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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 Zivkovic Sees Red

Monday June 3rd, 2002

Croatia vs Mexico
Niigata -- (0-1)

Although the game in northern Japan started lively enough, with Oscar Perez pushing a Josip Simunic attempt around the post for a corner in the 6th minute and Zvonimir Soldo hooking the ball over the bar from the penalty spot in the 14th, both sides found it hard to get into their rhythm or produce any real creativity.

The best chance of the game fell to Jared Borgetti, in the 33rd minute, when Ramon Morales mis-hit a shot. The ball fell nicely to the unmarked Borgetti, who could only shoot wide from six yards.

Mexico had perhaps a little more of the possession, although Croatia's bursts forward earned them more corners -- Robert Jarni taking the ones on the left and Robert Prosinecki on the right.

Mexico closed the half a little more lively but even Cuauhtemoc Blanco fell on his backside when trying one of his infamous hops, five minutes from the break.

Half-time: Croatia 0 -- Mexico 0

Milan Rapajc came out at the start of the second-half, for the ineffective Robert Prosinecki and drove in a low free-kick to the left of the goal in the 54th minute.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Apart from that, Mexico started to look more dangerous with Blanco getting into the game better, so good that Boris Zivkovic brought the influential Mexican down in the area and earned his marching orders.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 0-1
Cuauhtemoc Blanco kept his calm to ram the ball home from the spot -- 60 mins.

The double substitution from Croatia, to counter being a man short for the remaining thirty minutes (Suker and Boksic out for Saric and Stanic), meant that they had no notable striker on the pitch to pull the game back.

Mexico's answer, a minute later, was to bring on Hernandez for Borgetti.

With a quarter of an hour to go, the Mexican fans were treated to an eight-touch passing display and showed their pleasure with an equal amount of olés.

With an extra man on the pitch, Mexico could afford to give Blanco a rest and bring on  Francisco Palencia for the last ten minutes.

Even with a man less, Croatia needed to throw caution to the wind a little and take a few risks. The third-placed team from France 98 looked out of their depth here and really need to watch the video to see just how lethargic they were if they want to do better against Italy and Ecuador.

Final Score:
Croatia 0 -- Mexico 1

Talkback -- Add Your Comments

Player of the Match:
Cuauhtemoc Blanco -- His run into the area resulted in the penalty, which he converted, and the dismisal of Boris Zivkovic.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Boris Zivkovic (59 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
None.

The Teams:

Croatia:
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 6 Boris Zivkovic, 21 Robert Kovac, 3 Josip Simunic, 17 Robert Jarni; 4 Stjepan Tomas, 14 Zvonimir Soldo, 10 Niko Kovac; 8 Robert Prosinecki (5 Milan Rapajc -- 46 mins); 9 Davor Suker (15 Danijel Saric -- 64 mins), 11 Alen Boksic (13 Mario Stanic -- 67 mins).

Mexico:
1 Oscar Perez; 5 Manuel Vidrio, 4 Rafael Marquez, 16 Salvador Carmona; 7 Ramon Morales, 19 Gabriel Caballero, 6 Gerardo Torrado, 11 Braulio Luna, 13 Sigifredo Mercado; 10 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (17 Francisco Palencia -- 79 mins), 9 Jared Borgetti (15 Luis Hernández -- 68 mins).

Referee: Jun Lu (China)

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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