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15 June 1998 Group F Paris - Parc de Princes
Germany United States
The German juggernaut coasted to victory against the USA in Paris. Moving to the top of Group F with the win, the Germans produced a thoroughly workmanlike performace against outsiders America. With less than ten minutes on the clock and with their second corner of the game, Berti Vogts' side made their greater experience pay dividends. Thon's inswinging corner found Klinsmann and his header back across the face of the American goal gave Andreas Moeller the perfect opportunity to put the former two time World Champions ahead. Reeling from this early setback, the Americans never really got to grips with the German's well organised defensive unit and although they had plenty of possession, they managed only one shot on target throughout the first 45 minutes. The Germans, on the other hand, were playing on the break with Klinsmann, Bierhoff and Moeller looking dangerous. Steve Sampson, the US coach made a tactical switch during the break, introducing attacking full-back Frankie Hejduk and he was soon in the thick of the action. Regis crossed into the German penalty area and Hejduk beat Juergen Kohler in the air to steer his header towards the bottom right hand corner of Koepke's goal. The 'keeper could only parry the header and had to recover quickly to save from Reyna on the edge of the six yard box. It was the United States' best chance, but this was no more than a false dawn, the Germans were playing within themselves and seemed to accelerate the pace of the game at will. With 65 minutes gone the result was put beyond doubt, full-back Jeremies was moving down the right wing when Regis' attempted tackle saw the ball bounce over the US defence. Bierhoff was quickest to react to the breaking ball and sent over a pinpoint cross for Jurgen Klinsmann. The former Spurs' star beat the last defender by controlling the ball on his chest and then calmly side-footed the ball beyond a helpless Kasy Keller and into the right hand corner of the net. The introduction of two further strikers to the US side could not claw the game back and the Germans were happy to allow the Americans to play football on the halfway line. Even then, when America went forward, they always looked vulnerable to the quick German break. Berti Vogts will have been happy with his teams performance although there was a slight injury worry over winger Thomas Haessler who had to be substituted after 50 minutes after a clash with a US defender.

(1-0) Moeller (9). Olaf swung his left wing corner to the far post where Klinsmann outjumped his marker to send a header back across goal, Moeller got his head to the ball and placed his header between Mike Burns and the post.

(2-0) Klinsmann (65). Bierhoff picked out his fellow striker with a pinpoint cross and Klinsmann took the ball down on his chest before placing his right foot volley into the right hand corner of Kasey Keller's net.

 
 
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