Friday June 14th, 2002
Tunisia vs Japan in Osaka (0:2)
Japan started the strongest, determined to qualify for the Second
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
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
Japan continued to push forward, with Koji Nakata threatening
twice..... just after the hour mark.
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.
Tunisia 0 - Japan
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.
Riadh Bouazizi (21 mins)
Khaled Badra (81 mins)
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
Denmark, France, Senegal, Uruguay.
Paraguay, Slovenia, Spain,
Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Turkey.
South Korea, United States.
Korea First Round Matches.
Cameroon, Germany, Republic of Ireland,
Argentina, England, Nigeria, Sweden.
Croatia, Ecuador, Italy, Mexico.
Belgium, Japan, Russia, Tunisia.
Japan First Round Matches.
2002 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
Group Tables - Leading Goalscorers.
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