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Travel to Spain Spain vs Travel to Paraguay Paraguay in Jeonju (3:1)

Siesta Before The Fiesta

Paraguay kicked-off from left to right and took a while to get into their stride, even though Spain seemed to be having a siesta at the back.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
With ten minutes gone, José Luis Chilavert waved his players upfield and took the free-kick from deep in his own half. The long ball was headed out to Francisco Arce, on the right of the Spanish area. Iker Casillas could only parry the drive as far as his own defender, Carles Puyol, who knocked it back in..... for the third Own Goal of the tournament.

Two minutes later, Chilavert tipped a shot from Raul over the bar for a corner.

Even though Spain already had three points in the bag, they couldn't afford to lose this game..... but with six or seven Paraguayans around Chilavert's area, they found the going tough.

Chilavert's ability to read the game quickly thwarted Raul's attempt to get onto the end of an inviting through-ball from Tristin.

Spain continued to have more of the possession and create more attacking chances but in reality the under-achievers only created half-chances and Paraguay held onto their lead.

Paraguay also looked dangerous on the counter attack with Acuna, Cardozo and Santa Cruz the moving targets for Francisco Arce to aim for.

Half-time: Spain 0 - Paraguay 1

Spain started the second-half with a team change: Ivan Helguera and Morientes in for Luis Enrique and Diego Tristin.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Paraguay tried to cling onto their lead, closing out the renewed threats from Morientes and Ra�l, but couldn't prevent Fernando Morientes from rising high to head in from a corner - 53 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
Chilavert failed to get to a Francisco De Pedro cross from the left and substitute Morientes stumbled in his second goal, to give Spain the lead for the first time in the match - 69 mins.

With a little over ten minutes remaining, Chilavert ran up the pitch to take a free-kick for Paraguay and Casillas had to get down well to save it on the line.

Leading Goalscorers 3:1
Hierro made it two goals in two games from the spot after Ra�l was obstructed on a turn in the area.

Spain become the first team to definitely qualify for the Second Round - and will play someone from Germany's group.

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

Man of the Match:
Francisco De Pedro - His corner and left wing cross provided the ammunition for Morientes to shoot Spain into a 2-1, second-half lead.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Ruben Baraja (9 mins)
Francisco Arce (44 mins)
Diego Gavil�n (60 mins)
Roque Santa Cruz (80 mins)

The Teams

1 Iker Casillas; 3 Juan Garcia, 6 Hierro, 20 Nadal, 5 Carles Puyol; 8 Ruben Baraja, 11 Francisco De Pedro, 21 Luis Enrique (4 Ivan Helguera - 46 mins), 17 Juan Carlos Valeron (19 Xavi - 85 mins); 7 Raul, 10 Diego Tristin (9 Fernando Morientes - 46 mins).

1 José Luis Chilavert; 2 Francisco Arce, 5 Celso Ayala, 18 Julio Cesar C�ceres, 21 Denis Ramon Caniza (6 Estanislao Struway - 78 mins), 4 Carlos Gamarra; 10 Roberto Miguel Acun�a, 14 Diego Gavilon, 13 Carlos Humberto Paredes; 20 José Saturnino Cardozo (11 Jorge Campos - 63 mins), 9 Roque Santa Cruz.

Referee: Gamal Ghandour Travel to Egypt

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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