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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK
Amazing start to World Cup
Pape Bouba Diop of Senegal scores the goal which gave Senegal their famous victory
Pape Bouba Diop gave Senegal a glorious win
Senegal beat France to create one of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time, and crown a spectacular opening day to the 2002 tournament.

The unfancied African side, playing their first ever match in the World Cup finals, were expected to be pushed aside by the reigning World and European champions.

But Pape Bouba Diop's goal on 30 minutes handed victory to Senegal, a result which brought back memories of Cameroon's shock victory over Argentina in 1990.

It was a towering performance from the African side, who also hit the crossbar as France failed to find the form which has had many tipping them to lift the crown.

The stunning start to the tournament was an appropriate main course after the Koreans served up an explosive opening ceremony.

Hundreds of dancers and musicians performed in a dazzling display designed to symbolise yin and yang, and Korea past and present.

A young Korean fan enters into the spirit of the event
It was not all happiness and harmony, however.

Sepp Blatter, controversially re-elected as Fifa president this week, received a mixed reception, with an element of the crowd heckling him with derisory whistles.

"The players will present to the whole world, the football drama of joy and passion in a spirit of fair play," he said.

Both the Japanese prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi and the Korean president Kim Dae-Jung addressed the crowd, the latter speaking of the great honour of hosting the tournament.

The massed ranks of dancers then performed a spectacular, intricately choreographed dance to traditional Korean music.

Korean drummers then joined in as the spectacle - which has been practised for three years by the dancers and musicians - became more energetic.

The show, which cost an estimated 5.5m to stage, then transformed into a kaleidoscopic celebration of Korea's technological innovation.

A Senegal fan bangs the drum ahead of his team's famous win
Senegal's fans added to the atmosphere of the occasion

Fifa revealed afterwards that the 11,500 security personnel on duty in and around the stadium had no significant problems to tackle.

"I think you could call it the perfect start," said spokesman Keith Cooper.

"We are totally satisfied with how the first match went."

A crowd of 62,651 crowd watched the match and there were a total of 3,500 unused seats.


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