France 98 started this day back in 1998, with holders Brazil facing big underdogs Scotland in Paris. The Scots drove the Brazilians very close, but in the end lost the match 2-1.
Brazil had some great players on the pitch like Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Bebeto. Striker Denilson also played a small role in the game after coming off the bench in the final 20 minutes. He would become the world’s most expensive player later this summer and moved from Sao Paulo to Real Betis for £ 21.5 million.
When Cesar Sampaio headed in from a corner after just five minutes, most who watched predicted the Brazilians to collect a hateful goal. But Scotland defended well and John Collins equalized with a penalty kick in the 38th minute.
So in the 74th minute, Brazil found the net under the most cruel circumstances. Cafu ran into the box to get to the end of Dunga’s through ball game over the Scottish defense. He managed to tip the ball into goal, but it hit the speeding Scottish goalkeeper Jim Leighton.
Unfortunately, the ball then returned from defender Kris Boyd before jumping into the net. It was a desperately unlucky goal to admit and Scotland got paid for it later in the tournament.
In their remaining group stage, Scotland drew 1-1 with Norway in Bordeaux before losing 3-0 to an impressive Morocco side in their final match.
Brazil advanced to the final, losing 3-0 to hosts France. The final was played at the Stade de France, the same stadium where they started their tournament against Scotland!