SPAIN vs. KOREA
3:30 p.m. local time
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
SPAIN: Won Group B with a perfect 3-0-0 record. Spain then outlasted Ireland in penalty kicks in the Round of 16.
KOREA: Won Group D, recording a 2-0-1 record. Korea then topped Italy 2-1 in extratime of their Round of 16 match.
SPAIN: Raul (3), Fernando Morientes (3), Fernando Hierro (2), Gaizka Mendieta (1), Juan Carlos Valeron (1)
KOREA: Ahn Jung Hwan (2), Seol Ki Hyeon (1), Park Ji Sung (1), Yoo Sang Chul (1), Hwang Sun Hong (1)
After knocking off Italy in dramatic fashion in the Round of 16, Korea now faces another of Europe’s finest with a spot in the World Cup semifinals on the line.
Korea pulled off one of the biggest surprises of a surprising World Cup, shocking Italy 2-1 in extra time to advance to the quarterfinals. Earlier in the match Ahn missed a penalty, but he more than made up for it when he outjumped Paolo Maldini to score the gamewinner.
The Korean defense has been one of the strongest in the tournament, allowing only two goals through four games.
Spain was one of the most impressive teams in the first round, scoring three goals in each of their first round games to finish with a perfect nine points (three wins) from the group phase.
In the Round of 16, Spain survived extra time against Ireland and went on to win in penalties. Spain may be without top scorer Raul, who limped out of the match against Ireland. Raul was Spain’s top player in the first round, scoring three times.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 7” (6-0-2; 21 GF, 4 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 11 – 1934 (5th), 1950 (4th), 1962 (13th), 1966 (10th), 1978 (10th), 1982 (12th), 1986 (7th), 1990 (10th), 1994 (8th), 1998 (17th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 16-14-10
Manager: Jose Antonio Camacho (ESP)
Championship Honors: 1964 European Cup champions; 1992 Olympic champions
World Cup Roster
1-Iker Casillas, 13 Ricardo Lopez Felipe, 23 Pedro Contreras, 2-Curro Torres, 3-Juan Francisco Garcia, 5-Carles Puyol, 6-Fernando Hierro, 15-Enrique Fernandez Romero, 20-Miguel Angel Nadal, 4-Ivan Helguera, 8-Ruben Baraja, 11-Francisco De Pedro, 14-David Albelda, 16-Gaizka Mendieta, 17-Juan Carlos Valerón, 18-Sergio Gonzalez, 19-Xavi Hernandez, 21-Luis Enrique Martínez, 22-Joaquin Sanchez, 7- Raúl González, 9-Fernando Morientes, 10-Diego Tristán, 12-Alberto Luque Martos.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Qualified as a host country
World Cup final appearances: 6 – 1954 (16th), 1986 (20th), 1990 (22nd), 1994 (20th), 1998 (30th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 0-10-4
Manager: Guus Hiddink (NED)
World Cup Roster
1-Lee Woon Jae, 2-Hyun Young Min, 3-Choi Sung Yong, 4-Choi Jin Cheul, 5-Kim Nam Il, 6-Yoo Sang Chul, 7-Kim Tae Young, 8-Choi Tae Uk, 9-Seol Ki Hyeon, 10-Lee Young Pyo, 11-Choi Yong Soo, 12-Kim Byung Ji, 13-Lee Eul Yong, 14-Lee Chun Soo, 15-Lee Min Sung, 16-Cha Doo Ri, 17-Yoon Jong Hwan, 18-Hwang Sun Hong, 19-Ahn Jung Hwan, 20-Hong Myung Bo 21-Park Ji Sung, 22-Song Chong Gug, 23-Choi Eun Sung
SENEGAL vs. TURKEY
8:30 p.m. local time
How They Got Here:
SENEGAL: Finished second in Group A, finishing with one win and two draws. Senegal topped Sweden 2-1 with a golden goal in extra time in the Round of 16.
TURKEY: Finished second in Group C, going 1-1-1. and then topping Japan 1-0 in the Round of 16.
SENEGAL: Papa Bouba Diop (3), Henri Camara (2), Khalilou Fadiga (1), Salif Diao (1)
TURKEY: Hasan Sas (2), Umit Davala (2), Bulent Korkmaz (1), Emre Belozoglu (1)
Senegal pulled off the surprise of the World Cup, knocking off France in the World Cup opener and then recording two draws to advance to the second round. In the second round Senegal topped another European power, “Group of Death” winner Sweden. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, Senegal rebounded for a 2-1 win in overtime courtesy of two Henri Camara goals.
Senegal now faces a Turkey team that was a questionable penalty kick away from drawing with Brazil in their tournament opener. In that match Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber turned in one of the finest goalkeeping performances of the tournament. Rustu also stood out in Turkey’s Round of 16 win against Japan. Since their opening 2-1 loss to Brazil, Turkey has allowed just one goal in three games.
Offensively, Turkey has been led by Hasan Sas – who scored against Brazil and China – but surprisingly have not seen a goal from veteran Hakan Sukur.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won Africa “Group 3” (4-1-3; 14 GF, 2 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 1 – 2002
Overall Record in WC: First appearance
Manager: Bruno Metsu (SEN)
World Cup Roster
1-Tony Sylva, 2-Omar Daf, 3-Pape Sarr, 4-Pape Malick Diop, 5-Alassane Ndour, 6-Aliou Cisse, 7-Henri Camara, 8-Amara Traore, 9-Souleymane Camara, 10-Khalilou Fadiga, 11-El Hadji Diouf, 12-Amdy Faye, 13-Lamine Diatta, 14-Moussa Ndiaye, 15-Salif Diao, 16-Omar Diallo, 17-Ferdinand Coly, 18-Pape Thiaw, 19-Pape Bouba Diop, 20-Sylvain Ndiaye, 21-Habib Beye, 22-Kalidou Cissokho, 23-Makthar Ndiaye
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 4” (6-1-3; 18 GF, 8 GA); defeated Austria in home-and-home playoff 5-0 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 2 – 1954 (9th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 1-2-0
Manager: Senol Gunes (TUR)
World Cup Roster
1-Rustu Recber, 12-Omer Catkic, 23-Zafer Ozgultekin, 2-Emre Asik, 3-Bulent Korkmaz, 4-Fatih Akyel, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 16-Umit Ozat, 7-Okan Buruk, 8-Tugay Kerimoglu, 10-Yildiray Basturk, 13-Muzzy Izzet, 14-Tayfur Havutcu, 18-Ergun Penbe, 19-Abdullah Ercan, 20-Hakan Unsal, 21-Emre Belozoglu, 22-Umit Davala, 6-Arif Erdem, 9-Hakan Sukur, 11-Hasan Gokhan Sas, 15-Nihat Kahveci, 17-Ilhan Mansiz