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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 06:30 GMT 07:30 UK
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Mexico 0-2 USA in Jeonju, South Korea.

90 mins (+5): The USA secure their first World Cup quarter-final berth since 1930. Theirs has been a magnificent effort and the reward is a clash with Germany.
For Mexican fans there can be only despair. Their team did not show up to play after almost beating Italy in Group G.

87 mins: This has been a lamentable display from Mexico. To make matters worse, their acting captain Rafael Marquez is sent off for an attrocious tackle on Cobi Jones.

84 mins: Mexican heads have gone down and the USA are on the brink of recording their first World Cup clean sheet since the Americans shocked England at the 1950 event.

80 mins: The USA throw on Cobi Jones for Brian McBride in an attempt to close out a game they deserve to win.

77 mins: There is still no way through for Mexico, who play their final card by bringing on Alberto Garcia Aspe for the disappointing Gererdo Torrado.

71 mins: Earnie Stewart hits the post for the Americans and moments later Jared Borgetti squanders a chance at the other end. This is an open game now and the USA look likely winners.

69 mins: The Americans look more likely to score than a Mexican team that appears dejected and devoid of ideas.

65 mins: The USA strike on the break for a second time in the match, Eddie Lewis whipping across a fabulous ball for Landon Donovan to head home.
Mexico 0-2 USA

62 mins: Braulio Luna misses high and wide with a free-kick for Mexico. They are enjoying lots of possession but lack an end product.

59 mins: Relentless pressure from Mexico is countered by a first US substitution, Earnie Stewart coming on for Josh Wolff.

55 mins: Strong Mexican appeals for a US handball in the area. The referee gives no penalty and the Americans have had a lucky escape.

53 mins: The Mexicans lay siege on the US goal-line from successive corners, but there is still no way through.

51 mins: Luis Hernandez wins a free-kick with a theatrical dive. Braulio Luna drives his shot onto the US bar.

48 mins: Mexico win a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Cuauhtemoc Blanco is unable to clear the wall.

0830 BST: The match resumes. Mexico have brought on Sigifredo Mercado for Manuel Vidrio as they attempt to chase the game.


45 mins (+1): Gerardo Torrado whips across a menacing cross, which US defender Eddie Pope hacks clear. It is the final action of an intriguing first half.

42 mins: Mexico pile on the pressure, but their forwards are given no space in the US box.

36 mins: The ball breaks to Cuauhtemoc in the US penalty area. His shot is stopped well by Brad Friedel, who is seeing more and more of the action.
At the other end, Mexican stopper Oscar Perez is called on to make a smart save from Josh Wolff.

34 mins: Mexico are pressing forward with more pace but lack a telling final ball.

28 mins: The Mexican coach has seen enough and makes a tactical swap, bringing on Luis Hernandez for Ramon Morales.
The substitute will join Jared Borgetti up front, freeing up Cuauhtemoc Blanco to play in the hole behind them.

26 mins: Mexican maestro Cuauhtemoc Blanco creates a bit of space and hits a low drive that is parried by Brad Friedel.

21 mins: It has been a dream start for the USA. They look composed at the back and dangerous on the break, while Mexico are struggling to create openings.

15 mins: Ramon Morales serves up a reminder of Mexico's talent, drifting inside on the dribble and smashing his shot just wide.

13 mins: Mexico started the game as favourites but will now need to work hard to break down a tenacious US defence, marshalled by goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

8 mins: The USA score against the run of play. A cross from Claudio Reyna is flicked on by Josh Wolff to Brian McBride, who fires home from the edge of the box.
Mexico 0-1 USA

5 mins: The USA have changed their system to accomodate three centre-backs, freeing up Landon Donovan to play behind their strikers. Despite this, they are put under early pressure by the fluent Mexicans.

2 mins: Mexico carve open an early chance from a probing free-kick, but US goalkeeper Brad Friedel - a star in this tournament - clears the danger.

0730 BST: The Portuguese referee gets the game under way in Jeonju.

This is a keenly anticipated clash between North American neighbours, but once again there are a number of empty seats inside the Korean stadium.


USA coach Bruce Arena makes four changes to his team following the 3-1 defeat by Poland in the last group game.

Gregg Berhalter, Pablo Mastroeni, Eddie Lewis and Josh Wolff all come into the side to replace Frankie Hejduk, who is suspended, Jeff Agoos, who is injured, and Clint Mathis and Earnie Stewart, who are dropped.

Mexico - unbeaten in qualifying for the second round - are unchanged after their 1-1 draw with Italy.

Teams:

Mexico: Perez, Marquez, Carmona, Vidrio, Torrado, Morales, Luna, Johan Rodriguez, Arellano, Borguetti, Blanco.

Subs: Brown, Caballero, Campos, Gabriel De Anda, Garcia Aspe, Garcia, Hernandez, Mercado, Palencia, Alberto Rodriguez, Sanchez, Villa.

USA: Friedel, Berhalter, Sanneh, Pope, Mastroeni, O'Brien, Lewis, Reyna, Wolff, McBride, Donovan.

Subs: Agoos, Beasley, Cherundolo, Jones, Keller, Llamosa, Mathis, Meola, Moore, Regis, Stewart.

Referee: V M Pereira (Portugal)


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