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Penalty Kicks End South Africa's Slim Hopes
Needing to beat Saudi Arabia by a wide margin June 24 to advance to the next round, South Africa could not hold off their opponent, tying, 2-2. Shaun Bartlett scored two goals but it was not enough, as Sami Jaber and Youssef Thyniyan converted penalty kicks for Saudi Arabia.

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(Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
S. Africa Outclassed in Opener
Substitute Christophe Dugarry (pictured, left) treated a wildly cheering crowd in Marseille to a goal as France opened its World Cup finals on Friday with a 3-0 victory over South Africa. The victory allowed France to keep pace in Group C with Denmark, which beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 earlier Friday. South Africa, making its World Cup debut after being reinstated by FIFA just six years ago, was thoroughly outclassed by France and created few quality chances.

WILLIAM GILDEA: 'The Boys' of South Africa Face a Man-Sized Job


From The Post

 JUNE 13: South Africa Outclassed in Opener
 WILLIAM GILDEA: 'The Boys' of South Africa Face a Man-Sized Job
 JUNE 18: Ref Is Wild in This Game of Cards

From AP

 JUNE 24: South Africans Thwarted by Penalty Kicks
 More AP Stories


World Cup Highlights

 First participation in World Cup finals
 Winners of African Nations Cup in 1996
 Winners of Four Nations Cup in 1995 and 1996


First-Round Results

Day Opponent Site
Friday, June 12 France 3, South Africa 0 Marseille
Thursday, June 18 Denmark 1, South Africa 1 Toulouse
Wednesday, June 24 S. Arabia 2, South Africa 2 Bordeaux

Complete First-Round Results


Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GK Andre Arendse 30 Fulham
GK Hans Vonk 28 Heerenveen
GK Brian Baloyi 24 Kaizer Chiefs
D Themba Mnguni 24 Mamelodi Sundowns
D Lucas Radebe 29 Leeds United
D Willem Jackson 26 Orlando Pirates
D Pierre Issa 22 Olympique Marseille
D Mark Fish 24 Bolton Wanderers
D Lebogang Morula 30 Vanspor
M David Nyathi 29 St Gallen
M Quinton Fortune 20 Atletico Madrid
M John Moshoeu 32 Fenerbahce
M Helman Mkhalele 28 Kayserispor
M Doctor Khumalo 30 Kaizer Chiefs
M Delron Buckley 20 VfL Bochum
M Philemon Masinga 28 Bari
M Alfred Phiri 23 Vanspor
M Naughty Mokoena 23 Manning Rangers
M Brendan Augustine 26 LASK Linz
F Benedict McCarthy 20 Ajax Amsterdam
F Shaun Bartlett 24 Cape Town Spurs
F Jerry Sikhosana 28 Orlando Pirates


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
6 1 1 11 3
How Qualified: First place in CAF Group 3
DateResult
CAF Final Round — Group 3
Aug. 17, 1997South Africa 1, Congo 0
June 8, 1997South Africa 3, Zambia 0
Apr. 27, 1997Zaire 1, South Africa 2
Apr. 6, 1997Congo 2, South Africa 0
Jan. 11, 1997Zambia 0, South Africa 0
Nov. 9, 1996South Africa 1, Zaire 0
CAF First Round
June 15, 1996South Africa 3, Malawi 0
June 1, 1996Malawi 0, South Africa 1


Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Southern Africa, at the extreme southern tip of the continent of Africa
Population: 45.1 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Pretoria (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); Bloemfontein (judicial)
Comparative area: Slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Religions: Christian (most whites and Coloreds and about 60 percent of blacks), Hindu (60 percent of Indians), Muslim 2 percent
Landscape: High, sweeping plateaus, towering mountains, deep valleys; beaches line long, fertile coast


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