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The World United Through Football Friday June 7th, 2002

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to England England in Sapporo (0:1).

Spot On England

This was made out to be the match of the round but after a disappointing second-half against Sweden, we needed to see a different England if this game was to live up to expectations.

With Pierluigi Collina in charge, everybody knew that Argentina vs England was a big game; as England, in red, kicked off from right to left.

Allegiances to Manchester United were forgotten as Juan Sebastian Verón challenged Paul Scholes hard enough to concede a free-kick.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
When Gabriel Batistuta charged into Ashley Cole, in the 13th minute, Collina approached his assistant referee for confirmation - yes, a yellow card.

The game started so scrappy that the Italian referee hardly had his whistle out of his mouth.

Although David Beckham earned a couple of free-kicks in dangerous positions, nothing came of them for England.

Before getting injured and replaced by Trevor Sinclair, Owen Hargreaves sent Michael Owen down the left.... but Argentina were wise to his pace, after he scored so exquisitely against them in France, and his run was covered immediately.

With 23 minutes gone, neither side had created any real chances.... until Michael Owen drove a shot onto the post, through the legs of Walter Samuel; with Pablo Cavallero unsighted and unable to react.

Killy González had to leave the pitch for a while, after David Beckham's arm accidently caught him in the face and his nose spurted blood.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Two minutes before half-time, Michael Owen slipped around Mauricio Pochettino and dived over his outstretched leg.

Collina, on the whistle again, awarded England the penalty..... for David Beckham to slam his country into the lead and be totally forgiven for his sending-off in France 98.

Half-time: Argentina 0 - England 1

England have gone in front at half-time before and lost a grip on the match, so euphoria at this stage is always calmed with a healthy dose of trepidation.

Substitution
At the start of the second-half, Valencia's Pablo Aimar took the place of Veron.

Two minutes after the re-start, Paul Scholes fired a curling shot that Cavallero could only punch away...... England meant business.

David Beckham still looked strong, ten minutes into the second-half, as he ran into the left side of the Argentine area and shot with his dodgy foot.

Substitution
A minute later, Teddy Sheringham replaced the ineffective Emile Heskey and almost surprised Cavallero.

England were now so confident that they played the ball around, Latino style, and worked it up towards the edge of the area for the experienced Teddy Sheringham to almost catch Argentina out with a well struck volley.

Substitution
On the hour, Hernan Crespo was brought on for Batigoalless, who sat down on the bench and kicked his boots off in disgust.

With twenty minutes to go, Pablo Aimar tried to look for a penalty..... but Collina is one of the best referees in the world and saw that Nicky Butt had made contact with the ball first.

Argentina started to pour more pressure on the England goal and narrowly missed on more than one occasion.

Although Gustavo López, on for Killy González, was looking hungry England stood fast in the trenches and even General Beckham (expecting a medal from The Queen) and his Lieutenant, Teddy Sheringham, were back with the troops as they tried to defend their advantage.......

And of course the National Anthem rang around the ground, followed by Rule Britannia.

The Argentine threat up front was so strong that Svengali brought on Southampton's Wayne Bridge for Michael Owen, with ten minutes remaining.

England held out to win the battle but the war is not over yet.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 0 - Travel to England England 1

Man of the Match:
Pierluigi Collina - For giving England the dubious penalty and not getting trigger happy with his yellow cards, even though he was always on the whistle. A passionate game to referee and only the best in the world could have dealt with it so calmly.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Gabriel Batistuta (13 mins)
Ashley Cole (29 mins)
Emile Heskey (50 mins)

The Teams

Argentina:
12 Pablo Cavallero; 13 Diego Placente, 4 Mauricio Pochettino, 6 Walter Samuel; 10 Ariel Ortega, 14 Diego Simeone, 3 Juan Pablo Sorín, 11 Juan Sebastian Verón (16 Pablo Aimar - 46 mins), 8 Javier Zanetti; 9 Gabriel Batistuta (19 Hernan Crespo - 60 mins), 18 Killy González (17 Gustavo López - 64 mins).

England:
1 David Seaman; 6 Sol Campbell, 3 Ashley Cole, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 2 Danny Mills; 7 David Beckham, 21 Nicky Butt, 18 Owen Hargreaves (4 Trevor Sinclair - 19 mins), 8 Paul Scholes; 11 Emile Heskey (17 Teddy Sheringham - 56 mins), 10 Michael Owen (14 Wayne Bridge - 80 mins).

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Teams by Group

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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
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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.

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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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