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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Clockwatch: France 0-1 Senegal


93 mins: The referee blows the final whistle. Senegal have held on to beat the holders in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup finals. It has been a passionate, determined performance by Senegal in their first ever World Cup fixture.
Full-time: France 0-1 Senegal

92 mins: The ball breaks to Frank Leboeuf from a corner but his shot is saved. Time has all but run out for France, who have been far from their best.

90 mins: Thierry Henry shoots from a tight angle but Tony Sylva saves.

89 mins: The clock ticks down with France not really pressurising the opposition. It has been an extremely lacklustre performance by the defending champions.

86 mins: Frank Leboeuf strikes a powerful drive goalwards but hits the ball too close to Tony Sylva, who easily saves.

83 mins: Marcel Desailly heads wide from a corner. Senegal continue to defend with determination, tackling with power and enthusiasm.

81 mins: With time running out for the reigning champions, France coach Roger Lemerre replaces Sylvain Wiltord with striker Djibril Cisse.

66 mins: Henry controls a through ball with a deft touch and strikes the ball right-footed against the crossbar.

65 mins: Khalilou Fadiga smashes the ball against the crossbar. His shot is the culmination of a determined run down the left-hand side. With France pushing forward there is more space for Senegal to exploit.

60 mins: Dugarry replaces Youri Djorkaeff.

57 mins: Patrick Vieira heads goalwards from a corner but Tony Sylva saves. France are starting to dominate as they search for an equaliser.

56 mins: A completely unmarked Henry heads wide. A great chance wasted.

50 mins: Cisse is booked for a foul on Marcel Desailly. He joins Petit, who was yellow carded after 45 minutes.

46 mins: The second-half begins with France looking to avoid their first World Cup defeat 1986. Light rain continues to fall.

45 mins: The referee blows for half-time. Senegal have played with a verve and enthusiasm - but also a defensive cohesion - that seems to have taken France by surprise.
Half-time: France 0-1 Senegal

40 mins: Youri Djorkaeff blasts wide from long range and shortly afterwards Sylvain Wiltord's weak shot is easily saved.

35 mins: Thierry Henry hooks the ball to David Trezeguet but the Juventus striker fails to head the ball cleanly under pressure. France seem stunned after conceding.

30 mins: Senegal scoring the tournament's opening goal through Pape Bouba Diop. El Hadji Diouf creates the chance, skipping past Frank Leboeuf down the left before knocking a low ball into the area. Petit fails to clear and Diop stabs the ball home. Senegal's players celebrate with a hip-shaking dance.
France 0-1 Senegal

23 mins: Henry feeds the ball to Trezeguet on the edge of the Senegal penalty area. The Juventus striker creates a yard of space and smashes the ball against the post with a right-foot shot.

20 mins: A long ball up-field finds Trezeguet but Senegal goalkeeper Sylva is quick off his line and clears the ball before colliding with the France striker. Optimistic penalty appeals are quickly dismissed.

6 mins: Diouf skips past Marcel Desailly down the left-hand side and cuts the ball back to Khalilou Fadiga on the edge of the area. But the Senegal midfielder fails to connect cleanly and Barthez easily saves.

1230 BST: The 2002 World Cup kicks-off in Seoul with El Hadji Diouf tapping the ball to Moussa N'diaye. It starts raining within seconds of the opening whistle.


France: Fabien Barthez; Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf, Lilian Thuram; Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Sylvain Wiltord, Youri Djorkaeff, David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry.

Senegal: Tony Sylva, Ferdinand Coly, Oumar Daf, Aliou Cisse, Lamine Diatta, Papa Malick Diop, Moussa N'diaye, Salif Diao, Papa Bouba Diop, Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf.

Referee: Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates).


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