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2002 FIFA World Cup (tm)
Match Date
15 Jun 2002

Germany Germany 1 - 0 Paraguay Paraguay
(HT: 0 - 0)

Game Details
Jeju World Cup Stadium
Carlos Batres (GUA)

Assistant Referees
Curtis Charles (ATG)
Dramane Dante (MLI)

Game Events
# Date Player Event Period Mins H/A
1 15 Jun 2002 Roberto Miguel Acuna Yellow Card First Half 26 A
2 15 Jun 2002 Roque Santa Cruz Player Out First Half 29 A
3 15 Jun 2002 Jorge Campos Substitute In First Half 29 A
4 15 Jun 2002 Bernd Schneider Yellow Card First Half 35 H
5 15 Jun 2002 Marko Rehmer Player Out Second Half 1 H
6 15 Jun 2002 Sebastian Kehl Substitute In Second Half 1 H
7 15 Jun 2002 Jose Saturnino Cardozo Yellow Card Second Half 5 A
8 15 Jun 2002 Christoph Metzelder Player Out Second Half 15 H
9 15 Jun 2002 Frank Baumann Substitute In Second Half 15 H
10 15 Jun 2002 Frank Baumann Yellow Card Second Half 26 H
11 15 Jun 2002 Carlos Bonet Player Out Second Half 39 A
12 15 Jun 2002 Diego Gavilan Substitute In Second Half 39 A
13 15 Jun 2002 Oliver Neuville Goal Second Half 43 H
14 15 Jun 2002 Estanislao Struway Player Out Second Half 46 A
15 15 Jun 2002 Nelson Cuevas Substitute In Second Half 46 A
16 15 Jun 2002 Roberto Miguel Acuna Red Card Second Half 47 A
17 15 Jun 2002 Michael Ballack Yellow Card Second Half 47 H
18 15 Jun 2002 Oliver Neuville Player Out Second Half 47 H
19 15 Jun 2002 Gerald Asamoah Substitute In Second Half 47 H

Match report
Germany moved into the quarter-finals of the World Cup, as Oliver Neuville scored an 88th-minute winner to beat Paraguay 1-0. As the clock ticked down towards extra-time following an uninspiring encounter Bernd Schneider raced down the right flank and crossed to his Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Neuville, who smashed the ball home past Paraguay's veteran keeper Jose Luis Chilavert. The Paraguayans were out to cause a colossal shock with a quarter-final in Ulsan against Mexico or the United States on June 21 at stake. But Neuville caught them cold with his goal which sent the three-time world champions through.
"They were looking for a goalless draw - but deserved to win," said Neuville.
"I'm very pleased. It was my first World Cup game on when I was on from the start. I only find out I was playing two hours before kick-off."
Paraguay's misery deepened in injury-time as they had Roberto Acuna red-carded. Germany thus kept their amazing record intact of reaching at least the last eight at all post-war tournaments in which they have participated. Chilavert, playing in his last finals aged 36, sent one trademark long-distance free-kick over the bar as he failed in his dream to become the first goalkeeper to score at a World Cup.
He said his team had come close to causing an upset.
"Germany were lucky today - we were their equals," he insisted.
Paraguay's veteran Italian coach Cesare Maldini, who now steps down from his post to scout in Italy, said either side could easily have won.
"It was a very balanced game until the end. There weren't really many good chances for either side but they won with a great goal," he said.
Paraguay suffered a blow when their Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz had to go off after appearing to pull a muscle and Jorge Campos came on after 30 minutes. Paraguay had left both Campos and Nelson Cuevas, whose goals beat Slovenia to bring them this far, on the bench at the start. After his introduction Campos thrashed an effort goalwards which German keeper Oliver Kahn, celebrating his 33rd birthday, did well to parry with his left hand. Rudi Voller's Germans were pinning their hopes on Miroslav Klose, tournament top scorer with five in three opening-round matches. Voller shuffled his pack with defender Carsten Ramelow and midfielders Christian Ziege and Dietmar Hamann all suspended, but playmaker and budding superstar Michael Ballack shrugged off a calf muscle strain to start. Germany looked sluggish early on but Ballack went up for a header which floated harmlessly away - while Celso Ayala grabbed at his shirt. Ballack then smacked a long-range effort wide before Danis Caniza's shot wide woke up Kahn. Marco Bode then failed to control the ball, but when it bobbled to Klose he fired over.
Just 25,000 spectators were in the 42,000-capacity stadium on the tropical Korean island of Jeju.

(courtesy of dailysoccer)

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