Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

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Game 37

  • 93'

    All over and Argentina win Group C. They meet Mexico next, Holland face Portugal and, though there were no goals, this showed the strength in depth both have.

  • 92'

    Tevez almost wins it at the death, meeting Cruz's flick-on with a shot on the turn over the bar.

  • 92'

    Van der Vaart takes and Ooijer's header goes nowhere near goal.

  • 92'

    Two added minutes as Babel's trickery earns another corner.

  • 91'

    Into injury time and there are positives in a stalemate for both teams neither of whom, clearly, was desperate for a win.

  • 90'

    This time Ayala is the man to head away and, as he closes down, Mascherano rather needlessly fouls Boulahrouz and gets booked.

  • 90'

    Van der Vaart bends it in. It is cleared, but he has a chance to cross again and Coloccini heads behind.

  • 89'

    Jaliens' cross is flicked on Kuyt to Babel. He shoots, it takes a deflection and the Dutch have a corner.

  • 88'

    Kuyt aims a cross towards Cocu but the veteran just can't get a touch to it.

  • 87'

    And in the other Group C game, the Ivory Coast have come from behind to lead 3-2.

  • 87'

    Aimar skips away from de Cler and drills a cross against the shins of Landzaat.

  • 86'

    Now for van Basten's last change. Maduro comes on, Sneijder goes off.

  • 85'

    It's Van der Vaart and it's wide. Not a bad effort, though.

  • 84'

    A Dutch free kick 30 yards out as Sneijder is blocked off by Cufre.

  • 83'

    Landzaat finds Babel, who has done little so fa. The winger turns and fails to play in van der Vaart. Then he falls on the ball and the referee blows up.

  • 82'

    Cocu chips forward, van der Vaart backs into Ayala and the decision goes Argentina's way.

  • 82'

    Some decent performances in the supporting cast today - Boulahrouz at the back for Holland, the lively Tevez in attack for Argentina and the dependable Milito and Coloccini at the back.

  • 81'

    Aimar's pass forward finds the strong Cruz, but he is forced wide and his cross is cleared.

  • 80'

    In fact Aimar is Pekerman's third replacement. He takes Riquelme's spot in a straight swap.

  • 79'

    Solid defending from Milito at the near post to get de Cler's cross away.

  • 79'

    Argentina are preparing to make their final change, and it could be Palacio.

  • 78'

    And now the lone striker Kuyt is caught offside as he meets Cocu's pass.

  • 78'

    Kuyt seems very much alonw up front for Holland now, with five behind him in the midfield.

  • 77'

    An interesting workout for Argentina, who have found the Dutch harder to break down than the Serbs. De Cler, meanwhile, does well to get a Cufre cross away.

  • 76'

    He tries again, and this time only finds the head of Cocu.

  • 76'

    A rare foray forward from Coloccini, though his cross is met by a Dutch foot.

  • 75'

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  • 74'

    Riquelme with the corner. Boulahrouz gets a touch, and that is enough to take it out of the box.

  • 73'

    And van der Sar makes a fine save from a fierce effort from Tevez, who created the chance himself.

  • 72'

    Kuyt has a long-range shot, but it is tame.

  • 71'

    This game is in danger of petering out into a stalemate. Perhaps neither team is unduly worried about topping the group.

  • 70'

    Riquelme's radar is off for once - a through ball that gave Tevez very little chance.

  • 69'

    And Argentina make their second change. Messi is the man going off, striker Julio Cruz the arrival.

  • 69'

    De Cler, now looking more adventurous, is forward again. He finds Cocu who drills a low shot not far wide

  • 68'

    In the group's other game, meanwhile, the Ivory Coast have pulled it back to 2-2.

  • 68'

    And Abbondanzieri calmly claims the corner.

  • 67'

    Dutch change - van Persie is replaced by Landzaat.

  • 67'

    Fine ball frmo Kuyt almost sends Cocu away. Coloccini tackles well, but it falls for the veteran Cocu to hit, and it takes a save from Abbondanzieri to push it wide.

  • 66'

    As it stands, Argentina face Mexico in the last 16 and Holland take on Portugal.

  • 66'

    Cambiasso, back on, beats the offside trap with a ball for Tevez. The bounce slows him down and he tries to get an overhead kick in. He can't.

  • 65'

    Another mazy run from Riquelme, eventually halted by three defenders.

  • 64'

    Cocu brings down Riquelme as the Argentine playmaker again finds a small gap to go through.

  • 63'

    De Cler bursts forward, beats Coloccini and crosses. The dependeable Ayala clears.

  • 62'

    He gets to his feet gingerly and this doesn't look too good for him. At least no stretcher has been called for.

  • 62'

    Cambiasso is down in seeming pain after he challenged van Persie.

  • 61'

    But at the other end van Persie's ball is nowhere near Sneijder. Not the Arsenal man's best game so far.

  • 61'

    Riquelme picks out Messi who runs at Jaliens and gets his cross in but only as far as Boulahrouz.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Argentina are so comfortable on the ball that it's taken a great deal of effort from the Dutch to hold them so far.

  • 59'

    Messi wins the ball back for Argentina in the final third. Then Riquelme tries to thread the pass back to him, but can't quite.

  • 58'

    Van der Vaart takes with some power but not the right direction.

  • 57'

    And Kuyt wins a free kick in a central position. Mascherano brought him down but Cambiasso, for his reaction, is booked.

  • 56'

    A Dutch switch. Van Nistelrooy makes way for Babel, and this suggests Kuyt will get a chance to be the main forward.

  • 55'

    Kuyt cuts in from the left wing as he always has to - the right-footer is not happy there.

  • 54'

    Tevez's pass beats de Cler and reaches Rordiguez. He sneaks inside and, leaning back, hits a shot that goes over the bar.

  • 53'

    So near - Riquelme drags his shot fractionally wide after terrific interplay between him and Messi. Lovely little move, and it nearly had the finish.

  • 52'

    Another Kuyt cross, another Abbondanzieri catch.

  • 52'

    Kuyt sweeps a pass forward towards van Nistelrooy. Abbondanzieri reads it and claims without too many problems.

  • 51'

    Needless to say, Riquelme takes it. Van Persie comes back to head away.

  • 51'

    Strong play from Boulahrouz to hold up Messi, but at the expense of a corner.

  • 50'

    Van der Vaart swings in a cross that Argentina clear and the irrepressible Tevez is back in his half, holding the ball up, skipping away from two and winnign a throw.

  • 50'

    Sneijder picks out Kuyt on the left wing, but his touch lets him down. Argentina have the ball back.

  • 49'

    Riquelme is behind the free kick, Coloccini gets up to win the header and it goes over the bar.

  • 48'

    De Cler is the third man booked for a challenge that leaves Rodriguez writhing on the ground - he led with his arm there.

  • 47'

    But van Persie wastes it - high, wide and ugly.

  • 47'

    Mascherano brings down van der Vaart. A free kick in a useful position.

  • 47'

    Now Messi finds Cufre in space. His cross goes to van der Sar, but it was the first time the left back got forward.

  • 46'

    Argentina get the second half started. Straight away Messi finds the elusive Tevez. Then Mascherano tries his luck from distance and it's some way over.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Half-time and a stalemate, albeit a rather decent one. As it stands, then, Argentina will top the group.

  • 45'

    In added time in the first half - a solitary minute - Messi strolls through and hits his shot well. Van der Sar stops it.

  • 45'

    No great urgency from either side. Perhaps the team selections suggested as much, but a clash with the rather fallible Mexicans is the reward for the winner, so there should be incentive enough.

  • 44'

    De Cler chips forward, but Ayala reads it well and gets there ahead of Kuyt.

  • 43'

    Neat and intricate stuff by Argentina, but there was no way through for them there.

  • 42'

    The first booking of the game goes to Ooijer. Riquelme was just too quick for him there.

  • 41'

    Riquelme curls it too deep. Rodriguez manages to get a second cross in but, by and large, the Dutch have defended crosses pretty well.

  • 40'

    Argentina, meanwhile, are a little more fluent with Mascherano and Riquelme influences. Messi advances, fires a shot against Ooijer's shins and wins a corner.

  • 39'

    The Dutch have three up front but without Robben, they are lacking their normal width. It's not really working so far.

  • 38'

    A rare long pass from Argentina, and it doesn't work. They're unlikely to try another soon.

  • 37'

    It's now 2-1 to the Serbs in the other game in this group, by the way.

  • 36'

    Van der Sar punches it away. Riquelme, as usual, took it.

  • 36'

    Tevez weaves his path into the Dutch box and wins a corner.

  • 35'

    Van Persie takes the corner, Kuyt wins his header, but puts it past the post.

  • 35'

    Sneijder applies ferocious power to a long-range shot. Ayala blocks it, and he does well to.

  • 34'

    Rare mistake from Mascherano, who gets his pass wrong and it is straight into touch.

  • 33'

    Messi supplies the quick throw ball, the alert Rodriguez gets in and fires a shot from an acute angle into the side netting.

  • 32'

    Messi and Riquelme almost play their way through the Dutch defence but an attempted one-two doesn't quite come off.

  • 31'

    Cocu gets to the corner flag and wins a throw. Then Kuyt gets the ball, but the replacement Coloccini slides in well to rob him.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    All Argentina now, and they seem to have the craft to unlock the Dutch defence at will.

  • 29'

    but only as far as Rodriguez who strikes his rising half-volley really well - and it is only inches wide.

  • 29'

    The final touch on to the post may have come from Ooijer. Cocu, meanwhile, heads Riquelme's corner away

  • 28'

    Riquelme drives in it low, the sliding Messi gets a touch and it bounces back off the post. So close.

  • 27'

    Riquelme aims for Ayala, who jumped highest but missed his header. And as Tevez retrieves, Kuyt blatantly blocks him off. Yellow card.

  • 27'

    Riquelme goes direct for goal and van der Sar has to tip it over - it was curling in dangerously.

  • 26'

    Jaliens, who has looked nervous, misses a header and Riquelme robs him. Now Tevez's skill and persistence takes him past two and Jaliens himself concedes the corner.

  • 25'

    Van Persie brings down Cufre rather needlessly. It could have been a booking but the referee is in a rather lenient mood.

  • 24'

    Argentina make an early change. Burdisso departs and Coloccini is his replacement.

  • 23'

    And then, with a jink from Messi, they get into the final third. They turn back again before Messi tries to slide Tevez through, but he moved too early and is offside.

  • 23'

    Riquelme, Messi and Rodriguez combine and Argentina can making keeping the ball look easy

  • 22'

    Ayala is rather unhappy to be penalised for a foul on van Nistelrooy. He gets away with some rather obvious dissent.

  • 21'

    Strong challenge by Ayala and the Dutch have a throw near the corner flag. Cocu crosses, but it it low and easy to clear.

  • 20'

    2-0 to the Serbs in the other game in this group. And the Montenegrins, of course.

  • 19'

    Less impressive from de Cler - a pass that gives his team-mates no chance.

  • 19'

    Rodriguez on the burst. He goes 40 yards before he is halted by left back de Cler.

  • 18'

    Sneijder's corner is met by the fists of Abbondanzieri.

  • 17'

    Fine save - it's Abbondanzieri from Kuyt, who robbed Burdisso and shot from an acute angle - but he should have passed to van Nistelrooy.

  • 16'

    Wonderful pass from Milito to find Rodriguez in room. He can't find a team-mate, but the ball comes to Tevez who, with little backlift, whips a shot just past the post.

  • 16'

    Messi skips away from two, tries the one-two with Riquelme and is halted by the tackle. Then Cufre tries to cross, but it is cleared.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Clever little pass on the turn from Riquelme, but noticeable how close all the Dutch midfield were to the playmaker.

  • 14'

    Burdisso's back up now and play resumes with Jaliens conceding another free kick, for a foul on Tevez.

  • 13'

    Meanwhile Burdisso is down in seeming pain. Van Nistelrooy appeared to land on the right back.

  • 13'

    They win a corner. Van Persie provides the inswinger, Cambiasso hacks away and Jaliens is adjudged to have fouled him anyway.

  • 12'

    Van Persie whips in a cross with real pace. Ayala defends solidly, and interesting to see Holland trying a few aerial balls into the box.

  • 11'

    Van Persie picks out Kuyt on the left wing, he strolls infield and crosses, but over everyone in the box.

  • 10'

    Now we are starting to see the fluency of Argentina - Mascherano spreading play - and backed up by fine closing down.

  • 9'

    Riquelme with the corner but once again Kuyt proves his value in a more defensive role.

  • 8'

    Great tackle from Boulahrouz after a fine Argentina move, culminating in Tevez sliding the pass through for Cambiasso, who was about to shoot.

  • 7'

    First run from Messi, but he loses out to Kuyt, back to help his midfield.

  • 7'

    Van Nistelrooy goes down after a Mascherano challenge. It probably should have been a free kick on the edge of the box. Instead, it is a goal kick.

  • 6'

    Riquelme again and this time van der Sar takes unchallenged.

  • 6'

    Riquelme takes, whipping it in and van Persie heads behind for another.

  • 5'

    A corner for Argentina, conceded by Boulahrouz with a sliding tackle on Messi.

  • 5'

    Van Persie whips it in from the right, but far too close to Abbondanzieri.

  • 4'

    Now another free kick for handball by Cufre from van der Vaart's pass.

  • 4'

    Kuyt looks for, and can't find, room to cross from the left, but Holland have the ball again and Argentina, unusually, have seen very little of it.

  • 3'

    Rodriguez brings down van der Vaart, in on the left of the Dutch midfield.

  • 3'

    A first touch for Juan Roman Riquelme, out near the left touchline.

  • 2'

    Van der Sar, by the way, equals Frank de Boer's record of 112 caps for the Netherlands tonight.

  • 1'

    Then Van Persie finds Sneijder, whose shot loops up off a defender and into the arms of Abbondanzieri.

  • 1'

    The Dutch attempt to monoploise the ball in the early stages.

  • 1'

    Holland get the game going with a slightly different look without Robben and with two out-and-out strikers.


    So, a chance to see the strength in depth of both sides as well as determining who will top Group C and thus face Mexico in the last 16. Second place means a date with Portugal.


    Plenty of changes as Holland rest five players on a yellow card - Robben, van Bommel, van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen and Heitinga - and Argentina bring in Messi and Tevez up front. Holland: Van der Sar, Boulahrouz, Ooijer, Jaliens, De Cler, Sneijder, Cocu, Van der Vaart, Van Persie, van Nistelrooy, Kuyt. Subs: Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Landzaat, Robben, Kromkamp, Heitinga, Maduro, Van Bommel, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Babel, Timmer, Stekelenburg. Argentina: Abbondanzieri, Burdisso, Ayala, M

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Netherlands

  • 12(3)

  • -

  • 20

  • 50%


  • Argentina

  • 12(2)

  • -

  • 16

Match Stats

  • Netherlands
  • Argentina
12(3) Shots (on goal) 12(2)
20 Fouls 16
7 Corner kicks 10
1 Offsides 4
50% Time of Possession 50%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 6

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