Wednesday June 5th, 2002
United States vs Portugal in Suwon
In the second minute, Rui Costa showed his skill to the Americans
with a nutmeg but they weren't put out of their stride and answered back by taking the
In the third minute, John O'Brien followed up on a McBride header that Vitor Baia could
only palm away to his left.
America continued to press the Portuguese and even showed some class
on the ball themselves in the 17th minute. A subtle flick from McBride released Landon
Donovan on the left and Jorge Costa needed to get in front of the diving Baia to knock the
low cross out of play.
Vitor Baia had a lot of early problems and seemed to lack confidence
with any aerial threat from corners.
Three minutes later, Rui Costa floated in a free-kick from the left.
Pauleta lost his markers on a run to the near post and almost ate his shirt after heading
In the next Portugal attack, Luis Figo showed he was still a little
out of condition by getting easily squashed off the ball by Pablo Mastroeni and DaMarcus
Landon Donovan shocked Portugal by getting a lucky deflection off the back of Jorge Costa,
on his cross from the left, that beat the wrong-footed Vitor Baia to give America a two
goal advantage - Own goal, 29 mins.
At the other end Brad Friedel had little to do apart from take a few
Vitor Baia's nightmare continued in the 36th minute when Brian McBride headed in an
excellent cross, from Tony Sanneh on the right.
Portugal were relieved to get a goal back a few minutes later, when Luis Figo's corner
from the right was headed down by Beto. Goalscorer McBride stretched a foot out but the
ball returned to Beto who reacted quickly to make sure of the target.
Half-time: United States 3 - Portugal 1
America continued to hustle Portugal at the start of the second-half
and even Baia had to come out of his area to head away danger.
Portugal did have a very good chance to close the gap when a 56th
minute corner, from Figo on the left, fell to Jorge Costa with his back to the goal - just
in front of Brad Friedel - but he failed to turn the half-opening into the net.
Portugal tried to step up a gear in the last half an hour and
benefitted from another American mistake.
Own goal number two occurred when Jeff Agoos volleyed a left-wing cross from Pauleta past
his own goalkeeper.
Two fairly lucky goals helped Portugal back into the game but Nuno
Gomes was was brought on too late to make a difference; especially as America tried to
drag the game out, deep in the Portugal half, with time-wasting tactics - DaMarcus Beasley
making it into the referee's notebook, just before the whistle, for doing just that.
States 3 -
Man of the Match:
DaMarcus Beasley - Even though he was needlessly booked in the dying seconds for
Beto (34 mins)
Petit (52 mins)
DaMarcus Beasley (90 mins)
1 Brad Friedel; 12 Jeff Agoos, 2 Frankie Hejduk, 4 Pablo Mastroeni,
23 Eddie Pope (16 Carlos Llamosa - 80 mins), 22 Tony Sanneh; 17 DaMarcus
Beasley, 21 Landon Donovan (9 Joe-Max Moore - 75 mins), 5 John O'Brien;
20 Brian McBride, 8 Earnie Stewart (13 Cobi Jones - 46 mins).
1 Vitor Baia; 2 Jorge Costa (13 Jorge Andrade - 74 mins), 5 Fernando Couto,
23 Rui Jorge (17 Paulo Bento - 69 mins), 22 Beto; 11 Sergio Conceicao,
7 Luis Figo, 20 Petit, 10 Rui Costa (21 Nuno Gomes - 80 mins); 9 Pedro
Pauleta, 8 Joao Pinto.
Referee: Byron Moreno
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