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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 04:45 GMT 05:45 UK
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All the action as it happened as unfancied Tunisia took on Russia in Kobe.

90 mins: Hatem Trabelsi wins a corner for Tunisia. The referee blows up for full-time.

90 mins: Tunisia's livewire Ziad Jaziri sneaks around the Russian defenders and pulls the ball back but the shot is blocked.

89 mins: A spate of diving has broken out from both sides.

88 mins: Russia's Dmitry Alenichev is booked.

86 mins: Tunisia claim a penalty, while at the other end, Russia queue up to have a shot. No-one goes close.

85 mins: Russia win corner on the left. The ball is knocked away but lofted back in and the goalkeeper misses it completely as Valery Karpin chips it goalwards. But it bounces just wide.

82 mins: The game is drifting to its inevitable conclusion. Russia are strolling, while Tunisia are still trying but with no real menace.

79 mins: Dmitry Sychev heads over the bar for Russia.

76 mins: Ziad Jaziri still probing and wins a corner. The ball eventually finds its way to substitute Zoubeir Baya at the far post. He plays it back in but a shot limps wide.

74 mins: Tunisia's Slim Ben Achour is played through with a delicate ball from Ziad Jaziri. But instead of trying to get on the end of it he throws himself to the floor and gets a yellow card for diving.

73 mins: Good movement again from Tunisia down the right but the cross finds no-one.

72 mins: Russia are happy to stroke it around in the knowledge that a 2-0 lead will likely to enough.

69 mins: Russia looking composed but Tunisia are still game and launching several mini forays into the Russian box. The killer ball is always missing though.

66 mins: Tunisia still probing and Ziad Jaziri gets a shot off over his shoulder but it is easy for the keeper.

65 mins: Tunisia free-kick wide on the left. Russian keeper punches clear.

62 mins: Russia looking in control. Dmitry Sychev is chopped down in the box by Rahdi Jaidi and Russia get a penalty. Valery Karpin fires it home. Russia 2-0 Tunisia.

58 mins: Egor Titov shots from long range and scores after Tunisia fail to clear their lines. Russia 1-0 Tunisia

56 mins: Tunisia win corner. Goes out for throw and Ziad Jaziri goes on a jinking run.

55 mins: Ruslan Pimenov shots just wide at the near post from a corner.

54 mins: Vladimir Beschastnykh goes off for Dmitry Sychev.

52 mins: A Tunisian cross from the right is just flicked away from the head of Adel Sellimi.

51 mins: Tunisia's Slim Ben Achour finds himself in space 20 yards out and unleashes a shot which swerves just wide.

51 mins: Ziad Jaziri scampers down the right flank. He gets a cross in but there is no-one on the end of it.

49 mins: Tunisian hand-ball on the edge of the area. Tunisia's Hassene Gabsi gets booked for standing over the ball. Yuri Nikiforov fires high and wide.

48 mins: The second half begins as the first half ended - Russia on the offensive.

47 mins: Dmitri Khokhlov immediately squanders his first chance as he heads a free-kick wide.

46 mins: Russia kick-off the second half. Igor Semshov, who picked up a yellow card, is off for Dmitri Khokhlov.

Half-time: Russia 0-0 Tunisia.

46 mins: Egor Titov goes close for Russia but drags his shot just wide.

45 mins: Tunisia squander a half-chance after good work from Ziad Jaziri.

43 mins: Russia are threatening more and more but seem to be trying to walk the ball in and Tunisia are able to get a foot in.

42 mins: Tunisia keeper Ali Boumnijel tangles with a Russian striker and angrily pushes him away. The referee is quick to intervene but nothing is made of it.

40 mins: Smooth link-up from Vladimir Beschastnykh and Marat Izmailov. Tunisia eventually scramble the ball away.

39 mins: Ziad Jaziri builds on the right.

37 mins: Russia get a free-kick in the middle, halfway from the area to the centre circle. Neverthless, Yuri Nikiforov decides to have a blast but it is harmless.

35 mins: Tunisia half-break is snuffed out.

33 mins: Russian build-ups continue to promise with Valery Karpin and Egor Titov starting to dominate. But Tunisia's defence is organised and alert.

31 mins: Valery Karpin crosses for Vladimir Beschastnykh who hooks a shot over his shoulder but it is high and wide.

30 mins: Tunisia's corner but Hassene Gabsi fires wide.

29 mins: Russian free-kick wide on the left of Tunisia's box. But a Russian player is caught shoving in the area and Tunisia have a chance to clear.

27 mins: Yellow card for Russia's Igor Semshov after a foul on Ziad Jaziri. Tunisia's best player is stretchered off temporarily.

24 mins: Russia sweep down the right through Valery Karpin. Eventually Tunisia snuff out the danger.

21 mins: Russia surge down the field and a fierce shot is saved well by keeper Ali Boumnijel.

19 mins: Ziad Jaziri links up well in the midfield and the through-ball for the striker in the area is missed by everyone and nearly creeps in for a goal. It takes a deflection and Tunisia win a corner but it is punched clear.

17 mins: Russia win free-kick 40 yards out on the right side. Taken short along the floor into the area but nothing comes of it.

15 mins: Russia's Andrei Solomatin fires a rocket from 40 yards out but it is saved.

13 mins: The pattern of the game is settling down. Russia are content to move forward patiently, passing the ball around in the heat, while Tunisia are loooking to make lightning-quick counters.

10 mins:Russia try to build on the left but Tunisia's lively right-midfielder Ziad Jaziri makes a nuisance of himself.

9 mins:After neat build up, Russia's Marat Izmailov lets off a shot but it is weak and straight at Tunisia's goalkeeper.

8 mins:Russia are beginning to look lively on their left flank

6 mins: Russia win their first corner from the sunny half of the pitch. But it is cleared easily.

4 mins: Tunisia win a corner. It is taken short but comes back in and Adel Sellimi just fails to get on the end of a half-chance.

3 mins: Russia in white win a free-kick on the edge of Tunisia's penalty area. Valery Karpin fires in his shot but the goalkeeper fends it away.

2 mins: Tunisia in red make the first foray into Russia's half but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

0730 BST: The Jamaican referee blows his whistle and Tunisia kick off.

Russia: Ruslan Nigmatullin, Yuri Kovtun, Yuri Nikiforov, Andrei Solomatin, Igor Semshov, Viktor Onopko, Valery Karpin, Egor Titov, Vladimir Beschastnykh, Ruslan Pimenov, Marat Izmailov.

Tunisia: Ali Boumnijel, Khaled Badra, Mohamed Mkacher, Ziad Jaziri, Hatem Trabelsi, Hassene Gabsi, Adel Sellimi, Raouf Bouzaiene, Riadh Bouazizi, Radhi Jaidi, Slim Ben Achour.

Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica).

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JAPAN 3 +3 7
BELGIUM 3 +1 5
RUSSIA 3 0 3
TUNISIA 3 -4 1

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