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Argentina 6-0 Serbia & Montenegro
Friday, 16 June 2006




Argentina

R Maxi 6
E Cambiasso 31
R Maxi 41
H Crespo 78
C Tevez 84
L Messi 88

6-0
(3-0)
Serbia & Montenegro

 
Bookings:

H Crespo 37yellow card
 



ARGENTINASERBIA & MONTENEGRO

Possession

50% 50%

Shots on target

10 2

Shots off target

2 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 19


Argentina

  • 01 R Abbondanzieri
  • 21 N Burdisso
  • 02 R Ayala
  • 06 G Heinze
  • 03 J Sorin
  • 18 R Maxi (74 L Messi )
  • 08 J Mascherano
  • 22 L Gonzalez (16 E Cambiasso )
  • 10 J Riquelme
  • 07 J Saviola (58 C Tevez )
  • 09 H Crespo yellow card

Subtitutes

  • 04 F Coloccini,
  • 05 E Cambiasso,
  • 16 P Aimar,
  • 20 J Cruz,
  • 17 L Cufre,
  • 12 L Franco,
  • 19 L Messi,
  • 15 G Milito,
  • 14 R Palacio,
  • 13 L Scaloni,
  • 11 C Tevez,
  • 23 O Ustari

Serbia & Montenegro

  • 01 D Jevric
  • 04 I Duljaj
  • 06 G Gavrancic
  • 20 M Krstajic yellow card
  • 15 M Dudic
  • 07 O Koroman yellow card (49 D Ljuboja )
  • 10 D Stankovic
  • 17 A Nadj yellow card (45 I Ergic )
  • 11 P Djordjevic
  • 08 M Kezman yellow card
  • 09 S Milosevic (69 Z Vukic )

Subtitutes

  • 13 D Basta,
  • 14 N Djordjevic,
  • 03 I Dragutinovic,
  • 02 I Ergic,
  • 22 S Ilic,
  • 12 O Kovacevic,
  • 21 D Ljuboja,
  • 23 V Stojkovic,
  • 05 N Vidic,
  • 18 Z Vukic,
  • 19 N Zigic

Ref: Roberto Rosetti
Att: 52000


THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED

"Diego Maradona is leading the scarf and flag swirling of Argentina fans at full-time as they revel in an emphatic victory."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

"Argentina produced one of the great performances in recent World Cup history. The group of death has become the group of life."
Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

"What a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The quality of the play, the quality of the goals - it was unbelievably good."
Alan Hansen, BBC Sport pundit

PLAYER RATER Juan Roman Riquelme may not have managed to get on Argentina's scoresheet but he pulled all the strings - that is why you rated him your top player on the whistle with a score of 9.02. Argentina scored highly with Javier Saviola on 8.58, substitute Lionel Messi earning 8.49, Esteban Cambiasson given 8.48 and Hernan Crespo awarded 8.34.

90 mins: The whistle blows in Gelsenkirchen and Argentina move smoothly into the last 16 with a resounding defeat over Serbia and Montenegro. On the strength of that performance, they could overtake Brazil as the new favourites.

87 mins: GOAL Argentina 6-0 Serbia & Montenegro
Argentina are irresistible as some wonderful build-up play from Hernan Crespo, Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi pays dividends once more. This time Tevez feeds the ball to teenager Messi, who skips the ball past Dragoslav Jevric, to score in his first World Cup match. The Serbians simply cannot live with Argentina's remarkable movement.

83 mins: GOAL Argentina 5-0 Serbia & Montenegro
Carlos Tevez conjures a wonderful individual goal on his World Cup debut. The Corinthians striker skips past two Serbia & Montenegro defenders and strikes the ball deftly into the bottom right-hand corner to stretch Argentina's lead still further.

82 mins: The Argentine fans are cheering and beating their drums as their side seem set for the last 16 in very good shape.

78 mins: GOAL Argentina 4-0 Serbia Montenegro
Juan Roman Riquelme takes a free-kick quickly and finds Lionel Messi waiting on the left wing. The Barcelona striker delivers a low cross to the waiting Hernan Crespo, who taps in to add more gloss to an already outstanding Argentine performance.

74 mins: There is something more for the boisterous Argentina fans to cheer about as teenager Lionel Messi replaces goalscorer Maxi Rodriguez. The Barcelona striker - the Argentine equivalent of Wayne Rooney - is making his anticipated World Cup debut after battling a thigh injury.

73 mins: Hernan Crespo is clear through on goal again but he is denied by a good challenge from Igor Duljaj.

70 mins: Carlos Tevez weaves his way through the Serbia & Montenegro defence as Argentina are unchallenged. How long can they keep the ball as they count the passes between themselves?

69 mins: Serbia & Montenegro captain Savo Milosevic is replaced by Zvonimir Vukic.

PLAYER RATER: At the moment, Argentine stars Maxi Rodriguez and Juan Roman Riquelme are neck-and-neck on 8.88.

64 mins: SENDING OFF
Mateja Kezman
is shown a straight red for a two-footed challenge on Javier Mascherano and now Serbia & Montenegro appear doomed as they face the prospect of dealing with a rampant Argentina with just 10 men.

62 mins: Serbia & Montenegro appeal as Savo Milosevic appears to be shoved to the ground in the box but they are waved away and Argentina respond by pouring upfield.

60 mins: Roberto Abbondanzieri tidies up a rare Serbia & Montenegro attack as Argentina continue to dominate.

"The game is won and Argentina are playing at half pace now. They will want to finish top of the group and beat Holland in their final game, so they will be saving their legs."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell, summariser BBC Five Live

57 mins: Javier Saviola is replaced by Carlos Tevez as Argentina make their first substitution.

55 mins: Waiting just seven yards from goal, Savo Milosevic sees a chance go begging at the other end as he fails to make contact with Danijel Ljuboja's cross.

53 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme is ready to take a free-kick after Maxi Rodriguez is brought down just outside the area. Riquelme's golden boots fail him, however, as he whacks the ball into the wall.

51 mins: More brilliant play from Argentina comes to nothing as Javier Saviola is caught offside. But the clever touches between Maxi Rodriguez, Crespo and Saviola are mouth-watering.

50 mins: Hernan Crespo tries his luck with a powerful shot which stings Dragoslav Jevric's hands as he does well to keep it in play.

48 mins: Serbia & Montenegro make a second substitution replacing Ognjen Koroman, who is suspended for the final Group C match, with striker Danijel Ljuboja.

47 mins: Javier Saviola rolls the ball on the right-hand side as Argentina appear to be almost toying with Serbia & Montenegro. They are so comfortable in possession and are likely to take it easy with three goals on the scoreboard.

46 mins: Savo Milosevic tries his hand at a piledriver from just outside the area but his effort is comfortably saved by Roberto Abbonanzieri. The resulting corner is comfortably dealt with by Maxi Rodriguez, proving he is pretty handy at the back too.

1502: Serbia & Montenegro bring off defender Albert Nadj and replace him with midfielder Ivan Ergic as the second half gets under way.

"Argentina's play has been too hot for Serbia and Montenegro to deal with as they miss star central defender Nemanja Vidic. Serbia & Montenegro finished top of their group - ahead of Spain - to qualify for the World Cup finals and only conceded one goal in the process. They have already let in four and an early exit is beckoning unless they produce an unlikely miraculous comeback."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

"It was a masterclass in quality, balance, passing, control and finishing. If I see a better goal in the World Cup I'm going home. It was 24 passes of total control. They tore them to shreds."
Alan Hansen, pundit for Match of the Day

"Magnificent, spectacular, perhaps the best performance in the World Cup. Incredible, spectacular goals - perfect."
Leonardo, pundit for Match of the Day

"If Brazil scored that goal they'd be saying it was the best ever."
Ian Wright, pundit for Match of the Day.

"Argentina looked so up for it, Serbia just couldn't get close to them, couldn't match their movement at all. They have played fantastic football in the World Cup so far."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell, summariser for BBC Five Live

PLAYER RATER: Argentina send the ratings soaring as you give Juan Roman Riquelme 8.98, Esteban Cambiasso 8.83 and Maxi Rodriguez 8.58. Things do not look so good for the Serbia & Montenegro team but Dejan Stankovic receives the highest mark of 8.47

45 + 1 mins : The half-time whistle goes and Argentina are surely assured of a place in the last 16 after a stylish and confident first-half display.

44 mins: Serbia & Montenegro press forward and captain Savo Milosevic wins a corner after battling his way up the left side of the pitch. But the resulting corner is too deep and Mateja Kezman's cross back into the box from the right is cleared.

41 mins: GOAL Argentina 3-0 Serbia & Montenegro
Javier Saviola nicks the ball off Mladen Krstajic by the corner flag, cuts inside and sees his shot parried by Dragoslav Jevric into the path of Maxi Rodriguez who scores from a narrow angle via the post

"A Mexican wave goes around the stadium but the Serbia and Montenegro fans don't join in. Another goal for Argentina only compounds their misery."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

38 mins: Mateja Kezman is writhing on the floor after he was challenged by Roberto Ayala and there is a welcome breather in the fast pace of the match.

"Argentine legend Diego Maradona is here and his passion for supporting his national team is clear for all to see."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

36 mins: Javier Saviola pumps the ball through to Hernan Crespo and he takes a strike even though he is waved off side. The Chelsea man is booked for his efforts.

35 mins: Argentina have stamped their authority on the match now and the Serbia & Montengro coach Ilija Petkovic is slumped down on the bench in resignation.

30 mins: GOAL Argentina 2-0 Serbia & Montenegro
Javier Saviola begins the move with a pass to Juan Roman Riquelme, who slips a pass inside for Esteban Cambiasso. The Inter midfielder knocks the ball into Crespo, who backheels a return pass into his path and Cambiasso thumps in a goal from 12 yards.

"You will not see two better goals than those scored by Argentina. They are walking all over Serbia & Montenegro."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell, summariser for BBC Five Live

28 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme eludes the Serbia & Montenegro defence with a neat side-step and tries a speculative shot from the edge of the box but the ball loops wide of the left-hand post.

26 mins: Ognjen Koroman is called into action at the other end of the field as he steps up to take a free-kick. Mateja Kezman gets on the end of his high ball but as he tussles for the ball he is pulled up for a foul on Juan Pablo Sorin and Argentina are given a free-kick.

24 mins: Ognjen Koroman concedes a free-kick outside the box. Riquelme lofts the ball into the box but it is cleared for a corner. Juan Roman Riquelme is called into action again as he swings in a corner from the right but it is safely taken by Dragolslav Jevric.

23 mins: Serbia & Montenegro do seem to be settling into the match. Dejan Stankovic drives forward on the left but a foul by Mateja Kezman results in a free-kick to Argentina. It is looking more positive for Serbia & Montenegro and they are coping much better with the Argentine pressure.

19 mins: Dejan Stankovic takes the first corner of the match for Serbia & Montenegro but it is easily taken by Roberto Abbondanzieri.

17 mins: Luis Gonzalez leaves the field on a stretcher and is replaced by Esteban Cambiasso.

16 mins: "Serbia & Montenegro are not even getting close to Argentina at the moment. They do not even look like they have a chance of opening up their defence."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell, summariser for BBC Five Live

14 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme sends a long ball into towards Luis Gonzalez, who is making his World Cup debut, but it is too long.

12 mins: Argentina continue their positive play as Javier Saviola surges forward and wins a free-kick. Juan Roman Riquelme delivers the ball into the box but Juan Pablo Sorin cannot control it and scuffs his shot wide of the far post.

9 mins: Serbia & Montenegro try to press forward and Predrag Djordjevic fires a snap shot wide of the far post.

7 mins: Ognjen Koroman will miss the final group match for Serbia & Montenegro as he is shown a yellow card for a foul on Juan Pablo Sorin.

6 mins: GOAL Argentina 1-0 Serbia & Montenegro
The ball is played up to Juan Pablo Sorin on the left wing and he passes it on to Javier Saviola, who in turn lays off the ball to Maxi Rodriguez, who coolly slots the ball beyond Dragolsav Jevric.

2 mins: Riquelme's inswinging corner is cleared and he has a second attempt as Serbia & Montenegro clear their lines. Savo Milosevic clears and the early danger is averted.

1 min: Playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme produces some neat play down the left-hand side and a good start for Argentina as they win a corner.

1400 BST: It is fairly cool under the closed roof of the AufSchalke Arena. Argentina are playing in a blue kit with Serbia & Montenegro in all white. Argentina get the match under way.

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

1356 BST: Most of the Argentine players have their hands on their hearts but remain tight-lipped as their anthem plays out in Gelsenkirchen. There are a few murmurs from the Serbia & Montenegro team but the nerves appear to be showing.

1355 BST: "The Serbia and Montenegro contingent won the cheering contest when both teams were announced to the fans but the Argentine support quickly hit back. The players are waiting in the tunnel and they make their way on to the field as they all look focused for what is a crucial game."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

1345 BST: Don't know anything about Gelsenkirchen? Well, it is twinned with Newcastle because it also traditionally produced coal and steel. It also has the nickname, "city of 1,000 fires'. Among the celebrities at the AufSchalke stadium are German legend Franz Beckenbauer and hirsute Colombian Carlos Valderrama.

1335 BST: "The players of both teams are warming up as the stadium fills out with fans. Argentina's teenage prodigy Lionel Messi is practising his ball juggling skills with the team's substitutes while Serbia & Montenegro have just finished a five-a-side match."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

1330 BST: Serbia & Montenegro are looking to improve on their lacklustre 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands. Captain Savo Milosevic, who wins his 100th cap in Gelsenkirchen, is confident his side have the measure of Jose Pekerman's side. They need to get something out of the match against an Argentine side who top Group C after their opening 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

1300 BST: "The carnival atmosphere around this World Cup is continuing as is the glorious weather as fans stream into the AufSchalke Areana in Gelsenkirchen.

It may be an hour before kick-off but there are plenty of Argentine fans congregated in one corner jumping and swirling their counrty's shirts in the air as they sing away.

Serbia and Montenegro supporters respond but there are not quite enough of them to compete with their rivals just yet."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Gelsenkirchen

1250 BST: Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro will play their Group C match under a closed roof at the AufSchalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Friday. Officials have decided to shut the roof to prevent shadows on the pitch distracting television audiences. Argentina bring in midfielder Luis Gonzalez in place of Esteban Cambiasso while Lionel Messi starts on the bench. Serbia & Montenegro introduce midfielder Ognjen Koroman and drop Nenad Djordjevic to the bench.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Argentina: Abbondanzieri, Burdisso, Ayala, Heinze, Sorin, Maxi Rodriguez, Mascherano, Gonzalez, Riquelme, Saviola, Crespo.
Subs: Coloccini, Cambiasso, Aimar, Cruz, Cufre, Franco, Messi, Milito, Palacio, Scaloni, Tevez, Ustari.

Serbia & Montenegro: Jevric, Duljaj, Gavrancic, Krstajic, Dragutinovic, Koroman, Stankovic, Nadj, Predrag Djordjevic, Kezman, Milosevic.
Subs: Basta, Nenad Djordjevic, Dudic, Ergic, Ilic, Kovacevic, Ljuboja, Stojkovic, Vidic, Vukic, Zigic.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)


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