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Travel to South Africa South Africa vs Travel to Slovenia Slovenia in Daegu (1:0)

Slovenia To Join Zahovic At Home

Zlatko Zahovic was sent home after a row with his trainer and, after this defeat to South Africa, the rest of the Slovenia team would soon join him.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Siyabonga Nomvete put South Africa ahead in the 4th minute, as he stooped to head Quinton Fortune's free kick from the left but pumped the ball into the back of the net with his thigh instead.

Not the most beautiful of goals but it earned South Africa the three points and a possible place in the Second Round.

South Africa continued to look dangerous but they didn't really test Marko Simeunovic in the Slovenia goal.

Milenko Acimovic shot wide just after the half-hour mark, for Slovenia's best chance of the first half and Benedict McCarthy should have doubled South Africa's lead just before the break.... but took too long when presented with an open goal.

Half-time: South Africa 1 - Slovenia 0

Five minutes after the restart, Marko Simeunovic pushed McCarthy's fierce shot out for a corner as South Africa tried to wrap up the game before Slovenia started to show an interest in it.

McCarthy continued to look the most likely to score, heading against the post and later shooting straight at Simeunovic from the middle of the area.

Without Zlatko Zahovic, Slovenia never really showed creativity in attack and now face Paraguay with nothing more to play for than their pride.

Final Score:
Travel to South Africa South Africa 1 - Travel to Slovenia Slovenia 0

Man of the Match:
Benedict McCarthy - Although he didn't score he came close a number of times, to keep the pressure on Slovenia, before getting substituted ten minutes from time.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Lucas Radebe (12 mins)
Maumer Vugdalic (36 mins)
Zeljko Milinovic (52 mins)
Tebeho Mokoena (60 mins)
Ales Ceh (62 mins)
Miran Pavlin (75 mins)

The Teams

South Africa:
16 Andre Arendse; 3 Bradley Carnell, 4 Aaron Mokoena, 2 Cyril Nzama, 19 Lucas Radebe; 7 Quinton Fortune (11 Jabu Pule - 84 mins), 12 Tebeho Mokoena, 6 Ntuthuko Sibaya, 15 Sibusiso Zuma; 17 Benedict McCarthy (23 George Koumantarkis - 80 mins), 14 Siyabonga Nomvete (18 Delron Buckley - 71 mins).

1 Marko Simeunovic; 6 Aleksander Knavs (23 Spasoje Bulajic - 60 mins), 3 Zeljko Milinovic, 4 Maumer Vugdalic; 18 Milenko Acimovic (20 Nastja Ceh - 60 mins), 8 Ales Ceh, 19 Amir Karic, 7 Dzoni Novak, 11 Miran Pavlin; 21 Segastjan Cimirotic (9 Milan Osterc - 41 mins), 13 Mladen Rudonja.

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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