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Travel to South Africa South Africa vs Travel to Spain Spain in Daejeon (2:3)

Spain Have Plenty In Reserve

Spain were already qualified for the Second Round so had the luxury of resting a few players.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
As early as the fifth minute, Andre Arendse failed to get his body behind a through ball, on the edge of his area, and Raul was on hand to pull the ball away from him..... and stroll in one of Spain's easiest goals.

South Africa tried to reply as quick as possible and Iker Casillas was forced to punch away Ntuthuko Sibaya's shot to keep them out.

Spain had to pass the ball around quickly as South Africa pressed them and forced unnecessary errors.

On the half hour, Arendse made an excellent reflex save, from Mendieta's powerful header, to redeem himself for his earlier mistake.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
And almost immediately South Africa leveled the score at the other end.... Siyabonga Nomvete headed down a right-wing cross to Benedict McCarthy, who volleyed past the approaching Casillas - 31 mins.

Gaizka Mendieta worked hard in midfield as he tried to stake a claim for a regular place in the knockout stage.

Leading Goalscorers 1.2
Just before half-time Mendieta left Andre Arendse flat-footed, as he drove a free-kick through the space Raul made.... by dropping off the wall and taking his marker with him.

Half-time: South Africa 1 - Spain 2

If Slovenia beat Paraguay (they were leading 1-0 at half-time) South Africa would be through, even if they lost.

Leading Goalscorers 2:2
Lucas Radebe brought South Africa back into the game after heading in Romero's attempted headed clearance; from a corner - 53 mins.

A win for South Africa would pair them with Ireland..... and Spain with Germany.

Leading Goalscorers 2:3
Ra�l must have thought about that too, as he ran behind Lucas Radebe to head Spain back into the lead - 56 mins.

Ten-man Paraguay leveled the score against Slovenia on 66 minutes. Another goal for Paraguay, and one more for Spain, then Paraguay and South Africa would have to draw lots.

While Spain appeared the more likely to score - substitutes Alberto Luque and Luis Enrique both going close, shortly after coming on - Paraguay were making sure of their own destiny.... and with ten men, led Slovenia by three goals to one with seven minutes to go.

South Africa looked as though they were not aware of what was happening in the other game as they lacked urgency to get the equaliser with only two minutes left on the clock.

Final Score:
Travel to South Africa South Africa 2 - Travel to Spain Spain 3

Other Group B Match:
Slovenia vs Paraguay

Man of the Match:
Gaizka Mendieta - Worked hard to try and secure his place in the knockout rounds and scored a beautiful free-kick.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Cyril Nzama (16 mins)
Bradley Carnell (67 mins)
Siyabonga Nomvete (69 mins)
Aaron Mokoena (81 mins)

The Teams

South Africa:
16 Andre Arendse; 3 Bradley Carnell, 4 Aaron Mokoena, 2 Cyril Nzama, 19 Lucas Radebe (22 Thabang Molefe - 80 mins); 7 Quinton Fortune (5 Jacob Lekgetho - 83 mins), 12 Tebeho Mokoena, 6 Ntuthuko Sibaya, 15 Sibusiso Zuma; 17 Benedict McCarthy, 14 Siyabonga Nomvete (23 George Koumantarkis - 74 mins).

1 Iker Casillas; 15 Enrique Fernandez Romero, 20 Miguel Angel Nadal, 2 Curro Torres; 14 David Albelda (18 Sergio - 53 mins), 4 Ivan Helguera, 19 Xavi Hernandez, 16 Gaizka Mendieta, 22 Joaquin Sanchez; 7 Raul Gonzalez (21 Luis Enrique - 82 mins), 9 Fernando Morientes (12 Alberto Luque - 78 mins).

Referee: Saad Mane Travel to Kuwait

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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