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Travel to Germany Germany vs Travel to South Korea South Korea in Seoul (1:0)

Ballack Misses Final But Makes Sure Germany Don't

The top 4 teams in the world are one win away from a place in the 2002 World Cup Final.

Conspiracy theories aside, South Korea are the first Asian side to reach a World Cup semi-finals..... well, they are the hosts..... or one of them at least.

The game started slowly: South Korea keeping possession well and Germany content to keep the volume of the crowd down.

Bernd Schneider's first serious cross didn't find Marco Bode or Miroslav Klose as Lee Woon-Jae collected safely.

Then Lee Chun-Soo showed his pace with a couple of runs through the middle.... the crescendo of the home crowd seemed to inspire Oliver Kahn to palm away Korea's first promising attack on goal, in the 9th minute.

Urs Meier turned his back on a German penalty appeal, when Miroslav Klose fell at the hand of the Korean masked man, Kim Tae-Young, in the 24th minute.

Germany were looking more purposeful than they had done in their previous two matches.... but that wouldn't really be too hard to do.

South Korea showed that there's more to there game than pace by outjumping the larger Germans and even pushing them off the ball.

Neither goalkeeper had too much to do as the teams ended the first-half, of the first semi-final, even.

Half-time: Germany 0 - South Korea 0

Germany tried to increase the pressure at the start of the second-half....... Klose crossing to Bode.... and Marco Bode then trying to get on the end of the resulting corner.

The atmosphere in the stadium rose as Ahn Jung-Hwan - reinstated as a Perugia player - started to warm up.

With a little over half an hour to go, the home fans tried to lift their team with their monotonous.... "Oh, Korea....."

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
To make up for missing the next match, because of his 71st minute yellow card, Michael Ballack made sure that at least his team would be in the final by running on to Oliver Neuville's low cross...... Ballack's right foot shot was blocked by Lee Woon-Jae..... but the Leverkusen star followed up with his left...... and secured Germany a place in the 2002 World Cup Final.

So the conspiracy theories can end;. although we all know South Korea didn't want to play in Yokohama and will enjoy the third-place match in Daegu.

Final Score:
Travel to Germany Germany 1 - Travel to South Korea South Korea 0

Man of the Match:
Michael Ballack - The Bayer Leverkusen star knew he would miss the final, for his second yellow card, but didn't let his head drop and made sure that his country would at least be there in Yokohama.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Michael Ballack (71 mins)
Oliver Neuville (85 mins)
Lee Min-Sung (94 mins)

The Teams

Germany:
1 Oliver Kahn; 22 Torsten Frings; 2 Thomas Linke, 5 Carsten Ramelow, 21 Christoph Metzelder; 19 Bernd Schneider (16 Jens Jeremies - 85 mins), 13 Michael Ballack, 8 Dietmar Hamann, 17 Marco Bode; 11 Miroslav Klose (20 Oliver Bierhoff - 69 mins), 7 Oliver Neuville (14 Gerald Asamoah - 87 mins).

South Korea:
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul (15 Lee Min-Sung - 56 mins), 20 Hong Myung-Bo (9 Seol Ki-Hyun - 81 mins), 7 Kim Tae-Young; 22 Song Chong-Gug, 14 Lee Chun-Soo, 21 Park Ji-Sung, 6 Yoo Sang-Chul, 10 Lee Young-Pyo; 16 Cha Doo-Ri, 18 Hwang Sun-Hong (19 Ahn Jung-Hwan - 54 mins).

Referee: Urs Meier Travel to Switzerland

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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