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Argentina 2-1 Ivory Coast
Saturday, 10 June 2006




Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (right) warms up prior to facing Argentina

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba shares a word with Kolo Toure before their opening game in Group C against Argentina

Argentina fans

Argentina fans make their way into the stadium in Hamburg hoping their side can progress through a very tough group

Argentina fans

The atmosphere inside the ground heats up with Argentina's fans looking determined to avenge the disappointment of 2002

Argentina's Nicolas Burdisso and Ivory Coast's Arthur Boka

The Ivorians refuse to be overawed in their World Cup debut and give Argentina plenty to think about from the start

Gabriel Heinze and Didier Drogba clash

Gabriel Heinze and Didier Drogba clash as both sides delight the crowd early on with attacking open play

Hernan Crespo scores the opener

Argentina take the lead on 24 minutes after Juan Riquelme's free-kick gives Hernan Crespo a chance from close range

Hernan Crespo celebrates his opener

The goal makes amends for Roberto Ayala's effort that Ivorian keeper Jean-Jacques Tizie had appeared to carry over the line

Javier Saviola celebrates Argentina's second goal

Javier Saviola doubles Argentina's lead before half-time after Riquelme fillets the Ivorian defence with an exquisite pass

Argentina's Juan Riquelme

Instrumental in both Argentina's goals, Riquelme continues to light up the second half with his vision and distribution

Kader Keita goes to ground surrounded by Argentina players

Kader Keita goes to ground surrounded by Argentina players as the Ivorians battle to find a way back into the game

Didier Drogba scores Ivory Coast's goal

The pressure pays off in the 82nd minute when an off-balance Drogba shoots past Roberto Abbondanzieri to make it 2-1

Dieog Maradonna and Argentina fans celebrate the win

A third goal from Maxi Rodriguez is disallowed but Diego Maradonna and Argentina hold on to celebrate a 2-1 win



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