|Brazil||2 - 1||Turkey|
|(HT: 0 - 1)|
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Young Yoo Kim (KOR)
|1||3 Jun 2002||Fatih Akyel||Yellow Card||First Half||21||A|
|2||3 Jun 2002||Hakan Unsal||Yellow Card||First Half||24||A|
|3||3 Jun 2002||Alpay Ozalan||Yellow Card||First Half||44||A|
|4||3 Jun 2002||Hasan Gokhan Sas||Goal||First Half||47||A|
|5||3 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Goal||Second Half||5||H|
|6||3 Jun 2002||Yildiray Basturk||Player Out||Second Half||21||A|
|7||3 Jun 2002||Ilhan Mansiz||Substitute In||Second Half||21||A|
|8||3 Jun 2002||Bulent Korkmaz||Player Out||Second Half||21||A|
|9||3 Jun 2002||Umit Davala||Substitute In||Second Half||21||A|
|10||3 Jun 2002||Ronaldinho||Player Out||Second Half||22||H|
|11||3 Jun 2002||Denilson||Substitute In||Second Half||22||H|
|12||3 Jun 2002||Juninho Paulista||Player Out||Second Half||27||H|
|13||3 Jun 2002||Vampeta||Substitute In||Second Half||27||H|
|14||3 Jun 2002||Denilson||Yellow Card||Second Half||28||H|
|15||3 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Player Out||Second Half||28||H|
|16||3 Jun 2002||Luizao||Substitute In||Second Half||28||H|
|17||3 Jun 2002||Alpay Ozalan||Red Card||Second Half||41||A|
|18||3 Jun 2002||Rivaldo||Goal (penalty)||Second Half||42||H|
|19||3 Jun 2002||Tugay Kerimoglu||Player Out||Second Half||43||A|
|20||3 Jun 2002||Arif Erdem||Substitute In||Second Half||43||A|
|21||3 Jun 2002||Hakan Unsal||2nd Yellow Card||Second Half||49||A|
|A late penalty from Rivaldo saw Brazil get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over nine-man Turkey. Rivaldo's 86th-minute spot-kick was perfectly placed beyond diving goalkeeper Rustu Recber after Turkey defender Alpay was sent off for hauling down Luizao in the box. The goal came after Brazil fought back from going a goal down to a strike by Turkey's Hasan Sas in first-half injury time. Fit-again Inter Milan ace Ronaldo had equalised that opener after 50 minutes. The Turks saw a disappointing Group C game end in shame when Hakan Unsal was sent off in the dying seconds for a second bookable offence after kicking the ball at Rivaldo.
Relieved Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he was relieved to have won - and said his side could now look forward to reaching the second round.
"To win your first game puts you in a solid position - if we can get six points then we'd be virtually through," said Scolari, whose side face China on Saturday in their next game. Their final game is against Costa Rica.
"I wasn't particularly pleased with how we started in the first half," Scolari added, referring to a lacklustre opening spell when the Brazilians had struggled to get a shot on goal.
"It was an very interesting game. We showed quality and character to win," he added.
Penalty hero Rivaldo said the side was disappointed not to have wrapped up victory earlier. "I regret that we couldn't seal it in the first half. I am relieved that we came from behind to win.
"When they went 1-0 up I was a bit worried. But we had the belief to win," the former world footballer of the year added.
Turkey coach Senol Gunes was disappointed by the result but remained confident his team would still reach the second phase.
"In the first half we played well but gave away many chances," he said.
"In the second half we set out to control the game. We managed to do that but we conceded two goals that we shouldn't have done.
"There are still six points to win. Our goal was to get five points from three games.
"We deserved one point today but we didn't get it for reasons that I don't talk about here," in an apparent reference to the late penalty awarded by Korean referee Kim Young-Joo.
Earlier Brazil's fans had been heartened by the form of Ronaldo, showing glimpses of his old self before being substituted for Luizao on 72 minutes. For long periods of the match though it looked as if Brazil, aiming to regroup after the injury blow to skipper Emerson, would have to settle for a draw.
They dominated play but were kept at bay by a well-organised Turkey side making their first appearance in the World Cup for 48 years. Turkey's opener came after a long ball forward from Yildiray Basturk caught the Brazil defence napping and Hasan Sas was on hand to thump the ball past goalkeeper Marcos. But the Brazilian fans did not have long to wait for the leveller. A hanging Rivaldo cross from the left was met by Ronaldo, athletically hooking in a volley past a helpless Rustu five minutes into the second half. Buoyed by the goal, Ronaldo was troubling the Turkish defence again soon afterwards. He left his marker for dead with a wonderful turn and jink into the box but an attempt to guide his shot past Rustu was saved. Former Middlesbrough player Juninho Paulista also went close for the South Americans with a rasping shot from 15 yards out which Rustu again did well to parry. Brazil continued to go in search of a winner and thought they had secured it on 62 minutes only for Rivaldo to see his close-range header from a knock-on by Roque Junior ruled out for offside, in a marginal call. But with time running out a ball over the top caused panic in the Turkish defence, with Luizao dashing clear only to be hauled down by Alpay. Referee Kim had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and sending the Aston Villa man off for good measure. Rivaldo blasted in the winner and minutes later the game finished in ignominy for Turkey when Hakan Unsal was sent off for kicking the ball at the Barcelona player.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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