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Play in Group C of the 2006 FIFA World Cup began on 10 June and completed on 21 June 2006. Argentina won the group, and advanced to the second round, along with Netherlands. The two sides tied for points in the standings, but Argentina won the tie-break on goal difference, and so won the group with the Netherlands in second place. Ivory Coast and Serbia and Montenegro failed to advance.

Upon completion of the draw for the tournament, many football pundits remarked that this group appeared to be the group of death, despite the fact that only one side – Argentina – had qualified for the previous World Cup.

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Argentina 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Netherlands 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
3   Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
4   Serbia and Montenegro 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

MatchesEdit

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Argentina vs Ivory CoastEdit

Argentina  2–1  Ivory Coast
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Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivory Coast
GK 1 Roberto Abbondanzieri
RB 21 Nicolás Burdisso
CB 2 Roberto Ayala
CB 6 Gabriel Heinze   48'
LB 3 Juan Pablo Sorín (c)
RM 18 Maxi Rodríguez
CM 8 Javier Mascherano
LM 5 Esteban Cambiasso
AM 10 Juan Román Riquelme   90+3'
CF 7 Javier Saviola   41'   75'
CF 9 Hernán Crespo   64'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Rodrigo Palacio   64'
MF 22 Lucho González   81'   75'
MF 16 Pablo Aimar   90+3'
Manager:
José Pékerman
 
GK 1 Jean-Jacques Tizié
RB 21 Emmanuel Eboué   62'
CB 4 Kolo Touré
CB 12 Abdoulaye Méïté
LB 3 Arthur Boka
CM 19 Yaya Touré
CM 5 Didier Zokora
RW 18 Kader Keïta   77'
AM 8 Bonaventure Kalou   55'
LW 2 Kanga Akale   62'
CF 11 Didier Drogba (c)   90+1'
Substitutions:
FW 15 Aruna Dindane   55'
FW 14 Bakari Koné   62'
FW 9 Arouna Koné   77'
Manager:
  Henri Michel

Man of the Match:
Javier Saviola (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Éric Poulat (France)
Fifth official:
Vincent Texier (France)

Serbia and Montenegro vs NetherlandsEdit

Serbia and Montenegro  0–1  Netherlands
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Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serbia and Montenegro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands
GK 1 Dragoslav Jevrić
RB 14 Nenad Đorđević   43'
CB 6 Goran Gavrančić   90'
CB 20 Mladen Krstajić
LB 3 Ivica Dragutinović   81'
RM 10 Dejan Stanković   34'
CM 4 Igor Duljaj
CM 17 Albert Nađ
LM 11 Predrag Đorđević
CF 9 Savo Milošević (c)   46'
CF 8 Mateja Kežman   67'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Ognjen Koroman   64'   43'
FW 19 Nikola Žigić   46'
MF 21 Danijel Ljuboja   67'
Manager:
Ilija Petković
 
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 14 John Heitinga   85'
CB 13 André Ooijer
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen   86'
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst   56'
RM 18 Mark van Bommel   60'
CM 20 Wesley Sneijder
LM 8 Phillip Cocu
RF 17 Robin van Persie
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy   69'
LF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 6 Denny Landzaat   60'
FW 7 Dirk Kuyt   69'
DF 3 Khalid Boulahrouz   86'
Manager:
Marco van Basten

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Christian Schraer (Germany)
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco)
Fifth official:
Brahim Djezzar (Algeria)

Argentina vs Serbia and MontenegroEdit

Argentina  6–0  Serbia and Montenegro
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Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serbia and Montenegro
GK 1 Roberto Abbondanzieri
RB 21 Nicolás Burdisso
CB 2 Roberto Ayala
CB 6 Gabriel Heinze
LB 3 Juan Pablo Sorín (c)
DM 8 Javier Mascherano
RW 22 Lucho González   17'
AM 10 Juan Román Riquelme
LW 18 Maxi Rodríguez   75'
CF 7 Javier Saviola   59'
CF 9 Hernán Crespo   36'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Esteban Cambiasso   17'
FW 11 Carlos Tevez   59'
FW 19 Lionel Messi   75'
Manager:
José Pékerman
 
GK 1 Dragoslav Jevrić
RB 4 Igor Duljaj
CB 6 Goran Gavrančić
CB 15 Milan Dudić
LB 20 Mladen Krstajić   42'
RM 7 Ognjen Koroman   7'   50'
CM 17 Albert Nađ   27'   46'
CM 11 Predrag Đorđević
LM 10 Dejan Stanković
CF 9 Savo Milošević (c)   70'
CF 8 Mateja Kežman   65'
Substitutions:
MF 2 Ivan Ergić   46'
MF 21 Danijel Ljuboja   50'
MF 18 Zvonimir Vukić   70'
Manager:
Ilija Petković

Man of the Match:
Juan Román Riquelme (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Cristiano Copelli (Italy)
Alessandro Stagnoli (Italy)
Fourth official:
Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)
Fifth official:
Dramane Danté (Mali)

Netherlands vs Ivory CoastEdit

Netherlands  2–1  Ivory Coast
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Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivory Coast
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 14 John Heitinga   60'
CB 13 André Ooijer
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen   35'
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
RM 18 Mark van Bommel   58'
CM 20 Wesley Sneijder   50'
LM 8 Phillip Cocu
RF 11 Arjen Robben   34'
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy   73'
LF 17 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 10 Rafael van der Vaart   50'
DF 3 Khalid Boulahrouz   60'
MF 6 Denny Landzaat   90+4'   73'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
 
GK 1 Jean-Jacques Tizié
RB 21 Emmanuel Eboué
CB 4 Kolo Touré
CB 12 Abdoulaye Méïté
LB 3 Arthur Boka   66'
CM 19 Yaya Touré
CM 5 Didier Zokora   25'
CM 22 Romaric   62'
RF 14 Bakari Koné   62'
CF 11 Didier Drogba (c)   41'
LF 9 Arouna Koné   73'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Gilles Yapi Yapo   62'
FW 15 Aruna Dindane   62'
MF 2 Kanga Akale   73'
Manager:
  Henri Michel

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
José Navia (Colombia)
Fernando Tamayo (Ecuador)
Fourth official:
Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Fifth official:
José Luis Camargo (Mexico)

Netherlands vs ArgentinaEdit

Netherlands  0–0  Argentina
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Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 2 Kew Jaliens
CB 3 Khalid Boulahrouz
CB 13 André Ooijer   42'
LB 15 Tim de Cler   48'
RM 10 Rafael van der Vaart
CM 20 Wesley Sneijder   86'
LM 8 Phillip Cocu
RF 17 Robin van Persie   67'
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy   56'
LF 7 Dirk Kuyt   28'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Ryan Babel   56'
MF 6 Denny Landzaat   67'
MF 16 Hedwiges Maduro   86'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
 
GK 1 Roberto Abbondanzieri
RB 21 Nicolás Burdisso   24'
CB 2 Roberto Ayala (c)
CB 15 Gabriel Milito
LB 17 Leandro Cufré
RM 18 Maxi Rodríguez
CM 8 Javier Mascherano   90'
LM 5 Esteban Cambiasso   57'
AM 10 Juan Román Riquelme   80'
CF 19 Lionel Messi   70'
CF 11 Carlos Tevez
Substitutions:
DF 4 Fabricio Coloccini   24'
FW 20 Julio Cruz   70'
MF 16 Pablo Aimar   80'
Manager:
José Pékerman

Man of the Match:
Carlos Tevez (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (Spain)
Pedro Medina Hernández (Spain)
Fourth official:
Carlos Chandia (Chile)
Fifth official:
Rodrigo González (Chile)

Ivory Coast vs Serbia and MontenegroEdit

Ivory Coast  3–2  Serbia and Montenegro
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Ivory Coast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serbia and Montenegro
GK 23 Boubacar Barry
RB 21 Emmanuel Eboué
CB 6 Blaise Kouassi
CB 17 Cyril Domoraud (c)   41'   90+2'
LB 3 Arthur Boka
RM 18 Kader Keïta   33'   73'
CM 5 Didier Zokora
CM 19 Yaya Touré
LM 2 Kanga Akale   60'
CF 15 Aruna Dindane   43'
CF 9 Arouna Koné
Substitutions:
FW 14 Bakari Koné   60'
FW 8 Bonaventure Kalou   73'
Manager:
  Henri Michel
 
GK 1 Dragoslav Jevrić
RB 14 Nenad Đorđević
CB 6 Goran Gavrančić   57'
CB 15 Milan Dudić   35'
LB 20 Mladen Krstajić   16'
RM 10 Dejan Stanković (c)
CM 4 Igor Duljaj   37'
CM 22 Saša Ilić
CM 11 Predrag Đorđević
LM 2 Ivan Ergić
CF 19 Nikola Žigić   67'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Albert Nađ   17'   45+1'   16'
FW 9 Savo Milošević   67'
Manager:
Ilija Petković

Man of the Match:
Aruna Dindane (Ivory Coast)

Assistant referees:
José Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco)
Fifth official:
Brahim Djezzar (Algeria)

 
Kalou scored the winning goal for Ivory Coast, with a penalty kick in the 86th minute.