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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 Stroll On Vieri

Monday June 3rd, 2002

Italy vs Ecuador
Sapporo -- (2-0)

Ecuador kicked-off from right to left.... but it was Italy who quickly stamped their mark on the game.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
With only six minutes on the clock, Totti -- on the right -- pulled the ball back for Christian Vieri, to neatly left foot the Italians in front.

Five minutes later, Totti himself forced Jose Cevallos to palm away for a corner.

As South American runners-up, Ecuador were not expected to cave in to the Italian threat and tried to play their part in the short-ball game -- much to the Italian's advantage.

Totti was always hovering dangerously and almost latched on to a 24th minute right-wing cross from Gianluca Zambrotta.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 2-0
Three minutes later, a lack of concentration allowed Christian Vieri to slip past Hurtado and run onto a long ball, slam it against Jose Cevallos' legs and make sure the loose ball ended up in the back of the net.

Towards the end of the first half, Ecuador seemed content to try and hold the ball up like boxers on the ropes, thus limiting the damage Italy could cause.

Half-time: Italy 2 -- Ecuador 0

No goals in the second half but the game was far from boring. This Italian side are looking very dangerous.

Just when the game seems quiet, they produce a burst of acceleration and a serious threat in front of goal; the Totti/Vieri combination is lethal.

Del Pierro came on for Totti, fifteen minutes from the end, but didn't really make an impact or suggest that he deserves to start, instead of Totti, in the next game.

Ecuador proved that they could pass the ball comfortably but against Italy the slightest lack of concentration is punished, and of course the Azzurri rarely make a defensive error to let anyone back in the game.

Final Score:
Italy 2 -- Ecuador 0

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Player of the Match:
Christian Vieri -- Two goals and a constant menace in front of goal.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Augusto Poroso (14 mins)
Ulises De La Cruz (49 mins)
Cleber Chala (54 mins)
Fabio Cannavaro (81 mins)

The Teams:

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 2 Christian Panucci,13 Alessandro Nesta, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 3 Paolo Maldini; 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 17 Damiano Tommasi, 14 Luigi Di Biagio (8 Gennaro Gattuso -- 69 mins), 11 Cristiano Doni (16 Angelo Di Livio -- 65 mins); 10 Francesco Totti (7 Alessandro Del Piero -- 74 mins), 21 Christian Vieri.

Ecuador:
1 Jose Cevallos; 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 3 Ivan Hurtado, 2 Augusto Poroso, 6 Raul Guerron; 19 Edison Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon, 10 Alex Aguinaga (18 Carlos Tenorio -- 46 mins), 16 Cleber Chala (7 Nicolás Asencio -- 86 mins); 20 Edwin Tenorio (23 Walter Ayoví -- 59 mins), 11 Agustin Delgado.

Referee: Brian Hall (USA)

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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