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11 June 2002, 17:11 Seoul - Tokyo


Needing to win, Uruguay pushed forward early and were made to pay the price by Senegal who scored three times in the first 38 minutes to reserve their place in the second round of the FIFA World Cup™ where they will face the winner of the Group F. Denmark finish first in Group A and will take on the runner-up from the “Group of Death.”

The referee awarded El Hadji Diouf a penalty kick in the 20th minute, which was converted by Khalilou Fadiga. The FIFA World Cup debutantes added two further first-half goals by Papa Bouba Diop, who now has three in the tournament. Uruguay stormed back in the second half, getting goals from Richard Morales, Diego Forlan, and a penalty by Alvaro Recoba, but it was too late for the South Americans, who finish with two points in third place.

Uruguay wasted little time generating the attack. Dario Silva had the first chance when he controlled a headed pass by Marcelo Romero at the back post, but his shot was well off target (7’).

When Paolo Montero played a soft pass back to goalkeeper Fabian Carini, the speedy El Hadji Diouf slipped in to intercept and after rounding Carini, the referee, Mr. Jan Wegereef ruled the keeper pulled Diouf down and called a penalty kick. Khalilou Fadiga calmly stepped to the spot and placed his shot to the right of Carini, who guessed the opposite way (1:0, 20’).

Uruguay came back right away with an Alvaro Recoba free kick, but his 25-metre effort was saved by a diving Tony Sylva (22’). Moments later, a wild scramble on the edge of the Senegal goal box looked dangerous but never resulted in a shot on goal.

Senegal doubled the lead on a counter-attack putting Uruguay in serious peril. After beating his defender at midfield, Henri Camara raced down the left side. As he reached the penalty area, he slowed enough for Papa Bouba Diop to join the play and rip an 18-metre right-footer into the top-right corner (2:0, 26’).

With no choice but to take chances, Uruguay were exposed in the back again and went down by three goals. Fadiga chipped a ball over the top of the back line and Diop did well to pop the ball over Carini on the volley and off the underside of the crossbar for his second goal of the match (3:0, 38’).

Needing at least four goals to go through to the round of 16, Uruguay struck in the first minute of the second half. Silva’s close-range shot was saved, but the rebound fell directly into the path of half-time substitute Richard Morales and he had no trouble finishing (3:1, 46’).

They threatened again with a free kick near the corner flag. Diego Forlan found Recoba at the top of the area, but his drive was blocked by a defender. The rebound was taken by Forlan and his shot went out for a goal kick (56’).

Forlan brought Uruguay within one when he chested down a clearance by Diop 20 metres out and looped a volley into the far-side netting (3:2, 69’).

Uruguay kept coming and nearly had the game level as Recoba’s 25-metre free kick just missed the far post (71’).

A Sylva punt sent Diouf into the clear, but the Senegal forward could not beat a charging Sylva (76’). Moments later, Forlan had his own breakaway, but was also disappointed when his shot rolled wide of the target (77’).

Morales worked a clever one-two with Silva to break in on goal and was fouled in the area, setting up the equalising spot-kick from Recoba as stoppage time approached (3:3, 88’).

Now needing just one goal to crush Senegal’s dream, Uruguay had a final chance when Gustavo Varela’s 20-metre effort was cleared off the line by Lamine Diatta and Morales rebound header was wide (92’).


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