Thursday June 13th, 2002
Ecuador vs Croatia in Yokohama
Alen Boksic and Carlos Tenorio both made early threats for Croatia
Croatia have looked the most dangerous in the first-half with Alen
Boksic looking the most likely to score.
With Mexico taking the lead against Italy, in the 34th minute, Croatia
would end up as group runners-up if the scores remain the same.... and Italy make the news
as another big name to stumble at the group stage.
Half-time: Ecuador 0 - Croatia 0
Agustin Delgado headed down an Ulises de la Cruz cross for Edison Mendez to put Ecuador in
front just after the restart.
Milan Rapaic and Alen Boksic continued to attack the South American
goal but couldn't find a way to break them down. Ecuador needed to do more if they wanted
to overtake Italy, who had by now equalised against Mexico.
On their first appearance in the World Cup finals, Ecuador did well to
beat the third-placed team in France 98. This time around, Croatia just didn't shine
enough and wouldn't even have beaten Italy if the two Italian goals were not ruled
Ecuador 1 -
Other Group G Match:
Mexico vs Italy
Man of the Match:
Edison Mendez - Score the goal that Ecuador their first ever World Cup finals victory,
although it wasn't enough to take them into the Second
Stejpan Tomas (72 mins)
Cléber Chalá (86 mins)
Josip Simunic (92 mins)
1 José Cevallos; 15 Marlon Ayoví, 4 Ulises De La Cruz, 6 Raul Guerron, 3 Iván Hurtado,
2 Augusto Poroso; 16 Cléber Chalá, 19 Edison Mendez, 5 Alfonso Obregon (10 Alex Aguinaga
- 40 mins); 11 Agustín Delgado, 18 Carlos Tenorio (9 Iván Kaviedes - 76 mins).
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 17 Robert Jarni, 21 Robert Kovac, 15 Danijel Saric (13 Mario Stanic -
67 mins), 20 Dario Simic (7 Davor Vugrinec - 52 mins), 3 Josip Simunic, 4 Stejpan Tomas;
10 Nico Kovac (16 Jurica Vranjes - 59 mins), 5 Milan Rapajc; 11 Alen Boksic, 18 Ivica
Referee: William Mattus
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