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Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia in Sapporo (8:0)

Klose To Perfect

With Ireland and Cameroon already drawing their match (1:1), Germany knew that a win against Saudi Arabia would put them top.

But they didn't take anything for granted.

The German's played the ball around giving everyone a feel of the ball early..... and then the floodgates opened.

Carsten Jancker proved himself a menace to the Saudis in the first ten minutes, before Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack made their presence felt.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Michael Ballack floated a ball into the area from the left, Jancker tried an overhead kick, missed and Miroslav Klose headed in the loose ball - 20 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
Almost a carbon copy of the first goal, Michael Ballack crossed from the left for Miroslav Klose to head in his second - 25 mins.

Sami al-Jaber tried to remind the Germans that he was still around, although he posed no real threat to Ollie Kahn.

Leading Goalscorers 3:0
The third German goal is headed in as well.... this time it's Michael Ballack though. The height and strength of the Germans is way too much for Saudi Arabia - 40 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 4:0
At last, Carsten Jancker gets on the scoresheet and rips his shirt off in celebration - 45 mins.

Half-time: Germany 4 - Saudi Arabia 0

At the start of the second-half, the question on everybody's lips was would Germany go for the jugular or hold back and save themselves for more competitive games ahead.

It seemed a little like the later until they got bored.

Leading Goalscorers 5:0
Miroslav Klose became the tournament's leading scorer by heading for the third time, this time a cross from Bernd Schneider on the right - 69 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 6:0
Defender Thomas Linke made it six for Germany, with yet another headed goal, and neutrals around the world started to feel embarrassed for Saudi Arabia; apart from American fans who felt that here was a good candidate for their 32nd place in the tournament - 73 mins.

Klose might have felt disappointed not to get his fourth goal, a couple of minutes later, before making way for Oliver Neuville.

Leading Goalscorers 7:0
Michael Ballack slipped the ball through to Oliver Bierhoff (on for Carsten Jancker) who made Saudi Arabia look like a bunch of schoolboys with his lethal finish - 84 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 8:0
And to add insult to injury, Bernd Schneider fired his direct free-kick over the wall and into the roof of Mohammed al-Deayea's goal.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 8 - Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 0

Man of the Match:
Miroslav Klose - who towered above the Saudi defense to score three goals with his head.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Christian Ziege (43 mins)
Dietmar Hamann (83 mins)
Mohammed Noor (90 mins)

The Teams

1 Oliver Kahn; 2 Thomas Linke, 5 Carsten Ramelow (16 Jens Jeremies - 46mins), 6 Christian Ziege, 8 Dietmar Hamann, 9 Carsten Jancker (20 Oliver Bierhoff - 67 mins), 11 Miroslav Klose (7 Oliver Neuville - 76 mins), 13 Michael Ballack, 19 Bernd Schneider, 21 Christoph Metzelder, 22 Torsten Frings.

Saudi Arabia:
1 Mohammed al-Deayea; 3 Redha Tukar, 4 Sulaiman Zubromawi, 8 Mohammed Noor, 9 Sami al-Jaber, 12 Ahmed Dukhi al-Dossarry, 13 Hussein Sulimani, 16 Khamis Alowairan (7 Ibrahim Al Shahrani - 46 mins), 17 Abdullah Alwaked al-Shahrani, 18 Nawaf al-Temyat (14 Aziz al-Khathran - 46 mins), 20 Al Hassan al-Yami (15 Abdullah Jumaan - 76 mins).

Referee: Ubaldo Aquino Travel to Paraguay

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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