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
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 off-side. KICK-OFF 8pm BST

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizie
Defender/Right back Emmanuel Eboue
Defender Arthur Boka
Defender Didier Zokora
Defender/Midfielder Kolo Toure
Midfielder Kanga Akale
Midfielder Yaya Touré
Forward Didier Drogba (captain)

Substitutions:

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

Substitutions:

Aruna Dindane for Bonaventure Kalou 56
Bakari Kone for Kanga Akale 62
Arouna Kone for Abdul Kader Keita 77

Cards:

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

Cards:

Emmanuel Eboue 61 Y
Didier Drogba 90 Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Pablo Aimar
Midfielder Lucho Gonzalez
Forward Rodrigo Palacio

On the bench:

Forward Aruna Dindane
Forward Arouna Kone
Forward Bakari Kone

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.