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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 Keen To Get On With It

Saturday June 1st, 2002

Rep. of Ireland vs Cameroon
Niigata -- (1-1)

With all the media coverage of the Roy Keane affair circulating around the world, it was time for Ireland to let their their football do the talking.

Cameroon kicked-off the first World Cup finals game in Japan and even though the game took a while to get into its stride the Irish fans were clearly enjoying themselves; even breaking out into a chorus of "Are You Watching Roy Keane?"

Cameroon showed they weren't in Group E to make the numbers up and took the game to the Irish, hustling and pushing, switching flanks and testing Shay Given with long shots.

As confidence grew in the Cameroon team Mboma, with his back to the goal, flicked the ball into the area. Sadly it all happened too fast for his teammates to read.

For the Irish, Mark Kinsella and Damien Duff tried to get something going and might have succeeded, if Cameroon hadn't been so organised and disciplined behind the ball.

Raymond Kalla kept close to Robbie Keane and regularly prevented him from causing a problem in the area.

At the other end Shay Given had to keep a sharp eye out for the approach work of Geremi and  Samuel Eto'o.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 0-1
With all the pressure Cameroon were applying it wasn't surprising that one of their moves succeeded. Geremi, on the right, passed forward to Eto'o -- who managed to get behind the Irish defense then pull the ball back from the goal-line, for Patrick Mboma to have a relatively easy tap in -- 39 mins.

Ian Harte couldn't do anything with his corners although a free-kick, just before half-time, nearly went in off Rigobert Song.

Cameroon calmed themselves down by trying a little possession football in their own half -- Italian style -- before returning to the dressing room with a well-deserved lead.

Half-time: Ireland 0 -- Cameroon 1

Ireland started the second half looking for an equaliser and soon found the lucky break they needed.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-1
A poor clearance allowed Matt Holland to bring Ireland level with a first time strike, through the middle of the area -- 52 mins.

While the Irish fans increased the volume to show appreciation at the score, Cameroon's heads didn't drop and Marc-Vivien Foe proved again that the Africans were not to be underestimated.

Ten minutes after the equaliser it looked like Ireland would take the lead in some bizarre goalmouth action. Robbie Keane was already celebrating, or trying to claim a handball from Rigobert Song, but Boukar Alioum saved on the line and the Japanese referee waved play on.

Just when it looked as though Ireland and Cameroon were set for a stalemate, Robbie Keane struck the post, after good work from Damien Duff, with 7 minutes left on the clock.

The Africans started to get frustrated but managed to hold onto the draw, that they more than earned for their performance in the first-half.

Final Score:
Ireland 1 -- Cameroon 1

Talkback -- Add Your Comments

Player of the Match:
Samuel Eto'o -- Always a threat to the Irish, it was his excellent trickery that led to Mboma's first-half goal.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Jason McAteer (30 mins)
Ian Harte (50 mins)
Stephen Reid (82 mins)
Raymond Kalla  (89 mins)

Teams:

Rep. of Ireland:
1 Shay Given; 18 Gary Kelly, 14 Gary Breen, 5 Steve Staunton, 3 Ian Harte (21 Stephen Reid -- 77 mins); 7 Jason McAteer (2 Steve Finnan -- 46 mins), 8 Matt Holland, 12 Mark Kinsella, 11 Kevin Kilbane; 9 Damien Duff, 10 Robbie Keane.

Cameroon:
1 Boukar Alioum, 2 Bill Tchato, 5 Raymond Kalla, 4 Rigobert Song; 8 Geremi, 12 Lauren, 17 Marc-Vivien Foe, 20 Salomon Olembe, 3 Pierre Wome; 9 Samuel Eto'o, 10 Patrick Mboma (18 Patrick Suffo -- 67mins).

Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

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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