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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 Rejuvenated Croatia Beat Lacklustre Italy

Saturday June 8th, 2002

Italy vs Croatia
Ibaraki -- (1-2)

While this Italian side didn't seem as hungry as the one against Ecuador, Croatia began much better than they did against Mexico.

The game started very evenly balanced, until Nesta was injured in the 23rd minute.

Although Croatia pushed up and troubled Buffon in the Italian goal, they failed to score and Italy slowly found their rhythm towards the end of the first-half.

The Totti and Vieiri combination didn't cause any real threats though and unless things change in the second half, Croatia must feel they can get a result in Ibaraki; to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Half-time: Italy 0 -- Croatia 0

Vieri had a goal disallowed for offside, five minutes after the restart, as Italy tried to up the tempo.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
On Italy's next serious attack, Christian Vieri netted his third goal of the tournament.... heading in Christaino Doni's right wing cross, after approach work from Totti -- 55 mins.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-1
After Vieri missed a chance to put Italy two goals up, Croatia countered with Robert Jarni crossing for substitute Ivica Olic to head the goal and level the score -- 73 mins.

Croatia continued to stretch Italy and had a few chances to go in front in the next couple of minutes.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-2
And the renewed pressure paid off as Nico Kovac headed into the area for Milan Rapajc to turn and float the ball over Buffon with his left foot -- 76 mins.

Three minutes from time, after concentrating for a while, Francesco Totti curled a free-kick onto the inside of Croatia's left goal post. Stipe Pletikosa was totally surprised as the bounced across his goal and could think himself lucky that no-one was following up to poke it in.

With four minutes added on, Italy continued to push up in search of a point at least and Filippo Inzaghi flicked in an equaliser.... that was amazingly ruled offside.

France, Portugal, Argentina and now Italy have all suffered defeats at the hands of supposedly lesser teams, to make the 2002 World Cup a delight for fans of the underdog.

Final Score:
Italy 1 -- Croatia 2

Talkback -- Add Your Comments

Player of the Match:
Milan Rapajc -- Probably the best player in the rejuvenated Croatia team and definitely the match winner.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Robert Kovac (39 mins)
Christian Vieri (51 mins)

The Teams:

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 3 Paolo Maldini, 13 Alessandro Nesta (23 Marco Materazzi -- 23 mins), 2 Christian Panucci; 11 Christaino Doni (9 Filippo Inzaghi -- 79 mins), 17 Damiano Tommasi, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, 6 Cristiano Zanetti; 10 Francesco Totti, 21 Christian Vieri.

Croatia:
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 17 Robert Jarni, 21 Robert Kovac, 15 Danijel Saric, 3 Josip Simunic, 4 Stejpan Tomas; 10 Nico Kovac, 5 Milan Rapajc (20 Dario Simic -- 79 mins), 14 Zvonimir Soldo (16 Jurica Vranjes -- 63 mins), 7 Davor Vugrinec (18 Ivica Olic -- 57 mins); 11 Alen Boksic.

Referee: Graham Poll (England)

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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