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The Americans struck thrice in the first half and held on for a 3-2 victory in their group D match.
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The darkhorse of the finals, Portugal looks set to spring a surprise or two against the established contenders. The team is closely knit, sound on technique and plays with the flair of a vintage Brazil.

The nucleus of this side is the '91 World Youth Cup-winning squad. It bears testimony in the team's organisation and understanding, which was best exemplified in the Euro '98 campaign.

Portugal's wealth of talent begins with the midfield. Figo and Rui Costa rank among the best midfielders money can buy. Sergio Conceicao adds depth to the midfield, while Nuno Gomes, Joao Pinto and Pauleta are nippy and effective in the forward line.

Drawn against South Korea, Poland and USA, Portugal can breathe easy in the initial rounds. The downside to this gifted squad is its supreme confidence. In the ultimate analysis, complacency may just come between Portugal and World Cup glory.

Nelson Pereira, Ricardo Pereira, Vitor Baia.

Abel Xavier, Roberto Severo "Beto", Marco Caneira , Fernando Couto, Nuno Frechaut, Jorge Andrade, Jorge Costa,Rui Jorge Oliveira.

Nuno Rocha "Capucho", Luis Figo, Paulo Bento, Paulo Sousa, Pedro Barbosa, Armando Teixeira "Petit", Rui Costa, Sergio Conceicao, Daniel Kenedy,

Joao Pinto, Nuno Ribeiro "Gomes", Pedro Resendes "Pauleta".

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Qualifying campaign
W 3-1 Estonia (a)
D 1-1 Republic of Ireland (h)
W 2-0 Netherlands (a)
W 3-0 Andorra (h)
D 2-2 Netherlands (h)
D 1-1 Republic of Ireland (a)
W 6-0 Cyprus (h)
W 7-1 Andorra (a)
W 3-1 Cyprus (a)
W 5-0 Estonia (h)

June 16, 2002

  • Joao Pinto faces serious sanction

  • June 15, 2002
  • Ref says Joao Pinto punched him

  • June 14, 2002
  • Korea dump nine-man Portugal

  • June 10, 2002
  • Pauleta 'tricks' in Portugal's win

  • June 6, 2002
  • Portugal back to drawing board

  • June 5, 2002
  • US pull off shock win over Portugal

  • June 4, 2002
  • Portugal's double act ready to shine

  • May 24, 2002
  • Portugal to rest Figo for China friendly

  • May 10, 2002
  • Figo leads Portuguese hopes


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