Brazil v France, 12 July 1998

Score3-0 to France
RefereeSaid Belqola
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Final
VenueStade de France, Paris
Attendance75,000
Kick Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) The build-up was dominated by the fitness of Brazil's star striker, Ronaldo, amid reports that he had suffered a pre-match fit. Zinedine Zidane gave France the lead just before the half-hour mark with a header from an in-swinging corner from the right taken by Emmanuel Petit. Only minutes later, Ronaldo was put through on goal by a long ball from Dunga, but he could not get the better of the onrushing Fabien Barthez, who collided with the Brazilian striker. Both needed assistance from the squad medics but quickly recovered. Brazil's superstar playmakers Leonardo and Rivaldo were kept quiet by Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu. As stoppage time began, France had an excellent chance to double their lead when a miscue by Brazil's two central defenders, Junior Baiano and Aldair, put Stéphane Guivarc'h one on one with Claudio Taffarel, but the French striker hit a weak effort that was saved by Taffarel out for a corner. France doubled their lead a minute later, as Brazil could only clear the first corner out for another corner, this time from the left, Zidane scored another bouncing header that was almost identical to his first, to give the French a two goal lead. In the second half, Ronaldo had a chance to halve the deficit. The ball fell for him inside the penalty box, but he could only plant his shot into Barthez's arms. Brazil would have another chance when Denílson hit the bar from a good chance inside the penalty area. Midfielder Emmanuel Petit wrapped up the scoring in the 90th minute, after receiving a through ball from his Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira, slotting the ball low into the net. France had to play the last 20 minutes with only 10 men with the dismissal of Marcel Desailly in the 68' after a second bookable offence. For Brazil, this marked only the second time that they had lost a World Cup final, following their 2–1 upset loss to Uruguay in the de facto final of the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

0  Brazil

Manager: Mario Jorge Zagallo

3  France

Manager: Aime Jacquet

Goals:

Goals:

Zinedine Zidane 27 G
Zinedine Zidane 45 G
Emmanuel Petit 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Taffarel
Defender Aldair
Defender Cafu
Defender Junior Baiano
Defender Roberto Carlos
Midfielder Cesar Sampaio
Midfielder Dunga (captain)
Midfielder Leonardo
Forward Bebeto
Forward Rivaldo
Forward Ronaldo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Lilian Thuram
Defender/Centre back Marcel Desailly
Defender/Centre back Frank Leboeuf
Full back Bixente Lizarazu
Midfielder Didier Deschamps
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff
Midfielder Christian Karembeu
Midfielder Emmanuel Petit
Midfielder Zinedine Zidane

Substitutions:

Denilson for Leonardo 46
Edmundo for Cesar Sampaio 73

Substitutions:

Alain Boghossian for Christian Karembeu 57
Christophe Dugarry for Stephane Guivarc'h 66
Patrick Vieira for Youri Djorkaeff 74

Cards:

Junior Baiano 34 Y

Cards:

Didier Deschamps 38 Y
Marcel Desailly 47 Y
Christian Karembeu 56 Y
Marcel Desailly 68 Y
Marcel Desailly 68 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Carlos Germano
Goalkeeper Dida
Defender Andre Cruz
Defender Gonçalves
Defender Ze Carlos
Midfielder Doriva
Midfielder Emerson
Midfielder Ze Roberto
Midfielder/Forward Giovanni
Forward Denilson
Forward Edmundo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier
Goalkeeper Bernard Lama
Defender Laurent Blanc
Defender/Left back Vincent Candela
Midfielder Alain Boghossian
Midfielder Robert Pires
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder/Forward Bernard Diomede
Forward Thierry Henry
Forward David Trezeguet