lyuboslav Penev   45'   28'
MF 11 Ilian Iliev   45'
MF 14 Marian Hristov   61'
Manager:
Hristo Bonev

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