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Travel to Mexico Mexico vs Travel to Italy Italy in Oita (1:1)

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The game attracted two bookings in the first five minutes as both teams started off in earnest.

Christian Panucci was also added to the book, for diving in search of penalty, with less than ten minutes played.

The thirteenth minute proved unlucky for Italy as they had yet another goal ruled out for offside... no doubt the Italians will be looking closely at the video again.

Totti should have done better in the 19th minute when he received a great chance to put Italy in front, from Filippo Inzaghi.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
Mexico took the lead in the 34th minute when Jared Borgetti back-headed Cuauthémoc Blanco's long ball around Paolo Maldini; leaving Gianluigi Buffon looking like a buffoon.

Salvador Carmona could have made it 2-0, just before half-time, and bring Italy perilously close to being the third favourites not to make the knockout stage.

Half-time: Mexico 1 - Italy 0

Ecuador scored an early second-half goal, against Croatia, to send Italy a lifeline.....

Oscar Pérez thwarted Filippo Inzaghi by diving at his feet and palming the ball away.... shortly before the ineffective Italian was substituted.

Mexico continued to put Buffon under pressure.... Jesús Arellano running through the Italian defence and having his shot cleared of the line; after playing a quick one-two with Blanco.

Vincenzo Montella came on for Filippo Inzaghi in the 56th minute and went into the referee's book before he even settled down.

A minute later, Ramón Morales coasted down the left and fired just over the bar.

Twenty minutes from time, Totti released Vieri for what looked like a certain goal.... until Oscar Pérez pushed the ball from his feet.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
Alessandro Del Piero, on for Totti, went wild and leapt over the advertising boards; after bringing relief to the miserable-looking Italian fans. Vincenzo Montella, the other substitute, crossed in from the right and Del Pierro powered forward to head the ball on the bounce.

With this draw, Italy could qualify under their own steam.... unless Croatia scored two against Ecuador in the final minutes.

Mexico ended the game by playing the ball around the back and hold onto their place at the top of Group G. Italy were also through and didn't even bother to chase the ball.

Final Score:
Travel to Mexico Mexico 1 - Travel to Italy Italy 1

Other Group G Match:
Ecuador vs Croatia

Man of the Match:
Cuauthémoc Blanco - Orchestrated most of Mexico's best moves.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Jesús Arellano (2 mins)
Fabio Cannavaro (5 mins)
Christian Panucci (9 mins)
Francesco Totti (43 mins)
Gianluca Zambrotta (55 mins)
Vincenzo Montella (56 mins)
Oscar Pérez (84 mins)

The Teams

Mexico:
1 Oscar Pérez; 16 Salvador Carmona, 7 Ramón Morales (3 Rafael García - 76 mins1), 5 Manuel Vidrio, 11 Braulio Luna; 4 Rafael Márquez, 18 Johan Rodríguez (9 Gabriel Caballero - 76 mins), 6 Gerardo Torrado; 21 Jesús Arellano, 10 Cuauthémoc Blanco, 9 Jared Borgetti (17 Francisco Palencia - 80 mins).

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 3 Paolo Maldini, 13 Alessandro Nesta, 2 Christian Panucci (4 Francesco Coco - 63 mins); 17 Damiano Tommasi, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, 6 Cristiano Zanetti; 9 Filippo Inzaghi (20 Vincenzo Montella - 56 mins), 10 Francesco Totti (7 Alessandro Del Piero - 78 mins), 21 Christian Vieri.

Referee: Carlos Simon Travel to Brazil

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 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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