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The World United Through Football Wednesday June 5th, 2002

Travel to Russia Russia vs Travel to Tunisia Tunisia in Kobe (2:0)

Sleeping Giant Awakes

As early as the second minute, Vladimir Beschastnykh exaggerated contact and earned Russia a free-kick just outside the Tunisia area, which Valeri Karpin blasted at Ali Boumnjiel.

For Tunisia, Adel Sellimi tested Rusian Nigmatullin a minute later, to prove that the North Africans were not here just to make the numbers up.

On fifteen minutes, Russia combined well on the right only for Tunisia to disrupt their attack and hook the final lay-off out of danger.

Five minutes later, two Russia defenders stumbled over each other, as Hassen Gabsi was running onto a through-ball, and Yuri Kovtun's touch almost beat his own goalkeeper; for what would have been the first own-goal of the tournament.

Russia slowed down their build-ups through Karpin and Titov - letting the ball do the work and the Tunisians the running - to conserve their energy in the heat.

Both teams seemed to drag out the end of the first-half, then Russia upped the tempo slightly in the last seconds and Titov shot narrowly wide.

Half-time: Russia 0 - Tunisia 0

Dmitri Khokhlov started the second-half in place of Igor Semshov.

Tunisia started the second-half a little stronger and looked more dangerous on the approach to goal; creating a couple of good chances before Beschastnykh - who seemed out of sorts up front for Russia - was replaced by Dmitry Sychev.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Four minutes after the substitution, Dmitry Sychev flicked the ball back, to beat his defender, and it bounced at the feet of Spartak teammate Yegor Titov, who made it look easy to beat the slow to react Nigmatullin - 59 mins.

The new substitution, and goal, brought Russia to life and they pushed forward once more.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
The lively Dmitry Sychev was brought down as he tried to turn Radhi Jaidi in the Tunisian area. Valeri Karpin struck the penalty low, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, and hugged the substitute, whose approach work had earned the spot-kick - 64 mins.

Tunisia responded with a double substitution: Imed Mhedhebi and Zoubaier Baya on for Hassen Gabsi and Adel Sellimi.

Russia could now relax and pass the ball around without tiring themselves much further, although Tunisia tried to pounce on any mistakes and counter.

Jaziri, who had already been booked once for trying to con a penalty from the Jamaican referee was lucky not to get a second yellow card for trying it on again.

Final Score:
Travel to Russia Russia 2 - Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 0

Man of the Match:
Dmitry Sychev - Although he was only on the pitch for half an hour, he brought the game to life and was instrumental in both of Russia's goals.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Igor Semshov (27 mins)
Hassen Gabsi (50 mins)
Zied Jaziri (75 mins)
Dmitri Alenichev (88 mins)

The Teams

1 Rusian Nigmatullin; 2 Yuri Kovtun, 3 Yuri Nikiforov, 7 Viktor Onopko, 5 Andrei Solomatin; 20 Marat Izmailov (15 Dmitri Alenichev - 78 mins), 8 Valeri Karpin, 6 Igor Semshov (21 Dmitri Khokhlov - 46 mins), 9 Yegor Titov; 11 Vladimir Beschastnykh (22 Dmitry Sychev - 55 mins), 19 Rusian Pimenov.

1 Ali Boumnjiel; 2 Khaled Badra (20 Ali Zitouni - 84 mins), 12 Raouf Bouzaiene, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 4 Mohamed Mkacher, 6 Hatem Trabelsi; 18 Slim Benachour, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 8 Hassen Gabsi (7 Imed Mhedhebi - 67 mins); 5 Zied Jaziri, 11 Adel Sellimi (3 Zoubaier Baya - 67 mins).

Referee: Peter Prendergast Travel to Jamaica

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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