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Old 7th June 2002, 11:09
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Sweden - Nigeria

I've just watched Sweden Nigeria in the WC, and what an exciting game it was! (...at least for a Swede like me! I'm totally exhausted just by watching it! ) 2 1 to Sweden, and it's looking good for Sweden in "The group of death"!

All Celtic-supporters on this board will be pleased to know Henke Larsson played brilliantly, and scored both Swedish goals! The first one was a first-class individual effort. He got past several Nigerian defenders, and then finished of his run by toe-poking the ball past the 'keeper. The second one from the penalty spot, after being brought down in the penalty area. He also had an excellent opportunity to make it three, but squandered that chance, taking to much time in a one-on-one situation with the 'keeper, and hence letting the defender catch up with him.

Larsson - Man of the match in my opinion!
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Old 10th June 2002, 22:00
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Espana 3 Paraguay 1

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Was away the Weekend!
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Tim Hobbs reporting

Substitute Fernando Morientes' second-half double saw Spain become the first side to reach the second round.

The Real Madrid striker, left out of the starting side again, pounced twice and Fernando Hierro slotted in a penalty as Jose Camacho's men came from behind to pick off Paraguay.

The South Americans had taken a surprise lead through a Carles Puyol own goal, but having won their opening game for the first time in 50 years, Morientes made sure that Spain avoided another failure at the finals.

The tag of under-achievers have followed them for the last half-century and even today, it seemed their flying start, a 3-1 win over Slovenia, was another case of flattering to deceive as they fell behind after only 10 minutes.

Iker Casillas was a late call-up to the squad and despite his Champions League's heroics, was at fault as Paraguay, looking pretty in peach, were rewarded for their bright start.

The oustanding Francisco Arce was the inspiration running directly in from the right and unleashing a rasping drive that the young keeper chose to push straight out. Carles Puyol was doing his best to cover, but was helpless as the parry hit his knee and bounced back over the line for an own goal.

In their defence, Spain then stirred from their sluggish start and Raul forced Jose Luis Chilvaert to tip over with a delicate lob and then blazed over after a typically nimble-footed turn away from his marker.

But for all his efforts he gained little support from Diego Tristan and only when he was re-united with Real Madrid pal Morientes, did Spain have the cutting edge to finish off their usually fluent approach play.

The change came at half-time and within eight minutes Morientes had levelled, brushing off his marker to rise and plant a powerful header high past Chilavert from Javi de Pedro's left-wing dead-ball.

Morientes then latched onto Juan Carlos Valeron's reverse pass but lifted his effort over both keeper and crossbar, before he and Valeron again broke clear but made a hash of the two-on-one chance and allowed Paraguay to clear.

But on 69 minutes, it was a case of third time lucky, albeit due to Chilavert's inconsistency as much as his own intuition. Another wave of Spanish pressure saw Rueben Baraja send de Pedro away down the left and as the portly keeper completely missed his chipped cross, Morientes was on hand to knee the ball over the line from a yard.

Chilavert almost made amends by trundling downfield to stretch Casillas with a trademark curling free-kick from 30 yards, but within minutes his side were buried by another set piece.

Raul deserved a goal for his efforts and must have thought he had when he slipped round Carlos Parades on the penalty spot. But the challenge was crude, the crown prince of Madrid went down and another Bernabeu hero, Hierro sent Chilavert the wrong way with his second penalty in as many games.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Fernando Morientes (Spain)
Changed Spain and changed the game. Scored twice and could have had three, surely Camacho has to start with him now?

Spain: Casillas, Puyol, Nadal, Hierro, Juanfran, Baraja, Luis Enrique (Helguera 45), Valeron (Xavi 85), De Pedro, Tristan (Morientes 45), Raul.
Subs Not Used: Albelda, Contreras, Curro Torres, Joaquin, Luque, Mendieta, Ricardo, Romero, Sergio. Booked: Baraja.

Paraguay: Chilavert, Arce, Gamarra, Ayala, Caceres, Caniza (Struway 78), Paredes, Gavilan, Acuna, Cardozo (Campos 63), Santa Cruz.
Subs Not Used: Alvarenga, Baez, Bonet, Cuevas, Franco, Morinigo, Sanabria, Sarabia, Tavarelli, Villar.
Booked: Arce, Gavilan, Santa Cruz.

Att: 24,000
Ref: G Ghandour (Egypt)


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Old 10th June 2002, 22:03
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Argentina 0 England 1

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Scott Barefoot reports

In a city twinned with Munich, England produced their finest performance since that famous 5-1 mauling of Germany - and David Beckham finally got his World Cup revenge.

On an amazing evening for England, Beckham's 44th minute penalty rejuvenated their Far East campaign, as a display of guts and gusto earned them their first win over Argentina for 22 years.

The spotlight was always going to be on Becks after his red card four years ago turned his world upside down. But with backing from the boys from Banbury, Birmingham and Brentford, he hit back in the perfect way, wiping the St Etienne slate clean under the Saporro Dome.

He wasn't alone in his heroism, however. Rio Ferdinand got rid of any doubts over his big match temperament, Ashley Cole was unbeatable on the left and Michael Owen scared the tournament favourites senseless. David Seaman's safe hands were exactly that.

Politics and passion aside, Sweden's victory over Nigeria earlier in Kobe turned up the heat on Sven Goran Eriksson's men. But the three points hoist them up into second in Group F and right back in the equation. A point against Nigeria will see them reach the last 16.

The momentum gained from this electrifying win could take them much, much further though - maybe even force them back in the fray to make the final. And who would have thought that after Sunday's mash-up against the Swedes?

The performance wasn't as classy as the 5-1 win over the other old foe, but the determination and sheer desire to win was mountainous. Passes were strung together, but it was the rock-solid platform that, at times, took the breath away.

Argentina contributed but this wasn't their day. They made the pace early on and Javier Zanetti warmed Seaman's hands with a long shot on five minutes and then Kily Gonzalez lashed just wide of the keeper's right post.

Gabriel Batistuta set up the chance with a backheel but he soon blotted his copybook with a late tackle on Ashley Cole that earned him an early yellow card. He nearly gained a quick second when he elbowed Beckham in an aerial challenge.

England's revised 4-4-2 system was jolted out of its stride before it had even opened its legs. Owen Hargreaves, a victim of misfortune rather than foul play, had to depart after 19 minutes and on came that member of the international jet set, Trevor Sinclair.

But the change didn't seem to disadvantage England, as Sinclair grew into his role of emrgency rescue man. On 22 minutes, Owen twice had Argentina on the back foot with runs from deep in what was a pregnant spell for Eriksson's men.

First Owen wriggled free of Walter Samuel as he broke into the box and after appearing to let the opening escape him, slapped the post with a low shot across the keeper's face. He then nearly got the chance to do the same a minute later.

After a cautious start, England finally got to grips with the match as well as the occasion. Argentina, though, were potent on the counter and Gonzalez smacked a volley just over the bar after Ariel Ortega had swung a cross to the back post.

England's movement and use of the ball was ten times better than five days earlier in Saitama. But for all their poise and pressure, there was still no real goal threat. But they surged into the lead on 44 minutes - thanks to that man Owen's hoodoo over the Argentines.

Owen collected Scholes' pass just inside the left of the box and seized the moment as he found himself one-on-one with Mauricio Pochettino.

The Liverpool striker dipped to his left and moved to his right, foxing the hesitant defender.

Pochettino flicked out a leg, Owen went down, Collina pointed to the spot and Beckham blasted down the middle. England, of course, had a half-time lead over Sweden and failed to hold onto it. But this time they came up trumps.

Juan Veron continued his misery with all things English and was withdrawn at the break after a poor 45 minutes. Pablo Aimar, his replacement, took 20 seconds to get the pace and his shot after a one-two with Batistuta worked Seaman.

But England looked comfortable on the counter and Owen nearly got the goal his all-round display deserved when he rolled Diego Placente and got a yard of space. His shot went wide of the far post but the danger signs were still there.

On 54 minutes, Beckham exploded out of nowhere and got ahead of Placente to collect the busy Sinclair's ball into space, but his admirable poke went wide. Pablo Cavallero then stopped Teddy Sheringham's volley from claiming the goal of the tournament award.

After a few more changes from coach Marcelo Bielsa, his side romped back into the game. Lopez spun the stoical Danny Mills and got a testing cross in that Seaman plucked from the head of Juan Pablo Sorin. Aimar then went over from 20 yards.

Sheringham's flick from Beckham's 69th minute free-kick teased the massed ranks of England fans as it drifted in and then outside of the far post. Their nerves were already fraught after watching England's defence hang around their own box.

The pressure was beginning to tell when Pochettino's flick went just wide and sub Claudio Lopez skinned Mills before his cross was bundled out by the Leeds defender, who had made a speedy recovery. Ferdinand saved England soon after at the near post.

The game turned to attack versus defence for the final 20 minutes. Blue and white shirts, camped in the red half, knocked on the door time and time again. But Seaman saved Pochettino's knock-down and then snatched off the head of Lopez as he attacked a bouncing ball. But they did it. Somehow they did it.

Eriksson said on Thursday that he 'will know whether we are a big team after this game'. He now knows the answer. The celebrations on the team coach may not be as spectacular as Argentina's four years ago, but he will know.

MAN OF THE MATCH: FERDINAND (ENGLAND)
Sentiment says Beckham, but Ferdinand's performance was too big to ignore.

Argentina (3-4-3):12-Pablo Cavallero; 4-Mauricio Pochettino, 6-Walter Samuel, 13-Diego Placente; 8-Javier Zanetti, 14-Diego Simeone, 11-Juan Sebastian Veron (16-Pablo Aimar 46), 3-Juan Pablo Sorin; 10-Ariel Ortega, 9-Gabriel Batistuta (19-Hernan Crespo 60), 18-Kily Gonzalez (7-Claudio Lopez 64)

England (4-4-2) 1-David Seaman; 2-Danny Mills, 3-Ashley Cole, 5-Rio Ferdinand, 6-Sol Campbell; 7-David Beckham, 8-Paul Scholes, 21-Nicky Butt, 18-Owen Hargreaves (4-Trevor Sinclair 19); 10-Michael Owen (14-Wayne Bridge 80), 11-Emile Heskey (17-Teddy Sheringham 56)

Match referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
Linesmen: Hector Vergara (Canada) Mohamed Saeed (Maldives)

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Old 10th June 2002, 22:05
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Svergie 2 Nigeria 1

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One Henke Larsson!

Stephen Turner reporting

Henrik Larsson put Sweden's Group F fate in their own hands and left Nigeria facing up to an early exit with a match-winning double in Kobe.

The Celtic striker was on target in either half of an enthralling encounter after Julius Aghahowa had headed the Nigerians into a 27th-minute lead.

Larsson rattled the winner from the penalty spot midway through the second half after Ifeanyi Udeze had brought him down, and in the light of England's win over Argentina, Sweden now know a win over the South Americans will keep them in the competition.

No such luck for Nigeria, whose inability to turn their superior individual skill to carve out genuine openings means they become the second team after Saudi Arabia to bow out of the finals.

That, in no small part, is down to Larsson, who might now allow himself a smirk at critics who have sniped at his phenomenal scoring record in Scotland.

Along with his Celtic team-mate Johan Mjallby and Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg, Larsson was outstanding against Nigeria, taking his goals with the kind of nonchalance which has graced grounds from Ibrox to East End Park for years.

His first, courtesy of a shimmy and a toe poke from Ljungberg's artful pass, got his side back into a match they had dominated until Aghohawa surprised them at the other end.

Goalkeeper Magnus Hedman is another Swede keen to impress as he seeks a move away from Coventry, but at the moment he is groping for the Nationwide escape hatch with as little conviction as he is flapping at crosses.

Absent when Sol Campbell's header heralded a false English dawn in Saitama, he was in no man's land again as Aghohawa glanced an arrowed cross from the impressive Joseph Yobo into the far corner before treating the Kobe crowd to his seven celebratory somersaults.

Larsson's good work at the other end was then almost undone immediately as Agustin Okocha's twinkle-toed run sparked blind panic in the Sweden box, and Teddy Lucic was a relieved man to see his clearance cannon off the post via Mjallby's knee.

The woodwork was rattled in more orthodox fashion as Nigeria chased a late equaliser, Yobo's drive beating Hedman but not the upright, while Mjallby rescued his team again with a goal-line clearance from John Utaka as the Africans' hopes drained away to nothing.

Man of the Match: Johan Mjallby (Sweden) - won't get as many headlines as his Celtic team-mate, but Mjallby was immense in defence and a threat in his opponents' box

Sweden (4-4-2): 1-Magnus Hedman; 2-Olof Mellberg, 4-Johan Mjallby, 15-Andreas Jakobsson, 16-Teddy Lucic; 7-Niclas Alexandersson, 6-Tobias Linderoth, 8-Anders Svensson (17-Magnus Svensson 84), 9-Fredrik Ljungberg; 10-Marcus Allback (22-Andreas Andersson 64), 11-Henrik Larsson

Nigeria (4-3-3): 1-Ike Shorunmu; 14-Ifeanyi Udeze, 6-Taribo West, 5-Isaac Okoronkwo, 3-Celestine Babayaro (4-Nwankwo Kanu 66); 2-Joseph Yobo, 10-Jay Jay Okocha, 15-Justice Christopher; 9-Bartholomew Ogbeche (7-Pius Ikedia 71), 17-Julius Aghahowa, 21-John Utaka

Referee: Rene Ortube (Bolivia)
Linesmen: Miguel Giacomuzzi (Paraguay) Mat Lazim Awang Hamat (Malaysia)


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Old 10th June 2002, 22:07
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South Africa 1 Slovenia 0

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Stephen Turner reporting

Slovenia's shambolic World Cup campaign disintegrated in Daegu as South Africa's first-ever finals win dumped them out of the competition.

Udinese striker Siyabonga Nomvethe finished off the Slovenians with a fourth-minute strike, but Srecko Katanec's side had torn themselves apart before they even took to the field today.

Slovenia only gained its independence 11 years ago, but, largely thanks to a dazzling Euro 2000 showing, its footballers have already acquired a reputation as underdogs punching above their weight.

But in the days after their opening-game defeat to Spain, Katanec cut a forlorn figure as he attempted to explain the departure of his country's number one player and self-appointed star Zlatko Zahovic, who was sent home from the Far East following his fit of pique after being substituted against the Spaniards.

And on the hottest day of the year in Korea, it all got too much for the manager, who was ushered away from the dugout at the start of the second half after one too many potshots at the officials.

Katanec then had to watch helplessly from the stands as his ragged side failed even to mount a late rescue mission which might have given them an unlikely lifeline.

South Africa, comfortably the better team in one of the finals' more mundane contests, won at a canter and are now sitting in second place, needing a point from their last game against Spain to guarantee a place in the last 16.

They might need it, too, unless Slovenia can recover enough of their battered pride to put up a fight against Paraguay in Seogwipu on Wednesday.

Given that Spain are in a rich scoring streak, the Bafana Bafana may need to fine-tune their finishing if they are to progress.

Benni McCarthy nodded against the bar and tested Marko Simeunovic repeatedly, but he really should have scored at least once, while sub Delron Buckley failed in a late one-on-one and even the winner went in foruitously off Nomvethe's thigh from Quinton Fortune's set-piece.

Still they threatened more than the Slovenians, who troubled Andre Arendse just the once, through a powerful Nastjeh Ceh header.

Man of the Match: Sibusiso Zuma (South Africa) - the FC Copenhagen winger is highly rated, and his array of drag-backs and stepovers provided mosst of the bright spots in a dull game.

South Africa (4-4-2): 16-Andre Arendse; 2-Cyril Nzama, 4-Aaron Mokoena, 19-Lucas Radebe, 3-Bradley Carnell; 7-Quinton Fortune (11-Jabu Pule 85), 6-MacBeth Sibaya, 12-Tebeho Mokoena, 15-Sibusiso Zuma; 14-Siyabonga Nomvethe (18-Delron Buckley 71), 17-Benni McCarthy (23-George Koumantarakis 80).

Slovenia (4-5-1): 1-Marko Simeunovic; 6-Aleksander Knavs (23-Spasoje Bulajic 60), 4-Muamer Vugdalic, 3-Zeljko Milinovic, 19-Amir Karic; 7-Doni Novak, 8-Ales Ceh, 11-Miran Pavlin, 13-Mladen Rudonja, 18-Milenko Acimovic (20-Nastja Ceh 60); 21-Sebastjan Cimirotic (9-Milan Osterc 41).

Referee: Angel Sanchez (Argentina)
Linesmen: Jorge Ratalino (Argentina) Ali Al Traifi (Saudi Arabia)

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Old 10th June 2002, 22:10
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Brasil 4 China 0

Brasil find theyre Samba Beat!
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Tim Hobbs reporting

Brazil rolled back the years with a vintage attacking display reminiscent of their previous World Cup successes.

Four wonderfully-crafted goals and a dazzling range of passing left Bora Milutinovic's China in a daze and silenced the many doubters that had questioned the quality of this generation of Samba stars.

China, still seeking their first win at a finals, were not completely overrun but with the attacking triumverate of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho clicking into gear again, they were never likely to break the duck.

The other goal came from Roberto Carlos' first international free-kick success since Le Tournoi and Luis Felipe Scolari's side not only cast off the cloud of their troubled qualifying campaign, but went some way to repairing the damage done in their opening win over Turkey.

The fall-out from Rivaldo's theatrics have rumbled on since, and Brazilian minds indeed seemed elsewhere as China made the brighter start and saw Qi Hong denied by a deflection and Wu Chengying thwarted at the last moment after a rare surge forward.

But like a predator stalking with their prey, Brazil had suddenly had enough of toying and went for the kill. Ronaldinho was the first to spark, drawing a clumsy bodycheck from Li Weifeng some 25 yards out to the right of the China goal.

The free-kick was right in Roberto Carlos territory and the left-back took a characteristic run-up before lashing a rising drive high past Jiang Jin and into the top corner. It was a lot closer and a lot straighter than his Le Tournoi effort and while the ball may not have been swerving, it had certainly been set rolling.

His fellow full-back Cafu was the next to threaten but saw his drive beaten out after a typical raid down the right, while even a booking for Ronaldinho's dive could not break the rhythm he, Rivaldo and Ronaldo were now in.

All three were involved in the second, Ronaldo challenging for a Cafu cross and Ronaldinho on hand to pick up the dropping ball before arrowing a beautiful cross in behind the Chines back line for Rivaldo to volley home from a matter of feat.

Ronaldo then headed over from Ronaldinho's cross before it all got too much for an otherwise disciplined defence and Lu and Du Wei were both caught tugging at the famous number nine shirt before he fell to the floor.

With virtually a whole team of takers to pick from, Scolari had said it would be Ronaldinho, and the mop-haired maestro took the responsibility and rattled in the kick for a 3-0 lead at the break.

China coach Milutinovic clearly worked wonders in the break, and although the battering continued at the start of the second half, his side were at least able to prevent the floodgates from crashing open.

Ronaldo did tap home the fourth after Cafu's had skipped round his man and provided yet another perfect cross from the right for 4-0, but by then the Brazilians may have well have been advertising sportswear on a ship rather than securing the World Cup spoils, such was the flamboyance they finally found.

Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo sprayed the ball round at will, substitute Edilson danced his way round the desperate tackles and Cafu still controlled the right-hand side all on his own. Ronaldo could have had a second before being subbed but for a fine double save as Jiang proved the practice can make perfect.

But arrogance is often an unwanted gatecrasher to the Brazilian World Cup party, and but for some wrotten luck China could have broken their goal duck on their own finals debut.

Zhao Junzhe found himself with time and space to pick his spot after a swift raid but saw his drive come back off the right-hand upright with Marcos beaten.

The keeper did better soon after as Shao Jiayi took a leaf out of Roberto Carlos' book, curled a free-kick round the wall only to see it clip the outside of the post, maybe with a helping hand from the keeper.

But normal service soon resumed and Cafu almost rounded the keeper for five, while Gilberto Silva saw his low effort beaten out after another incisive swoop from his skipper.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Cafu (Brazil)
Often overshadowed by those further upfield, but the Brazilian captain set the tone with his early raids down the right. Deserved a goal.

Brazil: 1-Marcos; 3-Lucio, 14-Anderson Polga, 4-Roque Junior; 2-Cafu, 8-Gilberto Silva, 6-Roberto Carlos, 19-Juninho (7-Ricardinho 70), 10-Rivaldo; 9-Ronaldo (20-Edilson 72), 11-Ronaldinho (17-Denilson 46)

China: 22-Jiang Jin; 17-Du Wei, 14-Li Weifeng, 4-Wu Chengying, 21-Xu Yunlong; 18-Li Xiaopeng, 19-Qi Hong (6-Shao Jiayi 66), 8-Li Tie, 15-Zhao Junzhe, 9-Ma Mingyu (3-Yang Pu 62); 10-Hao Haidong (16-Qu Bo 75).

Match referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
Linesmen: Leif Lindberg (Sweden) & Bomer Fierro (Ecuador)


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Italia 1 Croatia 2

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Scott Barefoot reports

The 2002 World Cup's penchant for surprises continued in Ibaraki, as hotly-tipped Italy were shocked by Croatia, who came from behind to down the Azzurri.

Two goals in a fierce three-minute spell from the Croats left coach Giovanni Trapattoni cursing after Christian Vieri had given them the lead with a 55th minute header.

But the furious Italians will point to two 'goals' disallowed by England's Graham Poll - one of them perfectly legal - as the main reason for this shock reverse in Japan.

He may be the other side of the world, but it seems controversy just follows in Poll's wake. But on this occasion it wasn't his fault as his Danish assistant Jens Larsen badly let him down.

On 50 minutes, the flagman wrongly ruled Vieri to be offside before he tapped home with the scores at 0-0. Then he chalked off an injury time equaliser, apparently for a foul by substitute Filippo Inzaghi.

The Inter Milan striker made up for his misery when he eventually got on the scoresheet, but substitute Ivica Olic pulled the Croats level in the 73rd minute before Milan Rapaic threw Group G wide open.

Italy, Mexico and Croatia all have three points ahead of Sunday's game between Mexico and Ecuador. The Italians now join France, Portugal and Argentina on the precipice of elimination.

A drab first 45 minutes gave no indication that such drama was on the cards.

For an attack famed as one of the most fertile in the finals, Italy's frontline offered very little in the first half. In fact, it was Croatia who showed the greater desire to go forward, instantly improving on their defeat to Mexico.

Christian Doni burst through on 15 minutes and got a clear sight of goal, but the covering Robert Kovac did enough to put him out of his stride. Apart from that, Christian Panucci's two crosses in injury time were the closest they came.

Surprisingly, the red-and-white chequered shirts of the Croats were the ones buzzing around. And the man sporting the number seven, Davor Vugrinec, threatened on three occasions in a manic three-minute spell.

The best effort of the trio came on 24 minutes. Substitute Marco Materazzi was forced to clear off the line after Gianluigi Buffon could only get one hand on a shot from Vugrinec, who had linked up well with Milan Rapaic.

Materazzi, once of Goodison Park, had come on for the Azzurri after Allessandro Nesta limped off on 24 minutes. The handed the Croats the initiative and Zvonimir Soldo went close with a low drive soon after.

But in the second half Italy came alive. After Vieri's 'goal' was wiped away, Doni made good progress down the right before hitting the by-line. Vieri had little space in which to manoeuver but managed to guide the midfielder's quality ball in back across the keeper.

As expected, Italy attempted to hold the lead. But it didn't work out that way.

Olic hit them with a sucker punch of the type Lennox Lewis will be hoping to avoid in Memphis on Saturday night. The livewire substitute prodded home Jarni's cross at the back post before Croatia landed the knockout blow.

Rapaic progressed into the box and after his cross was intercepted, saw Materazzi's attempted clearance hit him on the thigh and loop agonisingly over a stranded Buffon. After a few shell-shocked minutes, Italy hit back harder than ever.

Totti slammed a free-kick against a post that taunted the Italian supporters as it bounced next to the line before brushinjg the other post as the defeated keeper looked on. Zambrotta also forced a fantastic save, but this was Croatia's day.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Davor Vugrinec (Croatia)
Never gave up and always a danger.

Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 2-Christian Panucci, 5-Fabio Cannavaro, 13-Alessandro Nesta (23-Marco Materazzi 23), 3-Paolo Maldini; 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 6-Cristiano Zanetti, 17-Damiano Tommasi, 11-Cristiano Doni (9-Filippo Inzaghi 79); 10-Francesco Totti, 21-Christian Vieri.

Croatia: 1-Stipe Pletikosa; 15-Daniel Saric, 21-Robert Kovac, 3-Josip Simunic, 17-Robert Jarni; 4-Stjepan Tomas, 14-Zvonimir Soldo (16-Jurica Vranjes 63), 10-Niko Kovac, 7-Davor Vugrinec (18-Ivica Olic 57), 5-Milan Rapaic (20-Dario Simic 79), 11-Alen Boksic.

Match referee: Graham Poll (England)
Linesmen: Egon Bereuter (Austria) Ali Tomusange (Uganda)


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