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The World United Through Football Monday June 10th, 2002

Travel to South Korea South Korea vs Travel to USA United States in Daegu (1:1)

Brad Friedel Saves The States

In the fifth minute, Seol Ki-Hyun should have done better, at the far post, than fire the ball over the bar..... and buried his face in his hands in self-dismay.

A few minutes later Kim Nam-Il tried to catch Brad Friedel out with a lob from long-range.

Seol Ki-Hyun had another chance to put Korea in front, from a similar position. Although he kept his shot low this time, Friedel managed to keep it out with his left foot.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
America's first real chance of the game fell to Clint Mathis, who scored with a left-foot drive from the middle of the area. Team USA were in the driving seat for the second time in this tournament and sent out a wake-up call to the world on 24 mins.

Drama just before half-time as Jeff Agoos is booked for pushing Hwang Sun-Hong in the area and South Korea are awarded a penalty.

Lee Eul-Young tried to chip the ball instead of slamming it home. Brad Friedel pushed the ball away comfortably and Kim Nam-Il sent his follow-up wide.

Half-time: South Korea 0 - United States 1

Straight after the restart, Brad Friedel saved the United States again as a long kick upfield from the Korean goalkeeper was headed on into the American area, where Seol Ki-Hyun had plenty of time to line up his shot on the right.

South Korea continued to trouble the Americans, who didn't look comfortable in defence at all.

With twenty minutes to go Brad Friedel again denied South Korea the equaliser, this time from substitute Choi Yong-Soo.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
The pressure paid off and South Korea finally equalised. Ahn Jung-Hwan's glancing header completely stunned the impressive Friedel.... who seemed rooted to the spot and stared in disbelief as the ball flew past him and into the net - 78 mins.

South Korea missed the chance to take all the points right at the end when Choi Yong-Soo stabbed another shot over the bar with only Friedel to beat.

The Koreans looked as though they wanted to win this game more than America and the United States can thank their heroic goalkeeper for the point.

Final Score:
Travel to South Korea South Korea 1 - Travel to USA United States 1

Man of the Match:
Brad Friedel - Even though he didn't move for the Korean goal, the Blackburn goalkeeper helped to keep the score respectable and earn America a point.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Frankie Hejduk (30 mins)
Jeff Agoos (39 mins)
Hong Myung-Bo (80 mins)

The Teams

South Korea:
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul, 20 Hong Myung-Bo, 7 Kim Tae-Young; 22 Song Chong-Gug, 13 Lee Eul-Young, 21 Park Ji-Sung (14 Lee Chun-Soo - 38 mins), 5 Kim Nam-Il, 6 Yoo Sang-Chul (11 Choi Yong-Soo - 69 mins); 9 Seol Ki-Hyun, 18 Hwang Sun-Hong (19 Ahn Jung-Hwan - 56 mins).

United States:
1 Brad Friedel; 12 Jeff Agoos, 2 Frankie Hejduk, 23 Eddie Pope, 22 Tony Sanneh; 17 DaMarcus Beasley (7 Eddie Lewis - 75 mins), 21 Landon Donovan, 5 John O'Brien, 10 Claudio Reyna; 11 Clint Mathis (15 Josh Wolff - 83 mins), 20 Brian McBride.

Referee: Urs Meier Travel to Switzerland

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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