Netherlands v Ivory Coast, 16 June 2006

Score2-1 to Netherlands
RefereeJulian Oscar Ruiz Acosta
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueGottlieb Daimler, Stuttgart
Attendance52,000
Kick-Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: José Navia (Colombia) Fernando Tamayo (Ecuador) Fourth official: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico) Fifth official: José Luis Camargo (Mexico) Man of the Match: Arjen Robben (Netherlands) Holland sealed a World Cup second-round berth after repelling a brave fightback by Ivory Coast in Stuttgart. The Dutch went ahead with a stunning free-kick from Robin van Persie on 23 minutes before Ruud van Nistelrooy hit a sweet second four minutes later. Bakari Kone pulled one back for the Ivorians when he smashed home from 25 yards after a powerful run. But the Africans bowed out of the tournament as Holland held on for their second Group C victory. The victory stretched Holland's run to 14 competitive matches unbeaten and sent a defiant message to group rivals Argentina who had emphatically despatched Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 earlier in the day. This was the first meeting between Holland and Ivory Coast at any level.

2  Netherlands

Manager: Marco Van Basten

1  Ivory Coast

Manager: Henri Michel

Goals:

Robin Van Persie 23 G
Ruud Van Nistelrooy 26 G

Goals:

Bakari Kone 38 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (captain)
Defender Johnny Heitinga
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Defender Andre Ooijer
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Mark van Bommel

Starting lineup:

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

Substitutions:

Khalid Boulahrouz for Johnny Heitinga 46
Rafael van der Vaart for Wesley Sneijder 50
Denny Landzaat for Ruud Van Nistelrooy 73

Substitutions:

Aruna Dindane for Bakari Kone 62
Gilles Yapi-Yapo for Romaric 62
Kanga Akale for Arouna Kone 73

Cards:

Arjen Robben 34 Y
Joris Mathijsen 35 Y
Mark van Bommel 58 Y
Khalid Boulahrouz 90 Y

Cards:

Didier Zokora 24 Y
Didier Drogba 41 Y
Arthur Boka 66 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Henk Timmer
Defender/Right back Kew Jaliens
Defender/Right back Jan Kromkamp
Defender Tim De Cler
Defender Hedwiges Maduro
Midfielder Denny Landzaat
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt
Forward Ryan Babel

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry
Goalkeeper Gerard Gnanhouan
Defender Cyrille Domoraud
Defender Marco Andre Zoro
Defender/Midfielder Guy Demel
Midfielder Kanga Akale
Midfielder Emerse Fae
Midfielder Gilles Yapi-Yapo
Forward Aruna Dindane

Comments:

At their sixth World Cup finals, this result means Holland have maintained their record of reaching the Second Round. This is the first time Holland have won their first two games at a World Cup finals. On the day that he moved to within one game of equalling Frank De Boer's record of 112 appearances for Holland, keeper Edwin Van Der Sar conceded his first goal in 1,014 competitive minutes with Bakari Kone's strike. It has become the longest sequence in non-friendly international football by a European goalkeeper. Holland are now unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches - the longest current run in international football.

Comments:

With this defeat, Ivory Coast cannot proceed to the next round. They had been unfortunate to be drawn in the so-called Group of Death. Ivory Coast's defeat means that the debutants have only one draw and seven defeats to show for their efforts so far. Trinidad & Tobago are the only one of the six countries making their inaugural appearance to have gained a point.