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Despite 6-1 Blowout, Favored Spain Sent Home
Spain won its first game of the World Cup with a 6-1 rout over Bulgaria on June 24, but with Paraguay's 3-1 win over Nigeria, Spain was eliminated from contention. Kiko scored two goals for the Spaniards.

paraguay's benitez
Stunned Spaniards on Brink After Draw
Spain, which was favored to win Group D, is on the brink of a humiliating elimination after being held to a 0-0 tie by Paraguay on June 19. Although the Spaniards forced Paraguay goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert to make several difficult saves, they could not dent his net. Spain plays Bulgaria on June 24, needing a victory or draw and some help from Nigeria, which plays Paraguay. At right, South African referee Ian McLeod issues a yellow card to Spain's Sergi, one of four to be issued in the match.

From AP

 JUNE 13: Nigeria Rallies to Stun Spain With Late Goal
 JUNE 19: Draw With Paraguay Leaves Spaniards Reeling
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World Cup Highlights

 Tenth appearance in World Cup finals
 Fourth in 1950 World Cup in Brazil
 Won European Championships in 1964
 Finalist in European Championships in 1984

First-Round Results

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site
Saturday, June 13 Nigeria 3, Spain 2 Nantes
Friday, June 19 Paraguay 0, Spain 0 Saint-Etienne
Wednesday, June 24 Spain 6, Bulgaria 1 Lens

Complete First-Round Results


Pos. Name Age Club
GK Santiago Canizares 28 Real Madrid
GK Andoni Zubizarreta 36 Valencia
GK Jose Molina 27 Atletico Madrid
D Agustin Aranzabal 25 Real Sociedad
D Ivan Campo 24 Mallorca
D Rafael Alkorta 29 Athletic Bilbao
D Carlos Aguilera 28 Atletico Madrid
D Alberto Ferrer 27 Barcelona
D Miguel Nadal 32 Barcelona
D Sergi 26 Barcelona
D Abelardo 28 Barcelona
M Albert Celades 22 Barcelona
M Enrique Luis 27 Barcelona
M Guillermo Amor 30 Barcelona
M Julen Guerrero 24 Athletic Bilbao
M Fernando Hierro 31 Real Madrid
F Francisco Morientes 22 Real Madrid
F Joseba Etxeberria 20 Athletic Bilbao
F Juan Pizzi 29 Barcelona
F Alfonso 25 Real Betis
F Raul 20 Real Madrid
F Kiko 25 Atletico Madrid

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
8 0 2 26 6
How Qualified: First place in UEFA Group 6
UEFA Group 6
Oct. 11, 1997Spain 3, Faroe Islands 1
Sept. 24, 1997Slovakia 1, Spain 2
June 8, 1997Spain 1, Czech Republic 0
April 30, 1997Yugoslavia 1, Spain 1
Feb. 12, 1997Spain 4, Malta 0
Dec. 18, 1996Malta 0, Spain 3
Dec. 14, 1996Spain 2, Yugoslavia 0
Nov. 13, 1996Spain 4, Slovakia 1
Oct. 9, 1996Czech Republic 0, Spain 0
Sept. 4, 1996Faroe Islands 2, Spain 6

Facts and Figures

Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southwest of France
Population: 39.4 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Madrid
Comparative area: Slightly more than twice the size of Oregon
Religions: Roman Catholic 99 percent, other sects 1 percent
Landscape: Large, flat to dissected plateau surrounded by rugged hills; Pyrenees in north

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