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

Japan Japan 0 - 1 Turkey Turkey
(HT: 0 - 1)

Game Details
Miyagi Stadium
Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant Referees
Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Paul Smith (NZL)

Game Events
# Date Player Event Period Mins H/A
1 18 Jun 2002 Umit Davala Goal First Half 12 A
2 18 Jun 2002 Alpay Ozalan Yellow Card First Half 21 A
3 18 Jun 2002 Ergun Penbe Yellow Card First Half 44 A
4 18 Jun 2002 Kazuyuki Toda Yellow Card First Half 45 H
5 18 Jun 2002 Junichi Inamoto Player Out Second Half 1 H
6 18 Jun 2002 Daisuke Ichikawa Substitute In Second Half 1 H
7 18 Jun 2002 Alessandro Santos Player Out Second Half 1 H
8 18 Jun 2002 Takayuki Suzuki Substitute In Second Half 1 H
9 18 Jun 2002 Umit Davala Player Out Second Half 29 A
10 18 Jun 2002 Nihat Kahveci Substitute In Second Half 29 A
11 18 Jun 2002 Hasan Gokhan Sas Player Out Second Half 40 A
12 18 Jun 2002 Tayfur Havutcu Substitute In Second Half 40 A
13 18 Jun 2002 Daisuke Ichikawa Player Out Second Half 41 H
14 18 Jun 2002 Hiroaki Morishima Substitute In Second Half 41 H
15 18 Jun 2002 Yildiray Basturk Player Out Second Half 45 A
16 18 Jun 2002 Ilhan Mansiz Substitute In Second Half 45 A
17 18 Jun 2002 Hakan Sukur Yellow Card Second Half 46 A

Match report
Turkey ended the World Cup dreams of Japan with a disciplined 1-0 defeat of the co-hosts. Japan's hopes fizzled out in the rain against a well-organised but unspectacular Turkish team, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history and will take on another surprise qualifier, Senegal, in Osaka on Saturday. The hopes of Asia now rest on co-hosts South Korea, who play Italy later on Tuesday.
Japan's French coach Philippe Troussier, who will now leave the job, said: "It's the end of an adventure. But it ends with a Japanese team which has a lot of impetus for the future.
"May they use that impetus as a springboard for development towards the 2006 World Cup.
"I am very proud to have been coach of this team and to have worn the Japanese shirt for four years," he added, his voice cracking with emotion.
Japan never recovered after conceding a goal after 12 minutes at the Miyagi World Cup Stadium. Umit Davala was left completely unmarked by the Japanese defence at a corner, allowing him to head Ergun Penbe's kick firmly past goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki. Japan came closest to an equaliser when their Brazilian-born midfielder Alex sent a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area crashing against the crossbar five minutes before half-time. Turkish defender Alpay Ozalan had brought down Japan's European-based playmaker Hidetoshi Nakata to concede the kick. Alex's curling effort left Turkish keeper Rustu Recber helpless and grateful for the assistance of the woodwork. Japan put Turkey under intense pressure at the start of the second half, roared on by the home crowd. The Turks escaped when Kazuyuki Toda's cross was met by a sliced clearance by Alpay in front of his own goal, but no Japanese attacker was there to take advantage. Japanese centre-forward Akinori Nishizawa probed away at the solid Turkish defence but he was largely limited to speculative shots from outside the area. He blasted two shots over the bar as Japan looked increasingly unlikely to score. At the other end, Hasan Sas shook off three Japanese defenders but Narazaki easily collected his low shot and Nishizawa's header went straight into the hands of Rustu. Takayuki Suzuki, introduced in place of Alex at half-time, also tried in vain to find a way past the defence held in line by Alpay. But Turkey were always threatening to nick a second goal. Yildiray Basturk's long shot flew just wide with 25 minutes left to play and in the first-half, veteran striker Hakan Sukur attempted an ambitious chip but Narazaki gathered the ball easily. Shinji Ono's driven free-kick was deflected for a corner in the final minutes but nothing came of it as Japan's hopes faded.

(courtesy of dailysoccer)

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