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The World United Through Football Sunday June 9th, 2002

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Travel to Turkey Turkey in Incheon (1:1)

Turkey Lose Their Heads Again

Turkey started by pushing back Costa Rica at every opportunity. Defeat for the Turks would mean elimination from the competition.

Hasan Sas is again looking lively for Turkey while Paulo Wanchope fired over the bar on one of Costa Rica's rarer meaningful attacks in the opening half-hour.

Once Costa Rica were allowed to get into some rhythm their pace was enough to split the Turkish defense and cause Rustu's heartbeat to increase.

Towards the end of the half, Turkey started to lose their discipline again and Costa Rica finished slightly stronger.

Half-time: Costa Rica 0 - Turkey 0

Rustu Recber started the second-half even though he seemed to pick up an injury when hooking away the ball in the first half.

Hakan Sukur had two good chances to put Turkey ahead shortly after the restart but wasted them.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Hasan Sas laid the ball back into the path of Emre Belozoglu whose initial shot was blocked, by Gilberto Martinez, but the Inter midfielder showed enough composure to turn with the ball and keep Turkey in the tournament.

Fired up by this goal, Turkey were determined to keep Gomez and Wanchope away from shooting positions and the slightly injured Rustu played his part in keeping a possible equaliser out.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Costa Rica brought on two strikers for the last thirteen minutes, and it paid off as Winston Parks capitalised on a rare positioning error from Rustu.... and with no defenders keeping an eye on him, equalised for Costa Rica.

Turkey lost their heads again, with a few minutes left, as Emre Belozoglu pushed someone from the Costa Rica bench in an attempt to get the ball for a quick throw-in...... and both sides nearly came to blows in a crowded confusion between the benches.

Parks almost sealed the game right at the end, which would have sent Turkey home.... where some might say they deserve to be if they can't keep their cool when they concede a goal.

Final Score:
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica 1 - Travel to Turkey Turkey 1

Man of the Match:
Rustu Recber would have been candidate for player of the match but hesitated when the cross came in that led to Costa Rica's equaliser.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Emre Asik (20 mins)
Gilberto Mart�nez (24 mins)
Carlos Castro (43 mins)
Tugay Kerimoglu (45 mins)
Emre Belozoglu (89 mins)

The Teams

Costa Rica:
1 Erick Lonnis; 22 Carlos Castro, 3 Luis Marin, 5 Gilberto Martinez, 15 Harold Wallace (16 Steven Bryce - 77 mins), 4 Mauricio Wright; 10 Walter Centeno (17 Hernan Medford - 67 mins), 6 Wilmer Lopez (12 Winston Parks - 77 mins), 8 Mauricio Solis; 11 Ronald Gomez, 9 Paulo Wanchope.

1 Rustu Recber; 4 Fatih Akyel, 2 Emre Asik, 16 Umit Ozat; 10 Yildiray Basturk (15 Nihat Kahveci - 79 mins), 21 Emre Belozoglu, 22 Umit Davala, 8 Tugay Kerimoglu (6 Arif Erdem - 88 mins), 18 Ergun Penbe; 11 Hasan Sas, 9 Hakan Sukur (17 Ilhan Mansiz - 74 mins).

Referee: Coffi Codjia Travel to Benin

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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