Dramatic Matches Go Beyond Regulation on Second Day of Round of 16 Play; Senegal and Spain Advance
Both matches on Sunday - the second day of Round of 16 play at the 2002 FIFA World Cup - went beyond regulation to produce a winner as the drama and intensity rose to match the stakes in the single-elimination phase of the tournament.
SENEGAL 2:1 SWEDEN (1OT)
Senegal's Lions of Teranga continued its unexpected run in their debut appearance at the World Cup Finals as Henri Camara's two goal effort led them back from an early deficit to tie and eventually win the match on his Golden Goal in the 104th minute.
Sweden's Henrik Larsson notched his third goal of the tournament by heading in a corner in the 11th minute to give his team the early lead.
El Hadji Diouf was the catalyst for Senegal's comeback bid, setting up Papa Bouba Diop in the 26th minute for an apparent goal, called back for offsides.
Senegal would finally see a result for its efforts and equalize in the 37th minute, as Diouf flicked on for Camara, who chested the ball down and beat goalkeeper Magnus Hedman to the corner with a right-footed blast.
Both teams pushed for a goal in the second half, but the score remained locked at 1-1 after regulation, setting up the sudden-death drama.
Anders Svensson nearly ended the match in the 95th minute as he took a pass from Larsson in the box, turned and sent a shot off the post with Senegal keeper Tony Sylva beat.
The match ended moments before the first overtime would have been whistled to a close on a beautiful goal for the Lions. Pape Thiaw's backheel pass found Camara at the top of the box. Camara cut and then scored off the inside of the post, sending off a wild celebration for the lone African team to escape the first round.
A quarterfinal match on June 22 in Osaka awaits Senegal, who will meet the winner of Tuesday's match between Japan and Turkey.
IRELAND 1:1 SPAIN (2-3 PKs)
Spain jumped out to an early lead as Fernando Morientes headed in his third goal of the tournament in the 8th minute.
That lead would last 80 minutes as goalkeeper Iker Casillas saved a Ian Harte penalty kick attempt in the 63rd minute after Damien Duff was taken down in the box by Juanfran. The save by Casillas rebounded back in front of the empty net with the goalkeeper still on the ground, but Kevin Kilbane could not put his shot on target.
With two minutes left in regulation, Ireland was awarded another penalty as captain Fernando Hierro left Swedish referee Anders Frisk with no choice but to show him the yellow card and award the penalty kick after Hierro held a handful of Niall Quinn's jersey as Quinn challenged for a dangerous high ball in the area.
Robbie Keane stepped up and buried the penalty kick to level the score, his second late equalizer of the tournament after his stoppage time equalizer against Germany earned Ireland a critical draw in group play.
With Spain's key attackers Morientes, Raul and De Pedro substituted out during the second half, Ireland earned a majority of the chances in the thirty minutes of extra time, but the overtime sessions brought the teams no closer to a winner, forcing the penalty kick shootout.
Casillas would be the hero with two saves in the period, giving Spain the edge to pull off a 3-2 shootout victory with Hierro, Baraja and Gaizka Mendieta converting their chances in the shootout to send Spain through.
Spain awaits the winner of Tuesday's Korea-Italy match. Their quarterfinal will be played on June 22 in Gwangju.