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Travel to Slovenia Slovenia vs Travel to Paraguay Paraguay in Seogwipo (1:3)

Ten Man Paraguay Pull Through

Slovenia were already out but Paraguay had a place in the Second Round to play for.

Francisco Arce's early free-kick was headed narrowly wide by Jos� Cardozo as Paraguay tried to get in front early.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World CupRed and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
A second yellow card for Carlos Paredes reduced Paraguay to ten men in the 21st minute.

Chilavert tried to make up the numbers, and get himself on the scoresheet, by taking a free-kick for Paraguay a couple of minutes later.

Another Francisco Arce free-kick was headed over the bar.... this time by Roque Santa Cruz on 35 minutes.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Slovenia, already out of the tournament, looked like taking Paraguay with them when Milenko Acimovic's cross (or was it a shot) hit Jose Luis Chilavert and went in through his legs.

Half-time: Slovenia 1 - Paraguay 0

Slovenia started to make more use of the extra man and Chilavert was called on to make a few crucial saves. Maldini's men were tiring so the Italian brought on some fresh legs.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Nelson Cuevas had only been on the pitch three minutes when he worked his way through the defence to wrong-foot Mladen Dabanovic and bring Paraguay level - 66 mins.

Another goal for Paraguay, and one more for Spain (currently leading 3-2), then Paraguay and South Africa would have to draw lots.

Leading Goalscorers 1:2
Ten minutes later..... and Maldini was starting to look like a genius, as another substitute, Jorge Campos, put Paraguay in front with a long-range drive.

Leading Goalscorers 1:3
Ten-man Paraguay can't rely on Spain to get them through and make sure of qualification to the Second Round themselves...... Cuevas scoring his second with a magnificent solo effort, dribbling past two defenders before firing in a shot off the underside of the crossbar with six minutes remaining.

Final Score:
Travel to Slovenia Slovenia 1 - Travel to Paraguay Paraguay 3

Other Group B Match:
South Africa vs Spain

Man of the Match:
Cesare Madini - Astute substitutions by the Italian turned the game around.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Carlos Paredes (21 mins)
Nastja Ceh (81 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Carlos Paredes (5 mins)
Miran Pavlin (15 mins)
Carlos Paredes (21 mins)
Amir Karic (68 mins)
Mladen Rudonja (69 mins)
Zeljko Milinovic (79 mins)

The Teams

12 Mladen Dabanovic; 23 Spasoje Bulajic, 3 Zeljko Milinovic; 18 Milenko Acimovic (20 Nastja Ceh - 65 mins), 8 Ales Ceh, 19 Amir Karic, 7 Dzoni Novak, 11 Miran Pavlin (13 Mladen Rudonja - 40 mins), 15 Rajko Tavcar; 21 Segastjan Cimirotic, 9 Milan Osterc (16 Senad Tiganj - 80 mins).

1 Jos� Luis Chilavert; 2 Francisco Arce, 5 Celso Ayala, 18 Julio C�ceres, 21 Denis Caniza, 4 Carlos Gamarra; 10 Roberto Acu�a, 8 Guido Alvarenga (11 Jorge Campos - 56 mins), 13 Carlos Paredes; 20 Jos� Cardozo (23 Nelson Cuevas - 62 mins (17 Juan Carlos Franco - 92 mins)), 9 Roque Santa Cruz.

Referee: Felipe Ramos Rizo Travel to Mexico

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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