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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 Nigeria Crash Out

Friday June 7th, 2002

Sweden vs Nigeria
Kobe -- (2-1)

Sweden tried to get in front early..... Henrik Larsson to Marcus Allback, whose shot was deflected wide.... then Olof Mellberg tried a long range shot that flew over the bar.

Nigeria's passing was disappointing too, with Celestine Babayaro failing to get on the end of Jay-Jay Okocha's inviting cross.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 0-1
Nigeria must have watched the England vs Sweden video and noticed that Magnus Hedman was weak at anticipating headers on high balls. Julius Agahowa met the left wing cross to header past the flapping Hedman in the 27th minute.

In celebration, Agahowa performed six successive backflips and a high backward somersault to earn a 9.9 from the Olympic judges.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 1-1
Henrik Larsson equalised for Sweden eight minutes later, shaking off Taribo West to cooly plant the ball past Ike Shoronmu.

Nigeria could have taken the lead again shortly after as Jay-Jay Okocha ran through the Swedish defense and tried a shot from the left of the area. Teddy Lucic kicked the ball away but it bounced off the late arriving Johan Mjallby and back towards the goal...... saved only by the post.

Half-time: Sweden 1 -- Nigeria 1

Three minutes after the re-start, Hedman made amends by catching Babayaro's high cross, that looked dangerously like another headed goal in the making.

Substitution
Nigeria were reduced to ten men for a while, as Taribo West received stitches on the sideline; after getting a cut above his left eye.

Leading Goalscorers -- GOAL -- 2-1
Henrik Larsson scored his second goal, from the penalty spot, to put Sweden in front in the 62nd minute.

A bandaged Taribo West returned to the pitch, with less than hour to go, after changing his blood-spattered shirt.

Defeat here for Nigeria would mean elimination from the tournament, so striker Nwankwo Kanu was brought on for defender Celestine Babayaro.

John Utaka almost equalised for Nigeria, with eight minutes to go, but his shot was too soft and easily cleared off the line. A minute later, Joseph Yobo crashed a shot against the post.

Kanu tried to chip Hedman in the last minute of normal time, but it wasn't to be and Nigeria became the second team to be eliminated from the 2002 World Cup -- after Saudi Arabia.

Final Score:
Sweden 2 -- Nigeria 1

Talkback -- Add Your Comments

Player of the Match:
Henrik Larsson -- His two goals gave Sweden three very important points in the Group of Death.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Johan Mjallby (31 mins)
Niclas Alexandersson (70 mins)
Taribo West (80 mins)

The Teams:

Sweden:
1 Magnus Hedman; 15 Andreas Jakobsson, 16 Teddy Lucic, 2 Olof Mellberg, 4 Johan Mjallby; 7 Niclas Alexandersson, 6 Tobias Linderoth, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg, 8 Anders Svensson (17 Magnus Svensson -- 84 mins); 10 Marcus Allbäck (22 Andreas Andersson -- 64 mins), 11 Henrik Larsson.

Nigeria:
1 Ike Shoronmu; 3 Celestine Babayaro (4 Nwankwo Kanu -- 66 mins), 15 Justice Christopher, 5 Isaac Okoronkwo, 14 Ifeanyi Udeze, 6 Taribo West, 2 Joseph Yobo; 10 Jay-Jay Okocha; 17 Julius Agahowa, 9 Bartholomew Ogbeche (7 Pius Ikedia -- 71 mins), 21 John Utaka.

Referee: René Ortube (Bolivia)

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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