Sunday, June 09, 2002

Croatia stuns Italy

World Cup roundup

The Associated Press

Croatian fans cheer the upset under the watchful eye of security.
(AP photo)
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        IBARAKI, Japan — Ivica Olic and Milan Rapaic scored within three minutes Saturday as Croatia rallied to upset Italy, reviving its chances in the World Cup.

        Olic slipped behind three Italian defenders to score in the 73rd minute. Rapaic's neat volley — he was not facing the net when he shot with his left foot — ticked off a defender to sail high into the goal in the 76th.

        Italy had gone ahead in the 55th minute as Christian Vieri leapt over a defender to head in a pass from Cristiano Doni. It was the third goal at this year's tournament for Vieri, who has eight goals in eight World Cup matches.

        Filippo Inzaghi thought he tied the game in the closing minutes, but was whistled for a foul.

        South Africa 1, Slovenia 0

        DAEGU, South Korea — South Africa won at the World Cup for the first time Saturday, ousting a struggling Slovenian lineup that was missing its only star and — for the second half — its coach.

        Siyabonga Nomvethe scored in the fourth minute and the South Africans held on 1-0 against Slovenia, which lacked the spark normally provided by Zlatko Zahovic in midfield.

        Zahovic was sent home four disruptive days after a string of heated exchanges with coach Srecko Katanec following Slovenia's opening loss to Spain.

        Katanec, becoming increasingly frustrated as his lineup labored against the South Africans, was ejected by a sideline official early in the second half. He sat in the stands the rest of the way.

        Brazil 4, China 0

        SEOGWIPO, South Korea — Brazil couldn't afford to stumble against outmanned China, and the four-time World Cup champions were sharp in a rout.

        With goals from Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, Brazil practically ousting the newcomers from the World Cup finals.

        The four Rs were too much for China.

        Roberto Carlos scored on a free kick in the 15th minute, followed by Rivaldo in the 32nd, Ronaldinho in the 45th from the penalty spot and Ronaldo in the 55th.

        Roberto Carlos' free kick from 25 yards was his first free-kick goal for Brazil in five years. Rivaldo, with Ronaldinho sending in a pass from the left wing, left-footed the ball from 6 yards to make it 2-0 in the 32nd. It was Rivaldo's second goal of this World Cup.


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