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Travel to Ecuador Ecuador vs Travel to Croatia Croatia in Yokohama (1:0)

World Cup Minnows Earn First Win

Alen Boksic and Carlos Tenorio both made early threats for Croatia and Ecuador.

Croatia have looked the most dangerous in the first-half with Alen Boksic looking the most likely to score.

With Mexico taking the lead against Italy, in the 34th minute, Croatia would end up as group runners-up if the scores remain the same.... and Italy make the news as another big name to stumble at the group stage.

Half-time: Ecuador 0 - Croatia 0

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Agustin Delgado headed down an Ulises de la Cruz cross for Edison Mendez to put Ecuador in front just after the restart.

Milan Rapaic and Alen Boksic continued to attack the South American goal but couldn't find a way to break them down. Ecuador needed to do more if they wanted to overtake Italy, who had by now equalised against Mexico.

On their first appearance in the World Cup finals, Ecuador did well to beat the third-placed team in France 98. This time around, Croatia just didn't shine enough and wouldn't even have beaten Italy if the two Italian goals were not ruled offside.

Final Score:
Travel to Ecuador Ecuador 1 - Travel to Croatia Croatia 0

Other Group G Match:
Mexico vs Italy

Man of the Match:
Edison Mendez - Score the goal that Ecuador their first ever World Cup finals victory, although it wasn't enough to take them into the Second Round.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Stejpan Tomas (72 mins)
Cléber Chalá (86 mins)
Josip Simunic (92 mins)

The Teams

1 José Cevallos; 15 Marlon Ayoví, 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 6 Raul Guerron, 3 Iván Hurtado, 2 Augusto Poroso; 16 Cléber Chalá, 19 Edison Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon (10 Alex Aguinaga - 40 mins); 11 Agustín Delgado, 18 Carlos Tenorio (9 Iván Kaviedes - 76 mins).

1 Stipe Pletikosa; 17 Robert Jarni, 21 Robert Kovac, 15 Danijel Saric (13 Mario Stanic - 67 mins), 20 Dario Simic (7 Davor Vugrinec - 52 mins), 3 Josip Simunic, 4 Stejpan Tomas; 10 Nico Kovac (16 Jurica Vranjes - 59 mins), 5 Milan Rapajc; 11 Alen Boksic, 18 Ivica Olic.

Referee: William Mattus Travel to Costa Rica

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.

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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.

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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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