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The World United Through Football Saturday June 1st, 2002

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs Travel to Denmark Denmark in Ulsan (1:2)

Jon Dahl Double Sinks Uruguay

Within the first two minutes of this Uruguay vs Denmark World Cup match both teams created attacking opportunities. The game was off to a good start.

For Uruguay, it was Dario Silva and Alvaro Recoba who were causing the Danes most of the early problems, although both teams looked as though they could trouble France; if the French don't sharpen up after their dismal opening day performance.

Stig Tofting and Thomas Gravesen marshaled the Danish midfield well, although Tofting was lucky to get away without a card after screaming in the referee's face..... the referees seem to be fairly relaxed in the World Cup games we've seen so far.

There was plenty of action in the first half and Denmark were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty three minutes before the break, after Mendez (already on a yellow card) tugged down Jon Dahl Tomasson in the area.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
To make up for the injustice, Jon Dahl Tomasson put Denmark ahead a couple of minutes later. The Feyenoord player latched onto a low cross from the left with a first time sidefoot from the edge of the six-yard box - 45 mins.

With no time left for Uruguay to reply.....

Half-time: Uruguay 0 - Denmark 1

The goal just before half-time didn't take the wind of Uruguay's sails.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Uruguay drew level with a wicked left foot strike on the volley from Dario Rodriguez... a dream goal - 47 mins.

The game was all to play for......

Alvaro Recoba showed wonderful skill again but couldn't manage to get through two Danish defenders.

The Danes continued to push for another goal, even though the climate was obviously taking more out of the Scandinavians than the South Americans. And it paid off, once Uruguay's Recoba was substituted.

Leading Goalscorers 1:2
Tomasson gets his second goal of the game and becomes the tournament's leading scorer..... heading in a cross from substitute Martin Jorgensen - 83 mins.

A combination of substitutions were made in the later stages, as Denmark tried to hold on to their lead and Uruguay struggled for an equaliser.

Final Score:
Travel to Uruguay Uruguay 1 - Travel to Denmark Denmark 2

Man of the Match:
Jon Dahl Tomasson - His two goals took Denmark to the top of Group A..... France's group, no less.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Gustavo Mendez (25 mins)
Jan Heintze (34 mins)
Martin Laursen (51 mins)

The Teams

1 Fabian Carini, 2 Gustavo Mendez, 14 Gonzalo Sorondo, 4 Paolo Montero, 6 Dario Rodriguez (11 Gerardo Magallanes - 86 mins); 8 Gustavo Varela, 5 Pablo Garcia, 7 Gianni Guigou; 20 Alvaro Recoba (17 Mario Regueiro - 80 mins), 13 Sebastian Abreu (18 Richard Morales - 87 mins), 9 Dario Silva.

1 Thomas Sorensen, 6 Thomas Helveg, 4 Martin Laursen, 3 Rene Henriksen, 5 Jan Heintze (12 Niclas Jensen - 58 mins); 19 Dennis Rommedahl, 2 Stig Tofting, 7 Thomas Gravesen, 8 Jesper Gronkjaer (10 Martin Jorgensen - 70 mins); 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson, 11 Ebbe Sand (17 Christian Poulsen - 88 mins).

Referee: Saad Mane Travel to Kuwait

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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