Senegal Shocks France, 1-0, to Open World Cup in Korea
Defending World Cup champions France fell to a shocking 1-0 defeat to Senegal in Seoul on Friday night to turn the World Cup on its side in the first evening of competition.
May 31, 2002
Defending World Cup champions France fell to a shocking 1-0 defeat to Senegal in Seoul on Friday night to turn the World Cup on its side in the first evening of competition. Senegal's Pappa Diop scored in the 30th minute to shake up the odds.
The defending champions' loss to an African team brought to mind the most surprising opening game in World Cup history, when Cameroon topped defending champ Argentina at Italy '90.
France sorely missed star Zinedine Zidane, whose absence was notable. For a game so thoroughly dominated in terms of possession, the French were unable to create any number of quality chances. Star French strikers Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet each hit the frame for the defending European champions.
Khalilou hit the crossbar for Senegal in the second half.
France next faces Uruguay on June 6 in Busan at 8: 30 p.m. local time. Senegal, now shock leaders of Group A, face Denmark on June 6 at 3:30 p.m. local time in Daegu. Denmark and Uruguay play on June 1 in Ulsan.
FRA - Fabien Barthez; Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram; Youri Djorkaeff (Christophe Dugarry, 59), Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Sylvain Wiltord (Djibril Cisse, 80)
SEN - Tony Sylva; Aliou Cisse, Ferdinand Coly, Omar Daf, Lamine Diatta, Pape Malick Diop, Salif Alassane Diao, Pape Bouba Diop, Khalilou Fadiga, Moussa N'Diaye; El Hadji Diouf