World Cup Roundup
The Associated Press
May. 30, 1998
Yugoslavia, the final opponent for the United States in the first round of the World Cup, looked impressive in its tuneup game against Nigeria.
Sava Milosevic scored goal on a diving header just before halftime at Belgrade on Friday night, and Yugoslavia went on to beat the Olympic champions 3-0.
Yugoslavia, a World Cup quarterfinalist in 1990, added second-half goals when Predrag Mijatovic beat goalkeeper Abiodun Baruwa in the 65th minute, and Darko Kovacevic scored in the 72nd.
The Nigerians are led by Bora Milutinovic, who will be coaching in his fourth World Cup. He led the United States in 1994, Costa Rica in 1990 and Mexico in 1986.
At Casbalanca, Morocco won the King Hassan II Cup, beating France 6-5 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie.
Salaheddine Bassi put Morocco ahead in the ninth minute, but Laurent Blanc tied it midway through the first half. Bassi scored again in the 63rd, but Youri Djorkaeff scored 10 minutes later.
In the opener, Belgium beat England 4-3 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie.
``At halftime, I told the players I was disappointed and that we couldn't play like that at the World Cup,'' England coach Glenn Hoddle said. ``But we reverted to four in defense in the second half and looked better after that.''
At Zagreb, a defensive lapse and a quick counter gave visiting Slovakia a surprise 2-1 victory over World Cup-bound Croatia.
Tibor Jancula put Slovakia ahead in the fourth minute when he scored after intercepting a sloppy header from Igor Stimac back to goalkeeper Drazen Ladic.
Goran Vlaovic tied the score for Croatia just before halftime, but Jozef Majoros scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.
``The Slovaks were fresh and light-footed while the grueling training sessions we endured in the past few days was telling,'' Croatia coach Miroslav Blazevic said.