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Match Date
18 Jun 2002

Korea Republic Korea Republic 2 - 1 Italy Italy
(HT: 0 - 1)

Game Details
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Byron Moreno (ECU)

Assistant Referees
Jorge Rattalino (ARG)
Ferenc Szekely (HUN)

Game Events
# Date Player Event Period Mins H/A
1 18 Jun 2002 Francesco Coco Yellow Card First Half 4 A
2 18 Jun 2002 Gianluigi Buffon Penalty save First Half 4 A
3 18 Jun 2002 Kim Tae-Young Yellow Card First Half 17 H
4 18 Jun 2002 Christian Vieri Goal First Half 18 A
5 18 Jun 2002 Francesco Totti Yellow Card First Half 22 A
6 18 Jun 2002 Damiano Tommasi Yellow Card Second Half 10 A
7 18 Jun 2002 Cristiano Zanetti Yellow Card Second Half 14 A
8 18 Jun 2002 Alessandro Del Piero Player Out Second Half 16 A
9 18 Jun 2002 Gennaro Gattuso Substitute In Second Half 16 A
10 18 Jun 2002 Kim Tae-Young Player Out Second Half 18 H
11 18 Jun 2002 Hwang Sun-Hong Substitute In Second Half 18 H
12 18 Jun 2002 Kim Nam-Il Player Out Second Half 23 H
13 18 Jun 2002 Lee Chun-Soo Substitute In Second Half 23 H
14 18 Jun 2002 Gianluca Zambrotta Player Out Second Half 27 A
15 18 Jun 2002 Angelo Di Livio Substitute In Second Half 27 A
16 18 Jun 2002 Song Chong-Gug Yellow Card Second Half 35 H
17 18 Jun 2002 Hong Myung-Bo Player Out Second Half 38 H
18 18 Jun 2002 Cha Doo-Ri Substitute In Second Half 38 H
19 18 Jun 2002 Seol Ki-Hyeon Goal Second Half 43 H
20 18 Jun 2002 Lee Chun-Soo Yellow Card Extra Time #1 9 H
21 18 Jun 2002 Francesco Totti 2nd Yellow Card Extra Time #1 13 A
22 18 Jun 2002 Choi Jin-Chul Yellow Card Extra Time #2 10 H
23 18 Jun 2002 Ahn Jung-Hwan Goal Extra Time #2 12 H

Match report
Italy were sensationally dumped out of the World Cup when a golden goal from Ahn Jung-Hwan saw co-hosts South Korea score a 2-1 win in one of the greatest upets in the 72-year history of the tournament. Italy-based Ahn's 117th-minute strike settled a pulsating second round encounter which exploded into life when Korea snatched an 88th-minute equaliser after Christian Vieri had given Italy the lead. In an upset to match North Korea's famous 1966 World Cup win over Italy, Ahn glanced home towards the end of an incident-packed extra-time period which saw Italy's golden boy Francesco Totti controversially sent off for diving. The win sent South Korea into a quarter-final against Spain in Gwangju on Saturday and left Italy on the World Cup scrapheap along with Argentina, France and Portugal as the shocks continued.
"We have beaten one of the superpowers of world football," South Korea's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink said. "The dream is going on. We have now set another record for Korea and I'm so happy for the boys.
"We had a difficult time in the first half, missing the penalty and everything. But to win against such an experienced team. The boys are so happy inside the locker room.
"I'm glad that we could make it for the Korean people," said Hiddink, who prepared his players for the World Cup intensively in the months leading up to the tournament.
"They were very clever and very dangerous and I think the players matched them after the first half and in the end dominated them and deserved to get the goal.
"Two or three months ago I wouldn't have thought it possible. But at the beginning of March we started working daily. They keep on fighting and working hard and they have learnt so much it's incredible," the Dutchman said.
Italy's veteran coach Giovanni Trapattoni said his team had done enough to win.
"I think everybody saw the game. I think we had much more chances at goal than them," Trapattoni said. "They played with a lot of heart. It was a match full of emotion, a beautiful match - but Italy should have won.
"We had a lot of possibilities to finish the game. (Gennaro) Gattuso and Vieri. This is football but if anyone deserved to go through to the quarter-final it should be Italy."
Ahn's goal sparked pandemonium in the 40,000 crowd at the Daejeon Stadium and sent millions of Koreans across the country into jubilant celebrations. Victory will have been made even sweeter for South Korea after co-hosts Japan tumbled out of the competition after losing 1-0 to Turkey earlier. Italy had been only two minutes away from a place in the last eight after Vieri's fourth goal of the tournament on 18 minutes had given them a 1-0 lead. The Inter Milan player's header came after Ahn saw a fourth-minute penalty saved. But Trapattoni's superstars were stunned when Belgium-based striker Seol Ki-Hyeon snatched an equaliser two minutes from time to send the match into extra-time. Seol's bobbling finish - the Anderlecht attacker pouncing after Christian Panucci failed to clear - gave the Koreans a new lease of life. Italy almost snatched a 90th-minute winner but Vieri somehow sidefooted over the bar from close range to the disbelief of his team-mates. The Koreans could even have claimed the win themselves in injury time when South Korean substitute Cha Du-Ri connected with a spectacular overhead kick that Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon gathered. The drama spilled over into extra-time with Totti's controversial sending off, the AS Roma talisman harshly adjudged to have dived in the box under the challenge of Song Chong-Gug. With penalties looming a cross swung in from the left was met by Perugia player Ahn, who leaped high above Paolo Maldini to head the ball into the net. The fans went wild and the Italians slumped to the turf. Italy had earlier run on to the pitch to be greeted by a deafening wall of sound, with Korea's 'Red Devil' supporters forming a giant banner reading 'Again - 66' at one end of the stadium - a reference to the 1966 shock. And after only four minutes an upset suddenly became a possibility when Ecuadorean referee Byron Moreno awarded a penalty to Korea after Panucci tugged down Seol. But with the chance to fire the hosts into a shock lead, Korean football's pin-up boy Ahn fluffed his chance and saw his low right-foot shot saved by Buffon. Having survived that early scare, Italy gathered themselves and took the lead. Totti curled in a wicked corner, and Vieri shrugged off the attentions of Choi Jin-Cheul to nod in at the near post. Italy then spent the rest of the match largely in control, with Korea's attempts to breach a makeshift Italian defence missing linchpins Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro successfully repelled. But with Italy eyeing a place in the last eight, substitute Hwang Sun-Hong - winning his 100th cap for Korea - chipped into the box, Panucci stumbled and and Seol pounced to set up the golden goal finale.

(courtesy of dailysoccer)

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