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The World United Through Football Sunday June 2nd, 2002

Travel to Paraguay Paraguay vs Travel to South Africa South Africa in Busan (2:2)

Injury Time Penalty

An injury-time penalty helped South Africa earn a share of the points in the second South America vs Africa contest of the day.

This really was a game of two halves with Paraguay controlling most of the first hour, then switching off when they had a 2-0 lead and paying for it at the death.

Right at the start of the match, Roque Santa Cruz was trying to earn a penalty for Paraguay, by diving over the South African goalkeeper and pulling his face in agony.

In the tenth minute, Paraguay's Francisco Arce offered a glimpse of how dangerous he could be from dead-ball situations; his free-kick tipped over the bar by Arendse.

The Slovakian referee seemed to be missing a lot of the holding and sly pushing although he didn't fall for the Paraguayan theatrics.

It was over an hour before Santa Cruz had his first real chance for Paraguay - blocked by Andre Arendse.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Six minutes before half-time Roque Santa Cruz headed home, from Francisco Arce's free-kick, to give the South Americans a slight sense of relief.

Three minutes later Santa Cruz saw another header tipped over the bar.

On the whole, South Africa were very disappointing in the first half. Maybe they thought they could pack the defense like Senegal did against France and get a result.

The thing they overlooked is that Senegal had some rhythm going forward.

Half-time: Paraguay 1 - South Africa 0

Shortly into the second half, Sibusiso Zuma should have pulled South Africa level from six-yards out. He was completely in the wrong place to try a bicycle kick and a straight forward knock-in would have been the right thing to do.

Some people moaned about how the Germans attacked Saudi Arabia yesterday..... but it was ten times better than this.... well, at least with a couple more goals it would have been.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
55 mins - Direct free-kick into the top left corner of the goal.... Francisco Arce the scorer.

58 mins - A half-chance falls to McCarthey.....

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
63 mins - South Africa show some life up front but their ideas about finishing it all off are lame... they even get back into the game with a clumsy own goal...... although it was credited to Tebeho Mokena.

South Africa sensed they had a chance to get a point out of the game and Paraguay made things easier by switching off.

With fifteen minutes to go, Mukansi managed to get down the right and his low cross caused problems for the Paraguayan defense. The Paraguayan defenders seemed to miss Chilavert shouting in their ear.

Leading Goalscorers 2:2
Drama at the end of the game as South Africa get awarded a penalty.

Ricardo Tavarelli is booked, after he brought down Sibusiso Zuma, and Quinton Fortune kept his nerve to strike the ball clean past the Paraguayan.

Final Score:
Travel to Paraguay Paraguay 2 - Travel to South Africa South Africa 2

Man of the Match:
Quinton Fortune for keeping his cool and leveling the score for South Africa, in the dying minutes of a game Paraguay didn't really deserve to win - or looked like they wanted to in the last half an hour. Well done South Africa for hanging in there and coming back from 0-2 down.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Aaron Mokoena (3 mins)
Pierre Issa (9 mins)
Julio C�sar C�ceres (35 mins)
Benedict McCarthy (38 mins)
Sibusiso Zuma (45 mins)
Denis Caniza (65 mins)
Ricardo Tavarelli (90 mins)
Juan Carlos Franco (93 mins)

The Teams

22 Ricardo Tavarelli; 2 Francisco Arce, 5 Celso Ayala, 18 Julio C�sar C�ceres, 21 Denis Caniza, 4 Carlos Gamarra; 10 Roberto Acu�a, 8 Guido Alvarenga (14 Diego Gavilan - 66 mins), 11 Jorge Campos (16 Gustavo Morinigo - 73 mins), 6 Estanislao Struway (17 Juan Carlos Franco - 86); 9 Roque Santa Cruz.

South Africa:
16 Andre Arendse; 3 Bradley Carnell, 13 Pierre Issa (9 McDonald Mukansi - 27 mins), 4. Aaron Mokoena, 2 Cyril Nzama, 19. Lucas Radebe; 7 Quinton Fortune, 12 Tebeho Mokoena, 6 Ntuthuko Sibaya, 15 Sibusiso Zuma; 17 Benedict McCarthy (23 George Koumantarkis - 78 mins).

Referee: Lubos Michel Travel to Slovakia

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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