Fins in last 16

Tuesday 11 June 2002

Fulham's Steve Finnan put in a good performance for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 to reach the second round of the World Cup.

Coach Mick McCarthy again called on The Cottagers star at right-back with Leeds' Gary Kelly pushing into midfield. But the 26-year-old was far from a gamble and again put in a safe and reliable display to help the Irish progress with a clean sheet.

The crucial win left the Republic second in Group E, as Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in the simultaneous clash, so the Germans won the group with seven points.

The Irish were runners-up with a tally of five points, with the African nation next up a further point behind and the Saudis trailing with no points from their three games.

Leeds striker Robbie Keane scored once and Gary Breen and Damien Duff completed Ireland's scoring in Yokohama.