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The World United Through Football Wednesday June 5th, 2002

Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland in Ibaraki (1:1)

Irish Dreams Live On

Germany and Ireland were the first teams to play their second game in the tournament.

A win for Germany would have guaranteed them a place in the Second Round, but Ireland didn't follow the script.

The game started with the Irish fans singing a rendition of "Come on You Boys in Green," as Ireland pushed forward to test the confidence of the Germans - who smashed eight goals past Saudi Arabia.

Steve Staunton had the job of keeping an eye on the tournament's leading goalscorer, Miroslav Klose. Klose didn't seem daunted at all and made a couple of early runs to the Irish goal-line, even coming close to a penalty appeal - much to Staunton's displeasure.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Klose soon had his fourth goal of the tournament, getting another clean header on to a long ball from Ballack, and performed his trademark somersault - 19 mins.

As much as Ireland tried to break down Germany in the first-half, they found their opponents too resilient.

The boys in green seemed to run out of ideas and played the ball around the back as if they were the team in front.

Ireland's most promising player of the half was probably Damien Duff but the clear winners so far are once again the deadly duo of Ballack and Klose.

Half-time: Germany 1 - Ireland 0

Rudi V�ller didn't look too impressed with his team's second-half performance. The Irish fans sensed they might be getting back into the game and let the boys in green know it.

One hour gone and the Irish were still in with a chance of a draw - if, in the words of Mick McCarthey: "Germany are not better than Cameroon or Holland."

A collection of substitutions from both sides, late in the second-half, failed to eat up the minutes for Germany as Ireland struck late to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Germany paid the price for thinking the game was already won and suffering a lack of concentration at the back, as Robbie Keane slipped through Linke and Ramelow to smash a drive past Ollie Kahn's left ear.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 1 - Travel to Ireland Ireland 1

Man of the Match:
Robbie Keane - For the equaliser, just before the final whistle, that kept Ireland's goal of at least a Second Round place on track.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
No yellow cards.

The Teams

1 Oliver Kahn; 2 Thomas Linke, 21 Christoph Metzelder, 6 Christian Ziege; 13 Michael Ballack, 22 Torsten Frings, 8 Dietmar Hamann, 5 Carsten Ramelow, 19 Bernd Schneider (16 Jens Jeremies - 90 mins); 9 Carsten Jancker (20 Oliver Bierhoff - 75 mins), 11 Miroslav Klose (17 Marco Bode - 85 mins).

Rep. of Ireland:
1 Shay Given; 14 Gary Breen, 2 Steve Finnan, 3 Ian Harte (21 Stephen Reid - 74 mins), 18 Gary Kelly (17 Niall Quinn - 73 mins), 5 Steve Staunton (4 Kenny Cunningham - 88 mins); 8 Matt Holland, 11 Kevin Kilbane, 12 Mark Kinsella; 9 Damien Duff, 10. Robbie Keane.

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen Travel to Denmark

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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