|Germany||1 - 0||United States|
|(HT: 1 - 0)|
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Hugh Dallas (SCO)
|1||21 Jun 2002||Michael Ballack||Goal||First Half||39||H|
|2||21 Jun 2002||Eddie Lewis||Yellow Card||First Half||40||A|
|3||21 Jun 2002||Eddie Pope||Yellow Card||First Half||41||A|
|4||21 Jun 2002||Brian McBride||Player Out||Second Half||13||A|
|5||21 Jun 2002||Clint Mathis||Substitute In||Second Half||13||A|
|6||21 Jun 2002||Bernd Schneider||Player Out||Second Half||15||H|
|7||21 Jun 2002||Jens Jeremies||Substitute In||Second Half||15||H|
|8||21 Jun 2002||Frankie Hejduk||Player Out||Second Half||20||A|
|9||21 Jun 2002||Cobi Jones||Substitute In||Second Half||20||A|
|10||21 Jun 2002||Sebastian Kehl||Yellow Card||Second Half||21||H|
|11||21 Jun 2002||Claudio Reyna||Yellow Card||Second Half||23||A|
|12||21 Jun 2002||Jens Jeremies||Yellow Card||Second Half||23||H|
|13||21 Jun 2002||Pablo Mastroeni||Yellow Card||Second Half||24||A|
|14||21 Jun 2002||Gregg Berhalter||Yellow Card||Second Half||25||A|
|15||21 Jun 2002||Oliver Neuville||Player Out||Second Half||35||H|
|16||21 Jun 2002||Marco Bode||Substitute In||Second Half||35||H|
|17||21 Jun 2002||Pablo Mastroeni||Player Out||Second Half||35||A|
|18||21 Jun 2002||Earnie Stewart||Substitute In||Second Half||35||A|
|19||21 Jun 2002||Miroslav Klose||Player Out||Second Half||43||H|
|20||21 Jun 2002||Oliver Bierhoff||Substitute In||Second Half||43||H|
|Michael Ballack scored the only goal as Germany beat United States 1-0 but the three-time champions must thank goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn for their first appearance at the World Cup semi-finals in 12 years. Kahn made a series of spectacular saves as the American upstarts showed they would not go down without a fight in the tense and fiercely fought quarter final. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Ballack rose powerfully to head a 39th-minute Christian Ziege free kick from the right past U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel. That secured a place in the last four against South Korea or Spain in Seoul next Tuesday. Germany last reached the semi-finals in 1990 when they went on to win the tournament.
A relieved Germany coach Rudi Voller said that Kahn had been the match-winner for his side.
"Oliver Kahn saved our lives so many times in the first half. We knew if we wanted to get far in this World Cup then we needed a fantastic Oliver Kahn.
"I think we are pretty lucky to have got into the semi-finals, but I am not happy with the performance.
"We need to do better or the semi-finals will be the end of the road for us."
Goal-scorer Ballack said: "We put the pressure on, but we had problems finding space.
"We knew dead-ball situations were our strength. It was a tough bit of work, but things worked out and we are happy to be in the semis."
It was Ballack's second goal of the tournament and one which gave Germany a brief period of domination. Four minutes later Miroslav Klose, the tournament's joint leading scorer with five goals, headed another attempt onto the U.S. goalpost. Until Ballack's strike, the United States seemed in charge with Kahn under continual pressure. Landon Donovan had the first real chance in the 18th minute, beating Ziege and then firing a left foot shot that forced a desperate save from Kahn to put the ball around the post. After 30 minutes Donovan was put clear again on the left wing and Kahn again had to parry his narrow angle shot wide of the post. Germany were also dangerous on the counter-attack and Oliver Neuville's overhead kick in the 34th minute went straight into the face of US midfielder Eddie Lewis, who probably stopped a German goal. Within seconds Donovan found Lewis clear on the edge of the German penalty area and Kahn could only fist away Lewis' shot. The United States had Lewis and Eddie Pope booked late in the half by Scottish referee Hugh Dallas as they conceded a growing number of fouls. But the American team, in the quarter finals for the first time since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, pressed for an equaliser as soon as the second half started. There was immediate controversy as Kahn made another spectacular save from a five metre shot from Gregg Berhalter. The ball came off the goalpost and Torsten Frings' arm stopped it going over the line. Dallas refused US demands for a goal and did not give a penalty either.
"If we had got a goal then we could have put them under a lot of pressure but they came through and that is the strength of their team, said U.S. coach Bruce Arena.
"The match was about chances. We had a lot but could not score. The Germans had two and converted one and that was the difference."
"We have seen it before even when the Germans don't play well they can get good results. They are a big team, a strong team and they play to get fouls in the last third of the pitch."
Kahn was nearly caught out in the 60th minute. He ran out of the penalty area to clear the ball and U.S. skipper Claudio Reyna lobbed the ball from near the halfway line, narrowly missing the German goal. As tensions mounted and shirts were pulled, Dallas booked Germany's Sebastien Kehl and Neuville and Americans Reyna, Pablo Mastroeni and Berhalter in less than five minutes. Germany defended furiously for the last 15 minutes. Tony Sanneh headed narrowly wide in the dying seconds but Germany held on to extend their unbeaten record at the finals.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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