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

Spain Spain 4 - 3 Rep. of Ireland Rep. of Ireland
(HT: 1 - 0)
After extra time and penalties. Normal time score 1-1. Spain win 3-2 on penalties.

Game Details
Suwon World Cup Stadium
Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant Referees
Leif Lindberg (SWE)
Igor Sramka (SVK)

Game Events
# Date Player Event Period Mins H/A
1 16 Jun 2002 Fernando Morientes Goal First Half 8 H
2 16 Jun 2002 Steve Staunton Player Out Second Half 5 A
3 16 Jun 2002 Kenny Cunningham Substitute In Second Half 5 A
4 16 Jun 2002 Gary Kelly Player Out Second Half 10 A
5 16 Jun 2002 Niall Quinn Substitute In Second Half 10 A
6 16 Jun 2002 Juan Fransisco Garcia Yellow Card Second Half 17 H
7 16 Jun 2002 Iker Casillas Penalty save Second Half 19 H
8 16 Jun 2002 Francisco de Pedro Player Out Second Half 21 H
9 16 Jun 2002 Gaizka Mendieta Substitute In Second Half 21 H
10 16 Jun 2002 Fernando Morientes Player Out Second Half 27 H
11 16 Jun 2002 David Albelda Substitute In Second Half 27 H
12 16 Jun 2002 Raul Gonzalez Player Out Second Half 35 H
13 16 Jun 2002 Alberto Luque Martos Substitute In Second Half 35 H
14 16 Jun 2002 Ian Harte Player Out Second Half 37 A
15 16 Jun 2002 David Connolly Substitute In Second Half 37 A
16 16 Jun 2002 Ruben Baraja Yellow Card Second Half 42 H
17 16 Jun 2002 Fernando Hierro Yellow Card Second Half 44 H
18 16 Jun 2002 Robbie Keane Goal (penalty) Second Half 45 A
19 16 Jun 2002 Robbie Keane Goal (shoot-out) Penalties 1 A
20 16 Jun 2002 Fernando Hierro Goal (shoot-out) Penalties 2 H
21 16 Jun 2002 Matt Holland Penalty miss Penalties 3 A
22 16 Jun 2002 Ruben Baraja Goal (shoot-out) Penalties 4 H
23 16 Jun 2002 David Connolly Penalty miss Penalties 5 A
24 16 Jun 2002 Juan Fransisco Garcia Penalty miss Penalties 6 H
25 16 Jun 2002 Kevin Kilbane Penalty miss Penalties 7 A
26 16 Jun 2002 Juan Carlos Valeron Penalty miss Penalties 8 H
27 16 Jun 2002 Steve Finnan Goal (shoot-out) Penalties 9 A
28 16 Jun 2002 Gaizka Mendieta Goal (shoot-out) Penalties 10 H

Match report
Spain reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout against Ireland. Spanish substitute Gaizka Mendieta put a terrible club season at Lazio behind him by tucking away the decisive kick to give Spain a 3-2 victory on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra-time.
"This game was all about luck. We had some bad luck at times but in the end luck was on our side," said Mendieta.
"Penalties are always a lottery. We should have won this game in normal time but everything worked out in the end."
Spain booked a meeting with either co-hosts South Korea or Italy in Gwangju on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals. With a penalty in the final minute of normal time, Robbie Keane had equalised Fernando Morientes' opening goal to send the match into extra time. But neither side could break the deadlock in the 30 additional minutes so the match went to the first penalty shootout at this World Cup and the first in the tournament since Brazil beat Holland in the 1998 semi-final.
The shootout featured a host of missed kicks.
Matt Holland had blasted his spot-kick over the bar, the ball glancing the woodwork and after Baraja scored, David Connolly hit his kick straight at the Spanish keeper Iker Casillas. Juanfran missed his chance to win the match when he shot wide, but Kevin Kilbane saw his shot brilliantly saved by Casillas. Then Juan Carlos Valeron failed to secure the match when he hit the post and when Steve Finnan scored, Mendieta had to find the net to send his country through to the quarter-finals. He made no mistake despite the efforts of goalkeeper Shay Given and Spain's bid to win the first World Cup in their history is still alive.
Irish coach Mick McCarthy, who had linked arms with his team during the shootout, said: "We didn't deserve that ending, we deserved to win in normal time though and it's sickening.
"But before we came out tonight I said to them whatever happens there's no recriminations, we've had a wonderful, wonderful World Cup."
"We would have loved to have gone through to the quarter-finals. I have admiration for all those players. There's no criticism from me at all."
Morientes had given Spain the lead after eight minutes at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. But Ireland missed a first penalty only to be thrown a lifeline with another in the 90th minute when Swedish referee Anders Frisk spotted Spanish captain Fernando Hierro pulling Niall Quinn's shirt to prevent him from jumping for a cross. Robbie Keane stepped up and slotted the kick away just minutes before the whistle went for the end of normal time. Spain's goal came when Morientes pulled away from his marker Gary Breen to head home a cross from the right from Puyol to notch up his 17th goal in 23 appearances for his country. But Ian Harte blew a chance to qualise when his 64th-minute spot-kick was saved by Casillas. Damien Duff had earned it when he was felled by Juanfran as he tried to cross from the right of the penalty area. Harte placed his penalty towards the centre of the goal and Casillas guessed right, although he pushed the ball away only as far as Kilbane who sliced the rebound wide. Ireland pushed desperately for an equaliser in the final minutes of normal time. Keane was denied by Casillas with five minutes remaining after the lanky Quinn knocked the ball down just as he did for the decisive goal in the 1-1 draw against Germany. Harte, substituted by the time Ireland got their late penalty, jumped for joy when Keane tucked away the penalty which sent the game into extra-time. In the first period, Ireland had pinned Spain into their own half with the Spanish a man short because Albelda was injured and coach Jose Antonio Camacho had used all three of his substitutes. The best chances to avoid the dreaded shootout came in the second period, when Keane drove wide from a Quinn knockdown before Baraja's drive was saved by Given. The action swung to the other end when Connolly shot just wide of Casillas' post. Duff was outstanding, driving a raking shot just wide of Casillas' right-hand post with ten minutes remaining and running at the Spanish defenders whenever he got the opportunity.

(courtesy of dailysoccer)

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