Midfielder Michel's virtuoso performance gave him the first hat trick of the World Cup, lifting Spain past South Korea, 3-1, last night in Udine, Italy.

Michel shot Spain ahead in the 24th minute with a hard right-footed volley off a setup by Francisco Villaroya.

He scored the winner in the 62nd minute with a curling free kick from outside the penalty area into the corner of the net, then capped his sensational night in the 81st minute with a close-range shot after beating two defenders.

Hwangbo Kwan had tied it 1-1 for South Korea in the 43rd minute with a drive from 30 yards.

Roberto came close to making it 2-0 in the 30th minute, but goalkeeper Choi In-young made a superb save from point-blank range.

South Korea suddenly evened the score when Choi Soon-ho tapped the ball sideways from a free kick from 30 yards and Hwangbo unleashed a curling shot that rocketed into the net past the dive of goalie Andoni Zubizarreta.

Michel then stamped his authority on the game.

South Korea....1....0....1

Spain..........1....2....3 FIRST HALF

Scoring: 1, Spain, Michel 1 (Villaroya), 24th minute. 2, South Korea, Hwangbo 1 (Choi Soon-ho), 43rd minute.SECOND HALF

Scoring: 3, Spain, Michel 2, 62nd minute. 4, Spain, Michel 3 (Roberto), 81st minute.

Yellow Cards: Chung Hae-won, SK, 28th minute; Yoon Deuk-yoo, SK, 51st minute; Hwangbo, SK, 68th minute.

Red Cards: None.

A: 32,733.

Belgium 3, Uruguay 1: In Verona, captain Jan Ceulemans finished off an impressive night of offensive ingenuity with a goal while his team was down one man, helping Belgium into the tournament's second round.

Defender Eric Gerets was sent off just before halftime with two yellow cards. But Ceulemans stunned Uruguay with a 20-yard drive in the first minute of the second half, adding to earlier goals by Lei Clijsters and Enzo Scifo.

Uruguayan substitute Pablo Bengoechea connected in the 73rd minute, when Belgium was momentarily playing with nine men because of an injury.

Scifo had his second strong game in a row to put Belgium among the top contenders for the championship. The Belgians, who have four points in Group E, also beat South Korea by 2-0.

Led by Enzo Francescoli and Ruben Sosa, Uruguay pushed furiously against the depleted defense in the second half. But Belgium stayed back and committed a series of fouls to limit the Uruguayans' space.

Belgium scored two splendid goals for a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Clijsters finished off a polished combination play with a powerful header to push Belgium ahead in the 14th minute. Ceulemans set up a give-and-go with Bruno Versavel and then sent Michel De Wolf deep on the left wing. The defender passed to the other side to a charging Clijsters.

The second goal was a solo effort by Scifo, who scored on a swerving right-footed drive of 30 yards.

Then Gerets's ejection -- he will also miss the next game -- cast a cloud on the outcome.



FIRST HALF Scoring: 1, Belgium, Clijsters 1 (de Wolf), 14th minute. 2, Belgium, Scifo 1 (van der Elst), 23th minute.

SECOND HALF Scoring: 3, Belgium, Ceulemans 1 (Versavel), 46th minute. 4, Uruguay, Bengoechea 1 (De Leon), 73rd minute.Yellow Cards: Gerets, Bel, 37th minute; Sosa, Uru, 43rd minute; Gerets, Bel, 44th minute.

Red Cards: None.

Ireland 0, Egypt 0: The Irish missed a number of second-half scoring opportunities in Palermo, Sicily, as Group F had its fourth draw in a many games.

The result left the four teams in the group with two points after two matches. England and the Netherlands also had a scoreless tie Saturday night. And all four teams have a 1-1 goal differential.

The Ireland-Egypt game was almost totally devoid of creative soccer.

The Irish, who are playing in the World Cup for the first time, had more possession, but were unable to create many dangerous scoring opportunities. Egypt had virtually no attack.

The Irish dominated the second half, but could not find a way past goalkeeper Ahmed Shobair.

The Egyptian goalie made two tough saves against striker Tony Cascarino in the first half. He was busier in the second half and was beaten by a 47th-minute shot from Andy Townsend that Hani Ramzi cleared off the goal line.

Ray Houghton forced Shobair to make his best save in the 70th minute. Houghton broke in from the right side and Shobair lunged, getting his hand high enough to deflect the shot.



FIRST HALF Scoring: None.

SECOND HALF Scoring: None.Yellow Cards: Morris, Ire, 49th minute; Shobair, Egy, 74th minute.

Red Cards: None.

A: 33,288.