2002: When dodgy decisions took South Korea to the semis – and infuriated Europe's big guns

South Korea 2002

Twenty-nine minutes and 15 seconds. It took less than half an hour of the 2002 World Cup finals for the world to realise something odd was afoot. Less than 30 minutes into the opening game between defending world and European champions France and a supposedly sacrificial Senegal, a giant African we'd never heard of bundled the only goal past Fabien Barthez from all of five inches. As he did so, the tone for the 17th finals was set.

As shocks go, France 0-1 Senegal was only a seven out of 10. Solid, but not so spectacular. After all, the Lions of Teranga had topped their qualifying group, and any good revisionist will tell you that France had peaked two years earlier (as illustrated by the fact they would finish bottom of Group A with a single point and no goals). But it was still unexpected and entirely in keeping with the tournament that was about to unfold. For the impartial observer, the upsets came at a very pleasing pace.

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