FIFA WORLD CUP

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Referee: Marco Rodríguez | Attendance: 66000

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Ivory Coast

  • Aruna Dindane 37' PEN
  • Aruna Dindane 67'
  • Bonaventure Kalou 86' PEN

3 - 2

FT

Game 38

Serbia & Montenegro

  • Nikola Zigic 10'
  • Sasa Ilic 20'
  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: Ivory Coast win their first-ever World Cup match with a stirring comeback; they deserved it, and can depart the tournament proud of their performances in a very tough group.

  • 92'

    The referee took a moment to realise that Domoraud had already been booked - it took a minute before he handed out the red.

  • 91'

    OFF! Domoraud is sent off for a second yellow card, handed out for a trailing arm in the face of Milosovic.

  • 89'

    GOOD DEFENDING! After a long spell of possession, the ball is worked wide to Eboue; he sends over a nice cross, but Djordovic defends well in a challenge with Kone.

  • 88'

    The fans are cheering every pass now; there is no doubting where the majority of the fans' hearts lie - the Ivory Coast will have won a lot of new supporters after tonight's performance.

  • 87'

    What a comeback this has been by the Ivory Coast - they looked dead and buried after two awful defensive blunders had put them two-down.

  • 86'

    I'm not sure why Dindane didn't take the penalty - he was on a hat-trick, but seemed to hand over the duties to the substitute Kalou.

  • 85'

    GOAL! Kalou takes the spot-kick, sends the keeper the wrong way and sends the Ivory Coast in to raptures.

  • 85'

    Dindane for his hat-trick...

  • 85'

    Replays show it was again Dudic who handled as Kalou's shot came flying through the crowd.

  • 85'

    PENALTY! The referee spots a handball as Kalou fires in a shot through the crowd.

  • 84'

    ...Boka fires in the shot, but his effort is blocked by a committed S&M defender.

  • 84'

    Arouna Kone is brought down off the ball; free-kick to the Ivory Coast, in shooting range...

  • 83'

    Ivory Coast will be kicking themselves if they don't record their first World Cup win; they have had so many chances to take the lead, but have been very wasteful.

  • 82'

    Bakare Kone goes down, looking for a free-kick, but the referee is unsympathetic to his cries.

  • 81'

    Boka sends in a good cross from the left, but Jervic comes out to claim; good handling from the S&M keeper.

  • 80'

    It is still pouring down with rain in Munich; it has been non-stop since the start of the match.

  • 79'

    ...Boka sends an inswinging centre in to the middle, but Toure heads wide at the back post. Poor marking, poor header.

  • 79'

    Ivory Coast win a corner...

  • 78'

    It would have been really tough had Stankovic put S&M back in front there; Ivory Coast have completely dominated the match, and deserve their first-ever World Cup win.

  • 77'

    WHAT A MISS! The delivery is superb from Djordovic, but the unmarked Stankovic somehow heads wide from six yards out.

  • 77'

    Djordovic lines up a free-kick for S&M...

  • 77'

    Most of the neutrals in this crowd seem to be cheering on the Ivory Coast; they have certainly played very well tonight.

  • 76'

    GREAT MOVE! Kalou beats a couple of men, plays a neat one-two on the edge of the penalty area before clipping a cross to the back post, which Djordovic nods behind for a corner.

  • 75'

    S&M look like they will be happy with a draw from their final game at this World Cup; they have really been under the cosh since they were reduced to 10 men.

  • 74'

    IVORY COAST SUB: Kalou comes on to replace Keita; the PSG man comes on to inject some life down the right-hand side.

  • 73'

    S&M win a couple of free-kicks to relieve the pressure on their defence.

  • 72'

    GOOD STRIKE! Toure fires in a shot from distance; he strikes it very well, but Jevric is well positioned to save.

  • 72'

    Keita's shot is deflected out for a corner.

  • 71'

    Milosovic, making his final appearance in international football, is very isolated up front for S&M - he holds up a long ball, but has no-one to lay it off to and eventually loses possession.

  • 70'

    The momentum is definitely with Ivory Coast; S&M have hardly got out of their half since the break, such has been the Africans' domination.

  • 69'

    Ivory Coast have come from 2-0 down to level against the ten remaining men of Serbia and Montenegro, in their final-ever international match.

  • 68'

    GOAL! Dindane finally equalises after missing a host of chances; planting a header inside the far corner after being picked out by a good cross.

  • 67'

    S&M SUB: Zigic is withdrawn, and replaced by Milosovic.

  • 67'

    Toure attempts a cheeky side-footed effort from 30 yards, but Jevric is easily equal to the shot.

  • 66'

    This is the sort of entertainment that can be produced when two teams playing without fear are thrust together; it has been comfortably been the best game I have seen at this tournament.

  • 65'

    Dindane could have had four or five goals tonight; he has been a little wasteful in front of goal.

  • 64'

    SO CLOSE! Dindane flashes a header across the face of goal after a wonderful cross from the left. Great chance for the striker.

  • 64'

    This match might be a dead rubber, but it has produced a fantastic game of football.

  • 63'

    OFF THE BAR! Kouassi smashes a stunning shot off the top of the crossbar from fully 35 yards out - a wonderful effort from the defender.

  • 62'

    Keita's flick puts Djordovic under pressure, and the makeshift left-back concedes a corner.

  • 61'

    JUST WIDE! Arouna Kone controls a lofted pass well on his chest; his first effort is blocked, but he collects the loose ball before sending a bobbling second shot narrowly wide of the far post.

  • 60'

    IVORY COAST SUB: Bakare Kone comes on to replace Akale.

  • 59'

    Ivory Coast are still dominating the possession; S&M are trying to play on the break, but can hardly get the ball.

  • 58'

    SAVE! The initial free-kick is blocked, but the ball runs out to Akale, who's drive through the crowded penalty area is saved by the legs of Jevric.

  • 58'

    Gavrancic is booked for a crude challenge on Keita, just outside the penalty area. Free-kick in a very dangerous spot...

  • 57'

    Ergic tries to slip a pass through to the run of Ilic, but he over-hits his pass and Barry is able to collect.

  • 56'

    Both defences have had a tough time in these conditions; this time Djordovic has to be alert to mop up after a slip by Dudic.

  • 55'

    Remember, this is S&M's final-ever match; they should really be showing a little more than this, shouldn't they? They have been very flat for the last half-hour or so.

  • 54'

    Djordovic is doing a reasonable job as a make-shift left-back; he is nullifying the threat of Eboue very comfortably.

  • 53'

    Zigic looks a little bit like Hollywood heart-throb Josh Hartnett - you know, the lad who was in Pearl Harbour and 40 Days, 40 Nights?

  • 52'

    Toure is dispossessed by Duljaj, just outside the penalty area; a shame, because Eboue had been waiting patiently for a pass on his outside.

  • 51'

    Ivory Coast have had all the ball since the break; Toure ends a spell with possession by blasting a shot high over the bar.

  • 50'

    Zigic puts himself about in midfield - and there is a lot of him to go around; he looks as though he rips up tree-trunks in his spare time.

  • 49'

    Remember, S&M are a man down after Nadj got his marching orders for a second yellow card shortly before the break; Djordovic seems to be playing at left-back in the re-shuffle.

  • 48'

    Eboue is amazed to see a free-kick decision go against him as he is blocked, trying to round Djordovic on the right wing.

  • 47'

    Ivory Coast have made the better start to this second period, knocking the ball about as they try to find an opening in the S&M defence.

  • 46'

    Let's hope for as entertaining second half as we had in the first; that was a beauty.

  • 45'

    Ivory Coast kick off the second half.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: Both sides have shown admireable attacking intent, and the dreadful weather conditions have helped make that one of the most entertaining halfs of the tournament so far. Well done, boys!

  • 45'

    SECOND YELLOW! OFF! Nadj is sent off for a second bookable offence, a lungeing challenge on Keita.

  • 44'

    Replays show that the goalkeeper certainly didn't get any contact with Dindane, but the decision to book the striker for diving might have been a little harsh.

  • 43'

    PENALTY! NO! REFEREE SAYS HE DIVED! Dindane tries to round the goalkeeper, falls to the ground and looks to the referee - who books the striker for diving!

  • 42'

    ...Gavrancic tries to curl the free-kick around the defensive wall, but an Ivory Coast leg blocks the shot.

  • 42'

    Domoraud is booked for pulling back Ilic as the striker sprinted through down the left channel. Free-kick on the edge of the Ivory Coast penalty area...

  • 42'

    AWFUL FINISH! Kone launches a swift counter-attack for Ivory Coast; the ball finds its way to Dindane, but he hits his shot straight at Jevric with only the keeper to beat.

  • 41'

    GREAT SAVE! Djordovic strikes a free-kick towards the top-corner, but Barry leaps high to tip the ball over for a corner.

  • 41'

    Zigic lands awkwardly on his arm again, after being fouled in the air by Dororaud.

  • 40'

    Ivory Coast are looking well capable of getting an equaliser here; S&M don't look too hot in defence, especially down their left side.

  • 39'

    ...Toure goes for goal, but a player comes out of the S&M defensive wall to block.

  • 38'

    Duljaj is booked for a shirt-pull on Toure, handing Ivory Coast a good shooting chance from the resulting free-kick...

  • 38'

    Dudic was booked for the handball that led to the penalty.

  • 37'

    GOAL! THIS TIME IT COUNTS! Jevric dives very early, and Dindane slots his spot-kick the other way and pulls a goal back for Ivory Coast.

  • 36'

    GOAL! NO-RETAKE! Dindane slots past Jevric, but the referee spots an encroachment and orders a re-take.

  • 36'

    Dindane lines up the spot-kick...

  • 35'

    HANDBALL! PENALTY| Dudic stupidly jumps and handles as he tries to cut out a deep cross. Blatant penalty.

  • 34'

    Keita does well to beat his man and fire in a low cross, but Dudic clears at the near post.

  • 34'

    OOH! Stankovic goes for goal from the set-piece, but curls his shot narrowly over the crossbar from 25 yards.

  • 33'

    Keita is booked for a foul on Djordovic; he protests his innocence, but it doesn't wash with the referee.

  • 32'

    All tha fans inside the ground in Munch have been handed waterproof ponchos to keep the rain off them; it is quite a sight.

  • 31'

    Kone is brought down on the left wing as Gavrancic clumsily slides in; free-kick to Ivory Coast.

  • 30'

    Zigic, at 6ft 8in, is the tallest player at the World Cup; he is a beast, and looks to be handy on the ground, too.

  • 29'

    Serbia and Montenegro win a free-kick when Zigic is fouled by Keita as the two jumped for a high ball.

  • 29'

    Yaya Toure is having a good game for Ivory Coast; he keeps things moving in the middle, and always seems to pick out a team-mate with his passes.

  • 28'

    Zigic is back on the field after having treatment on his arm / shoulder.

  • 27'

    Ivory Coast have had far more of the ball in this first half-hour, but they just look so vulnerable at the back.

  • 26'

    Eboue is now the man down, having taken a knock to his face; when he realises no-one is looking at him, he gets to his feet and plays on.

  • 25'

    Zigic is off the field, having his arm taped up; he might have dislocated his shoulder; he looks in a lot of pain.

  • 24'

    Zigic is down, holding his arm after falling awkwardly.

  • 23'

    The Ivory Coast look a forceful side going forward, but terrible at the back - especially without the influential Kolo Toure, who has been rested for this game.

  • 22'

    OOH! Zigic flicks a header wide of the far post after being picked out by Stankovic's cross.

  • 21'

    That was a bad error from Domoraud; he should have cleared the ball first-time, but tried to control it and Ilic nipped in to score.

  • 20'

    GOAL! Ilic benefits from an awful error in the penalty area by Domoraud, who's poor control leaves the striker with a simple tap-in.

  • 19'

    UNBELIEVABLE! Kone does wonderfully to get to the by-line; he cuts a pass back to Dindane, but his effort is weak and easily saved; the ball drops to Keita, but he shanks over from six yards!

  • 18'

    Boka sends the free-kick in to the middle, but Gavrancic clears.

  • 17'

    Dindane is held up by Nadj as the winger tried to round him on the outside. The substitute is booked for the challenge, just a couple of minutes after coming on.

  • 16'

    S&M SUB: Krstajic is replaced by Nadj.

  • 15'

    Krstajic is down after an awkward clash; he looks to be in some pain, and is immediately stretchered off the field.

  • 14'

    Ivory Coast are knocking the ball around with confidence, and getting plenty players forward; they don't look too disheartened.

  • 12'

    It will be interesting to see how the Ivory Coast react; they have little to lose, and so hopefully will throw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser.

  • 11'

    The pass from Stankovic was superb, the control excellent, but Barry and Kouassi didn't do very well to allow the giant striker to round them so easily.

  • 11'

    GOAL! Zigic controls a long ball through the middle, rounds the goalkeeper and slots in to an empty net.

  • 11'

    Both coaches will leave their posts after this match, so both countries will be wanting to go out on a high.

  • 10'

    The slick surface is somewhat unusual in this tournament; for most of the games, the long grass has created a slow pitch, difficult for swift passing moves.

  • 9'

    Djordevic gives the ball away to Kone in midfield; he runs at the two remaining defenders, but delays his shot too long and his effort is blocked.

  • 8'

    Serbia have made a slow start to the match; Ivory Coast are snapping around and not giving them any time to measure their passes.

  • 7'

    Of course, this is a meaningless match in that neither side can progress beyond the group stage - Argentina and Holland made sure of that in the first two matches.

  • 7'

    This will be Serbia and Montenegro's final ever match - the two countries have recently voted to split in to independent states, and so will compete with under different football associations.

  • 6'

    Ivory Coast win another free-kick, out on the left wing. The ball is layed square for Toure, but it runs too far for him to attempt a shot.

  • 5'

    ...but Dudic heads clear at the near post.

  • 5'

    Ivory Coast win the first corner of the match when Dudic puts behind a cross. Ankale sends the corner in to the penalty area...

  • 4'

    GREAT RUN! Dindane goes on a weaving run at the heart of the Serbian defence; he gets in to the area, but his pull-back is cleared.

  • 4'

    The teeming rain has created a very slick playing surface; the goalkeepers are going to have trouble with balls bouncing in front of them.

  • 3'

    Ivory Coast win a free;kick; Boka strikes a shot from distance, but it is blocked on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 3'

    It is absolutely pouring down with rain this evening in Munich; the players are already soaking wet, and we've barely started.

  • 2'

    Six changes for the Ivory Coast, with Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba both missing.

  • 1'

    Serbia are playing in a beautiful navy blue shirt, while the Ivory Coast are in their startling, bold orange; it is a very colourful occasion.

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    SERBIA KICK OFF!

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    Hello, welcome to our coverage of Serbia and Montenegro's final Group C match against Ivory Coast.

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Ivory Coast

  • 29(17)

  • -

  • 13

  • 64%

    36%

  • Serbia & Montenegro

  • 10(4)

  • -

  • 19

Match Stats

  • Ivory Coast
  • Serbia & Montenegro
29(17) Shots (on goal) 10(4)
13 Fouls 19
9 Corner kicks 1
7 Offsides 2
64% Time of Possession 36%
3 Yellow Cards 4
1 Red Cards 1
1 Saves 7
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