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The World United Through Football Sunday June 9th, 2002

Travel to Mexico Mexico vs Travel to Ecuador Ecuador in Miyagi (2:1)

Mexico Still Unbeaten

Ecuador started the game positively.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Agustin Delgado headed Ecuador into the lead in the fifth minute, from a De La Cruz cross, to put every team in Group G on three points - for the moment.

Blanco tried to put Jared Borgetti through for the equaliser five minutes later; Mexico desperate to go into the Italian game with at least four points on the table.

It was still too early for Ecuador to think about holding onto their narrow lead and they too pushed up to try and extend their advantage on the counter.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Ram�n Morales, on the left, crossed into Jared Borgetti, who side-footed a slight volley home for Mexico's equaliser - 28 mins.

Mexico continued to look as though they wanted the second goal more than Ecuador but they went in even at half-time.

Half-time: Mexico 1 - Ecuador 1

Mexico continued to have more possession at the start of the second-half although they were taking their time with their build-up.

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
With plenty of space in midfield, Guerron tried to feed the ball through to Blanco..... but with three men marking him closely, Blanco returned the ball back to Raul Guerron..... who drove the ball hard and low past Jos� Cevallos.

Once in the lead, Mexico started to look more confident going forward as Jared Borgetti clipped the post after another attractive build-up, twenty minutes before the final whistle.

Luis Hern�ndez, a big hit at France 98, was given a chance to try and increase Mexico's lead when he came on for goalscorer Borgetti in the 77th minute..... but then Mexico had to defend as Ecuador looked for the equaliser.

With most of the Mexican team defending their lead in the closing minutes Ecuador had trouble getting a clear attempt on goal and saw their half-chances drift wide or hooked away from danger.

Ecuador managed to score their first goal in a World Cup finals but have still to earn a point as this win puts Mexico three points ahead of Italy.

After two games each, nothing is mathematically decided in Group G.

Final Score:
Travel to Mexico Mexico 2 - Travel to Ecuador Ecuador 1

Man of the Match:
Ramon Morales - His attacking run and pinpoint cross made Borgetti's equaliser a formality.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Ivan Kaviedes (15 mins)
José Cevallos (26 mins)
Raul Guerron (49 mins)
Carlos Tenorio (61 mins)
Gerardo Torrado (65 mins)
Agustin Delgado (88 mins)

The Teams

1 Oscar P�rez; 16 Salvador Carmona, 7 Ramon Morales, 5 Manuel Vidrio; 11 Braulio Luna, 4 Rafael Marquez, 18 Johan Rodriguez (19 Gabriel Caballero - 87 mins), 6 Gerardo Torrado; 21 Jesus Arellano, 10 Cuauth�moc Blanco (13 Sigifredo Mercado - 93 mins), 9 Jared Borgetti (15 Luis Hern�ndez - 77 mins).

1 José Cevallos; 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 6 Raul Guerron, 3 Ivan Hurtado, 2 Augusto Poroso; 16 Cl�ber Chal�, 19 Edmundo Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon (10 Alex Aguinaga - 58 mins), 20 Edwin Tenorio (15 Marlon Ayov� - 35 mins); 11 Agustin Delgado, 9 Ivan Kaviedes (18 Carlos Tenorio - 53 mins).

Referee: Mourad Daami Travel to Tunisia

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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