1994 FIFA World Cup Group D
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1994 FIFA World Cup Group D

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 ephedrine, a performance-enhancing stimulant, 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.

Standings

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

Matches

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

Argentina vs Greece

Argentina 4-0 Greece
Batistuta Goal 24490 (pen.)
Maradona Goal 60
Report
Argentina
Greece

Nigeria vs Bulgaria

Attendance: 44,132
Nigeria
Bulgaria
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
DF 3 Benedict Iroha
MF 7 Finidi George Substituted off 77
MF 12 Samson Siasia Substituted off 69
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike Yellow card 73
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 69
DF 13 Emeka Ezeugo Substituted in 77
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof

Argentina vs Nigeria

Argentina 2-1 Nigeria
Caniggia Goal 2128 Report Siasia Goal 8
Attendance: 54,453
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Argentina
Nigeria
GK 12 Luis Islas
DF 4 Roberto Sensini Substituted off 88
DF 13 Fernando Cáceres
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri
DF 3 José Chamot
MF 14 Diego Simeone
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c)
FW 7 Claudio Caniggia Yellow card 54
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
FW 19 Abel Balbo Substituted off 72
Substitutions:
MF 21 Alejandro Mancuso Substituted in 72
DF 16 Hernán Díaz Substituted in 88
Manager:
Alfio Basile
GK 1 Peter Rufai (c)
DF 2 Augustine Eguavoen Yellow card 20
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
DF 19 Michael Emenalo Yellow card 53
MF 7 Finidi George
MF 12 Samson Siasia Substituted off 57
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh Substituted off 88
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
Substitutions:
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 57
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha Substituted in 88
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof

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

Bulgaria vs Greece

Bulgaria 4-0 Greece
Stoichkov Goal 5 (pen.)55 (pen.)
Letchkov Goal 65
Borimirov Goal 90
Report
Bulgaria
Greece
GK 1 Borislav Mikhailov (c)
DF 2 Emil Kremenliev
DF 3 Trifon Ivanov Yellow card 26
DF 5 Petar Houbchev Yellow card 17
DF 4 Tsanko Tsvetanov Substituted off 77
MF 6 Zlatko Yankov Yellow card 33
MF 9 Yordan Letchkov
MF 10 Nasko Sirakov
MF 20 Krasimir Balakov
FW 7 Emil Kostadinov Substituted off 82
FW 8 Hristo Stoichkov
Substitutions:
DF 16 Ilian Kiriakov Substituted in 77
MF 11 Daniel Borimirov Yellow card 84 Substituted in 82
Manager:
Dimitar Penev
GK 20 Elias Atmatsidis
DF 2 Stratos Apostolakis (c)
DF 18 Kiriakos Karataidis
DF 13 Vaios Karagiannis Yellow card 70
DF 5 Ioannis Kalitzakis
MF 12 Spiros Marangos
MF 17 Minas Hantzidis Yellow card 42 Substituted off 46
MF 8 Nikos Nioplias
MF 19 Savvas Kofidis
FW 9 Nikos Machlas
FW 16 Alexis Alexoudis Yellow card 6 Substituted off 58
Substitutions:
MF 10 Tasos Mitropoulos Yellow card 59 Substituted in 46
FW 14 Vasilis Dimitriadis Substituted in 58
Manager:
Alketas Panagoulias

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

Argentina vs Bulgaria

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

Greece vs Nigeria

Greece 0-2 Nigeria
Report George Goal 45+2
Amokachi Goal 90+5
Attendance: 53,001
Greece
Nigeria
GK 1 Peter Rufai
DF 6 Chidi Nwanu
DF 4 Stephen Keshi (c) Yellow card 70
DF 5 Uche Okechukwu
DF 19 Michael Emenalo
MF 7 Finidi George Substituted off 84
MF 12 Samson Siasia
MF 15 Sunday Oliseh Yellow card 66
MF 11 Emmanuel Amunike
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini Substituted off 69
FW 14 Daniel Amokachi
Substitutions:
MF 10 Jay-Jay Okocha Substituted in 69
MF 21 Mutiu Adepoju Substituted in 84
Manager:
Netherlands Clemens Westerhof

References

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

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