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The World United Through Football Friday June 14th, 2002

Travel to Portugal Portugal vs Travel to South Korea South Korea in Incheon (0:1)

Portugal Throw In The Towel

The tension mounted in Incheon as both teams waited for the Argentine referee to get the game underway.

Korea started the more lively running through the middle with little concern for the reputation of names like Figo.

With twenty minutes gone Yoo Sang-Chul, trying to add to his goal tally, shot narrowly wide as the Korean fans screamed ecstatically with every forward surge.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Portugal started to get frustrated and Joao Pinto was quite rightly sent off for a doubled-footed challenge that could have snapped Park Ji-Sung's leg.

The Portugal players tried to appeal but they'll need to watch the video..... the tackle was horrendous..... and Pinto could take the silly plaster off his nose as he was escorted to the tunnel.

There was more drama a couple of minutes later as Choi Jun-Chul knocked the ball out of Vitor Baia's hands and Seol Ki-Hyun turned the loose ball into the net. Baia lay sprawled on the ground and the goal was disallowed.

South Korea then slowed their game down a little and moved the ball around.... out of Portugal's reach.

Pauletta skied his one chance of the half.

Half-time: Portugal 0 - South Korea 0

South Korea came close to scoring at the start of the second-half when Seol Ki-Hyun headed narrowly wide from a free-kick.

The hosts continued to press forward making good use of the extra man with every pass working well. Only the finishing let them down with one shot high and a Yoo Sang-Chul header wide as well.

Portugal's first corner came on the hour..... Pauletta stooped down low to produce a classy back-header that Lee Woon-Jae did well to stop from going under his bar..... then Yoo Sang-Chul headed the loose ball out for Portugal's second corner.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World CupRed and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Catastrophe for Portugal as Beto received his second yellow card on 65 minutes....

At least Poland were beating the USA by three goals to nil so all the Portuguese had to do was hold out. Oliveira took off Pauletta for Jorge Andrade as he tried to shore up the defence.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
The substitution didn't help much as Park Ji-Sung took a high cross on his chest, beat Sergio Conceicao and slipped the ball under Vitor Baia.

With two men less and Korea closing them down so well, Portugal could hardly create any space..... although Sergio Conceicao did strike the post in the last minute of normal time.

And then in the last minute of time added on, Sergio Conceicao again had the chance to put Portugal into the Second Round.... if only Lee Woon-Jae wasn't so quick to react in the Korean goal.

So Portugal join France and Argentina at the airport.

Final Score:
Travel to Portugal Portugal 0 - Travel to South Korea South Korea 1

Other Group D Match:
Poland vs USA

Man of the Match:
Park Ji-Sung - Showed superb class by taking a high cross on his chest and flicking the ball around Sergio Conceicao to knock Portugal out of the tournament.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Joao Pinto (27 mins)
Beto (65 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Beto (22 mins)
Kim Tae-Young (24 mins)
Ahn Jung-Hwan (57 mins)
Beto (65 mins)
Kim Nam-Il (75 mins)
Jorge Costa (83 mins)

The Teams

1 Vitor Baia; 2 Jorge Costa, 5 Fernando Couto, 23 Rui Jorge (3 Abel Xavier - 73 mins), 22 Beto; 17 Paulo Bento, 11 Sergio Conceicao, 7 Luis Figo, 20 Petit (21 Nuno Gomes - 77 mins); 9 Pedro Pauleta (13 Jorge Andrade - 69 mins), 8 Joao Pinto.

South Korea:
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul, 20 Hong Myung-Bo, 7 Kim Tae-Young; 22 Song Chong-Gug, 21 Park Ji-Sung, 5 Kim Nam-Il, 6 Yoo Sang-Chul, 10 Lee Young-Pyo; 19 Ahn Jung-Hwan (14 Lee Chun-Soo - 90 mins), 9 Seol Ki-Hyun.

Referee: Angel Sanchez Travel to Argentina

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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