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The World United Through Football Monday June 10th, 2002

Travel to Tunisia Tunisia vs Travel to Belgium Belgium in Oita (1:1)

Belgium Lack Inspiration

Belgium were caught out by Japan in their first game and would soon let Tunisia back into the match, in Oita, as well.

Leading Goalscorers 0:1
The Tunisian goalkeeper was all over the place as a cross came over from the right, was chipped into the middle from the left and knocked down for Marc Wilmots to score his second goal of the tournament - 13 mins.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
And four minutes later Tunisia were back in the game as Raouf Bouzaiene struck a left-foot free-kick clean over the wall and past the outstretched Geert De Vlieger.

After a few attempts to get in front, both teams then looked as though they were conserving energy for a final fling in the second-half. Let's hope so.

Half-time: Tunisia 1 - Belgium 1

Substitution
Belgium made a double substitution at the start of the half - Sven Vermant on for Gert Verheyen and Wesley Sonck for Branko Strupar - as they tried to look more convincing in front of goal.

But it was Tunisia who almost went in front, five minutes after the restart, when Kais Ghodhbane's blinding volley flew narrowly wide.

More was probably expected from Belgium, after they beat France in Paris.... but maybe that was the sign that France were falling rather than Belgium were rising.

A disappointing game from the Europeans here.

Final Score:
Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 1 - Travel to Belgium Belgium 1

Man of the Match:
Kais Ghodhbane - In a pretty dour game we're going to go out on a limb and say that Kais Ghodhbane tried to show some creative skill.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Hassen Gabsi (22 mins)
Daniel Van Buyten (40 mins)
Kais Ghodhbane (43 mins)
Hatem Trabelsi (68 mins)
Mourad Melki (69 mins)

The Teams

Tunisia:
1 Ali Boumnjiel; 2 Khaled Badra, 12 Raouf Bouzaiene, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 6 Hatem Trabelsi; 18 Slim Benachour, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 8 Hassen Gabsi (11 Adel Sellimi - 66 mins), 10 Kais Ghodhbane; 5 Zied Jaziri (20 Ali Zitouni - 78 mins), 21 Mourad Melki (3 Zoubaier Baya - 88 mins).

Belgium:
1 Geert De Vlieger; 3 Glen De Boeck, 2 Eric Deflandre, 16 Daniel Van Buyten, 12 Peter Van der Heyden; 8 Bart Goor, 6 Timmy Simons (22 Mbo Mpenza -74 mins), 18 Yves Vanderhaeghe, 11 Gert Verheyen (14 Sven Vermant - 46 mins); 20 Branko Strupar (9 Wesley Sonck - 46 mins), 7 Marc Wilmots.

Referee: Mark Shield Travel to Australia

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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