Sunday June 2nd, 2002
Spain vs Slovenia in Gwangju
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
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
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
43 mins - Luis Enrique wriggles into the Slovenian area.... his ball
back goes nowhere....
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.
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....
63 mins - Zahovic makes way for Acimovic.....
65 mins - Segastjan Cimirotic boked for diving in the area....
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....
74 mins - Juan Carlos Valeron gets the second goal for Spain....
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.....
88 mins - Captain Hierro makes no mistake....
90 mins - Slovenia have a free kick..... but it comes to nothing....
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.
Juan Carlos Valeron (36 mins)
Amir Karic (45 mins)
Segastjan Cimirotic (65 mins)
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).
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
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