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Holland 0-0 Argentina
Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Holland and Argentina fans in Frankfurt

Holland and Argentina fans mingle in the centre of Frankfurt ahead of their Group C first-place decider at the Waldstadion

Diego Maradona (right) cheers on Argentina

Argentina legend Diego Maradona offers his support from the stands as the game gets off to an exciting opening

Argentina's Lionel Messi holds off Holland's Rafael Van Der Vaart

And it is the man hailed as the next Maradona, Lionel Messi, who is at the centre of Argentina's best work

Argentina defender Gabriel Milito (centre) gets to grips with Andre Ooijer (left)

But Holland are unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Gabriel Milito gets to grips with Andre Ooijer

Holland's Khalid Boulahrouz (second right) tackles Tevez

The South Americans look more threatening as the half wears on, but Carlos Tevez finds Khalid Boulahrouz in his way

Holland keeper Edwin van der Sar

And Holland keeper Edwin van der Sar saves Messi's shot from the edge of the box as the half ends goalless

Ruud van Nistlerooy is hauled off by Holland coach Marco van Basten (left)

Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is largely anonymous for Holland and is replaced by Ryan Babel 10 minutes after the break

The Holland defence closes in on Carlos Tevez

Goalscoring chances are at a premium for both sides though, as Tevez continues to find out on his forays forward

Edwin van der Sar saves a Carlos Tevez shot

And when the Argentinian striker does create room for a shot, Van der Sar pulls off an excellent save to deny him

Rafael Van Der Vaart's late free-kick drifts wide

Holland come close to snatching a late winner, but Rafael Van Der Vaart's late-free-kick drifts wide of the post

Holland keeper Edwin van der Sar thanks the Dutch fans for their support after the 0-0 draw with Argentina

The 0-0 draw mean Argentina top the group and play Mexico in the last 16, while second-placed Holland take on Portugal


  Argentina 3 7 7
  Holland 3 2 7
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