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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 Sleeping Giant Awakes

Wednesday June 5th, 2002

Russia vs Tunisia
Kobe -- (2-0)

As early as the second minute, Vladimir Beschastnykh exaggerated contact and earned Russia a free-kick just outside the Tunisia area, which Valeri Karpin blasted at Ali Boumnjiel.

For Tunisia, Adel Sellimi tested Rusian Nigmatullin a minute later, to prove that the North Africans were not here just to make the numbers up.

On fifteen minutes, Russia combined well on the right only for Tunisia to disrupt their attack and hook the final lay-off out of danger.

Five minutes later, two Russia defenders stumbled over each other, as Hassen Gabsi was running onto a through-ball, and Yuri Kovtun's touch almost beat his own goalkeeper; for what would have been the first own-goal of the tournament.

Russia slowed down their build-ups through Karpin and Titov -- letting the ball do the work and the Tunisians the running -- to conserve their energy in the heat.

Both teams seemed to drag out the end of the first-half, then Russia upped the tempo slightly in the last seconds and Titov shot narrowly wide.

Half-time: Russia 0 -- Tunisia 0

Substitution
Dmitri Khokhlov started the second-half in place of Igor Semshov.

Tunisia started the second-half a little stronger and looked more dangerous on the approach to goal; creating a couple of good chances before Beschastnykh -- who seemed out of sorts up front for Russia -- was replaced by Dmitry Sychev.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-0
Four minutes after the substitution, Dmitry Sychev flicked the ball back, to beat his defender, and it bounced at the feet of Spartak teammate Yegor Titov, who made it look easy to beat the slow to react Nigmatullin -- 59 mins.

The new substitution, and goal, brought Russia to life and they pushed forward once more.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 2-0
The lively Dmitry Sychev was brought down as he tried to turn Radhi Jaidi in the Tunisian area. Valeri Karpin struck the penalty low, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, and hugged the substitute, whose approach work had earned the spot-kick -- 64 mins.

Tunisia responded with a double substitution: Imed Mhedhebi and Zoubaier Baya on for Hassen Gabsi and Adel Sellimi.

Russia could now relax and pass the ball around without tiring themselves much further, although Tunisia tried to pounce on any mistakes and counter.

Jaziri, who had already been booked once for trying to con a penalty from the Jamaican referee was lucky not to get a second yellow card for trying it on again.

Final Score:
Russia 2 -- Tunisia 0

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Player of the Match:
Dmitry Sychev -- Although he was only on the pitch for half an hour, he brought the game to life and was instrumental in both of Russia's goals.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Igor Semshov (27 mins)
Hassen Gabsi (50 mins)
Zied Jaziri (75 mins)
Dmitri Alenichev (88 mins)

The Teams:

Russia:
1 Rusian Nigmatullin; 2 Yuri Kovtun, 3 Yuri Nikiforov, 7 Viktor Onopko, 5 Andrei Solomatin; 20 Marat Izmailov (15 Dmitri Alenichev -- 78 mins), 8 Valeri Karpin, 6 Igor Semshov (21 Dmitri Khokhlov -- 46 mins), 9 Yegor Titov; 11 Vladimir Beschastnykh (22 Dmitry Sychev -- 55 mins), 19 Rusian Pimenov.

Tunisia:
1 Ali Boumnjiel; 2 Khaled Badra (20 Ali Zitouni -- 84 mins), 12 Raouf Bouzaiene, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 4 Mohamed Mkacher, 6 Hatem Trabelsi; 18 Slim Benachour, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 8 Hassen Gabsi (7 Imed Mhedhebi -- 67 mins); 5 Zied Jaziri, 11 Adel Sellimi (3 Zoubaier Baya -- 67 mins).

Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica)

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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