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The World United Through Football Tuesday June 4th, 2002

Travel to South Korea South Korea vs Travel to Poland Poland in Busan (2:0)

Victory Tastes Sweeter Than Kimchi

For the first time in World Cup finals history there were two host nations.

South Korea hoped for their first World Cup finals victory in front of the home fans and hopefully make history by qualifying for the second round.

Poland kicked-off from right to left and the first chance fell to Jacek Krzynowek, who shot into the side-netting when clear into the left side of the area; one of his favourite scoring positions at FC Nürnberg.

The game started slightly slower than the earlier Japan vs Belgium match, although Poland almost had a second chance within five minutes.

The Korean fans filled the stadium dressed red and, like the Japanese, were keen to provide a loud vocal encouragement to their players.

The first real chance for the home side came in the 20th minute, when Yoo Sang-Chul shot across the face of an outstretched Dudek.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
South Korea started to apply more pressure and took the lead in the 25th minute.  Lee Eul-Young played the ball into Hwang Sun-Hong who hit the ball first time to lift the roof off the stadium.

Korea continued to take the game to Poland, who seemed to miss a leader in midfield, and had a goal disallowed for offside in the 38th minute.

When the Koreans break through, Jerzy Dudek looks very vulnerable and shows little movement off his line to narrow the angle.

Half-time: South Korea 1 - Poland 0

South Korea, who have played very fair and hardly committed any fouls, started the second-half full of confidence. Poland on the other hand tried a similar move down the left to the one that almost got them off to a good start and seem lacking in ideas.

The Koreans continued to apply the pressure and five minutes into the second-half Park Ji-Sung was unlucky not to keep his shot lower at the far post.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
In the 53rd minute South Korea took earned their second goal...... Yoo Sang-Chul runs toward Tomasz Waldoch and Radoslav Kaluzny, then confidently shoots between them and past Dudek Even the President of Korea is waving his hat, Korea are on their way to their first ever win in the World Cup finals.

Seven minutes from time, Jerzy Dudek saved Poland from total embarrassment by getting down to block Ahn Jung-Hwan's shot at his near post.

In this match, Poland looked totally disappointing and South Korea very inspired, by their totally committed fans, and should feel satisfied with this performance; a credit as co-hosts of the tournament.

Gus Hiddink must be proud too; being the only Dutchman at the World Cup finals.

A well deserved victory.

Final Score:
Travel to South Korea South Korea 2 - Travel to Poland Poland 0

Man of the Match:
What was his name again? - The whole team showed such will and discipline that it would be cruel to single anyone out.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Jacek Krzynowek (32 mins)
Park Ji-Sung (71 mins)
Tomasz Hajto (80 mins)
Piotr Swierczewski (85 mins)

The Teams

South Korea:
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul, 20 Hong Myung-Bo, 7 Kim Tae-Young; 22 Song Chong-Gug, 13 Lee Eul-Young, 21 Park Ji-Sung, 5 Kim Nam-Il, 6 Yoo Sang-Chul (14 Lee Chun-Soo - 62mins); 9 Seol Ki-Hyun (16 Cha Doo-Ri - 89 mins), 18 Hwang Sun-Hong (19 Ahn Jung-Hwan - 50 mins).

1 Jerzy Dudek; 20 Jacek Bak (2 Tomasz Klos - 51 mins), 6 Tomasz Hajto, 21 Marek Kozminski, 15 Tomasz Waldoch, 4 Michal Zewlakow; 10 Radoslav Kaluzny (14 Marcin Zewlakow - 65 mins), 18 Jacek Krzynowek, 7 Piotr Swierczewski; 11 Emmanuel Olisadebe, 19 Maciej Zurawski (9 Pawel Kryszalowicz - 46mins).

Referee: Oscar Ruiz Travel to Colombia

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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