Argentina v Ivory Coast, 10 June 2006

Score2-1 to Argentina
RefereeFrank De Bleeckere
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueAOL Arena, Hamburg
Attendance49,480
Kick-off: 9:00pm local Assistant referees: Peter Hermans (Belgium) Walter Vromans (Belgium) Fourth official: Éric Poulat (France) Fifth official: Vincent Texier (France) Man of the Match: Javier Saviola (Argentina) A great game in which the Ivory Coast showed they are also a class act. The Argentinians had a good claim to have scored on 15 minutes as the ball appeared to cross the line. On the other hand, Saviola's goal should have been disallowed for offside.

2  Argentina

Manager: Jose Pekerman

1  Ivory Coast

Manager: Henri Michel

Goals:

Hernan Crespo 24 G
Javier Saviola 38 G

Goals:

Didier Drogba 82 G

Starting lineup:

Defender/Centre back Roberto Ayala
Defender/Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Defender/Left back Gabriel Heinze
Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso
Midfielder Román Riquelme
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Midfielder Juan Pablo Sorin (captain)
Forward Hernan Crespo
Forward Javier Saviola

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizié
Defender Arthur Boka
Defender Didier Zokora
Defender/Midfielder Emmanuel Eboué
Defender/Midfielder Kolo Touré
Midfielder Kanga Akalé
Midfielder Yaya Touré
Forward Didier Drogba (captain)

Substitutions:

Rodrigo Palacio for Hernan Crespo 64
Lucho Gonzalez for Javier Saviola 76
Pablo Aimar for Román Riquelme 90

Substitutions:

Aruna Dindane for Bonaventure Kalou 56
Bakari Koné for Kanga Akalé 62
Arouna Koné for Abdulkader Keïta 77

Cards:

Javier Saviola 41 Y
Gabriel Heinze 49 Y
Lucho Gonzalez 81 Y

Cards:

Emmanuel Eboué 61 Y
Didier Drogba 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Leo Franco
Goalkeeper Oscar Ustari
Defender Leonardo Cufre
Defender Gabriel Milito
Defender/Midfielder Fabricio Coloccini
Midfielder Pablo Aimar
Midfielder Lucho Gonzalez
Midfielder Lionel Scaloni
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi
Forward Julio Cruz
Forward Rodrigo Palacio
Forward Carlos Tevez

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry
Goalkeeper Gérard Gnanhouan
Defender Cyrille Domoraud
Defender Marco Andre Zoro
Defender/Midfielder Guy Demel
Midfielder Emerse Faé
Midfielder Gilles Yapi-Yapo
Midfielder/Forward Romaric
Forward Aruna Dindane
Forward Arouna Koné
Forward Bakari Koné

Comments:

Argentina will be hoping their winning start will eventually see them top this group. It could be a lucky omen as the Group C winners in the last two tournaments have gone on to lift the World Cup trophy. Argentina maintain their 100% record against Ivory Coast. The only previous meeting was a 4-0 win in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 16 October 1992.

Comments:

This was Ivory Coast's first-ever game in the World Cup finals. Kolo and Yaya Toure join the band of brothers who have played at the World Cup. Poland's Michal and Marcin Zewlakow and Croatia's Niko and Robert Kovac played in the 2002 finals.