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Travel to Japan Japan vs Travel to Russia Russia in Yokohama (1:0)

Japan Secure First World Cup Finals Victory

The Japanese fans were thrilled with their team's early attacking play, even if Inamoto's shot was way off target.

Japan continued to string fast, attacking moves together but their finishing let them down and the larger, more experienced Russians cleared up comfortably.

Russian could have had a penalty when Igor Semshov was clattered by Kazuyuki Toda, six minutes before the break.

Half-time: Japan 0 - Russia 0

Substitution
Dmitry Sychev started the second half, in place of Rusian Pimenov, as Russia tried to look more threatening in front of goal.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Junichi Inamoto beat the offside trap in the Russian area to put Japan in the lead, for the first time in a World Cup finals game - 51 mins.

Substitution
Russia brought on Vladimir Beschastnykh in place of Alexei Smertin to add more firepower to the attack and he came close within a minute.

Japan continued to have a number of chances but had trouble getting over the ball and sent shot after shot high over the bar.

Hidetoshi Nakata could have sealed the game for Japan, twenty minutes from time, but again his shot was a riser...... at least it hit the crossbar though.

Japan pulled all their men back for the last ten minutes as they sought to preserve their lead and notch up their first World Cup finals victory.

Final Score:
Travel to Japan Japan 1 - Travel to Russia Russia 0

Man of the Match:
Junichi Inamoto - Worked very hard for the team and scored the only goal of the game; his second of the tournament.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Rusian Pimenov (13 mins)
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (16 mins)
Andrei Solomatin (38 mins)
Koji Nakata (41 mins)
Yuri Nikiforov (60 mins)
Masashi Nakayama (91 mins)

The Teams

Japan:
12 Seigo Narazaki; 3 Naoki Matsuda, 17 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, 16 Koji Nakata; 5 Junichi Inamoto (15 Takashi Fukunishi - 85 mins), 20 Tomokazu Myojin, 7 Hidetoshi Nakata, 18 Shinji Ono (6 Toshihiro Hattori - 75 mins), 21 Kazuyuki Toda; 11 Takayuki Suzuki (10 Masashi Nakayama - 72 mins), 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa.

Russia:
1 Rusian Nigmatullin; 2 Yuri Kovtun, 3 Yuri Nikiforov, 7 Viktor Onopko, 5 Andrei Solomatin; 20 Marat Izmailov (21 Dmitri Khokhlov - 52 mins), 8 Valeri Karpin, 6 Igor Semshov, 4 Alexei Smertin (11 Vladimir Beschastnykh - 57 mins), 9 Yegor Titov; 19 Rusian Pimenov (22 Dmitry Sychev - 46 mins).

Referee: Markus Merk Travel to Germany

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 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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