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The World United Through Football Tuesday June 4th, 2002

Travel to China China vs Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica in Gwangju (0:2)

Richer Than China

China and Costa Rica.... the teacher and the pupil.... Bora Milutinovic and former understudy Alexandre Guimares.... both with a Manchester City player in their team.... Sun Jihai for China and Paulo Wanchope for Costa Rica.

In the early stages China hardly came out of their own half and when they did Costa Rica succeeded in pushing them back or bringing them down.

Considering there were supposed to 40,000 Chinese fans making the journey, they weren't making a lot of noise..... apart from what seemed like someone banging on a saucepan.

600 Million people were said to be watching this game on television in China.... for once the roads were probably quieter than this game.

Seven minutes before the end of the half, Paulo Wanchope created space in the Chinese area and cut the ball back, more in the hope that someone was running on rather than seeing any movement.

China on counter-attacks didn't really have the pace to get past the last defender, or the power to shoot from outside the area and beat Erick Lonnis; between the posts for Costa Rica.

That was really the story of this first half.... two underdogs without any bite.

Half-time: China 0 - Costa Rica 0

At the start of the second-half China tried to push up a little more and even forced Erick Lonnis to palm away a dangerous cross.

China's number 10, Hao Haidong, had trouble beating Mauricio Wright on the left, his little legs not fast enough to gain the final yard. Ma Mingyu tried to run through the middle and release the ball to his left but once again the attack broke down.

Hao Haidong switched to the right flank yet was shadowed and dispossessed by Mauricio Wright again.

Just before the hour, Costa Rica brought on Hernan Medford for Rolando Fonseca in attempt to spice up the attacking options and it soon paid off.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Stalemate broken around the hour mark as Rónald Gómez pounced on a loose ball in the area, after approach work from Paulo Wanchope, to fire home his 18th international goal.

Leading Goalscorers 0:2
Four minutes later, Mauricio Wright headed in after Gomez received a short corner and turned it around his marker and towards the goal.

China tried to get back in the game but couldn't take advantage of confusion in the Costa Rica area twenty minutes from the end.

Ten minutes later, Paulo Wanchope was withdrawn with Wilmer López taking his place.

And right before thwe whistle, Rónald Gómez should have made as he ran rings around Jiang Jin, only to have see his final shot cleared off the line.

At the end, Costa Rica proved a little richer than China and the Chinese fans don't have so far to go home.

Final Score:
Travel to China China 0 - Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica 2

Man of the Match:
Rónald Gómez - Produced some good runs on the left, scored a goal and set one up.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Luis Marín (15 mins)
Mauricio Solis (17 mins)
Li Tie (60 mins)
Xu Yunlong (72 mins)
Rónald Gómez (79 mins)
Wálter Centeno (85 mins)
Li Xiaopeng (90 mins)

The Teams

China:
22 Jiang Jin; 4 Wu Chengying, 5 Fan Zhiyi (11 Yu Genwei - 74 mins), 7 Sun Jihai (16 Qu Bo - 26 mins), 14 Li Weifeng, 21 Xu Yunlong; 8 Li Tie, 9 Ma Mingyu, 18 Li Xiaopeng; 10 Hao Haidong, 20 Chen Yang (12 Su Maozhen - 66 mins).

Costa Rica:
1 Erick Lonnis; 3 Luis Marín, 4 Mauricio Wright, 5 Gilberto Martínez, 15 Harold Wallace (16 Steven Bryce - 70 mins), 22 Carlos Castro; 7 Rolando Fonseca (17 Hernan Medford - 57 mins), 8 Mauricio Solis, 10 Wálter Centeno; 9 Paulo Wanchope (6 Wilmer López - 80 mins), 11 Rónald Gómez.

Referee: Kyros Vassaras Travel to Greece

Teams by Group

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Korea
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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
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 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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