USA 1994 – Groups Stage

BG USA 1994In U.S. history have recorded two memorable moment: Brazil won a fourth title and to achieve it, won his first world final, ended after a scoreless draw at the end of overtime, and settled on penalties. FIFA introduced radical measures in the effort to improve the quality of play: Three points for victory in the first phase of the championship, facilitated offside rule (under which no wait, if the attacker is in line with the last or the last two defenders the opponent), strict penalties for tripping back and generally rough play, and last – injured players will be exported from the site immediately. As a result of changes introduced statistics indicate: 15 removed from the game players and a record 235 warnings. But viewed from the positive side, the changes also bring and to 141 goals in 52 matches – an average of 2.71 per game, which is a significant improvement compared to Italy 1990. Favorite in Group A was undoubtedly inspired by Romania striker Gheorghe Hagi. Well-organized Swiss are ranked second and Colombia, which is also one of the favorites, playing without heart and whatever has been thought and is eliminated. Imperative favorites in Group B are Brazilians and they do not disappoint their colorful and noisy supporters. Strength of Brazil is a wonderful partnership and Romario baby. Romario scored 10 and made 11 goals for his team.
The opening match played by teams in Group C – Cup holders Germany beat Bolivia 1-0. Later Stefan Efenberg is off the team for obscene gestures to the crowd, booing players who only succeeded after their 3-2 victory over South Korea. This is another group that are broadcast two, not three teams that continue into the next phase. Germany finished first, and Spain – two. In Group D Maradona again is an inspiration to his team in the first game against Greece, Argentina ended with a score of 4-0 in their favor. It is another victory, this time 2-1 over Nigeria, but after this match Maradona goes for a positive doping test and then his team loses the next match with Bulgaria 0:2. In Group E with Italy, Ireland shock 1-0 victory, and Norway for a while does not cause another defeat of the favorites in the group when goalkeeper Gianluca Paliuka is removed from the game with a red card. It is remarkable that Italy managed to get to 1-0 after the above it is very real looming imminence of elimination. Norway pays very dearly for failing to take advantage of their numerical advantage. All four teams finished with four points and zero goal difference, but Norway is the last in the list of number of goals scored and eliminated by this indicator. Another favorite Team that difficulties in the first phase is the Netherlands. Managed to escape from the threat of elimination, beating Morocco 2-1 in the final match of the group and are classified below along with Belgium and the World Cup newcomers Suaditska Arabia, which beat Belgium 1-0.

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