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Round 2 World Cup Berths to be Claimed Wednesday - 2002-06-12


Berths in the round of 16 at the World Cup football (soccer) tournament are on the line Wednesday when former champion England plays Nigeria, and Argentina takes on Sweden in Group-F in Japan.

England is in second place in the group behind the Swedes after last week's 1-0 win over Argentina. The English have four points from two games but trail Sweden on goal difference. Sweden has four points and takes on a Nigerian team that is last in the group after two losses in its first two games. Argentina is in third place in the group but can still advance. Nigeria has no chance of making the second round.

Meanwhile in Group-B play in South Korea, Spain takes on South Africa while Slovenia plays Paraguay. Spain secured a berth in the second round with two wins in its first two games. South Africa is currently second with four points. Paraguay has one point while Slovenia can not advance.

On Tuesday, Germany, Ireland, Denmark and Senegal all advanced to the second round of the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Defending champion France was eliminated after losing to Denmark, 2-0.

Denmark secured a second round berth and finished first in Group-A. Senegal advanced to the next round, after playing to a 3-3 draw against Uruguay.

In Group E, Germany advanced with a 2-0 win over Cameroon. Ireland made the round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

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