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1903: The Pain
Holland will face much much sterner tests than this.
Ivory Coast are infuriating to watch. So much pace, skill and power and in the end make little of it.
Holland were playing in 2nd gear for most of the game.
Robben and Van Persie interchanging on the wings is looking a promising avenue of attack for Holland.
All credit to Ivory Coast. They were great entertainers and with a bit more luck could have gone far in this world cup.
Nice game, I knew the Dutch would scrap a win. let us see how they do against Arg and then later on Portugal. They scored first, in such games one needs to score first and you gain the initiative. simple as A-B-C. Drogba's men have played extremey well giving both Arg & Holl one helluva time.
Ivory Coast are out. A tragedy as they tried to play football today. Holland play horrible, cynical football. England should beat them in 1/4.
Ivory Coast look more likely to score now!!
VDV not playing well.. hasn't played much since his injury. Boulahrouz playing well in the defence.
Looks like the Netherlands are in pole position for 2nd in the group. As good as they are, don't see them overturning Argentina- although stranger things HAVE happened.
Holland vs Argentina will be the biggest game of group stages!
I think everyone really appreciates the Ivory Coast's dynamism pace and the fact that every time they get the ball they try to attack quickly and show good skills. Ok, not the best at possesion football, an iffy goalkeeper and some poor finishing but a thoroughly exciting team to watch. Shame they are in a group with Holland and Argentina because any other group and they might have qualified...They still might, can't wait for the second half
Does anyone in football play the offside trap as well as Ruud, the 2nd goal was absolutely classic of the man. I'm gonna miss the horse-faced one when he is gone, so good!
A bit more imagination and finishing in the Dutch third, and the Ivory Coast would be pumping them right now.
1743: Mikel Obi
Drogba just wasted a brilliant counter!
What a cracking goal, this could be the game of the tournament so far
At last, a player booked for diving, nice refereeing.
1731: Doug n' Freddy's Roed to Nowhere (NUFC 48)
Holland v Argentina is going to be some game, the Dutch look well drilled today but can they stop the quick passing of Riquelme, Messi, Crespo, Mascherano et al? I can't wait to find out!
Some 28 mins and Holland have gained the initiative. I dont see them losing from here. Keep the goals comin though!
Van Nistlerooy just scored, 2-0
OOOOHHHH ROBIN WE LOVE YOU!
1722: Rockin van Persie
Fabulous free kick from rockin Robin!
The Dutch midfield is weak.If Van der Vaart is fit again and Van B picks him then he should form an experienced triangle with Mark van Bommel and Phillip Cocu, that could cut off the passing to the dangerous frontman of the Ivorians and even Argentinians
This match truly is a fascinating contrast of football cultures.
This game could decide the group runners-up of the group. After watching Argentina's match today, Holland would want to win and qualify for the 2nd round. Iif they slip up and Argies hammer them in their next match, they may very well go home!
Ivory Coast, on the other hand, would be quite happy knowing that if they manage a draw and beat S & M, they can still qualify for the 2nd round as who knows what Argentina might do to Holland.
I hope Ivory coast win that would set up a cracker between the Dutch and Argies. I believe that Robben might struggle with Eboue, he will have his moments but Eboue is probably just as quick so won't be as easy to beat. The Ivory Coast also have alot of power in the middle, and I have a feeling that their power will ultimately overcome the slickness of the Dutch midfield. Ivory Coast to win 3-2 in a cracker!!
Should be an awesome game, I think Holland will scrape a win though. Its necessary for the Dutch to score FIRST and get the initiative. I mean thats half the game. That would also set up a great contest when the Dutch meet Argentina.
Ivory Coast to beat Holland, who flatter. Robben and RVN apart they will struggle with I.C pace and robustness. Argies had a hard job holding them!