2002 FIFA World Cup Group A

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The 2002 FIFA World Cup featured 32 teams divided into eight lettered groups. Group A comprised 1998 winners, France, two-time winners Uruguay, Denmark and FIFA World Cup debutants Senegal. The group's first match was played on 31 May 2002, and the last matches on 11 June 2002.

From the outset, it was apparent that the group would not pan out as expected, as Senegal beat France 1–0 in the opening match of the tournament. France followed this with a goalless draw against Uruguay, in a match in which their star striker, Thierry Henry was sent off, before rounding out the group with another defeat to Denmark. Senegal's other two matches finished as draws, including a well-earned point against Denmark, and a bad-tempered game against Uruguay, in which 12 players were booked.

Denmark started the group well, beating Uruguay in Ulsan, before a late Senegal equaliser in Daegu prevented them from qualifying for the Round of 16 with a game to spare. Instead, they were forced to play France knowing that a draw would see them through to the next round. They won the game, 2–0, and finished top of the group, thanks to Senegal's draw with Uruguay.

Uruguay, as dark horses of the group, never really got going, their high point being a goalless draw with a sub-par France side. However, they did manage to put three goals past Senegal in a high-scoring draw, but their loss to Denmark in their opening game had dashed any hopes they may have had of qualifying for the Round of 16.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Senegal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3  Uruguay 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
4  France 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Matches[edit]

All times local (UTC+9)

France vs Senegal[edit]

France 0–1 Senegal
Report Diop Goal 30'
France
Senegal
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 18 Frank Leboeuf
CB 8 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 4 Patrick Vieira
CM 17 Emmanuel Petit Yellow card 45+2'
RW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 81'
AM 6 Youri Djorkaeff Substituted off 60'
LW 12 Thierry Henry
CF 20 David Trezeguet
Substitutions:
FW 21 Christophe Dugarry Substituted in 60'
FW 9 Djibril Cissé Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Roger Lemerre
GK 1 Tony Sylva
RB 17 Ferdinand Coly
CB 13 Lamine Diatta
CB 4 Pape Malick Diop
LB 2 Omar Daf
DM 6 Aliou Cissé (c) Yellow card 51'
RM 14 Moussa N'Diaye
CM 19 Papa Bouba Diop
CM 15 Salif Diao
LM 10 Khalilou Fadiga
CF 11 El Hadji Diouf
Manager:
France Bruno Metsu

Man of the Match:
El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)

Assistant referees:
Ali Al-Traifi (Saudi Arabia)
Jorge Rattalino (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Felipe Ramos (Mexico)

Uruguay vs Denmark[edit]

Uruguay 1–2 Denmark
Rodríguez Goal 47' Report Tomasson Goal 45'83'
Attendance: 30,157
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)
Uruguay
Denmark
GK 1 Fabián Carini
RB 2 Gustavo Méndez Yellow card 25'
CB 14 Gonzalo Sorondo
CB 4 Paolo Montero (c)
LB 6 Darío Rodríguez Substituted off 87'
RM 8 Gustavo Varela
CM 5 Pablo García
LM 7 Gianni Guigou
AM 20 Álvaro Recoba Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Darío Silva
CF 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted off 88'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mario Regueiro Substituted in 80'
FW 11 Federico Magallanes Substituted in 87'
FW 18 Richard Morales Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Víctor Púa
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg
CB 4 Martin Laursen Yellow card 51'
CB 3 René Henriksen
LB 5 Jan Heintze (c) Yellow card 34' Substituted off 58'
CM 2 Stig Tøfting
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 70'
CF 11 Ebbe Sand Substituted off 89'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Niclas Jensen Substituted in 58'
FW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted in 70'
MF 17 Christian Poulsen Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)

Assistant referees:
Awni Hassouneh (Jordan)
Dramane Dante (Mali)
Fourth official:
Byron Moreno (Ecuador)

Denmark vs Senegal[edit]

Denmark 1–1 Senegal
Tomasson Goal 16' (pen.) Report Diao Goal 52'
Denmark
Senegal
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg Yellow card 82'
CB 4 Martin Laursen
CB 3 Rene Henriksen
LB 5 Jan Heintze (c)
CM 2 Stig Tøfting
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen Substituted off 62'
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl Substituted off 89'
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson Yellow card 20'
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 50'
CF 11 Ebbe Sand Yellow card 7'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted in 50'
MF 17 Christian Poulsen Yellow card 84' Substituted in 62'
FW 18 Peter Løvenkrands Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
GK 1 Tony Sylva
RB 17 Ferdinand Coly
CB 13 Lamine Diatta
CB 4 Papa Malick Diop (c)
LB 2 Omar Daf
RM 14 Moussa N'Diaye Substituted off 46'
CM 3 Papa Sarr Substituted off 46'
CM 15 Salif Diao Yellow card 62' Red card 80'
CM 19 Papa Bouba Diop
LM 10 Khalilou Fadiga Yellow card 10'
CF 11 El Hadji Diouf
Substitutions:
FW 7 Henri Camara Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Souleymane Camara Substituted in 46' Substituted off 83'
DF 21 Habib Beye Substituted in 83'
Manager:
France Bruno Metsu

Man of the Match:
Khalilou Fadiga (Senegal)

Assistant referees:
Ferenc Szekely (Hungary)
Visva Krishnan (Singapore)
Fourth official:
Kim Young-Soo (South Korea)

France vs Uruguay[edit]

France 0–0 Uruguay
Report
Attendance: 38,289
Referee: Felipe Ramos (Mexico)
France
Uruguay
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 18 Frank Leboeuf Substituted off 16'
CB 8 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 4 Patrick Vieira
CM 17 Emmanuel Petit Yellow card 45+2'
RW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 90+3'
AM 22 Johan Micoud
LW 12 Thierry Henry Red card 25'
CF 20 David Trezeguet Substituted off 81'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Vincent Candela Substituted in 16'
FW 9 Djibril Cissé Substituted in 81'
FW 21 Christophe Dugarry Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Roger Lemerre
GK 1 Fabián Carini
RB 3 Alejandro Lembo
CB 4 Paolo Montero (c)
CB 14 Gonzalo Sorondo
LB 6 Darío Rodríguez Substituted off 73'
RM 8 Gustavo Varela
CM 5 Pablo García Yellow card 11'
LM 16 Marcelo Romero Yellow card 45+3' Substituted off 71'
AM 20 Álvaro Recoba
CF 9 Darío Silva Yellow card 47' Substituted off 60'
CF 13 Sebastián Abreu Yellow card 45+2'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Federico Magallanes Substituted in 60'
MF 22 Gonzalo de los Santos Substituted in 71'
MF 7 Gianni Guigou Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Víctor Púa

Man of the Match:
Fabien Barthez (France)

Assistant referees:
Vladimir Fernández (El Salvador)
Curtis Charles (Netherlands Antilles)
Fourth official:
Urs Meier (Switzerland)

Denmark vs France[edit]

Denmark 2–0 France
Rommedahl Goal 22'
Tomasson Goal 67'
Report
Denmark
France
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg
CB 4 Martin Laursen
CB 3 Rene Henriksen (c)
LB 12 Niclas Jensen Yellow card 71'
CM 2 Stig Tøfting Substituted off 79'
CM 17 Christian Poulsen Yellow card 27' Substituted off 76'
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
LW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 46'
CF 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
Substitutions:
FW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted in 46'
DF 20 Kasper Bøgelund Substituted in 76'
MF 23 Brian Steen Nielsen Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 2 Vincent Candela
CB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Substituted off 71'
CM 7 Claude Makelele
RW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 83'
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane
LW 21 Christophe Dugarry Yellow card 8' Substituted off 54'
CF 20 David Trezeguet
Substitutions:
FW 9 Djibril Cissé Substituted in 54'
MF 22 Johan Micoud Substituted in 71'
MF 6 Youri Djorkaeff Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Roger Lemerre

Man of the Match:
Zinedine Zidane (France)

Assistant referees:
Carlos Matos (Portugal)
Elise Doriri (Vanuatu)
Fourth official:
Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

Senegal vs Uruguay[edit]

Senegal 3–3 Uruguay
Fadiga Goal 20' (pen.)
Bouba Diop Goal 26'38'
Report Morales Goal 46'
Forlán Goal 69'
Recoba Goal 88' (pen.)
Senegal
Uruguay
GK 1 Tony Sylva
RB 17 Ferdinand Coly Yellow card 39' Substituted off 63'
CB 13 Lamine Diatta
CB 4 Papa Malick Diop
LB 2 Omar Daf Yellow card 4'
RM 19 Papa Bouba Diop Yellow card 69'
CM 6 Aliou Cissé (c)
CM 5 Alassane N'Dour Substituted off 76'
LM 10 Khalilou Fadiga Yellow card 87'
CF 7 Henri Camara Yellow card 2' Substituted off 67'
CF 11 El Hadji Diouf Yellow card 82'
Substitutions:
DF 21 Habib Beye Yellow card 87' Substituted in 63'
MF 14 Moussa N'Diaye Substituted in 67'
MF 12 Amdy Faye Substituted in 76'
Manager:
France Bruno Metsu
GK 1 Fabián Carini Yellow card 19'
RB 3 Alejandro Lembo
CB 4 Paolo Montero (c) Yellow card 82'
CB 14 Gonzalo Sorondo Substituted off 32'
LB 8 Gustavo Varela
RM 16 Marcelo Romero Yellow card 8' Substituted off 46'
CM 5 Pablo García Yellow card 35'
LM 6 Darío Rodríguez Yellow card 40'
AM 20 Álvaro Recoba
CF 9 Darío Silva
CF 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mario Regueiro Substituted in 32'
FW 18 Richard Morales Substituted in 46'
FW 21 Diego Forlán Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Víctor Púa

Man of the Match:
Papa Bouba Diop (Senegal)

Assistant referees:
Jaap Pool (Netherlands)
Ferenc Szekely (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

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