Sweden-Senegal, Spain-Ireland Battle In Round of 16 on June 16
Sweden vs. Senegal
3:30 p.m. local time
U.S. Television Information: Live on ESPN at 2:25 a.m. ET
How They Got Here: Sweden surprised everyone by finishing at the top of the “Group of Death”. The Swedes drew with England and Argentina and topped Nigeria. Senegal pulled off the surprise of the World Cup, knocking off France in the World Cup opener. Senegal then went on to draw with Uruguay and Denmark to qualify for the second round as the second-place finisher in Group A.
Two surprise teams meet in this Round of 16 match, and no team pulled off a bigger surprise than Senegal in the first round. After topping France in the opener, Senegal had to hang on for draws against Denmark and Uruguay. Senegal scored three goals in their last match of the first round, and will be facing a Sweden team with a defense that allowed only two goals in the first round.
Sweden did not pull off the surprise of the first round, but they may have been the most surprising team – edging better-known Argentina, England and Nigeria for the “Group of Death” title. Sweden’s top scorer Henrik Larsson came through when he was needed most, notching a double in a 2-1 win over Nigeria. Sweden’s other star, Arsenal’s Freddie Ljunberg, has battled injuries and fitness through the first three matches, and will need to step up his game for Sweden to move further into the tournament.
FIFA Ranking: 19th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 4” (8-0-2; 20 GF, 3 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 10 – 1934 (8th), 1938 (4th), 1950 (3rd), 1958 (2nd), 1970 (9th) 1974 (5th), 1978 (13th), 1990 (21st), 1994 (3rd), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 14-15-9
Manager: Tommy Soderberg, Lars Lagerback (SWE)
World Cup Roster
1-Magnus Hedman, 2-Olof Mellberg, 3-Patrik Andersson, 4-Johan Mjallby, 5-Michael Svensson, 6-Tobias Linderoth, 7-Niclas Alexandersson, 8-Anders Svensson, 9-Freddie Ljungberg, 10-Marcus Allback, 11-Henrik Larsson, 12-Magnus Kihlstedt, 13-Tomas Antonelius, 14-Erik Edman, 15-Andreas Jakobsson, 16-Teddy Lucic, 17-Magnus Svensson, 18-Mattias Jonson, 19-Pontus Farnerud, 20-Daniel Andersson, 21-Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 22-Andreas Andersson, 23-Andreas Isaksson
FIFA Ranking: 42nd
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
8: 30 p.m. local time
U.S. Television Information: Delayed on ABC at 1:30 p.m. ET
How They Got Here: 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. Ireland played as the “cardiac kids” in the group phase, coming back to post late draws against Germany and Cameroon, and then topping Saudi Arabia in their final group game to advance to the second round in second place in Group E.
Raul has been one of the top players through the first round of the World Cup, scoring three times and keeping defenses unbalanced. Fernando Morientes and Fernando Hierro have each added two goals for the Spaniards, with both of Hierro’s coming from the penalty spot.
The free-flowing Spanish offense will be tested by a solid Irish defense that allowed only two goals in the first round. Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is the leader of the stellar defense.
FIFA Ranking: 8th
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.
FIFA Ranking: 15th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 2” (7-0-3; 23 GF, 5 GA); defeated Iran in UEFA/Asian home-and-home playoff 2-1 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 3 – 1990 (9th), 1994 (16th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 1-3-5
Manager: Mick McCarthy (IRE)
World Cup Roster
1-Shay Given, 2-Steve Finnan, 3-Ian Harte, 4-Kenny Cunningham, 5-Steve Staunton, 6-Roy Keane, 7-Jason Mcateer, 8-Matt Holland, 9-Damien Duff, 10-Robbie Keane, 11-Kevin Kilbane, 12-Mark Kinsella, 13-David Connolly, 14-Gary Breen, 15-Richard Dunne, 16-Dean Kiely, 17-Niall Quinn, 18-Gary Kelly, 19-Clinton Morrison, 20-Andy O'brien, 21-Steven Reid, 22- Lee Carsley, 23-Alan Kelly