Argentina v Serbia and Montenegro, 16 June 2006

Score6-0 to Argentina
RefereeRoberto Rossetti
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueVeltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance52,000
KICK-OFF: 2.00pm BST Their only previous World Cup finals meeting between Argentina and Serbia & Montenegro (then the former Yugoslavia) came in the 1990 Quarter-Finals. Argentina won 3-2 on penalties after the match in Florence had ended in a goalless draw. Esteban Matias Cambiasso's goal on 31 minutes was a top contender for the AFS World Cup Wonder Goal amid a brilliant Argentina performance.

6  Argentina

Manager: Jose Pekerman

0  Serbia and Montenegro

Manager: Ilija Petkovic

Goals:

Maxi Rodriguez 6 G
Esteban Cambiasso 31 G
Maxi Rodriguez 41 G
Hernan Crespo 78 G
Carlos Tevez 84 G
Lionel Messi 88 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric
Defender Milan Dudic
Defender Goran Gavrancic
Defender Mladen Krstajic
Midfielder Predrag Djordjevic
Midfielder Igor Duljaj
Midfielder Ognjen Koroman
Midfielder Albert Nadj
Midfielder Dejan Stankovic
Forward Mateja Kezman
Forward Savo Milosevic (captain)

Substitutions:

Esteban Cambiasso for Lucho Gonzalez 17
Carlos Tevez for Javier Saviola 58
Lionel Messi for Maxi Rodriguez 75

Substitutions:

Ivan Ergic for Albert Nadj 46
Danijel Ljuboja for Ognjen Koroman 49
Zvonimir Vukic for Savo Milosevic 70

Cards:

Hernan Crespo 36 Y

Cards:

Ognjen Koroman 7 Y
Albert Nadj 27 Y
Mladen Krstajic 42 Y
Mateja Kezman 65 R

On the bench:

Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi
Forward Carlos Tevez

On the bench:

Midfielder Ivan Ergic
Midfielder Zvonimir Vukic
Forward Danijel Ljuboja

Comments:

This result confirmed Argentina's progress to the knockout stages of the 2006 finals. This 6-0 scoreline is the biggest win of the tournament so far, and the equal 10th highest in the history of World Cup finals. At 18 years and 357 days, Lionel Messi becomes Argentina's youngest-ever player at the World Cup finals.

Comments:

This result confirmed Serbia & Montenegro cannot progress to the knockout stages of the 2006 finals. Savo Milosevic becomes the first Serbia & Montenegro player to make 100 'A' international appearances. The former Aston Villa striker won 71 caps for Yugoslavia and now 29 caps for Serbia & Montenegro.