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From the moment the tournament draw took place for Korea/Japan 2002, Group F was regarded incontrovertibly as the Group of Death. It lived up to its billing. No team won more than one game in arduous group play, and low-scoring ties were the name of the game, with just one match featuring more than two goals. Argentina had been the seeded squad and a title favorite, but an altogether mediocre showing spelled doom, a third-place finish and a flight back home. Nigeria, a group winner just four years earlier, managed just one point and plummeted to the bottom of the table in '02. Europe ruled Group F, with Sweden and David Beckham's (upper left) England tying on points and advancing to the second round, with Sweden winning the group on goals scored.

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