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King Hassan II International Cup - Final Placings

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
France 2 1 1 0 8 8 =0 4
England 2 1 1 0 4 4 =0 4
Morocco 2 0 1 1 8 7 +1 2
Belgium 2 0 1 1 4 4 =0 2

 

King Hassan II International Cup - Matches

1 27 May 1998 - Morocco 0 England 1 [0-0]
Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca (80,000)

Owen

AW
2 27 May 1998 - France 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]
Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca (80,000)
Zidane
3 29 May 1998 - Belgium 0 England 0 [0-0]
Penalties [4-3]

Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca (20,000/25,000)
  ND
4 29 May 1998 - Morocco 2 France 2 [1-1]
Penalties [6-5]

Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca (65,000)
Bassir (2)
Blanc, Djorkaeff

Notes

This tournament served as a pre-World Cup 1998 warm-up for the participating teams.  The matches were played one after the other as doubleheaders.  England did not play France and Morocco did not play Belgium. 

Because each team played only two of the other three teams, special rules were adopted to ensure there would be a winning team in the tournament.  Playing extra-time was ruled out; the participating teams were two weeks away from the World Cup final tournament in France, and in any event, it was too hot for extra-time in Morocco.  One Reuters story aptly characterized the tournament rules as "an idiosyncratic points-scoring system." As usual, three points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw. But Belgium were awarded an extra tournament point in the draw with England for winning a penalty kicks contest, 4-3, conducted at the end of regulation time. Similarly, Morocco won an extra tournament point in the draw against France by winning a penalty kicks contest, 6-5, at the end of 90 minutes of play. The penalty kick goals were included in the goals for and goals against columns in the tournament table for purpose of breaking deadlocks in the team standings. France were placed over England and won the tournament by virtue of scoring a greater number of goals. Morocco were also placed above Belgium on the basis of the goals figures.

Most of the traditional European football sources ignored these special tournament rules in reporting the tournament table. Our table was taken from the Morocco Sports Online website.  Morocco staged the tournament, and the Moroccans surely know best how the tournament was scored.

In any event, as it turned out, the team standings would have been the same even had they been determined by the usual method without resort to the penalty kicks tie-breakers, per the table below.

King Hassan II International Cup - Final Placings

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
France 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
England 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
Morocco 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
Belgium 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1

Sources

Agence France Presse reports

Associated Press reports

Hoddle, Glenn with David Davies, Glenn Hoddle: My 1998 World Cup Story, pp. 68-89 (Andre Deutsch, London, 1998)

London Daily Mail reports

London Daily Telegraph and London Sunday Telegraph reports

London Times and London Sunday Times reports

Morocco Sports Online

Palmer, Mark, Lost in France: The Story of England’s 1998 World Cup, pp. 91-96 (Fourth Estate Limited, London, 1998)

Press Association reports

RSSSF Archive [Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation] website, International Country Results, Friendlies, King Hassan II Tournament 1998 (Morocco) [Josef Bobrowsky]

Reuters reports

World Soccer, August, 1998, p. 74

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