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The World United Through Football Monday June 3rd, 2002

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Ecuador Ecuador in Sapporo (2:0)

Stroll On Vieri

Ecuador kicked-off from right to left.... but it was Italy who quickly stamped their mark on the game.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
With only six minutes on the clock, Totti -  on the right -  pulled the ball back for Christian Vieri, to neatly left foot the Italians in front.

Five minutes later, Totti himself forced Jose Cevallos to palm away for a corner.

As South American runners-up, Ecuador were not expected to cave in to the Italian threat and tried to play their part in the short-ball game -  much to the Italian's advantage.

Totti was always hovering dangerously and almost latched on to a 24th minute right-wing cross from Gianluca Zambrotta.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
Three minutes later, a lack of concentration allowed Christian Vieri to slip past Hurtado and run onto a long ball, slam it against Jose Cevallos' legs and make sure the loose ball ended up in the back of the net.

Towards the end of the first half, Ecuador seemed content to try and hold the ball up like boxers on the ropes, thus limiting the damage Italy could cause.

Half-time: Italy 2 -  Ecuador 0

No goals in the second half but the game was far from boring. This Italian side are looking very dangerous.

Just when the game seems quiet, they produce a burst of acceleration and a serious threat in front of goal; the Totti/Vieri combination is lethal.

Del Pierro came on for Totti, fifteen minutes from the end, but didn't really make an impact or suggest that he deserves to start, instead of Totti, in the next game.

Ecuador proved that they could pass the ball comfortably but against Italy the slightest lack of concentration is punished, and of course the Azzurri rarely make a defensive error to let anyone back in the game.

Final Score:
Travel to Italy Italy 2 -  Travel to Ecuador Ecuador 0

Man of the Match:
Christian Vieri -  Two goals and a constant menace in front of goal.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Augusto Poroso (14 mins)
Ulises De La Cruz (49 mins)
Cleber Chala (54 mins)
Fabio Cannavaro (81 mins)

The Teams

1 Gianluigi Buffon; 2 Christian Panucci,13 Alessandro Nesta, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 3 Paolo Maldini; 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 17 Damiano Tommasi, 14 Luigi Di Biagio (8 Gennaro Gattuso -  69 mins), 11 Cristiano Doni (16 Angelo Di Livio -  65 mins); 10 Francesco Totti (7 Alessandro Del Piero -  74 mins), 21 Christian Vieri.

1 Jose Cevallos; 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 3 Ivan Hurtado, 2 Augusto Poroso, 6 Raul Guerron; 19 Edison Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon, 10 Alex Aguinaga (18 Carlos Tenorio -  46 mins), 16 Cleber Chala (7 Nicol�s Asencio -  86 mins); 20 Edwin Tenorio (23 Walter Ayov� -   59 mins), 11 Agustin Delgado.

Referee: Brian Hall Travel to USA

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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