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The World United Through Football Monday June 3rd, 2002

Travel to Croatia Croatia vs Travel to Mexico Mexico in Niigata (0:1)

Zivkovic Sees Red

Although the game in northern Japan started lively enough, with Oscar Perez pushing a Josip Simunic attempt around the post for a corner in the 6th minute and Zvonimir Soldo hooking the ball over the bar from the penalty spot in the 14th, both sides found it hard to get into their rhythm or produce any real creativity.

The best chance of the game fell to Jared Borgetti, in the 33rd minute, when Ramon Morales mis-hit a shot. The ball fell nicely to the unmarked Borgetti, who could only shoot wide from six yards.

Mexico had perhaps a little more of the possession, although Croatia's bursts forward earned them more corners - Robert Jarni taking the ones on the left and Robert Prosinecki on the right.

Mexico closed the half a little more lively but even Cuauhtemoc Blanco fell on his backside when trying one of his infamous hops, five minutes from the break.

Half-time: Croatia 0 - Mexico 0

Milan Rapajc came out at the start of the second-half, for the ineffective Robert Prosinecki and drove in a low free-kick to the left of the goal in the 54th minute.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Apart from that, Mexico started to look more dangerous with Blanco getting into the game better, so good that Boris Zivkovic brought the influential Mexican down in the area and earned his marching orders.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
Cuauhtemoc Blanco kept his calm to ram the ball home from the spot - 60 mins.

The double substitution from Croatia, to counter being a man short for the remaining thirty minutes (Suker and Boksic out for Saric and Stanic), meant that they had no notable striker on the pitch to pull the game back.

Mexico's answer, a minute later, was to bring on Hernandez for Borgetti.

With a quarter of an hour to go, the Mexican fans were treated to an eight-touch passing display and showed their pleasure with an equal amount of olés.

With an extra man on the pitch, Mexico could afford to give Blanco a rest and bring on  Francisco Palencia for the last ten minutes.

Even with a man less, Croatia needed to throw caution to the wind a little and take a few risks. The third-placed team from France 98 looked out of their depth here and really need to watch the video to see just how lethargic they were if they want to do better against Italy and Ecuador.

Final Score:
Travel to Croatia Croatia 0 - Travel to Mexico Mexico 1

Man of the Match:
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - His run into the area resulted in the penalty, which he converted, and the dismisal of Boris Zivkovic.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Boris Zivkovic (59 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
None.

The Teams

Croatia:
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 6 Boris Zivkovic, 21 Robert Kovac, 3 Josip Simunic, 17 Robert Jarni; 4 Stjepan Tomas, 14 Zvonimir Soldo, 10 Niko Kovac; 8 Robert Prosinecki (5 Milan Rapajc - 46 mins); 9 Davor Suker (15 Danijel Saric - 64 mins), 11 Alen Boksic (13 Mario Stanic - 67 mins).

Mexico:
1 Oscar Perez; 5 Manuel Vidrio, 4 Rafael Marquez, 16 Salvador Carmona; 7 Ramon Morales, 19 Gabriel Caballero, 6 Gerardo Torrado, 11 Braulio Luna, 13 Sigifredo Mercado; 10 Cuauhtemoc Blanco (17 Francisco Palencia - 79 mins), 9 Jared Borgetti (15 Luis Hernández - 68 mins).

Referee: Jun Lu Travel to China

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 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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