Wednesday, June 10, 1998 Published at 18:07 GMT 19:07 UK
Own goal gives Brazil victory
Scotland stretched the defending champions all the way
A desperately unlucky own-goal by Tom Boyd gave Brazil a 2-1 victory after Scotland had clawed their way level in the opening World Cup game.
It was a sickener for the Scots who had clawed their way back from a horror start and played their part in an entertaining game.
Collins then went sprinting over to celebrate in front of thousands of Scottish fans in the packed Stade de France.
It was an unexpected reply from Scotland who had been under intense pressure for most of the first half having gone behind after just four minutes.
Then Leighton managed to parry Roberto Carlos's fierce angled shot from the left.
It was desperate stuff for Scotland's defenders and 39-year-old Leighton again made a fine diving save after Ronaldo danced around three men before letting fly.
Spanish referee Jose Maria Garcia Aranda waved away Brazilian protests and pointed to the spot. Cesar Sampaio was booked.
But there was another scare for the champions when Gallacher escaped down the right and his cross was scrambled behind for a corner.
Scotland looked set for an unlikely draw until the own-goal gave Brazil the lead again.
The Scots threw men forward but could not break through - Craig Burley's late first-time shot being saved by Taffarel.
Despite the own goal, Scotland manager Craig Brown would not be tempted into bemoaning his side's luck.
"There's no denying that the better team won that game, but we had a great chance not to lose," added the coach.
However apart from the defensive lapses he was happy with the performance and the way the team battled back.
Brown knows they are going to have to dig deep again if they are to reach the last 16 with wins over Norway and Morocco in their other Group A games.
"Quite clearly we've got to try and win our remaining two games to have a chance of qualifying. I'm sure we can improve on that performance."