|World Cup 2002 Korea Japan Special: All matches chronological|
|Jun 5 1130 GMT Germany
- Ireland 1:1 (final score)
Has the famous German luck returned with coach Rudi Völler or is it the class of some particular players? Ireland with the better opportunities (for example a Holland shot which was an exact copy of his goal against Cameroon but this time went narrowly wide) and a lot of domination, but Germany with the first goal when Michael Ballack connected with shooting star Miroslav Klose who headed the ball past Irish keeper Given ('19).
They were not seen in front of the Irish goal anymore until 20 minutes later with a dangerous attack.
Ireland relentlessly attacked but could not break down the German defence until Robbie Keane had the golden opportunity a few minutes before halftime but his bycicle kick all alone in front of the goal went into the wrong direction.
A huge save by Oliver Kahn denied Damian Duff the goal he deserved for his relentless work at the German defence ('57) as the Irish continued to have more of the match.
In the following Germany defended well and themselves had a good opportunity for Jancker after 68 minutes.
Robbie Keane had a free kick attempt wide ('77), from best position, 17 meters, central to the goal, just 2 minutes after the Irish free kick genius Ian Harte had been substituted. Klose, unchallenged, made a header across the bar on the other side.
The player seemed more tired now, especially the Irish what allowed the Germans to dominate the midfield now.
Kahn rescued against Keane who was suddenly sent through ('83). Half chances on bot sides and an opportunity for Quinn (Ireland, 87) followed as the match broke more open.
Kahn rescued against Keane, but the situation had been falsely called offside ('89).
('90+2) a long cross into the penalty area and Robbie Keane broke through with the ball and scored from 4 meters distance: 1:1
|Jun 6 0630 GMT Danmark
-Senegal 1:1 (final score)
-'1 -'10 A careful beginning with a slight Senegalese domination due to their strenght in one to one challenges. Danmark luring for counter attacks with their fast and dangerous strikers. Danish Sand and Senegalese Fadiga see yellow as the match has some early ill tempered moments.
-('15) Senegal pay for their physical style early: Diao puts his body in against Tomasson a little too much, Tomasson makes a stop, is hit, falls easily and the referee says penalty. Tomasson converts himself 1:0
-('18) corner for Senegal (another questional decision), and a Danish defender stops a header on the line, Senegal have a second big chance, but it is stopped for offside.
-('19) another odd decision as Tomasson, scoring, seems to be stopped for alleged handball (including yellow card) but it rather appeared to have been his chest
-'21 -'30 Half chances for both. Senegal are able to put some pressure on the Danish find it difficult to stop the quick Danish attacks.
-'('32) A big chance as Senegal prove they are a threat at set pieces. A free kick cross is just missed by several Senegalese players.
-'31 -'45 Senegal with more of the match and a good opportunity for Fadiga ('43). The referee team with a few more little mistakes.
The Danish style, physically and technically well, fast, and very intelligent and opportunistic, is very difficult to play for Africans, as already the Nigerians have experienced. A related but less physical style has proved poison in the past for Africans as Cameroon (1:6, 0:4) against Russia and Zaire (0:9) against Yugouslavia have experienced.
Considered this, the Senegalese, play a very good game, as the Danees do, too.
-Senegal are not a high scoring team. During the African Cup Of Nations they have scored less than one goal in average per 90 minutes. In El Hadj Diouf they have a relentless worker but he is not a Vieri type of goalgetter.
'46-50 Now they brought on right winger Henri Camera and striker Souleymane Camera and the Danes seem surprised by the new variations in the Senegalese game. Immediately Senegal have three goal scenes. Unfortunately in the biggest one, Camera makes a header wide when the better positioned Bouba Diop in his back seems to have a sure goal on his head.
-('52) Danmark attacks and Senegal win the ball at the right hand edge of their penalty area. From here the most sophisticated and fast counter attack yet seen at this tournament starts (a copy of the Danes game, even more perfect). In the end Fadiga sets up Diao who shoves the ball into the right corner - 1:1
-'53-'60 Senegal continue to dominate the match with fast attacks and a more exposed defence now. The Danish keeper catches several balls but without problems.
-('63) A long kick by Senegalese keeper on Souleymane Camera who brakes almost through and is stopped in the last moment already inside the penalty area by a defender. He is brought down, hardly impossible to tell whether a foul involved or not, the referee says play on.
-('70) The daring Senegalese 4-2-1-3 continues to produce chances against the energy conserving Danes:
A must score situation for Senegal, when Diouf plays free Souleymane Camera who only hits the outside of the net.
-('73) Diatta with a dangerous header wide after a Fadiga corner
-('78) Danamrk prove they are always capable to exploit single situations. They have a good opportunity after a corner and the Senegalese throw themselves into several shots in the last moment.
-('80) Goal scorer Diao sees the red card immediately for a dangerous tackle. Senegal are down to ten.
-('82) Danish defender Helveg who has been provoking and fouling throughout the match especially against Fadiga, sees a long deserved yellow card for a fould against Souleymane Camera.
-('83) Bruno Metsu substitutes Souleymane Camera, a tactical shift after the red card.
-('84) Poulsen sees what seems to be the 100th yellow card of the match.
-('88) Fadiga and Diouf almoust play through 5 Danes but are stopped 10 meters to the goal
-All players in the Senegalese half for the final minutes but Danmark, who look tired, cannot find a hole.
final score 1:1
The weather factor might have helped Senegal a bit against very smart Danes. The Africans were closer to winning the match in the second half than the Europeans.
|Jun 6 0900 GMT Cameroon
-Saudi Arabia 1:0 (final score)
A difficult match for Cameroon: Saudi Arabia is much more familiar and less afraid of the African style than of the German one. Cameroon needs a draw to be in a position to adavance by beating Germany in the third match. Or: winning by 9 goals to be able to advance by a draw in the last match. Or: Winning as high as possible and hoping that the Irish will not be able to do the same. But this is an energy consuming option.
Anyway the Saudis have to be beaten at all first as Arabian teams have proven to be a tough nut in various FIFA competitions for Africans.
-('1) Cameroon with a blitz start and Ngom Kome who is in for Olembe wants a penalty, but the ref seems right in waving on.
-'1-'10 Cameroon look focussed and concentrated, but the Saudis seem less intimidated today and catch a mispositioned Cameroonian defence on a counter attack which is eventually stopped by offside.
As expected it is easier for them to stop the Cameroonian short passes and dribblings on the ground as it had been with the wide long balls of the Germans.
-('9) first big opportunity for Saudi Arabia, but Al Dossary's header goes across the bar
-('10) Wome sees yellow for a foul in midfield.
-('12) Mboma scores but is offside
-'11-'20 Cameroon attack with a lot of players what makes the Saudis dangerous at counter situations. The Africans should not think too much about goal difference before they do not have the match in the bag.
Germany defeated Saudi Arabia by wing play, crosses and headers. Cameroon try through the middle a lot but it is obstructed.
-'21-'30 The Saudis operate with long balls on Al Dossary who looks dangerous. Cameroons best scenes are a Wome free kick and a Mboma header, Saudis have one promising attack, too.
-('35) The most conspicious Saudi attacker Al Dossary injures himself without contact with an opponent and has to be substituted. The Saudi Arabians have a free kick but Alioum does well in grabbing the ball.
-'36-40 Cameroon have started to use crosses and the Saudi defence shows effect
-('42) But it is Saudi Arabia who have a chance by substitute Al Yami when cameroon defence takes a situation too easy
-('43) Foe scores on a header and is ruled offside. The decision is wrong as it had not been him but another attacker. It is very annoying at this would have been a very good moment to shatter the Saudi confidence.
-('45+1) instead it almost rings at the other side when a forward ball is intercepted, quickly played to Al Yami who just targets wide from 16 meters.
-'46-'55 Cameroon furiously attacking, with many goal scenes, and Saudi Arabia continue to seek their lone striker with long balls
-('58) Alioum saves Cameroon as he parries the shot of a broken through attacker. Al Yami sees yellow for simulation when he and Alioum chase for the loose ball
-('62) Olembe, who has come on as substitute and makes a lot of noise now, narrowly wide from outside the penalty area
-('65) through ball on Eto'o who is one on one against the keeper and scores by the outside of his right foot - 1:0
-'66-'75 Cameroon have an opportunity right away but in the following it is Saudi Arabia who attack and Olembe is lucky when his foul is ruled outside the penalty area. Both bring on substitutes (Ndiefi replaces Mboma for Cameroon). Cameroon have problems to interrupt the fluent passing game their opponents use now instead of the long balls because they are attacking with more players.
-('78) Saudi Arbaia: Al Temyat who has been one of the most conspicious players fires two dangerous shots from outside the penalty area, both just wide
-('85) cross fraom the right (Lauren) and Ndiefi fires wide from a rather difficult angle
-('87) neat attack, and Geremi sets up Olembe but he shoots high across the bar from 15 meters
-Cameroons physical condition seems better than in the first match but still not perfect. But the Saudi Arabians seem even more tired
-('88) which proves an easy Foe solorun through several defenders who cannot follow, eventually Foe fires far wide
final score 1:0
Cameroon have won a very very difficult game
|Jun 6 1130 GMT France
-Uruguay 0:0 (final score)
some tough luck for France: a harsh red card after only 25 minutes against Henry who came a little too late and hit an opponent with his sole. And a free kick by Petit against the goalpost.
Uruguay in the beginning imitating the Senegalese but later with at least 50% of the midfield.
The crowd, fired up by various repetitions on the screen inside the stadium, got more and more furious with the referee and Uruguay especially when Viera had to be carried of with a strechter after a foul by Silva which had a similarity with the one of Henry but was not even awarded a free kick.
In the atmosphere the match became more and more ill tempered.
France took chances and both had several opportunities in a thrilling second half.
A loss had meant go home for the loser and after themselves having a good opportuity ('89), France ran into a counter ('90) but escaped desaster thanks to Barthez who made a huge save with his left leg against Magallanes?.
Now both are still in the race
|Jun 6 630 GMT Nigeria
- Sweden 1:2 (final score)
final score 1:2
|Jun 6 0900 GMT Spain
- Paraguay 3:1 (final score)
Praguay took an early lead thanks to an own goal by Puyol who was unlucky that a Casillas save bounced against his leg. Spain determined the match attacking from now but it took until into the second half before Morientes headed home the equaliser after a corner.
Morientes scored his second with his body when Chilavert missed a cross from the Spanish left hand attacking side and Hierro converted a penalty after a holding against Raul.
Spain are the first team to have qualified for the second round
|Jun 6 1130 GMT Argentina
- England 0:1 (final score)
In a more fought than played first half England took the lead on a penalty converted by David Beckham. Owen seemed to have had contact with an Argentinian defender before going down.
At halftime Argentine sensation Pablo Aimar (The Shot's nickname for the favorite player of the last 6 months: 'Harry Potter') replaced Veron and from now on conducted the Argentinian game in a fantastic fashion. More changes brought Crespo for Battistuta and Lopez for Gonzales.
While in the first 20 minutes of the half England had big counter opportunities, for the rest of the half the Europeans rarely crossed the midfield line. In the last minutes all 11 English players were drawn back into and around their penalty area forcing crosses which they defended quite well.
An exciting second half, do not count Argentina out yet.
|Jun 8 0630 GMT South
Africa - Slovenia 1:0 (final score)
-'1-'3 Better start for Slovenia. Physically present they work out a good chance right away in a header just wide
-('4) The first attack of the Africans leads to a free kick on the left hand side. The cross flies in, there is a complete mismatch in the Slovenian defence and Nomvete, all on his own heads home - 1:0
In fact it wasn't even a clean header - he seems to have missed the ball with his head and accidentally deflected it into the goal by his thigh.
-'5-'15 Slovenia continue to dominate the match and are successful in provoking free kicks and a yellow card for Radebe.
-'16-'30 A couple of free kick situations for Slovenia who continue to take fouls (no fakes). But overall now a mifield affair.
Slovenia are a team of tall strong players, still technically well and unconfortable to play against. Among their victims in the qualifiers have been Romania.
-'31-'45 One and one or two half promising attacks on each side.
A hard fought match with inumerous challenges all over the field. Slovenia seemed to get more tired towards the end of the half and South Africa won more one against one situations (The match is played in the hotter afternoon condidtions, 630 GMT is 1530 local time)
-'46-'50 South Africa with the better start and
a McCarthy shot saved by the Slovenian keeper. Slovenian coach Katanec
who had been moaning at the referee all through the first half is adviced
to leave the bench by the fourth official.
|Jun 8 0900 GMT Italy
- Croatia 1:2 (final score)
After a shaky start a slightly renovated Croatian squad surprisingly got more of the match, getting better into challenges and being able to play out goal scenes. The injured Nesta had to be substituted on Italian side.
Italy had opted for the more defensive formation again.
Italy began much stronger in the second half and logically took the lead by Vieri. But again the Croats in the course of the second half grew stronger and turned the match around within a few minutes. Italy now pressured furiously but were very unlucky when totti hit the goalpost with a fantastic free kick. Italy had a goal disallowed in injury time for an alleged foul by Inzaghi. The foul had been indicated by the same linesman who before already had made a wrong offside call when Vieri had first scored minutes before Italy eventually had taken the lead.
|Jun 8 1130 GMT Brazil
- China 4:0 (final score)
China seemed to do the right thing: surprisingly they played attacking football, a complete turn from their opening match strategy. And in the opening quarter they obviously were able to keep the match balanced before the individual class of the Brazilians emerged: Robarto Carlos blasted a freekick into the triangle of the keepers corner.
China played a fine match but in front of the two goals the concentrated Brazilians were clearly the boss. Rivaldo, Ronaldinho (1st half), Ronaldo added more goals, China came as close as the goal post.
|Jun 9 0630 GMT Mexico
- Ecuador 2:1 (final score)
Ecuador took the early when Delgados powerful header proved too much for 1m71 Oscar Perez, the Mexican keeper. Mexico worked hard, applying their sophisticated short passing, created chances and got the deserved equaliser before halftime.
Torrado provided the lead when he fired into the second corner from 20 meters. More chances for Mexico followed, among them a ball against the goalpost. The Central Americans at this point seemed to have more reserves, like already in the first match. There were very few but then dangerous individual counter situations by the fast and powerful Ecuador forwards. After 70 minutes the Mexicans had the South Americans completely nailed into their half and pressured for the decisive third goal.
But it was Perez after 80 minutes who saved the lead against the broken through Tenorio. Now Ecuador found back into the match and suddenly nervous Mexico had to focus on defending.
They survived a scare when Ayovis 20 meter ball rolled just wide with the keeper beaten after 86 minutes. Ecuador easily threw the Mexican defense into chaos with long high balls into the penalty area and the Mexicans unlike the 75 minutes before and the Croatia game were not able to monopolise the ball.
Still they had an opportunity after 90 minutes to score an important third goal in a group which threatens to end in a three way tie.
From the 5th to the 80th minute a very good game by the Mexicans. It would be a great injustice if the Central Americans became the victims of the questionable refereeing in the Italy-Croatia match.
|Jun 9 0900 GMT Costa
Rica - Turkey 1:1 (final score)
An embarassing act of playacting by Turkish #22 Ümit Davala earned his opponent a yellow card in an equiliberated first half in which the conspicious individuals of the Central Americans (Martiez, Lopez, Wanchope, Wright) suggested their great potential and had the best chance when #10 Walter Centeno eas played free but targeted across the bar from 15 meters with free way to the goal.
Costa Rica had been very adroit in tight midfield challenges and so the turkish now tried with long balls and immediately had a few opportunities. Costa Rica answeredquickly but Gomez targeted wide.
Turkey took the surprise lead after 56 minutes through Emre in his second effort, surprising also because the goal came through short passing play on the ground in which Costa Rica had been superior.
Costa Rica immediately accelerated the pace and relentlessly pressured the Turkish goal.
But it took until the 86th minute before Winston Parks, who had come on as substitute, fired home the equaliser from short range.
Turkey now exposed their defence in exciting last minutes, had a good opportunity but Costa Rica should have won the match when Winston Parks on a counter attack had curved around the keeper to fire wide on the empty goal from half left.
|Jun 9 1130 GMT Japan
- Russia 1:0 (final score)
It remains the subject of speculation why Japanese coach tailored his team of smaller skillful passing and extensively running players (without the only impact striker Takahara) a British / German style of game instead of the before prefered short passing. Definitively this up and down excites the crowds and though Japanese strikers hardly ever get a chance of shooting at the goal the midfielders get into scoring position several times.
Ironically it was a fast combination on the ground which provided the lead through Inamoto short after the break. From then on Russia pressured and the Japanese were lucky, especially when Bestschadtnich threw away the equaliser some minutes later.
For admirers who have seen Japan successful runners up at the World Youth championships 1999 and at the Confederations Cup 2001 (where they eliminated Brazil), there remains a little disappointment, but the Japanese might improve, as now with second round qualification looming, confidence will surely grow.
|Jun 10 0630 GMT
Korea - USA 1:1 (final score)
Korea began very strong and pressured immediately for the first goal. On a rare occasion of USA attacks the Americans exploited a defensive mismatch (one player did not play offside) by athrough ball on Clint Mathis who scored in perfect manor. The USA continued to work concentrated and defending became easier agianst the now more nervous Koreans. 'Is this the host bonus?', the Americans must have asked themselves when the referee gifted Korea with a penalty a few minutes before halftime. But the pressure proved too much for Lee and Friedel parried his weak targeted onto the left corner.
A typical confidence game. With the lead in the back the USA defence won the challenges and the Koreans were nervous on the rare occasions they came through. On the other side few but very dangerous counter attacks exposed the nervousness of the Korean defence easily and the US were closer to the second goal despite the huge crowd support and extensive running and midfield superiority of the Koreans.
But in the 78th minute a long free kick cross found Perugia star Ahn who scored with i´his head into the second corner.
The Americans continued to be more present until in the 89th minute #13 Eul Yong Lee perfectly played through on the left hand side teased Friedel out of his goal, passed back in front of the goal where Choi took the ball directly and shoved it across the empty goal (the ball was not easy to take because it bounced a little, still it seemed an occasion that should have been converted).
Jun 10 0900 GMT Tunisia - Belgium 1:1 (final score)
-'1-'10 Both try to find into the match, equally balanced match
-('11) first sign of chaos in the Tunisian penalty area, keeper Boumnijel can clear by his fist in the last moment
-('12) A cross from the right to the second goal post, the ball is played in front of the goal where Wilmots is unmarked and scores easily - 1:0
-('15) Spectacular bycicle kick by Gabsi, but too harmless for the keeper
-('16) Tunisia are unlucky that the referee blows his whistle too early and a magnificient goal from long range does not count
-('17) But at last the unlucky run ends: Boaziene converts the free kick in fantastic fashion, a curved ball into the triangle - 1:1
-('18) Tunisia: Melki does not get what seems a penalty
-('19) Tunisia, fired up, continue to play out goal scenes
-('22) Belgium strike back with a big chance for Goor, just deflected for a corner
-a very entertaining match
-'23-'30 balanced match again
-'31-'35 Belgium work out a couple of dangerous free kick situations, two low attempts with power get stuck in the feet of the Tunisian defence
-('37) Tunisia: Trabelsi breaks through on the right but Belgian keeper De Vlieger can deflect his cross before Jaziri who is unmarked and ready to score
-'38-'45 Tunisia who have played attacking football before does not attack with enough players when having counter situations as the Belgians seem to lose concentration towards the end of the half.
-('50) Tunisia: Ghodhbane volleys from 20 meters, the ball flies wide by centimeters with the keeper beaten
-('56) Belgium: huge opportunity but Sonck misses a cross by millimeters and it sails on wide
-'57-'60 Tunisia too far drawn back. This makes it easy for Belgium to intercept the North Africans in midfield and torment the defence with dangerous crosses
-('64) Boumnijel rescues against the broken through Van der Heyden?
-('67) a clear sign by the Tunisian coach for his now shy and nervous squad: Sellimi comes in for Gabsi
-'78-'76 Belgium completely dominating the match, Tunisia lucky to conserve the score
-('77) Zitouni in for Jaziri
-('84) Great free kick opportunity for Tunisia but one player in the Belgian wall rises high and deflects the apparently dangerous ball by his head. Sensational defensive play.
-('89) Baya in for Melki
-('90+1) De Vlieger saves a 20 meter attempt after a corner, right on his body
-('90+2) Tunisia have a late pressure period, nailing Belgium into their half
-('90+3) Belgium answers: Sonck shoots wide by a meter
-('90+3) Ghodbane from 25 meters across the bar
final score 1:1
A surprise loss of confidence of the Tunisians in the second half and logically another African match with one goal or less.
Tunisia now need a win against Japan by two goals to advance.
|Jun 10 1130 GMT
Portugal - Poland 4:0 (final score)
Portugal took the first half lead through Pauleta in heavy rain. Poland attacked but only had few clearcut chances. In second half they had a goal disallowed for foul against the keeper and Pauletas second goal shattered what was left of their confidence. Now Portugal had it easy, added another through Pauleta, his third, and a fourth through Rui Costa. More chances, among them a Figo ball against the goalpost. Poland eliminated.
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