Wednesday, June 12, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 146


 
 









 

World Cup gives rise to new order

World Cup Report
Luis Zepeda

The World Cup soccer tournament is really starting to heat up. Favored teams before the tournament are up for the count, while unthinkable wildcards like Senegal and the United States are standing tall.

The World Cup is looking for a new king after champion France failed to defend its throne and was eliminated by Denmark Monday. The
tournament is entering its decisive phase as teams try to position for Round 16, to be played next week.

Argentina, Italy in trouble

France is not the only past World Cup winner eliminated or facing elimination as the tournament enters its decisive phase. Argentina and Italy
gear up for Sweden and Mexico, respectively, with the utmost necessity of a win or a tie to advance to the next round.

Argentina is on the verge of elimination after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to England. Despite its imaginative play, Argentina couldn't overcome an
early penalty kick goal by England's soccer idol David Beckham. Argentina needs a tie or a win to advance.

Three-time World Cup winner Italy is still recovering from its shocking defeat at the feet of Croatia.

Italy was leading by a goal with 17 minutes remaining in the game when back-to-back goals by Croatia gave Italy its first defeat in regulation
since the USA '94 tournament. Italy also needs a win or tie against Mexico to avoid elimination.

Co-organizers on the rise

Not only have Japan and the Republic of South Korea impressed the soccer world with their majestic cutting-edge stadiums, their national
teams are performing well on the field. Japan collected its first victory in a World Cup tournament after defeating Russia 1-0. Russia's upset
prompted riots by soccer fans in Moscow, injuring more than a hundred and leaving two people dead.

South Korea cheered and cheered after their national team's first World Cup win in its sixth appearance, against Poland. Close to 65,000
chanting, red-clad fans packed Daegu World Cup Stadium to carry Korea against the United States in match two, early Monday. The U.S.
escaped with a 1-1 tie after the smoke cleared, with a dramatic penalty kick stop by USA's goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

The Red, white and blue

The U.S started the competition, pulling all the stops in its way to beat favored Portugal 3-2. Bruce Arena's team lead 3-0 by the 36th minute, a
huge advantage that Portugal was unable to overcome. 

After its 1-1 tie with South Korea, the US needs only a tie with Poland this Friday to advance to Round 16.

Odds and ends

Spain was the first team to qualify for the Cup's Round 16 after scoring three goals against Slovenia for the win.

Upcoming

Sweden-Argentina, Wednesday, 1:30 a.m. CST

Mexico-Italy, Thursday, 6:30 a.m. CST

Poland-USA, Friday, 6:30 a.m. CST
 
 
 

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