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1st Round Match Reports 1st Round

Friday May 31
France vs Senegal

Saturday June 1
Ireland vs Cameroon
Uruguay vs Denmark
Germany vs S. Arabia

Sunday June 2
Argentina vs Nigeria
Paraguay vs S. Africa
England vs Sweden
Spain vs Slovenia

Monday June 3
Croatia vs Mexico
Brazil vs Turkey
Italy vs Ecuador

Tuesday June 4
China vs Costa Rica
Japan vs Belgium
S. Korea vs Poland

Wednesday June 5
Russia vs Tunisia
USA vs Portugal
Germany vs Ireland

Thursday June 6
Denmark vs Senegal
Cameroon vs S. Arabia
France vs Uruguay

Friday June 7
Sweden vs Nigeria
Spain vs Paraguay
Argentina vs England

Saturday June 8
S. Africa vs Slovenia
Italy vs Croatia
Brazil vs China

Sunday June 9
Mexico vs Ecuador
Costa Rica vs Turkey
Japan vs Russia

Monday June 10
South Korea vs USA
Tunisia vs Belgium
Portugal vs Poland

Tuesday June 11
Denmark vs France
Senegal vs Uruguay
Cameroon vs Germany
S. Arabia vs Ireland

Wednesday June 12
Sweden vs Argentina
Nigeria vs England
South Africa vs Spain
Slovenia vs Paraguay

Thursday June 13
Costa Rica vs Brazil
Turkey vs China
Mexico vs Italy
Ecuador vs Croatia

Friday June 14
Tunisia vs Japan
Belgium vs Russia
Portugal vs S. Korea
Poland vs USA


The last 16 continue on the road to Yokohama, with four games in South Korea and four games in Japan.
Knockout Stage


Injuries & Suspensions -- Sin Bin -- Leading Goalscorers

2002 World Cup -- First Round Matches Sonck Sinks Russia's World Cup Ship

Friday June 14th, 2002

Belgium vs Russia
Shizuoka -- (3-2)

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
Belgium earn a free-kick in the 7th minute -- curled into the top right-hand corner by Johan Walem.

Belgium were very much in control and easily soaked up the pressure as Russia tried to get back on terms.

Belgium continued to look the stronger side in the first half-hour while Russia appeared to be in need of some fresh ideas already.

Substitution
Alexei Smertin made way for Dmitry Sychev, with ten minutes still remaining in the first-half.

An injury to Yuri Nikiforov, just before half-time, meant Russia had only one more substitution left to correct things in the second-half.

Half-time: Belgium 1 -- Russia 0

Japan went in front, early in the second-half, to meant that Belgium would meet Brazil in the Second Round.... if results stayed the same.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-1
Russia had ideas of their own and leveled the score to put them in second spot.... Dmitri Khokhlov sent Dmitry Sychev down the left. The substitute's chip over the approaching Geert De Vlieger, left Vladimir Beschastnykh with an open goal to score in.

Belgium started to look disorganised, as Dmitry Sychev continued to take on the Belgian rearguard and try to set his Russian team mates.

But for the missed chances, Russia could have added another couple of goals to their tally.

In the other game, Japan consolidated their lead with a second goal against Tunisia.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 2-1
From Johan Walem's corner, substitute Wesley Sonck beat Dmitri Khokhlov to the ball and gave Belgium the advantage -- 78 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 3-1
Marc Wilmots received the ball from Bart Goor, on the edge of the area, wrong-footed Yuri Kovtun and hammered what must be the final nail in Russia's coffin; eight minutes from time.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 3-2
18 year-old Dmitry Sychev still fancied a game against Brazil and was first onto a lose ball in the Belgian area...... Russia still had a chance... level the scores and they would join Japan in the Second Round.

Belgium had everyone back in defence as the Russian bench all stood up to try and will the ball in during time added on.... Moscow time was ticking.......

Final Score:
Belgium 3 -- Russia 2

Other Group H Game:
Tunisia vs Japan

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Player of the Match:
Marc Wilmots -- Will retire from the international scene after this World Cup and Belgium will surely miss him.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Andrei Solomatin (12 mins)
Alexei Smertin (14 mins)
Yves Vanderhaeghe (39 mins)
Dmitri Alenichev (64 mins)
Dmitry Sennikov (84 mins)

The Teams:

Belgium:
1 Geert De Vlieger; 3 Glen De Boeck (4 Eric Van Meir -- 90 mins), 15 Jacky Peeters, 16 Daniel Van Buyten, 5 Nico Van Kerckhoven; 8 Bart Goor, 18 Yves Vanderhaeghe, 11 Gert Verheyen (6 Timmy Simons -- 78 mins), 10 Johan Walem; 22 Mbo Mpenza (9 Wesley Sonck -- 70 mins), 7 Marc Wilmots.

Russia:
1 Rusian Nigmatullin; 2 Yuri Kovtun, 3 Yuri Nikiforov (18 Dmitry Sennikov -- 43 mins), 7 Viktor Onopko, 5 Andrei Solomatin; 15 Dmitri Alenichev, 8 Valeri Karpin (16 Alexander Kerzhakov -- 83 mins), 21 Dmitri Khokhlov, 4 Alexei Smertin (22 Dmitry Sychev -- 34 mins), 9 Yegor Titov; 11 Vladimir Beschastnykh.

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

The last 16 continue on the road to Yokohama, with four games in South Korea and four games in Japan. Second Round

The last 16 continue on the road to Yokohama, with four games in South Korea and four games in Japan.

 

Group A -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A

Group A winner and runner-up go to Japan for the Second Round.

Group B -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B

Group B winner and runner-up stay in Korea for the Second Round.

Group C -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C

Group C winner and runner-up go to Japan for the Second Round.

Group D -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D

Group D winner and runner-up stay in Korea for the Second Round.

Group E -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group E

Group E winner and runner-up go to Korea for the Second Round.

Group F -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group F

Group F winner and runner-up stay in Japan for the Second Round.

Group G -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group G

Group G winner and runner-up go to Korea for the Second Round.

Group H -- Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals Group H

Group H winner and runner-up stay in Japan for the Second Round.


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