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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

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Thursday June 13th, 2002

Mexico vs Italy
Oita -- (1-1)

The game attracted two bookings in the first five minutes as both teams started off in earnest...... Christian Panucci was also added to the book, for diving in search of penalty, with less than ten minutes played.

The thirteenth minute proved unlucky for Italy as they had yet another goal ruled out for offside... no doubt the Italians will be looking closely at the video again.

Totti should have done better in the 19th minute when he received a great chance to put Italy in front, from Filippo Inzaghi.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
Mexico took the lead in the 34th minute when Jared Borgetti back-headed Cuauthémoc Blanco's long ball around Paolo Maldini; leaving Gianluigi Buffon looking like a buffoon.

Salvador Carmona could have made it 2-0, just before half-time, and bring Italy perilously close to being the third favourites not to make the knockout stage.

Half-time: Mexico 1 -- Italy 0

Ecuador scored an early second-half goal, against Croatia, to send Italy a lifeline.....

Oscar Pérez thwarted Filippo Inzaghi by diving at his feet and palming the ball away.... shortly before the ineffective Italian was substituted.

Mexico continued to put Buffon under pressure.... Jesús Arellano running through the Italian defence and having his shot cleared of the line; after playing a quick one-two with Blanco.

Vincenzo Montella came on for Filippo Inzaghi in the 56th minute and went into the referee's book before he even settled down.

A minute later, Ramón Morales coasted down the left and fired just over the bar.

Twenty minutes from time, Totti released Vieri for what looked like a certain goal.... until Oscar Pérez pushed the ball from his feet.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-1
Alessandro Del Piero, on for Totti, went wild and leapt over the advertising boards; after bringing relief to the miserable-looking Italian fans. Vincenzo Montella, the other substitute, crossed in from the right and Del Pierro powered forward to head the ball on the bounce.

With this draw, Italy could qualify under their own steam.... unless Croatia scored two against Ecuador in the final minutes.

Mexico ended the game by playing the ball around the back and hold onto their place at the top of Group G. Italy were also through and didn't even bother to chase the ball.

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

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Player of the Match:
Cuauthémoc Blanco -- Orchestrated most of Mexico's best moves.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Jesús Arellano (2 mins)
Fabio Cannavaro (5 mins)
Christian Panucci (9 mins)
Francesco Totti (43 mins)
Gianluca Zambrotta (55 mins)
Vincenzo Montella (56 mins)
Oscar Pérez (84 mins)

The Teams:

Mexico:
1 Oscar Pérez; 16 Salvador Carmona, 7 Ramón Morales (3 Rafael García -- 76 mins1), 5 Manuel Vidrio, 11 Braulio Luna; 4 Rafael Márquez, 18 Johan Rodríguez (9 Gabriel Caballero -- 76 mins), 6 Gerardo Torrado; 21 Jesús Arellano, 10 Cuauthémoc Blanco, 9 Jared Borgetti (17 Francisco Palencia -- 80 mins).

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 3 Paolo Maldini, 13 Alessandro Nesta, 2 Christian Panucci (4 Francesco Coco -- 63 mins); 17 Damiano Tommasi, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, 6 Cristiano Zanetti; 9 Filippo Inzaghi (20 Vincenzo Montella -- 56 mins), 10 Francesco Totti (7 Alessandro Del Piero -- 78 mins), 21 Christian Vieri.

Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)

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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