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The World United Through Football Monday June 3rd, 2002

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to Turkey Turkey in Ulsan (2:1)

Drama At The Death

Turkey, who hardly ever make it to the World Cup finals, faced Brazil (who are always there) and went into the half-time break in front - against the run of play.

One of the nicest moves of the half came in the 40th minute.... Ronaldinho, on the right, crossed high to Rivaldo.... who took it on his chest (under pressure) and turned the ball to Roberto Carlos on the left.... forward to Ronaldo.... who dummied and skipped past Fatih Akyel and Alpay..... then crossed to Rivaldo at the far post...... whose header was saved by Recber.

Turkey coped well with the Brazilian pressure, denying Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho on numerous occassions but they never really looked like they would go in front.

Turkey had soaked up 45 minutes of pressure from Brazil yet countered, in the dying seconds of the first half, to make the four times World Champions pay for not having taken the lead first.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Against the run of play, Bast�rk floated a long ball over the head of Roque Junior and behind Cafu, for Hasan Sas to run onto and score.

Half-time: Brazil 0 - Turkey 1

Brazil came out for the second-half looking a little shell shocked. If they only needed to play at 60% - according to Roberto Carlos in the pre-match build up - then now they had to step up a gear.

Turkey started to play with more confidence although Brazil were not prepeared to lie down and let them have their way.

Edmilson took the ball out of the Brazilan defense, on a great solo run, before releasing the ball for Ronaldo and Rivaldo in the Turkish area.... but they seemed to get in each other's way.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
On the next forward push, Rivaldo crossed in for Ronaldo who dived feet first to hit the ball, while it was still in the air, past the helpless Recber - 50 mins.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Alpay �zalan, already on a yellow, earned the second red card of the tournament for pulling on Luizao's shirt, as the Brazilian broke free towards the area.

The foul was comitted on the edge of the area but Luizao fell into the box and a penalty was given by the Korean referee, who seemed to be enjoying himself throughout the game.

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
With three minutes to go, Rivaldo put Brazil back in the driving seat.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World CupRed and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
But the drama didn't end there. In the dying seconds of time added on Hakan �nsal earned himself a second yellow card, and sending off, for kicking the ball at Rivaldo; as the Brazilian prepared himself for a last-ditch corner kick.

Brazil have proved that they are still a class act and Turkey have shown the world that they lose their cool when the going gets tough.

Final Score:
Travel to Brazil Brazil 2 - Travel to Turkey Turkey 1

Man of the Match:
Rivaldo - The inspiration behind most of Brazil's attacking play.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Alpay �zalan (86 mins)
Hakan �nsal (94 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Fatih Akyel (21 mins)
Hakan �nsal (24 mins)
Alpay �zalan (43 mins)
Denilson (73 mins)
Hakan �nsal (94 mins)

The Teams

1 Marcos; 2 Cafu, 3 Lucio, 4 Roque Junior, 5 Edmilson, 6 Roberto Carlos; 8 Gilberto Silva, 10 Rivaldo, 19 Juninho Paulista (18 Vampeta - 72 mins); 9 Ronaldo (21 Luizao - 73 mins), 11 Ronaldinho (17 Denilson - 67 mins).

1 R�st� Recber; 3 B�lent Korkmaz (17 Ilhan Mansiz - 66 mins), 4 Fatih Akyel, 5 Alpay �zalan, 16 �mit Ozat; 8 Tugay Kerimoglu (6 Arif Erdem - 89 mins), 10 Yildiray Bast�rk (22 Umit Davala - 66 mins), 20 Hakan �nsal, 21 Emre Belozoglu; 9 Hakan S�k�r, 11 Hasan Sas.

Referee: Kim Young-Joo Travel to South Korea

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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