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The World United Through Football Sunday June 2nd, 2002

Travel to Spain Spain vs Travel to Slovenia Slovenia in Gwangju (3:1)

Spain Off To Good Start

Slovenia kicked-off from right to left.

3 mins - Casillas slaps away danger with his forearm... from Zahovic's corner to Knavs.

9 mins - Marko Simeunovic jumps to collect the ball before Raul is allowed a chance to header.

13 mins - Spain come into this tournament with the tag of perennial underachievers and if you look at the names on their squad sheet and the way they approach their games on the major stage you might feel they're not going to be there in Yokohama this time either.

16 mins - Slovenia haven't shown Spain the respect the Spaniards might think they deserve..... Javier De Pedro curls a free-kick over the bar...

21 mins - Spain are getting nearer with their free-kicks..... Javier De Pedro a little lower this time.... maybe it will be third time lucky.

25 mins - Zlatko Zahovic forces Casillas to pull off a flying save.....

28 mins - Again Zahovic gets away from the Spanish defenders and only has Casillas to deal with.....

33 mins - Still 0-0....

34 mins - Shot from Karic rather ambitious.... straight at the defender though....

35 mins - Raul gets close for Spain with a header. Not quite connected with properly and straight at the keeper.

40 mins - A little dissapointing that so called world class footballers can't even get their shots and free-kicks on target. Spain blow yet another chance....

43 mins - Luis Enrique wriggles into the Slovenian area.... his ball back goes nowhere....

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
44 mins - Slovenia lost their concentration at the back and paid the price as Luis Enrique's through ball is pushed into the path of Raul... who makes no mistake.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
45 mins - Karic enters the referee's book.

Half-time: Spain 1 - Slovenia 0

50 mins - Luis Enrique slips into the Slovenia area but is squeezed out by two defenders.....

53 mins - Hierro releases Juanfran on the left.... crosses to Raul on the far post... who fires into the side netting from close range.....

56 mins - Diego Tristan.... offside..

58 mins - The best chance yet for Diego Tristan as he dummies his way way into the Slovenian box.... the final through ball blocked....

Substitution
63 mins - Zahovic makes way for Acimovic.....

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup
65 mins - Segastjan Cimirotic boked for diving in the area....

Substitution
67 mins - Morientes comes on for Tristan... Raul smiles to see his Real Madrid strike partner join him.... and straight away Morientes is in on goal.....

71 mins - Casillas fists away another Slovenian drive on target....

73 mins - De Pedro tries a shot from the halfway line....

Leading Goalscorers 2:0
74 mins - Juan Carlos Valeron gets the second goal for Spain....

Leading Goalscorers 2:1
82 mins - Segastjan Cimirotic makes amends for his yellow card by getting past Puyol to score Slovenia's first World Cup finals goal.

84 mins - Milenko Acimovic gets tumbled in the area.... falls on his shoulder and doesn't get a penalty for his trouble.

87 mins - Penalty for Spain.....

Leading Goalscorers 3:1
88 mins - Captain Hierro makes no mistake....

90 mins - Slovenia have a free kick..... but it comes to nothing....

Final Score:
Travel to Spain Spain 3 - Travel to Slovenia Slovenia 1

Man of the Match:
Raul - Although Spain looked good as a team for once, Raul scored the goal that got them off to a bright start and was involved in a number of attacking moves.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Juan Carlos Valeron (36 mins)
Amir Karic (45 mins)
Segastjan Cimirotic (65 mins)

The Teams

Spain:
1 Iker Casillas; 5 Carles Puyol, 6 Fernando Hierro, 20 Miguel Angel Nadal, 3 Juanfran Garcia (15 Enrique Romero - 82 mins); 21 Luis Enrique (4 Ivan Helguera - 74 mins), 8 Ruben Baraja, 11 Javier De Pedro, 17 Juan Carlos Valeron; 7 Raul, 10 Diego Tristan (9 Fernando Morientes - 67 mins).

Slovenia:
1 Marko Simeunovic; 3 Zeliko Milinovic, 5 Marinko Galic, 6 Aleksander Knavs; 7 Dzoni Novak (14 Sasa Gajser - 77 mins),  8 Ales Ceh, 11 Miran Pavin, 19 Amir Karic, 10 Zlatko Zahovic (18 Milenko Acimovic - 63 mins); 13 Mladen Rudonja, 9 Milan Osterc (21 Segastjan Cimirotic - 57 mins).

Referee: Mohamed Guezzaz Travel to Morocco

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.

The Road to the Final

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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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