Romania's blond brigade - dyed, of course - and England's suddenly creative squad moved into the second round of the World Cup on Friday, hours after the Americans fired final salvos at each other.
Romania tied Tunisia 1-1, enough to not only win Group G for the eastern Europeans, but dropping the U.S. team right to the bottom of the 32-team tournament. The English dominated Colombia, the only Latin American team not to advance, in a 2-0 victory.Japan coach Takeshi Okada wasn't sticking around after his team lost to Jamaica 2-1. When the Japanese joined the U.S. squad as the only 0-3 teams, he resigned.
In Friday's other game, Argentina edged Croatia 1-0 to win Group H.
The matchups for the knockout round of 16 have Chile against Brazil and Norway vs. Italy on Saturday; Nigeria vs. Denmark and France against Paraguay on Sunday; the Netherlands playing Yugoslavia and Germany facing Mexico on Monday; and England vs. Argentina following Romania-Croatia on Tuesday.
All second-round games will go to 30 minutes of sudden-death overtime in case of ties, followed by a shootout if no one scores in extra time.
Douglas Knittle, head of a U.S. ticket agency that claimed thieves took 1,500 tickets from its Paris office on June 17, was placed under formal investigation for fraud, one step short of being charged.
World Cup officials investigated and found owners of PSI tickets were attending matches. During questioning, Knittle contended he forgot to tell authorities that not all the tickets at the office were stolen.
Three other PSI employees arrested in the case were released without charges.
ENGLAND 2, COLOMBIA 0: With nearly 2,000 policemen in the Lens area, 50 fans were arrested for drunkeness and throwing bottles and cans at officers. There was no rioting like occurred two weeks ago in Marseille around England's game with Tunisia, or similar to last week's scene in Lens before and after Germany's game with Yugoslavia.
Darren Anderton and David Beckham scored for England.
ROMANIA 1, TUNISIA 1: The Romanians vowed to dye their hair blond if they won their group. The 1-1 tie with Tunisia was enough to achieve it. Coach Anghel Iordanescu shaved his head, but wore a white baseball cap to hide the evidence.
ARGENTINA 1, CROATIA 0: Argentina kept its World Cup record spotless Friday with a 1-0 victory over Croatia.
A stifling defense held off the Croatians and left Argentina the only team to complete the first round without allowing a goal.
In the 36th minute, a deep pass from Daniel Ortega was deflected into the path of defender Hector Pineda on the left. With the Croatian defense scrambled, Pineda took his time and kicked the ball past goalie Drazen Ladic.
JAMAICA 2, JAPAN 1: In the matchup of World Cup newcomers, the Jamaicans' win was the first by a Caribbean nation since Cuba beat Romania 2-1 in 1938. Theodore Whitmore scored both goals for the Reggae Boyz.
"It gives hope for all of Jamaican football," said Fitzroy Simpson said.
Japan will be co-host of the 2002 tournament with South Korea. Both teams leave France seeking new coaches.