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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 Klose To Perfect

Saturday June 1st, 2002

Germany vs Saudi Arabia
Sapporo -- (8-0)

With Ireland and Cameroon already drawing their match 1-1, Germany knew that a win against Saudi Arabia would put them top. But they didn't take anything for granted.

The German's played the ball around giving everyone a feel of the ball early..... and then the floodgates opened.

Carsten Jancker proved himself a menace to the Saudis in the first ten minutes, before Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack made their presence felt.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
Michael Ballack floated a ball into the area from the left, Jancker tried an overhead kick, missed and Miroslav Klose headed in the loose ball -- 20 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 2-0
Almost a carbon copy of the first goal, Michael Ballack crossed from the left for Miroslav Klose to head in his second -- 25 mins.

Sami al-Jaber tried to remind the Germans that he was still around, although he posed no real threat to Ollie Kahn.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 3-0
The third German goal is headed in as well.... this time it's Michael Ballack though. The height and strength of the Germans is way too much for Saudi Arabia -- 40 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 4-0
At last, Carsten Jancker gets on the scoresheet and rips his shirt off in celebration -- 45 mins.

Half-time: Germany 4 -- Saudi Arabia 0

At the start of the second-half, the question on everybody's lips was would Germany go for the jugular or hold back and save themselves for more competitive games ahead.

It seemed a little like the later until they got bored.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 5-0
Miroslav Klose became the tournament's leading scorer by heading for the third time, this time a cross from Bernd Schneider on the right -- 69 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 6-0
Defender Thomas Linke made it six for Germany, with yet another headed goal, and neutrals around the world started to feel embarrassed for Saudi Arabia; apart from American fans who felt that here was a good candidate for their 32nd place in the tournament -- 73 mins.

Klose might have felt disappointed not to get his fourth goal, a couple of minutes later, before making way for Oliver Neuville.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 7-0
Michael Ballack slipped the ball through to Oliver Bierhoff (on for Carsten Jancker) who made Saudi Arabia look like a bunch of schoolboys with his lethal finish -- 84 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 8-0
And to add insult to injury, Bernd Schneider fired his direct free-kick over the wall and into the roof of Mohammed al-Deayea's goal.

Final Score:
Germany 8 -- Saudi Arabia 0

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Player of the Match:
Miroslav Klose -- who towered above the Saudi defense to score three goals with his head.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Christian Ziege (43 mins)
Dietmar Hamann (83 mins)
Mohammed Noor (90 mins)

The Teams:

Germany:
1 Oliver Kahn; 2 Thomas Linke, 5 Carsten Ramelow (16 Jens Jeremies -- 46mins), 6 Christian Ziege, 8 Dietmar Hamann, 9 Carsten Jancker (20 Oliver Bierhoff -- 67 mins), 11 Miroslav Klose (7 Oliver Neuville -- 76 mins), 13 Michael Ballack, 19 Bernd Schneider, 21 Christoph Metzelder, 22 Torsten Frings.

Saudi Arabia:
1 Mohammed al-Deayea; 3 Redha Tukar, 4 Sulaiman Zubromawi, 8 Mohammed Noor, 9 Sami al-Jaber, 12 Ahmed Dukhi al-Dossarry, 13 Hussein Sulimani, 16 Khamis Alowairan (7 Ibrahim Al Shahrani -- 46 mins), 17 Abdullah Alwaked al-Shahrani, 18 Nawaf al-Temyat (14 Aziz al-Khathran -- 46 mins), 20 Al Hassan al-Yami (15 Abdullah Jumaan -- 76 mins).

Referee: Ubaldo Aquino (Paraguay)

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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