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Sunday, 18th June 2006
Clueless and Goaless

Group F Match

Japan vs Croatia
Nürnberg

Previous Encounters:
Japan and Croatia have met twice previously. Croatia won the Group H match (1:0) in Nantes, at France 98; while Japan won (4.3) in the Kirin Cup in Tokyo, on 7th June 1997.

The Match:
After defeats in the opening game, both Japan and Croatia seemed reluctant to take any early risks and for twenty minutes nothing much seemed to happen.

Then, in the 21st minute, Tsuneyasu Miyamoto conceded a penalty. Darijo Srna stepped forward to take the spot kick for Croatia and watched in disbelief as Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi dived the right way and saved with his left hand.

The penalty seemed to wake both teams up as Niko Kranjcar hit the bar; Mitsuo Ogasawara had a good shot saved; and Ivan Klasnic shot across the face of the goal.

Ten minutes before the break, Hidetoshi Nakata also shot from outside the area and troubled Pletikosa in the Croatian goal. Japan's fans increase the volume of their chanting.

Prso and Klasnic combined to force another Croatian corner, just before half-time but again Dado Prso headed over.

Half-time: (0:0).

Five minutes into the second-half, the ball arrived at the far post but Atsushi Yanagisawa horrendously missed an open goal and skewed the ball back across the goalmouth.

A few minutes later, Niko Kranjcar was a step to slow to properly connect with the left wing cross from Klasnic.

In attempt to get a goal in this game, Croatia went into the last few minutes with four forwards; to no avail.

Final Score:
Japan 0 - Croatia 0

Teams

Japan: (Captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto)
23 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; 5 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, 14 Alessandro Santos, 21 Akira Kaji, 22 Yuji Nakazawa; 7 Hidetoshi Nakata, 8 Mitsuo Ogasawara, 10 Shunsuke Nakamura, 15 Takashi Fukunishi; 9 Naohiro Takahara, 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa.

Croatia: (Captain Nico Kovac)
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 3 Josip Simunic, 4 Robert Kovac, 5 Igor Tudor, 7 Dario Simic; 2 Darijo Srna, 8 Marko Babic, 10 Nico Kovac, 19 Niko Kranjcar; 9 Dado Prso, 17 Ivan Klasnic.

Referee:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Japan) - 17 Junichi Inamoto on for 15 Takashi Fukunishi
61 Mins (Japan) - 20 Keiji Tamada on for 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa
67 Mins (Croatia) - 18 Ivica Olic on for 5 Igor Tudor
78 Mins (Croatia) - 14 Luka Modric on for 19 Niko Kranjcar
85 Mins (Japan) - 16 Jerko Leko on for 9 Naohiro Takahara
87 Mins (Croatia) - 22 Ivan Bosnjak on for 2 Darijo Srna

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
21 Mins - Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Japan)
32 Mins - Robert Kovac (Croatia)
42 Mins - Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Japan)
67 Mins - Darijo Srna (Croatia)
72 Mins - Alessandro Santos (Japan)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

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Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
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Ghana
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Group F
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Togo

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Spain
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