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The World United Through Football Wednesday June 12th, 2002

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Travel to England England in Osaka (0:0)

It's The End Result That Counts

Nigeria had already packed their bags but England couldn't afford to be complacent.

England started the game cautiously until they sensed that Nigeria were looking dangerous, then David Beckham's long passes signaled a change of approach and the 10,000 English fans upped the volume to match it.

On England's second corner, Vincent Enyeama fumbled the ball and felt a sense of relief when he wasn't punished. The Nigerian goalkeeper made up for his mistake and gained a little confidence when he beat Michael Owen to England's next through ball.

Nigeria's first corner came after quarter of an hour and David Beckham was at the front post to head the ball away.

Emile Heskey's first shot, low to the goalkeeper's left signaled another England period of pressure. Enyeama was down well to save but still looked uncomfortable going up for corners so England tried to win some more.

Half an hour gone and Nigeria really tested England's alertness. David Seaman failed to hold Jay-Jay Okocha's curling free-kick and Julius Agahowa was quick to the rebound. Luckily for England, Seaman stayed cool, closed the angle and the shot went wide.

Nigeria had everybody back working overtime as England attacked a little more just before the end of the half.

Nicky Butt had a couple of attempts blocked, Michael Owen should have earned a corner and everybody in England must have choked on their cornflakes or spurted coffee on the cat.... when Vincent Enyeama slapped a Paul Scholes shot against the post.

Half-time: Nigeria 0 - England 0

England were playing with fire by taking things so easy in the Osaka heat, unless the plan was to tire Nigeria and hit them on the ropes. At least no-one was getting booked for being too physical.

Without the pressure to concentrate his mind, David Beckham's free-kicks continued to fly high of the target.

Both Group F games were still without a goal, with just over half an hour to go, leaving the any two from three permutation far from being resolved..... unless the scores remained the same.

Then a goal in the Sweden vs Argentina game meant that England would finish runners-up and face Denmark in the Second Round.

Substitution
Even when Teddy Sheringham came on for Emile Heskey, with twenty minutes to go, England still didn't show any urgency and David Seaman had to be alert to Nigeria's threat at any moment.

Substitution
Michael Owen soon made way for Darius Vassell. Maybe the Aston Villa striker could snatch the goal to bring a win for the nation.

Argentina equalised against Sweden with two minutes to go but England's point meant that Svengali's boys had done enough to enter the knockout stage.

Not the most exciting of matches in the tournament but, for England, it's the end result that counts.

Final Score:
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria 0 - Travel to England England 0

Other Group F Match:
Sweden vs Argentina

Man of the Match:
Brian Hall - The American referee didn't produce a single yellow card, which says a lot after the ridiculous refereeing in two of yesterday's matches.

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

The Teams

Nigeria:
22 Vincent Enyeama; 15 Justice Christopher, 5 Isaac Okoronkwo, 16 Efe Sodje, 14 Ifeanyi Udeze, 2 Joseph Yobo; 18 Benedict Akwuegbu, 20 James Obiorah, 10 Jay-Jay Okocha, 23 Femi Opabumni (7 Pius Ikedia - 86 mins); 17 Julius Agahowa.

England:
1 David Seaman; 6 Sol Campbell, 3 Ashley Cole (14 Wayne Bridge - 85 mins), 5 Rio Ferdinand, 2 Danny Mills; 7 David Beckham, 21 Nicky Butt, 8 Paul Scholes, 4 Trevor Sinclair; 11 Emile Heskey (17 Teddy Sheringham - 69 mins), 10 Michael Owen (20 Darius Vassell - 77 mins).

Referee: Brian Hall Travel to USA

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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