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Updated: Thursday June 13, 2002 06:41 AM ET
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SEOUL, South Korea (Ticker) -- Hasan Sas had a goal and two assists as Turkey posted a 3-0 triumph over China and, receiving the help it needed from Brazil, progressed from Group C into the second round of the World Cup.

Turkey's most consistent performer in the opening round, Sas struck in the sixth minute and set up Bulent Korkmaz three minutes later and Umit Davala with five minutes left.

That meant the Turks finished group play with four points and a goal difference of plus-2, edging Costa Rica, which had the same number of points, but a goal difference of minus-1.

Brazil, which beat Turkey on June 3 due to a controversial penalty decision, hammered Costa Rica, 5-2, to help the Turks move on to the knockout stages.

"We have kept our promise," Turkey coach Senol Gunes said. "Qualification to the World Cup finals and then progress to the second round. The only thing that has disappointed us so far was the draw against Costa Rica."

Sas won a challenge between two stumbling Chinese defenders and powered a 12-yard shot past goalkeeper Jiang Jin for his second goal of the competition. The Galatasaray forward then sent in a long cross from the left side for Korkmaz to head home.

"This game was very good and I was happy that I scored a goal," Korkmaz said. "I am glad that the team dominated throughout the match."

Sas also supplied a perfect cross from the same side, allowing Davala to crank a volley into the net off the left post.

In the final minute, Sas almost recorded another assist. But Hakan Sukur blew a great chance to score his first World Cup goal, missing from in front of the net. Earlier in the half, Sukur also came close with a header, which was parried aside by Jiang.

China's best scoring chance came in the 28th minute, when Yang Chen one-timed a shot from close range, but it bounced off the upright.

Turkey will meet the winner of Group H, either co-host Japan, Belgium or Russia.

"Obviously we do not want to select our opponents," Gunes said. "It doesn't matter if it is Japan, Belgium or Russia. Of course, playing the host nation may not be to our advantage."

The Turks will be without Emre Asik and Emre Belozoglu in the last 16. A lack of discipline saw each of them pick up a second yellow card in first-round play.

China had substitute Shao Jiayi sent off for a clumsy tackle on Belozoglu in the 58th minute.

The world's most populous country, China failed to score a goal in its first World Cup appearance.

"This was our best game in the World Cup. When you lose a game, it's difficult to excuse everything. But I think this is the difference when you play for the first time in the World Cup," said China coach Bora Milutinovic, who fell short of guiding a fifth different nation to the second round.

"I'm finished with my contract with China," he continued. "I was very happy to work in China. The people are very good to me. I need to rest a little bit to see what is my future."

Milutinovic also coached Mexico in 1986, Costa Rica in 1990, United States in 1994 and Nigeria in 1998.

 


 
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