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The World United Through Football Thursday June 6th, 2002

Travel to France France vs Travel to Uruguay Uruguay in Busan (0:0)

Ten Man France Hold Out

France bring in the young Johan Micoud to play the creative role that Zidane or Djorkaeff would have done.

World Champions France, in white, kicked-off from left to right seeking the victory that would keep them in the 2002 competition.

The game started fast and furious, with a few stiff challenges from both sides for good measure.

Micoud impressed as early as the seventh minute, with a weighted ball into the area that Thierry Henry just missed with his head. A minute later Micoud threaded a ball through for David Trezeguet, who was only inches offside.

Pablo García had the first shot for Uruguay; an easy test for the eccentric Barthez.

Substitution
Frank Leboeuf had to withdraw injure in the16th minute and was replaced by AS Roma's Vincent Candela.

Two minutes later, Barthez was sent the wrong way as Alvaro Recoba's low drive was deflected by Lilian Thuram. Manchester United's goalkeeper kept France in the game by stabbing out his foot to keep the ball of his net.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
Thierry Henry is unbelievably sent off by the Mexican referee, in the 25th minute, for a double footed challenge that upended Marcelo Romero, even though the Frenchman was trying to keep possession.

Recoba's free-kick came to nothing but France would have to play like World Champions to get through the next hour and get a result from the match.

Ten minutes after the shattering sending-off, a free-kick from Emmanuel Petit floated just wide of the outstretched Carini in the Uruguayan goal, and bounced off the edge of the post.

The half ended on a nasty note, as Dario Silva squirmed around on the floor looking for an Oscar and then studded Patrick Vieira a couple of minutes later - without even getting a caution.

Emmanuel Petit and Sebastián Abreu then tussled with each other, to earn a place in the referee's notebook, and it wasn't long before Marcelo Romero earned a yellow card as well.

This is Petit's second yellow card in two games, so he will miss France's next game - against Denmark.

Half-time: France 0 - Uruguay 0

Six minutes after the restart, Barthez was down quickly to make a double save from Alvaro Recoba.

In the next instant, all of France held their breath as the eccentric goalkeeper came off his line like a sweeper but Recoba beat him to the ball..... luckily for the World Champions, the Uruguayan could only shoot into the side-netting instead of the open goal.

A few minutes later Barthez had to stop Recoba again. The Uruguyan continued to make good use of the extra space but Barthez kept France's hopes alive.

Substitution
When Dario Silva was replaced in the 51st minute, the crowd booed him on his way because of his early misconduct.

Credit to France, the World Champions pushed forward to try and score whenever they could: Micoud, Wiltord, and Trezeguet all having half-chances in the area. The South Americans played more conservatively, relying on releasing Recoba when the French looked stretched.

Twenty minutes before the end, Micoud had a great chance to score from a free-kick on the edge of the area - punched away by Carini.

Substitution
With ten minutes to go, France played what looked like their last card..... the Auxerre goal hunter, Djibril Cisse, coming on for David Trezeguet.

Twice he was released on the left side of the area but France couldn't take advantage of the minimal space this created. Then Wiltord came close, after a last-minute push up by Lizarazu.

With 93 minutes on the clock, Roger Lemerre played his joker and sent on Christophe Dugarry for the disappointing Wiltord. Patrick Vieira then rose to meet Petit's corner but it was not to be.

France have yet to score - this is the first 0-0 match in WC 2002 - but are still in the tournament.

To qualify for the Second Round, France now need to beat Denmark, by two goals.

France will be hindered by the suspensions of Petit and Henry, so will probably need a fit again Zidane to have his scoring boots on.

Final Score:
Travel to France France 0 - Travel to Uruguay Uruguay 0

Man of the Match:
Fabien Barthez - Once France were reduced to ten men, Fabien Barthez kept Uruguay out with his feet on numerous occasions.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Red Cards:
Thierry Henry (25 mins)

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Pablo García (12 mins)
Emmanuel Petit (45 mins)
Sebastián Abreu (45 mins)
Marcelo Romero (45 mins)
Dario Silva (47 mins)

The Teams

France:
16 Fabien Barthez; 8 Marcel Desailly, 18 Frank Leboeuf (2 Vincent Candela - 16 mins), 3 Bixente Lizarazu, 15 Lilian Thuram; 22 Johan Micoud, 17 Emmanuel Petit, 4 Patrick Vieira; 12 Thierry Henry, 20 David Trezeguet (9 Djibril Cisse - 80 mins), 11 Sylvain Wiltord (21 Christophe Dugarry - 93 mins).

Uruguay:
1 Hectór Fabián Carini; 3 Daniel Alejandro Lembo, 4 Paolo Montero, 6 Dario Rodriguez (7 Gianni Guigou - 72 mins), 14 Gonzalo Sorondo; 5 Pablo García, 16 Marcelo Romero (22 Gonzalo De Los Santos - 71 mins); 13 Sebastián Abreu, 20 Alvaro Recoba, 9 Dario Silva (11 Gerardo Magallanes - 51 mins), 8 Gustavo Varela.

Referee: Felipe Rizo Ramos Travel to Mexico

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.

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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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