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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 World Cup Minnows Earn First Win

Thursday June 13th, 2002

Ecuador vs Croatia
Yokohama -- (1-0)

Alen Boksic and Carlos Tenorio both made early threats for Croatia and Ecuador.

Croatia have looked the most dangerous in the first-half with Alen Boksic looking the most likely to score.

With Mexico taking the lead against Italy, in the 34th minute, Croatia would end up as group runners-up if the scores remain the same.... and Italy make the news as another big name to stumble at the group stage.

Half-time: Ecuador 0 -- Croatia 0

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
Agustin Delgado headed down an Ulises de la Cruz cross for Edison Mendez to put Ecuador in front just after the restart.

Milan Rapaic and Alen Boksic continued to attack the South American goal but couldn't find a way to break them down. Ecuador needed to do more if they wanted to overtake Italy, who had by now equalised against Mexico.

On their first appearance in the World Cup finals, Ecuador did well to beat the third-placed team in France 98. This time around, Croatia just didn't shine enough and wouldn't even have beaten Italy if the two Italian goals were not ruled offside.

Final Score:
Ecuador 1 -- Croatia 0
Mexico vs Italy

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Player of the Match:
Edison Mendez -- Score the goal that Ecuador their first ever World Cup finals victory, although it wasn't enough to take them into the Second Round.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Stejpan Tomas (72 mins)
Cléber Chalá (86 mins)
Josip Simunic (92 mins)

The Teams:

Ecuador:
1 José Cevallos; 15 Marlon Ayoví, 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 6 Raul Guerron, 3 Iván Hurtado, 2 Augusto Poroso; 16 Cléber Chalá, 19 Edison Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon (10 Alex Aguinaga -- 40 mins); 11 Agustín Delgado, 18 Carlos Tenorio (9 Iván Kaviedes -- 76 mins).

Croatia:
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 17 Robert Jarni, 21 Robert Kovac, 15 Danijel Saric (13 Mario Stanic -- 67 mins), 20 Dario Simic (7 Davor Vugrinec -- 52 mins), 3 Josip Simunic, 4 Stejpan Tomas; 10 Nico Kovac (16 Jurica Vranjes -- 59 mins), 5 Milan Rapajc; 11 Alen Boksic, 18 Ivica Olic.

Referee: William Mattus (Costa Rica)

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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