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The World United Through Football Tuesday June 11th, 2002

Travel to Denmark Denmark vs Travel to France France in Incheon (2:0)

Champions Knocked Out In The First Round

The hopes of France rested on the thigh of Zinedine Zidane as France needed to beat Denmark by two goals to defend their crown in the knockout rounds.

France started confidently enough, with Zidane orchestrating a couple of passes, while Denmark played with an extra defensive midfielder to try and restrict his influence on the game.

Denmark's first half-chance came in the 11th minute but it was cleared away before Fabien Barthez could be brought to the test.

France's first real chance came seven minutes later as Trezeguet raced into the area to try his luck rather than square the ball to Sylvain Wiltord.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Dennis Rommedahl nipped around the back of the French defence to plant Töfting's chip past Fabien Barthez and put the World Champions under real pressure - they now need to score three and Zidane is nowhere near fit enough to go it alone.

From nothing, Zidane turned and almost scored with a curling lob in the 38th minute; his intuition is still there even if his pace is not.

Zidane has been involved in a number of French moves that split the Danish defence but Trezeguet and Wiltord have failed to finish like they do for their league clubs.

France's only hope now is that Denmark wilt in the heat during the second-half.

Half-time: Denmark 1 - France 0

Just after the restart, Zidane is inches away from heading in a tempting chip.

In the 50th minute, a Zidane corner is headed onto the bar by Marcel Desailly. France are looking dangerous but they need to make their chances count.

Poor Zidane - when made to chase for the ball, he never really had any chance. Vincent Candela tried to run through the middle but Wiltord was caught offside when the France defender released the ball.

Although Denmark could afford to slow their game down and conserve energy, France always looked dangerous on the break.

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
Then the killer blow as Jon Dahl Tomasson ran into the right place in the French area to knock the ball under Barthez.... and with it, France out of the tournament.

France hit the aluminium for the fifth time - as 2002 proved not to be their year - to go out as the only reigning champions not to score a goal or register a win.

The last time a World Champion was knocked out in the first round - Brazil, in 1966 - England (the host nation) won the cup.

Final Score:
Travel to Denmark Denmark 2 - Travel to France France 0

Other Group A Match:
Senegal vs Uruguay

Man of the Match:
Stig Töfting - Gave everything for Denmark in midfield, until his batteries ran out ten minutes before time.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Christophe Dugarry (8 mins)
Christian Poulsen (27 mins)
Niclas Jensen (71 mins)

The Teams

Denmark:
1 Thomas Sorensen; 6 Thomas Helveg, 3 Rene Henriksen, 12 Niclas Jensen, 4 Martin Laursen; 7 Thomas Gravesen, 17 Christian Poulsen (20 Kasper Bogelund - 76 mins), 2 Stig Töfting (23 Brian Steen Nielsen - 79 mins); 10 Martin Jorgensen (8 Jesper Gronkjaer - 46 mins), 19 Dennis Rommedahl, 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson.

France:
16 Fabien Barthez; 2 Vincent Candela, 8 Marcel Desailly, 3 Bixente Lizarazu, 15 Lilian Thuram; 7 Claude Makelele, 4 Patrick Vieira (22 Johan Micoud - 71 mins), 10 Zinedine Zidane; 21 Christophe Dugarry (9 Djibril Cisse - 54 mins), 20 David Trezeguet, 11 Sylvain Wiltord (6 Youri Djorkaeff - 83 mins).

Referee: Vitor Melo Pereira Travel to Portugal

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.

The Road to the Final

2002 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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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