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The World United Through Football Monday, June 17th

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to Belgium Belgium in Kobe (2:0)

England Study The Three Rs

Svengali and the England team were in the stands to study the three Rs - Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

Within 40 seconds though, the first chance fell to Belgium; Marcos tipping Mbo Mpenza's shot away for a corner.

Belgium weren't giving the four times World Champions the space they needed and started very positively.

With fifteen minutes gone, it looked like Brazil definitely had a fight on their hands; even Roberto Carlos had to give more than 100% and Ronaldinho was working in defence - to head the ball back to his goalkeeper.

But take your eye off the Brazilian forwards for a second and they can tear you apart, as Ronaldo proved by crossing into Rivaldo - who might have scored if he didn't try to perform the spectacular.

A minute later and Marc Wilmots tried to emulate Edmílson's classic goal against Costa Rica.

Whatever the result in this game, the watching England team would be pleased that both sides were pushing the other to their physical limits.

A 35th minute header, by Wilmots, was dubiously disallowed and Brazil could breathe again.

Then two minutes later, Ronaldo dashed through Jacky Peeters and Daniel Van Buyten, only to be thwarted by Geert De Vlieger's face.

The Belgian goalkeeper soon recovered, although the reserve keeper continued with his warm-up routine.

Five minutes before the break, Ronaldinho sent Rivaldo down the left and Ronaldo's volley, with the outside of his outstretched foot, wasn't far over.

Half-time: Brazil 0 - Belgium 0

Seven minutes after the re-start, Marc Wilmots almost caught Marcos unsighted; when the Belgian turned and shot low, through the Brazilian defence.

Belgium continued to apply the pressure as Mpenza almost slipped in at the far post; only brave goalkeeping, from Marcos, kept the ball out.

On the next attack, Mpenza looked back as he chased the ball down the right, towards the corner-flag, and noticed his captain on the edge of the area.... Marcos did well again; to keep out the rising shot from Marc Wilmots.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Rivaldo finally opened the scoring for Brazil, in the 67th minute, when he took Ronaldinho's right wing chip on his chest..... flicked the ball on the turn and half-volleyed past Geert De Vlieger.

Only when Belgium went a goal down did Wesley Sonck come on (for Jacky Peeters).... and he almost scored a few minutes later.

Brazil tried to slow the pace down in the last ten minutes but Belgium continued to fight on bravely and gave Brazil the space to seal the game.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
Ronaldo's fifth goal of the tournament, three minutes from the end, ended any hopes Belgium had of making it into extra-time.

If anything, Belgium and Turkey have proved that Brazil can be flustered;. and with a little bit of luck, even beaten.

That should please England - when they meet the France 98 finalists, in the quarter-final.

Final Score:
Travel to Brazil Brazil 2 - Travel to Belgium Belgium 0

Man of the Match:
Marc Wilmots - Unfortunate to have his goal disallowed and came close to scoring again. Apart from that, he marshaled his team marvelously and encouraged them to take the game to Brazil for well over an hour.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Yves Vanderhaeghe (24 mins)
Roberto Carlos (28 mins)

The Teams

Brazil:
1 Marcos; 2 Cafu, 5 Edmílson, 3 Lúcio, 6 Roberto Carlos, 4 Roque Junior; 8 Gilberto Silva, 19 Juninho Paulista (17 Denilson - 57 mins), 10 Rivaldo, 11 Ronaldinho (15 Kléberson - 81 mins); 9 Ronaldo.

Belgium:
1 Geert De Vlieger; 15 Jacky Peeters (9 Wesley Sonck - 73 mins), 16 Daniel Van Buyten, 5 Nico Van Kerckhoven; 8 Bart Goor, 6 Timmy Simons, 18 Yves Vanderhaeghe, 11 Gert Verheyen, 10 Johan Walem; 22 Mbo Mpenza, 7 Marc Wilmots.

Referee: Peter Prendergast Travel to Jamaica

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.

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2nd Round

Game 1
Germany 1 Paraguay 0

Game 2
Denmark 0 England 3

Game 3
Sweden 1 Senegal 2
After Extra Time

Game 4
Spain 1 Ireland 1
After Extra Time
3:2 Penalties

Game 5
Mexico 0 USA 2

Game 6
Brazil 2 Belgium 0

Game 7
Japan 0 Turkey 1

Game 8
Sth Korea 2 Italy 1
After Extra Time

1/4 Finals

Game C
England 1 Brazil 2

Game A
Germany 1 USA 0

Game B
Spain 0 Sth Korea 0
After Extra Time
3:5 Penalties

Game D
Senegal 0 Turkey 1
After Extra Time

Semi Finals

Semi 1
Germany 1 Sth Korea 0

Semi 2
Brazil 1 Turkey 0

Third Place Match

Saturday, June 29
Sth Korea 2 Turkey 3

2002 World Cup Final

Sunday, June 30
Germany 0 Brazil 2

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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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