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Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Russia in Shizuoka (3:2)

Sonck Sinks Russia's World Cup Ship

Belgium took the game to the Russians and were soon in front.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Belgium earn a free-kick in the 7th minute - curled into the top right-hand corner by Johan Walem.

Belgium were very much in control and easily soaked up the pressure as Russia tried to get back on terms.

Belgium continued to look the stronger side in the first half-hour while Russia appeared to be in need of some fresh ideas.

Substitution
Alexei Smertin made way for Dmitry Sychev, with ten minutes still remaining in the first-half.

An injury to Yuri Nikiforov, just before half-time, meant Russia had only one more substitution left to correct things in the second-half.

Half-time: Belgium 1 - Russia 0

Japan went in front, early in the second-half, to meant that Belgium would meet Brazil in the Second Round.... if results stayed the same.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Russia had ideas of their own and leveled the score to put them in second spot.... Dmitri Khokhlov sent Dmitry Sychev down the left. The substitute's chip over the approaching Geert De Vlieger, left Vladimir Beschastnykh with an open goal to score in.

Belgium started to look disorganised, as Dmitry Sychev continued to take on the Belgian rearguard and try to set his Russian team mates.

But for the missed chances, Russia could have added another couple of goals to their tally.

In the other game, Japan consolidated their lead with a second goal against Tunisia.

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
From Johan Walem's corner, substitute Wesley Sonck beat Dmitri Khokhlov to the ball and gave Belgium the advantage - 78 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 3:1
Marc Wilmots received the ball from Bart Goor, on the edge of the area, wrong-footed Yuri Kovtun and hammered what must be the final nail in Russia's coffin; eight minutes from time.

Leading Goalscorers 3:2
18 year-old Dmitry Sychev still fancied a game against Brazil and was first onto a lose ball in the Belgian area...... Russia still had a chance... level the scores and they would join Japan in the Second Round.

Belgium had everyone back in defence as the Russian bench all stood up to try and will the ball in during time added on.... Moscow time was ticking.......

Final Score:
Travel to Belgium Belgium 3 - Travel to Russia Russia 2

Other Group H Match:
Tunisia vs Japan

Man of the Match:
Marc Wilmots - Will retire from the international scene after this World Cup and Belgium will surely miss him.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Andrei Solomatin (12 mins)
Alexei Smertin (14 mins)
Yves Vanderhaeghe (39 mins)
Dmitri Alenichev (64 mins)
Dmitry Sennikov (84 mins)

The Teams

Belgium:
1 Geert De Vlieger; 3 Glen De Boeck (4 Eric Van Meir - 90 mins), 15 Jacky Peeters, 16 Daniel Van Buyten, 5 Nico Van Kerckhoven; 8 Bart Goor, 18 Yves Vanderhaeghe, 11 Gert Verheyen (6 Timmy Simons - 78 mins), 10 Johan Walem; 22 Mbo Mpenza (9 Wesley Sonck - 70 mins), 7 Marc Wilmots.

Russia:
1 Rusian Nigmatullin; 2 Yuri Kovtun, 3 Yuri Nikiforov (18 Dmitry Sennikov - 43 mins), 7 Viktor Onopko, 5 Andrei Solomatin; 15 Dmitri Alenichev, 8 Valeri Karpin (16 Alexander Kerzhakov - 83 mins), 21 Dmitri Khokhlov, 4 Alexei Smertin (22 Dmitry Sychev - 34 mins), 9 Yegor Titov; 11 Vladimir Beschastnykh.

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen Travel to Denmark

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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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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