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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
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All the action from the Group G game in Yokohama.


Full time: Ecuador 1-0 Croatia

91 mins: Ecuador win a free-kick in Croatia's half and take their time.

91 mins: Croatia pump it forward and Ivica Olic is played into the area only to push a defender.

90 mins: Croatia are pouring forward in desperation and Mario Stanic's weak effort is easily saved.

89 mins: Milan Rapaic's corner is fired goalwards and blocked off the line by Ecuador's Alex Aguinaga.

88 mins: Croatia free-kick inside Ecuador half. They win a corner.

87 mins: Ecuador keeper Jose Cevallos wastes some time with a free-kick on the edge of his area.

86 mins: Davor Vugrinec blasts Croatia's best chance of the game over the bar after a good cross.

85 mins: Croatian corner nodded out as Ecuador captain Ivan Hurtado races downfield.

83 mins: Ivica Olic wins a free-kick 40 yards out. Croatia play it in but Ecuador head out strongly.

81 mins: Ivica Olic's cross misses everyone but gets a slight deflection for a Croatian corner.

80 mins: Croatia get a free-kick wide on the right but pushing in the box gives Ecuador a free-kick to clear their lines.

79 mins: Ecuador's Carlos Tenorio goes off for Ivan Kaviedes.

77 mins: Croatia pouring bodies forward.

74 mins: Croatia beginning to look a touch desperate. Meanwhile, Ecuador's Agustin Delgado squanders a one-on-one with the last defender.

74 mins: Davor Vugrinec shots into the legs of an Ecuador defender.

71 mins: Croatia's Alen Boksic ruled offside.

70 mins: Croatia bring on Mario Stanic for Daniel Saric.

68 mins: Croatia's Davor Vugrinec looking lively and nearly sends Alen Boksic through.

64 mins: Milan Rapaic launches a promising Croatia attack in partnership with substitute Davor Vugrinec.

62 mins: Alen Boksic nearly steals the ball off the toes of Ecuador keeper Jose Cevallos.

61 mins: Ecuador's Edison Mendez fires over the top.

60 mins: Croatia again break down the left flank. Milan Rapaic's cross is cleared. Niko Kovac goes off for Vranjes.

59 mins: Robert Jarni plays it in but Ecuador get the ball away.

58 mins: Milan Rapaic races down the left wing and wins a corner.

57 mins: Croatia's Robert Jarni launches a long ball forward for Alen Boksic but the striker is unable to latch onto it.

54 mins: Comes out short to Robert Jarni, who drags his shot wide.

53 mins: Milan Rapaic's shot is deflected off the wall for a corner.

52 mins: Alen Boksic combines well with Niko Kovac who is hacked down on the edge of the area.

50 mins: Milan Rapaic crosses from the left for Croatia but as it is nodded out Stjepan Thomas fires the ball into the stratosphere.

48 mins: Ecuador's Edison Mendez scores after Agustin Delgado heads down Ulises de la Cruz's cross from the right.
Ecuador 1-0 Croatia

47 mins: Both sides are unchanged and the half begins at the same tempo as the first.

46 mins: Croatia get the second half underway.


Half-time: Ecuador 0-0 Croatia

45 mins: Croatia's Milan Rapaic feeds Alen Boksic, whose shot over the keeper was headed away from the goal by Augusto Poroso.

44 mins: Croatia corner on the left. Taken short but Ecuador have all their players behind the ball and defend easily.

43 mins: Good work on the left by Croatia's Niko Kovac.

39 mins: Alfonso Obregon comes off for Alex Aguinaga. The corner is cleared easily.

38 mins: Croatia win a corner after a long header puts Alen Boksic through on goal. Ivan Hurtado makes the crucial tackle.

37 mins: Ecuador waste a three-on-three opening.

33 mins: Croatia build on the edge of Ecuador's area. Some neat footwork ends with Alen Boksic's shot skimming the outside of the keeper's right post.

31 mins: Ecuador corner from the right. comes out to Raul Guerron who fires high and wide.

29 mins: Croatia win a free-kick in Ecuador's half. The ball is played in and Alen Boksic heads across the goal rather than shooting directly.

27 mins: Croatia still content to build slowly - no urgency in their play.

24 mins: Edison Mendez unleashes a long-range shot which Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa fumbles first time before gathering safely.

23 mins: Cleber Chala lets off a speculative effort for Ecuador.

22 mins: Alen Boksic nearly feeds Ivica Olic in the Ecuador area but it is snuffed out.

20 mins: Croatia muscling their way back in with a long passage of possession.

18 mins: Croatia's Milan Rapaic again gets past his marker to send in a dangerous cross from the left but striker Alen Boksic left his run to late.

16 mins: Ecuador waste a promising build up with a weak shot from Edison Mendez.

15 mins: Croatia's Milan Rapaic squeezes past the last defender but leans back and blasts miles over the bar.

14 mins: Ecuador are beginning to link well in midfield and are looking the more dominant.

12 mins: Ecuador attack down the left with Cleber Chala.

10 mins: Marlon Ayovi shoots wide for Ecuador

8 mins: Ecuador corner on the right headed clear.

7 mins: Alen Boksic crosses for Croatia but there is no-one in the middle.

6 mins: Carlos Tenorio wins a corner for Ecuador but Dario Simic heads clear.

5 mins: Ecuador begin to threaten with a couple of promising attacks.

3 mins: Croatia's Alen Boksic races clear into Ecuador's area but is overhauled by a defender.

2 mins: Croatia move into Ecuador's area but the ball goes for a goal-kick.

1 min: A cool evening in Yokohama as the match begins slowly.

1230 BST: Ecuador kick-off with any number of combinations possible to decide who goes through to the second round.


Teams:

Ecuador: Jose Cevallos, Augusto Poroso, Ivan Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz, Alfonso Obregon, Raul Guerron, Carlos Tenorio, Agustin Delgado, Clever Chala, Edison Mendez, Marlon Ayovi.

Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa, Daniel Saric, Josip Simunic, Robert Kovac, Robert Jarni, Dario Simic, Stjepan Tomas, Niko Kovac, Milan Rapaic, Ivica Olic, Alen Boksic.

Referee: William Mattus, Costa Rica.


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