Denmark 1 - Senegal 1
Senegal midfielder Salif Diao had an adventurous game, as Group A’s top two teams - Denmark and Senegal - played to a 1-1 draw in Daegu. Diao gave away a first half penalty, scored the equalizer seven minutes into the second half and was then sent off ten minutes from time.
In a match where a win would have put either side on the edge of the second round, the 1-1 draw put both teams in a position to qualify for the second round, although Denmark is in the unenviable position of needing a result against defending World Cup champions France.
Denmark went ahead in the 16th minute, after Diao fouled Jon Dahl Tomasson in the penalty area. The Denmark striker then stepped up to the penalty spot and buried the ball past Senegalese goalkeeper Tony Sylva. The goal was Tomasson’s third of the World Cup.
Senegal battled back and grabbed a magnificent equalizer seven minutes after the break when Diao finished after a flawless counter-attack. Diao was then sent off for a tackle over the ball in the 80th minute.
Tomasson had his second goal of the match called back when the referee ruled that he had handled the ball while controlling it off his chest.
DEN - Jon Dahl Tomasson (penalty) ..... 16th minute.
SEN - Salif Alassane Diao ..... 52.
Denmark: 1-Thomas Sorensen, 5-Jan Heintze, 6-Thomas Helveg, 3-Rene Henriksen, 4-Martin Laursen, 7-Thomas Gravesen (17-Christian Poulsen, 62), 2-Stig Tofting, 8-Jesper Gronkjaer (10-Martin Jorgensen, 50), 19-Dennis Rommedahl (18-Peter Lovenkrands, 89), 11-Ebbe Sand, 9-Jon Dahl Tomasson
Senegal: 1-Tony Sylva, 17-Ferdinand Coly, 2-Omar Daf, 13-Lamine Diatta, 4-Papa Malick Diop, 15-Salif Alassane Diao, 19-Papa Bouba Diop, 10-Khalilou Fadiga, 14-Moussa N'Diaye (9-Souleymane Camara, 46)(21-Habib Beye, 83), 3-Pape Sarr (7-Henri Camara, 46), 11-El Hadji Diouf.
DEN - Ebbe Sand (caution) ..... 8th minute.
SEN - Khalilou Fadiga (caution) ..... 11.
DEN - Jon Dahl Tomasson (caution) ..... 20.
SEN - Salif Alassane Diao (caution) ..... 63.
SEN- Salif Alassane Diao (ejection) ..... 80.
DEN - Thomas Helveg (caution) ..... 82.
SEN - El Hadji Diouf (caution) ..... 83.
DEN - Christian Poulsen (caution) ..... 84.
Cameroon 1 - Saudi Arabia 0
Saudi Arabia bounced back from a dismal opening match to nearly earn a point from Cameroon, however a second half goal by Samuel Eto'o provided the Olympic Champions with a narrow victory in Saitama, Japan, setting up an exciting final day of play in Group E as Germany, Cameroon and Ireland all have a strong chance to advance to the Round of 16.
After falling by an eight-goal margin to Germany on June 1, Saudi Arabia held Cameroon scoreless well into the second half and had several opportunities of their own in a match that saw the teams each take 14 shots. However in the 65th minute, Samuel Eto'o finished a long ball in the box past goalkeeper Mohammed Al Deayea, who performed well on throughout the match, but came up short on just the one play.
The victory puts Cameroon and Germany level at four points with Germany holding a sizable advantage in goal difference from their 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Ireland has two points from its two draws. Saudi Arabia cannot advance out of the group with zero points from its two losses.
Group E closes play on June 11 as Germany and Cameroon face off in Shizuoka, while Saudi Arabia and Ireland match up in Yokohama. Ireland must win to stay alive in the group. If Ireland gets their needed result and the Germany-Cameroon match is not a tie, Ireland will finish second in the group and the Germany-Cameroon winner will win the group. If Ireland wins and the Germany-Cameroon match is a draw, Germany, Ireland and Cameroon will all be tied at five points, with Germany having a +8 goal difference, Cameroon having a +1 goal difference and Ireland's goal difference being their margin of victory over Saudi Arabia.
CMR - Samuel Eto'o (Lauren) ..... 65th minute.
Cameroon: 1-Boukar Alioum, 2-Bill Tchato, 3-Pierre Wome (6-Pierre Njanka, 84), 4-Rigobert Song (capt.), 5-Raymond Kalla, 8-Geremi, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 10-Patrick Mboma (11-Pius Ndiefi, 74), 12-Lauren, 17-Marc-Vivien Foe, 23-Daniel Ngom Kome (20-Salomon Olembe, 46).
Saudi Arabia: 1-Mohammed Al Deayea (capt.), 2-Mohammed Al Jahani, 3-Redha Tukar, 4-Abdullah Sulaiman Zubromawi (15-Abdullah Gaman Al Dosary, 72), 6-Fouzi Al Shehri, 7-Ibrahim Al Shahrani, 11-Obaid Al Dosari (20-Al Hasan Al Yami, 35), 13-Hussein Sulimani, 14-Abdulaziz Khathran (8-Mohammed Noor, 86), 17-Abdullah Alwaked Al Shahrani, 18-Nawaf Al Temyat.
CMR - Pierre Wome (caution) ..... 10th minute.
KSA - Al Hasan Al Yami (caution) ..... 59.
France 0 - Uruguay 0
Defending World Champion France continued its scoreless start to the competition n the first scoreless match of the 2002 World Cup, a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Busan, following its 1-0 loss to Senegal in the tournament opener.
France's game plan was altered early in the game as Vincent Candela had to come on for an injured Frank Lebouef in the 16th minute, moving Lilian Thuram out of his usual position. France took a further blow ten minutes later as Thierry Henry was sent off following a tackle on Marcelo Romero in the 26th minute.
Despite the lack of a goal, the game had dramatic action throughout as either side faced elimination from the tournament with a loss. In second half stoppage time Uruguay's Federico Magallanes nearly ended the clean sheet as he forced French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to make a save with his leg on a fine effort created on a break.
France (0-1-1, 1 pt.) and Uruguay (0-1-1, 1 pt.) each face an uphill battle if they wish to reach the second round, with France's task made more difficult to the suspensions starters Henry (today's ejection) and Emmanuel Petit (cautioned in each of the first two matches) must serve in their final Group A game on June 11 vs. Denmark (1-0-1, 4 pts.). Uruguay faces Senegal (1-1-0, 4 pts.) in its final group match, also on June 11.
France: 16-Fabien Barthez, 3-Bixente Lizarazu, 4-Patrick Viera, 8-Marcel Desailly (capt.), 11-Sylvain Wiltord (21-Christoph Dugarry, 93), 12-Thierry Henry (ejected-26), 15-Lilian Thuram, 17-Emmanuel Petit, 18-Frank Leboeuf (2-VIncent Candela,16), 20-David Trezeguet (9-Djibril Cisse, 81), 22-Johan Micoud.
Uruguay: 1-Fabian Carini, 3-Alejandro Lembo, 4-Paolo Montero (capt.), 5-Pablo Garcia, 6-Dario Rodriguez (7-Gianni Guigou, 73), 8-Gustavo Varela, 9-Dario Silva (11-Federico Magallanes, 59), 13-Sebastian Abreu, 14-Gonzalo Sorondo, 16-Marcelo Romero (22-Gonzalo de los Santos, 71), 20-Alvaro Recoba.
URU - Pablo Garcia (caution) ..... 11th minute.
FRA - Thierry Henry (ejection) ..... 26.
URU - Sebastian Abreu (caution) ..... 48+.
FRA - Emmanuel Petit (caution) ..... 48+.
URU - Dario Rodriguez (caution) ..... 49+.
URU - Dario Silva (caution) ..... 48.