Wednesday June 12th, 2002
Sweden vs Argentina in Miyagi
Argentina needed to beat Sweden while a draw would be enough for
Argentina produced most of the play in the first half an hour, as they
sought to get the lead they needed for a place in the knockout stage.
Claudio López put the Swedish defence under a lot of pressure towards
the end of the half but the cool Swedes didn't get flustered and kept everything out.
A frustrated Claudio Caniggia, not even on the pitch, was sent from from the bench for
comments made to an official as the first-half came to a close.
Half-time: Sweden 0 - Argentina 0
Argentina continued where they left off in the first half.... with
Zanetti, Samuel and Ortega all trying to provide the ammunition for Batistuta and Sorin.
Anders Svensson's unstopable free-kick put Sweden in front just before the hour.
Hernan Crespo equalised for Argentina, after Marcus Hedman had saved Ariel Ortega's
penalty; two minutes from the end.
With England holding Nigeria to a draw, Crespo's goal was too little
too late and Argentina joined France as two of the fancied teams to crash out at the first
Sweden would face Senegal, in the Second Round.
Sweden 1 -
Other Group F Match:
Nigeria vs England
Man of the Match:
Magnus Hedman - Kept the Argentine strike force at arm's length and even saved a
penalty.... although he couldn't stop the follow up.
Claudio Caniggia (45 mins)
José Chamot (55 mins)
Matías Almeyda (58 mins)
Magnus Svensson (65 mins)
Killy González (75 mins)
Henrik Larsson (77 mins)
1 Magnus Hedman; 15 Andreas Jakobsson, 16 Teddy Lucic, 2 Olof Mellberg, 4 Johan Mjallby; 7
Niclas Alexandersson, 6 Tobias Linderoth, 8 Anders Svensson (18 Mattias Jonsson - 68
mins), 17 Magnus Svensson; 10 Marcus Allbäck (22 Andreas Andersson - 46 mins), 11 Henrik
Larsson (21 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 88 mins).
12 Pablo Cavallero; 22 José Chamot, 4 Mauricio Pochettino, 6 Walter Samuel; 16 Pablo
Aimar,5 Matías Almeyda (11 Juan Sebastian Verón - 63 mins), 10 Ariel Ortega, 3 Juan
Pablo Sorín (18 Killy González - 63 mins), 8 Javier Zanetti; 9 Gabriel Batistuta (19
Hernan Crespo - 58 mins), 7 Claudio López.
Referee: Ali Bujsaim
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