Germany vs. Paraguay
3:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET)
Live on ESPN & Univision
Paraguay lived dangerously in the first round, giving up early leads in each of their first two games - settling for a 2-2 draw with South Africa and suffering a 3-1 loss to Spain - before grabbing a spot in the second round late in the second half of a win against Slovakia. Paraguay allowed 6 goals in their first three group matches, a far cry from their stellar defensive play that guided them to the second round of France ’98. In France, Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert allowed only one goal in regulation (in four matches). If Chilavert and the defense doesn’t improve in their second round match, the German offensive machine could continue to roll.
Germany scored a tournament-high 11 goals in the opening round, including eight goals in an 8-0 shellacking against Saudi Arabia in their opener. German forward Miroslav Klose is the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals, including scores in each of their group games.
The German defense - headed by goalkeeper Oliver Kahn - has also been solid, allowing only two goals in the first round.
Paraguay will be playing without Carlos Paredes, who is serving a yellow-card suspension. Carsten Ramelow will miss the match for Germany after being red-carded vs. Cameroon. Christian Ziege and Dietmar Hamann will serve yellow card suspensions.
FIFA Ranking: 12th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 9” (5-1-2; 14 GF, 10 GA); defeated Ukraine in home-and-home playoff 5-2 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 15 – 1934 (3rd), 1938 (10th), 1954 (1st), 1958 (4th), 1962 (7th), 1966 (2nd), 1970 (3rd), 1974 (1st), 1978 (6th), 1982 (2nd), 1986 (2nd), 1990 (1st), 1994 (5th), 1998 (7th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 45-16-17
Manager: Rudi Voller (GER)
Championship Honors: 1954, 1974 & 1990 World Cup champions; 1972, 1980 & 1996 European Cup champions
World Cup Roster
1-Oliver Kahn, 2-Thomas Linke, 3-Marko Rehmer, 4-Frank Baumann, 5-Carsten Ramelow, 6-Christian Ziege, 7-Oliver Neuville, 8-Dietmar Hamann, 9-Carsten Jancker, 10-Lars Ricken, 11-Miroslav Klose, 12-Jens Lehmann, 13-Michael Ballack, 14-Gerald Asamoah, 15-Sebastian Kehl, 16-Jens Jeremies, 17-Marco Bode, 18-Joerg Boehme, 19-Bernd Schneider, 20-Oliver Bierhoff, 21-Christoph Metzelder, 22-Torsten Frings, 23-Hans-Joerg Butt
FIFA Ranking: 14th (tied)
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished fourth in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-6-3; 29 GF, 23 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 6 – 1930 (9th), 1950 (11th), 1958 (12th), 1986 (13th), 1998 (14th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 4-5-6
Manager: Cesare Maldini (ITA)
Championship Honors: 1953 Copa America champions
World Cup Roster
1-José Luis Chilavert, 12-Justo Villar, 22-Ricardo Olimpia Tavarelli, 2-Francisco Arce, 3-Pedro Sarabia, 4-Carlos Gamarra, 5-Celso Ayala, 18-Julio César Cáceres, 19-Daniel Sanabria, 21-Denis Ramón Caniza, 6-Estanislao Struway, 8-Guido Alvarenga, 10-Roberto Miguel Acuña, 11-Jorge Campos, 13-Carlos Humberto Paredes, 14-Diego Gavilán, 15-Carlos Bonet, 16-Gustavo Morínigo, 17-Juan Carlos Franco, 7-Richart Báez, 9-Roque Santa Cruz, 20-José Saturnino Cardozo, 23-Nelson Cuevas.
Denmark vs. England
8:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET)
Live on Univision, Delayed on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET
England overcame injury concerns and the “Group of Death” to advance to the second round, where they will face surprising Group A winners, Denmark.
The English are still playing due to a strong defense that allowed only one goal in the first round and finished the first round with back-to-back shutouts against Argentina and Nigeria, two teams with tons of talent going forward.
The English offense sputtered, but was pushed twice by David Beckham’s magic right foot. Beckham has been in on both of England’s first round goals, serving up the corner kick on Sol Campbell’s header against Sweden and then scoring form the penalty spot against Argentina. Michael Owen has been dangerous, but is yet to find the mark.
Denmark surprised many by finishing at the top of Group A. When the draw took place in December, many automatically put France in this game as the Group A winners. But The Danes had other ideas, running through Group A with two wins and a draw. Jon Dahl Tomasson paced the Danes in the first round, scoring four of their five goals.
In their first World Cup without legendary Danish keeper Peter Schmeichel, the Danes have only allowed two goals and recently shut out defeing champs France.
In 1998 Denmark surprised many by advancing to the second round, where they hammered Nigeria 4-1 before they lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Don’t expect a high-scoring affair in this one as two of the tournament’s top defenses meet.
FIFA Ranking: 20th (tied)
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 3” (6-0-4; 22 GF, 6 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 3 – 1986 (9th), 1998 (8th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 5-3-1
Manager: Morten Olsen (DEN)
Championship Honors: 1992 European Cup champions; 1995 Confederations Cup champions
World Cup Roster
1-Thomas Sorensen, 2-Stig Tofting, 3-Rene Henriksen, 4-Martin Laursen, 5-Jan Heintze, 6-Thomas Helveg, 7-Thomas Gravesen, 8-Jesper Gronkjaer, 9-Jon Dahl Tomasson, 10-Martin Jorgensen, 11-Ebbe Sand, 12-Niclas Jensen, 13-Steven Lustu, 14-Claus Jensen, 15-Jan Michaelsen, 16-Peter Kjaer, 17-Christian Poulsen, 18-Peter Lovenkrands, 19-Dennis Rommedahl, 20-Kasper Bogelund, 21-Peter Madsen, 22-Jesper Christiansen, 23-Brian Nielsen
Current FIFA World Ranking: 11th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 9” (5-1-2; 16 GF, 6 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 11 – 1950 (8th), 1954 (6th), 1958 (11th), 1962 (8th), 1966 (1st), 1970 (8th), 1982 (6th), 1986 (8th), 1990 (4th), 1998 (9th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 20-12-13
Manager: Sven Goran Eriksson (SW
Championship Honors: 1966 World Cup Champions
World Cup Roster
1-David Seaman, 2-Danny Mills, 3-Ashley Cole, 4-Danny Murphy, 5-Rio Ferdinand, 6-Sol Campbell, 7-David Beckham, 8-Paul Scholes, 9-Robbie Fowler, 10-Michael Owen, 11-Emile Heskey, 12-Wes Brown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Martin Keown, 16-Gareth Southgate, 17-Teddy Southgate, 18-Owen Hargreaves, 19-Joe Cole, 20-Darius Vassell, 21-Nicky Butt, 22-David James, 23-Kieron Dyer