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The World United Through Football Saturday June 8th, 2002

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to China China in Seogwipo (4:0)

Brazil Stroll Into Second Round

World Cup debutantes China didn't seem overawed by four time World Champions Brazil and took the game to them right from the start.

They also defended in numbers to crowd out Ronaldo and Ronaldinho when Brazil attacked.

Xu Yunlong showed plenty of pace on the right to get past Roberto Carlos on a number of occasions, as China looked lively and appeared to be enjoying themselves; eve when they overhit the ball.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
But China couldn't do anything about Roberto Carlos' left-foot free-kick in the fifteenth minute.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Ronaldinho was unfairly booked for diving in the 24th minute, when in fact Du Wei had clearly pulled his shirt.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
Rivaldo extended Brazil's lead by volleying in Ronaldinho's cheeky chip in the area - 32 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 3:0
Brazil were awarded a penalty, just before half-time, when Ronaldo was pulled down by two defenders. Ronaldinho stepped forward to put his name on the scoresheet as well.

Half-time: Brazil 3 - China 0

China started the second-half a little slower and passed the ball around the back to try and limit Brazil's chances of increasing their lead.

Leading Goalscorers 4:0
China lost possession deep in the Brazilian half and Rivaldo floated a long ball out to Cafu on the right, who crossed for Ronaldo to tap in Brazil's fourth goal - 55 mins.

Five minutes later, China found themselves in plenty of space and Zhao Junzhe's shot from the left side of the area had Marcos beaten but cannoned off the right upright.

Bora Milutinovic gave some more youngsters a taste of World Cup football, in the latter part of the game, to see if they could come up with any fresh ideas.

With twenty minutes left, Marcos palmed away a curling free-kick as China still searched for their first goal in a World Cup finals competition.... maybe against Turkey.

A relatively easy win for Brazil as they make sure of their rightful place in the Second Round.

Final Score:
Travel to Brazil Brazil 4 - Travel to China China 0

Man of the Match:
Rivaldo - His vision and long passes are always a joy.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Ronaldinho (24 mins)
Roque Junior (69 mins)

The Teams

1 Marcos; 14 Anderson Polga, 2 Cafu, 3 L�cio, 6 Roberto Carlos, 4 Roque Junior; 8 Gilberto Silva, 19 Juninho Paulista (7 Ricardinho - 71 mins), 10 Rivaldo, 11 Ronaldinho (17 Denilson - 46 mins); 9 Ronaldo (20 Edilson - 72 mins).

22 Jiang Jin; 4 Wu Chengying, 17 Du Wei, 14 Li Weifeng, 21 Xu Yunlong; 19 Qi Hong (6 Shao Jiayi - 66 mins), 15 Zhao Junzhe, 9 Ma Mingyu (3 Yang Pu - 62 mins), 8 Li Tie, 18 Li Xiaopeng; 10 Hao Haidong (16 Qu Bo - 75 mins).

Referee: Anders Frisk Travel to Sweden

Teams by Group

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Korea
In Korea

Group A
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Senegal Senegal, Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

Group B
Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Slovenia Slovenia, Travel to Spain Spain, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group C
Travel to Brazil Brazil, Travel to China China, Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to Turkey Turkey.

Group D
Travel to Poland Poland, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to South Korea South Korea, Travel to USA United States.

Korea First Round Matches.

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Japan
In Japan

Group E
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia.

Group F
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to England England, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Sweden Sweden.

Group G
Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Ecuador Ecuador, Travel to Italy Italy, Travel to Mexico Mexico.

Group H
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Japan Japan, Travel to Russia Russia, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Japan First Round Matches.

The Road to the Final

2002 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

Group Tables - Leading Goalscorers.

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Group Matches

Friday, May 31
France vs Senegal

Saturday, June 1
Ireland vs Cameroon
Uruguay vs Denmark
Germany vs S. Arabia

Sunda, 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

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Second Round

The last 16 continued on the Road to Yokohama, with four games in South Korea and four games in Japan.

Group A winner and runner-up went to Japan.

Group B winner and runner-up stayed in Korea.

Group C winner and runner-up went to Japan.

Group D winner and runner-up stayed in Korea.

Group E winner and runner-up went to Korea.

Group F winner and runner-up stayed in Japan.

Group G winner and runner-up went to Korea.

Group H winner and runner-up stayed in Japan.

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