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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
World Cup diary: Korea
World Cup results were relayed to two Americans on board the international space station
US fans get the lowdown from on high

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There's an impressive results service here in Korea.

News of the USA's shock 3-2 win over Portugal on Wednesday was instantly relayed into space, where the two Americans on board the international space station delighted in the result.

Both are keen football fans and were able to share their celebrations with their Russian colleague, who had already been informed of his nation's 2-0 win over Tunisia.


Double whammy

That surprise USA win broke records - as well as Portugal hearts.

The Group D clash was the first World Cup match to feature two own goals in the same game.

Jorge Costa's unfortunate header and a second-half slice from Jeff Agoos meant the pair now enjoy a permanent place in the record books - whether they like it or not.


Selective injuries

Winning, it seems, is a powerful anaesthetic.

Having secured victory in their opening game for the first time in over 50 years, Spanish hopes are sky-high - and none of the players want to miss out.

Left-back Juanfran Garcia looked to have suffered a serious injury when he was stretchered off in agony at the end of Spain's win over Slovenia.

But Garcia has made a rapid recovery in time to play against Paraguay on Friday.

"I've got flexible ligaments," he said, by way of explanation.

"The pain was also considerably less thanks to breaking our streak of going so many years without winning a match."


Football's Oscar-winner

Brazilian star Rivaldo has been given a verbal warning after finding himself the first subject of Fifa's clampdown on "simulation".

Rivaldo was fined about 5,000 for faking injury in the win over Turkey.

Brazil's Rivaldo
All eyes will be on Rivaldo

The striker fell down holding his face after being struck by a ball kicked at him by Hakan Unsal, though replays on the giant video screens in the ground clearly showed the crowd that Rivaldo had not been hit in the face.

"If Rivaldo continues to behave in this manner, he may be sanctioned strongly by the disciplinary committee," warned Fifa's Keith Cooper.

Rivaldo is used to being the centre of attention, but now it seems even more eyes will be on him against China on Saturday.


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