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Travel to Tunisia Tunisia vs Travel to Japan Japan in Osaka (0:2)

Osaka Erupts As Japan Score Two

Japan started the strongest, determined to qualify for the Second Round.

For the first fifteen minutes it was all Japan, earning a number of free-kicks but failing to put the host nation in front.

Then Tunisia started to find some rhythm, putting some nice passes together but not getting a goal either.

Junichi Inamoto tried to impose himself a little more on the game.... as Japan were still searching for a goal, with half an hour gone.

Half-time: Tunisia 0 - Japan 0

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
The half-time pep talk worked wonders as Japan took an early second-half lead through substitute Hiroaki Morishima - 48 mins.

Hiroaki Morishima almost made it two when he headed onto the post five minutes later.

Japan continued to push forward, with Koji Nakata threatening twice..... just after the hour mark.

Leading Goalscorers 0:2
Daisuke Ichikara crossed from the right for Hidetoshi Nakata to head through Ali Boumnijel's legs - 75 mins.

Japan's fans could let their hair down and throw away the masks....... their team had qualified for a place in the Second Round.... as Group H winners.

Final Score:
Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 0 - Travel to Japan Japan 2

Other Group H Match:
Belgium vs Russia

Man of the Match:
Hiroaki Morishima - Only on the pitch for the second-half, he gave Japan the confident start they needed.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Riadh Bouazizi (21 mins)
Khaled Badra (81 mins)

The Teams

1 Ali Boumnjiel; 2 Khaled Badra, 12 Raouf Bouzaiene (20 Ali Zitouni - 78 mins), 15 Radhi Jaidi, 6 Hatem Trabelsi; 18 Slim Benachour, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 23 Clayton (7 Imed Mhedhebi - 61 mins), 10 Kais Ghodhbane; 5 Zied Jaziri, 21 Mourad Melki (3 Zoubaier Baya - 46 mins).

12 Seigo Narazaki; 3 Naoki Matsuda, 17 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, 16 Koji Nakata; 5 Junichi Inamoto (8 Hiroaki Morishima - 46 mins), 20 Tomokazu Myojin, 7 Hidetoshi Nakata (19 Mitsuo Ogasawara - 85 mins), 18 Shinji Ono, 21 Kazuyuki Toda; 11 Takayuki Suzuki, 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa (22 Daisuke Ichikawa - 46 mins).

Referee: Gilles Veissiere Travel to France

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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