Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany

Referee: Oscar Julian Ruiz | Attendance: 52000

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  • Robin van Persie 23'
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy 26'

2 - 1


Game 22

Ivory Coast

  • Bakari Koné 38'
  • 94'

    That's it. Holland and Argentina are through. Ivory Coast, despite a good effort and some fine players are out. Those goals from van Persie and van Nistelrooy proved decisive.

  • 94'

    This is the last chance. A free kick on the edge of the box. Boulahrouz is booked, meanwhile. And it is a terrible free kick, sailing way over everyone.

  • 92'

    Akale crosses but van Persie, who has defended well, clears at the back post.

  • 92'

    Now Boka can cross, but Cocu is in position to clear.

  • 92'

    It drops for Kolo Toure, whose shot is deflected over from the edge of box.

  • 91'

    Now Eboue clatters into van Persie, who is happy to take the free kick.

  • 90'

    Bright stuff from Eboue, taking a free kick off the pitch. It has to be retaken on it.

  • 90'

    This is what the Dutch want - possession 100 yards from their own goal.

  • 89'

    Robben's backheel sets up van der Vaart, but it is on his right foot and the shot, though accurate, lacks power.

  • 89'

    And at the other end, Kolo Toure has to concede a throw.

  • 88'

    Plenty of skill from the Ivory Coast, but no way through in the latter stages.

  • 86'

    Van Persie crosses but Boka heads away at the back post. Then Van Bronckhorst almost finds Robben and it requires more desperate defending.

  • 86'

    Time to throw caution to the wind for the Ivorians, surely. An equaliser would keep them in this World Cup.

  • 85'

    Drogba wins a flick-on from Meite's long ball, but Boulahrouz tidies up nicely.

  • 85'

    Robben switches wings, cuts in from the right and fires over. He remains the threat.

  • 83'

    More Ivory Coast possession, but the Dutch are back in numbers. They win back the ball and then, courtesy of Robben, a free kick.

  • 82'

    Now a concern for the Ivory Coast as Zokora goes down. Ivory Coast need him up and well - he's been excellent again today.

  • 82'

    Van Persie takes a free kick cleverly, but the ref wasn't ready when he found van der Vaart.

  • 81'

    Strong effort from Yapi Yapa, cutting in from the left and drilling a shot that van der Sar holds safely.

  • 81'

    Van Bronckhorst clears after Akale took it, but the pressure continues.

  • 81'

    Dindane twists and turns and wins a corner off Boulahrouz.

  • 80'

    Strong turn from Drogba on the edge of the box, but Boulahrouz makes a vital challenge when he is about to shoot.

  • 79'

    Instead, it's a corner that Robben heads away at the near post.

  • 78'

    Drogba goes down in the box when Akale crosses, but the Ivory Coast's penalty appeals have been in vain so far.

  • 78'

    Then Meite heads over. Great work from van Persie, who wasn't originally on the line but provided cover.

  • 77'

    And Eboue seems hurt. He is off the pitch while Akale takes the corner. It is high, toward Drogba whose downward header is chested off the line by van Persie

  • 76'

    Eboue gets forward, skips past Van Bronckhorst and goes down. A corner is the verdict.

  • 75'

    Van Nistelrooy, however, does seem to have an injury problem.

  • 74'

    The Dutch appeal for the Ivory Coast to stop play, and Zokora is about to when the fourth official waves it on. In the end, it is a goal kick. Van Bronckhorst was off the pitch throughout, but he never seemed injured.

  • 74'

    Interesting to see the Dutch on the defensive, with no real centre forward on the pitch now.

  • 73'

    A change apiece. Landzaat comes on for van Nistelrooy as the Dutch look to protect their lead. This time Kone is off and Akale is his replacement.

  • 71'

    Fine interception from Zokora, who then finds Kone. He picks out Dindance, who delays the shot for too long and when he does hit it, it's blocked.

  • 71'

    Van Persie gets the better of Boka again. He finds Robben, who croses and a grounded van der Vaart goes for the overhead. It's easy for Tizie.

  • 70'

    Drogba and Yapo are on different wavelengths as the Chelsea man passes. Goal kick.

  • 70'

    Here, though, comes Robben, beating his man and firing in a shot that Tizie parries unconvincingly.

  • 70'

    Twenty minutes to go for the Ivory Coast, or they will be out of the World Cup.

  • 68'

    Kone finds the speedy Yapo, who gives it back to him. Then it's Yaya Toure, who tries to get past Boulahrouz, but can't quite.

  • 68'

    Drogba goes down in a heap, but Kone looks for the pacey Dindane and he almost meets the through ball.

  • 67'

    Free kick 35 yards out. It's set up for van der Vaart, but Yaya Toure charges it down.

  • 66'

    Great move, involving Cocu and van Nistelrooy, then Van der Vaart sends van Persie in and Boka - back on - trips him cynically. Yellow card.

  • 65'

    Drogba feeds a little ball through in the direction of Arouna Kone, but the Dutch defence intercept.

  • 64'

    Robben's curling pass is just too far for the stretching van der Vaart to reach.

  • 63'

    Fierce shot on the turn from van Persie, but the whistle had already gone for handball.

  • 63'

    Robben goes on a run, but Kolo Toure defends doggedly, sticks with him and concedes a corner.

  • 62'

    Zokora passes to Arouna Kone who - apologies - has not gone off, bursts forward and almost gets the return ball.

  • 62'

    Double change for the Ivorians, both Kones going off and Yapa and Dindane coming on.

  • 60'

    Yaya Toure is bundled over by Robben in the centre circle.

  • 60'

    Arouna Kone twists round in a circle, seems to confuse himself and loses out to van Bomnel.

  • 60'

    The Ivory Coast seem to be planning to bring on Dindane.

  • 59'

    Van Bommel's long pass is aimed at Van Nistelrooy, but Kolo Toure tidies up.

  • 58'

    Chance for Arouna Kone here. A nice move culminates in a pass from Drogba to his strike partner, who blazes over.

  • 58'

    Van Bommel is booked after bringing down Zokora.

  • 57'

    Temporarily the Ivory Coast are down to 10.

  • 56'

    Boka is on a stretcher and this must be a worry for the Ivory Coast, who seem to have to replace the lively left back.

  • 55'

    Now Meite has a shot from 25 yards, but it hardly troubles van der Sar.

  • 55'

    Boka finds Drogba but Boulahrouz wins the ball from him.

  • 55'

    Romaric takes, and it produces a throw on the opposite flank.

  • 54'

    Zokora wins another challenge. He finds Eboue who then gets forward to collect a pass and thump a shot against Mathijsen. Corner.

  • 54'

    Tough challenge by Meite. Van Bommel goes flying, but it's no foul.

  • 53'

    Van Nistelrooy picks out van Persie wide on the right. Robben makes an angled run, but the Arsenal man can't find him.

  • 52'

    Eboue wins a free kick but, rather than aim for Drogba, the Ivory Coast opt to work the ball around until Boka crosses towards Kone but only hits Mathijsen.

  • 51'

    Here's his first touch, finding Robben who passes to van Nistelrooy. He strikes his 25-shot sweetly and a diving Tizie parries.

  • 50'

    A second change for the Dutch. Sneijder makes way for Rafael van der Vaart.

  • 50'

    The free kick is set up for Toure to drill it in from 30 yards. He connects well, but it's too close to the keeper.

  • 49'

    Boulahrouz gets a ticking off for his first fou.

  • 49'

    Already, this game is very stretched and it's shaping up to be an entertaining second half.

  • 49'

    Van Persie's swift turn leaves Boka trailing, but his cross is met by Kolo Toure in the middle.

  • 48'

    Arouna Kone makes himself room to shoot, but Mathijsen gets a foot to it, and it loops nicely for van der Sar to take.

  • 47'

    Van Persie, with more quick footwork, gets a shot away, but Tizie clings on.

  • 47'

    Van Bommel tries to play Robben in behind the defence. Meite gets the block.

  • 46'

    Drogba's clever overhead kick looks as though it has given Kone a chance, but he is ruled offside.

  • 46'

    The Ivory Coast gets us underway and win a free kick straight away.

  • 46'

    A Dutch change at half-time - Heitinga, who is injured, goes off, and Boulahrouz replaces him.

  • 45'

    That's half-time and the goals from van Persie and van Nistelrooy give Holland the lead. But Kone's fine strike means the second half should be hard-fought and entertaining.

  • 45'

    Van Bronckhorst's clearances rebounds back off Kone, but Holland scramble it clear.

  • 45'

    Arouna Kone shoots on the turn from the edge of the box and it sails over.

  • 45'

    Van Persie takes the corner, but it certainly isn't his best, and the Ivory Coast can head clear.

  • 44'

    Heitinga chips forward to van Persie, who shoots on the turn. Tizie palms his half-volley wide at the near post.

  • 43'

    Zokora takes the corner, but a free kick is given, probably for Drogba's challenge on van der Sar.

  • 42'

    And Drogba sprints clear. Ivory Coast have a two on one - but Van Bronckhorst intercepts Drogba's pass to Kone. A great chance spurned.

  • 42'

    Robben takes himself but Romaric heads away

  • 42'

    At the other end, Robben wins a corner off Eboue - and that is proving an interesting duel.

  • 41'

    And nor is Drogba now. He is booked and will be suspended for the final match against Serbia and Montenegro.

  • 40'

    The Ivory Coast get the ball, Arouna Kone looks to send Drogba in on goal, but van der Sar comes out to claim - and Drogba catches him. The Dutch aren't happy.

  • 40'

    Van Nistelrooy picks out Robben as the Dutch go looking for a third. Van Persie takes on Boka again, but the left-back holds him up

  • 39'

    And just when this group seemed done and dusted, Ivory Coast are back in it.

  • 38'

    He sets off on a diagonal run, whips his shot from the edge of the box across van der Sar and into the top corner.

  • 38'

    GAME ON. A superb strike from Bakari Kone gives the Ivory Coast hope.

  • 38'

    The Ivorian captain is back up and on the pitch

  • 37'

    Treatment for Drogba as he goes down in seeming pain.

  • 36'

    Van Bronckhorst gets back quickly as Kone looks to be clear.

  • 36'

    Romaric whips it in, Drogba gets his head to it, but it goes high over the bar.

  • 35'

    A free kick for the Ivorians on the right touchline after Mathijsen brings down Drogba.

  • 34'

    Robben goes down theatrically in the box - and he gets a yellow card for diving, to his dismay. There may have been contact with Boka, but the winger made the most of it.

  • 33'

    Then Boka crosses, Drogba goes down and Ooijer clears.

  • 32'

    So unlucky for Zokora, who hits a superb shot from 25 yards. It rebounds back off the bar and van der Sar was beaten.

  • 32'

    Now Drogba improvises and tries a trick in the box, but there's no way through for him.

  • 31'

    Bakari Kone looks for Arouna Kone in the penalty box, but Heitinga cuts that out

  • 30'

    Robben chases a lost cause to block Eboue's attempt to clear - an indication of the effort the Dutch are putting in.

  • 29'

    Deja vu for Ivory Coast, who were two-nil down in the first half against Argentina.

  • 27'

    It came from a Robben solo run, followed by van Bommel's pass. Van Nistelrooy, who had been offside, was just on when it was created.

  • 27'

    TWO-NIL. And van Nistelrooy finishes superbly, beating the motionless Tizie.

  • 26'

    Romaric has a go from 30 yards, but that's another shot directed at van der Sar.

  • 26'

    For the second successive game, Ivory Coast have played pretty well, but find themselves trailing.

  • 25'

    Yellow card for Zokora for bringing down van Bommel, who seemed to hit the ground rather easily.

  • 24'

    Boka comes forward as they look for a response, but his shot is blocked by Heitinga.

  • 23'

    The keeper hardly moved - a terrific strike from Van Persie. Tizie made his first move in the opposite direction, and never recoevered.

  • 22'

    Van Persie lines it up, whacks it and it flies into the net. GOAL - and what a great free kick.

  • 21'

    Van Persie cuts in from the right and then is rather clumsily brought down by Kolo Toure on the edge of the box.

  • 20'

    Van Persie's dangerous cross is curling in towards Cocu and well headed out by Meite.

  • 19'

    Robben runs at Eboue, gets past him but Kolo Toure comes across to win the ball.

  • 18'

    Mis-hit shot from Boka goes well wide, but after a fine move from the Ivory Coast - Zokora got wide and fed the ball in to Arouna Kone.

  • 17'

    Yaya Toure picks out Arouna Kone who holds off Van Bronckhorst and powers a shot from an acute angle into the side-netting. Good effort.

  • 16'

    Eboue gets forward to the corner flag and wins a throw. Then Romaric cuts infield and hits a low shot from 30 yards that van der Sar clings on to.

  • 15'

    Romaric goes down with a yelp as van Persie fouls him. Free kick just inside the Dutch half, which Boka takes but Van Bronckhorst heads away.

  • 14'

    Toure feeds the ball over the top for Drogba, but van der Sar is out quickly to claim.

  • 13'

    A bit of a let-off for the Dutch there, but this has been a World Cup of very few penalties so far.

  • 12'

    Eboue goes down in the box as Van Bronckhorst tugs him and that could - perhaps should - be a peanlty for the Ivory Coast.

  • 12'

    Zokora feeds it wide to Eboue, whose low cross is away by a diving Heitinga. Bakari Kone gets the chance to shoot, but it is blocked by a defender.

  • 10'

    Bakari Kone, showing real power, sprints away from Heitinga and it takes three to stop him.

  • 9'

    Van Persie is fouled by Boka, and that is shaping up to be an interesting duel, with the Dutchman always looking to cut infield.

  • 9'

    At the other end, Kone is caught offside. A lively start, which promises well for the rest of the game.

  • 8'

    Rooben tries to feed in van Bommel, who tumbles theatrically.

  • 7'

    Sharp turn from van Persie to evade Boka, but his cross is headed out by Kolo Toure.

  • 6'

    Kone powers into Heitinga, the defender goes down and Holland get the free kick.

  • 5'

    Sneijder whips in a dangerous cross that curls away from the keeper and everyone else.

  • 5'

    Toure holds off van Nistelrooy as they jump for a header.

  • 4'

    Now van Nistelrooy chases a long ball and it takes two to stop him.

  • 4'

    Yaya Toure releases Drogba on the counter attack in a good position, but he controls the ball with his hand.

  • 3'

    Robben picks out van Nistelrooy, who again loses the ball.

  • 3'

    Van Bronckhorst gets forward to turn in a cross that Kolo Toure clears.

  • 2'

    The Dutch enjoy a spell on the ball before Toure concedes a throw.

  • 1'

    The Dutch, as they did in the first game, find Robben straight away. He brings in van Nistelrooy, whose pass is misplaced.


    The Dutch get the game underway with progress from the Group of Death a certainty if they win.


    A Dutch win here and they will be in the last 16, along with Argentina. Victory for the Ivory Coast, however, would open up the group and give the debutants the chance of a place in the last 16.


    Ruud van Nistelrooy keeps his place in attack in an unchanged Dutch side. The Ivory Coast bring in Arouna Kone. Holland: Van der Sar, Heitinga, Ooijer, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Sneijder, Van Bommel, Cocu, Van Persie, Robben, van Nistelrooy. Subs: Babel, Boulahrouz, De Cler, Jaliens, Kromkamp, Kuyt, Landzaat, Maduro, Stekelenburg, Timmer, Van der Vaart, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Ivory Coast: Tizie, Eboue, Kolo Toure, Meite, Boka, Zokora, Gneri Yaya Toure, Romaric, Arouna Kone, Bakari Ko

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Netherlands

  • 11(8)

  • -

  • 22

  • 50%


  • Ivory Coast

  • 18(9)

  • -

  • 16

Match Stats

  • Netherlands
  • Ivory Coast
11(8) Shots (on goal) 18(9)
22 Fouls 16
3 Corner kicks 8
5 Offsides 4
50% Time of Possession 50%
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 7

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