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Sunday, 11th June 2006
Arjen Robben Takes it Alone

Group C Match

Serbia & Montenegro vs Holland
Leipzig

Previous Encounters:
Serbia and Montenegro have not played Holland before although the Dutch have played Yugoslavia; Holland getting the better of the more recent enounters.

On 25th June, 2000 Holland beat Yugoslavia (6:1) in Rotterdam; a Euro 2000 quarter-final match.

They also met in France 98 (Second Round match in Toulouse, on June 29th), where Holland won by a narrower margin (2:1); Davids getting the winner in the last minute.

The other two games were friendlies: 25th March, 1992 in Amsterdam (2:0 to Holland); and 3rd June, 1990 in Zagreb (which is now Croatia). Holland won that game (2:0) as well.

The Match:
Day three of the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Serbia & Montenegro started with the game-plan of trying to sit back (they have quite a good defensive record) and catch Holland on the break.

The 13th minute almost proved unlucky for Holland as Serbia & Montenegro tried to score from a cut-back, similar to Didier Drogba's goal against Argentina yesterday. This time, two Serbian strikers went for the ball and, in their mixed up confusion, missed the opportunity to take the lead.

Five minutes later, Arjen Robben drifted in from his wide position and beat the offside trap. Mark Van Bommel's pass was knocked on by Robin Van Persie, for Robben to storm through the middle and, even though his shirt was tugged, stay on his feet to slip the ball past Dragoslav Jevric.

Three minutes later, Robben tested Jevric again.

Robben was unlucky once more with a low, cross-shot that just crept past the far post; ten minutes before half-time.

The Dutch, having the game under control, slowed the tempo down a little just before the break and Ilija Petkovic was forced to make a sustitution to try and gain the initiative; to reign in Robben, while adding a little attacking verve on the break.

Ognjen Koroman's first two minutes on the pitch was immediately effective.

Half-time: (0-1).

After the break, Serbia & Montenegro brought on Nikola Zigic for Savo Milosevic, to add some height up front; the Red Star Belgrade player is even taller than Peter Crouch.

Serbia & Montenegro showed more composure in the second-half and it was the Dutch who startled to get rattled and show signs of cramp, as time wore on.

Edwin Van der Sar needed two attempts to hold onto Ognjen Koroman's drive, twenty minutes from time.

Holland had a real to chance to wrap the game, up minutes from time, as Van Persie's free-kick from the right-hand edge of the penalty area was driven low across the goalmouth, just wide of the far post. Any of three Dutch players could have gotten a toe to it.

Serbia & Montenegro tried to push forward and take advantage of how the heat was starting to affect the Dutch but they just didn't get the final touch.

It was almost a fight to hold on to the win for Holland, in the second-half, having dominated so much in the first forty five minutes.

Final Score:
Serbia & Montenegro 0 - Holland 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Arjen Robben (18)

Our Man of The Match:
Arjen Robben controlled most of the first-half and scored the only goal of the game.

Teams

Serbia & Montenegro: (Captain Dragoslav Jevric)
1 Dragoslav Jevric; 3 Ivica Dragutinovic, 6 Goran Gavrancic, 14 Nenad Djordjevic, 20 Mladen Krstajic; 4 Igor Duljaj, 10 Dejan Stankovic, 11 Predrag Djordjevic, 17 Albert Nadj; 8 Mateja Kezman, 9 Savo Milosevic.

Netherlands: (Captain Edwin Van der Sar)
1 Edwin Van der Sar; 4 Joris Mathijsen, 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 13 Andre Ooijer, 14 Johnny Heitinga; 8 Phillip Cocu, 18 Mark Van Bommel, 20 Wesley Sneijder; 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy, 11 Arjen Robben, 17 Robin Van Persie.

Referee:
Markus Merk (Germany)

Substitutions Substitutions:
43 Mins (Serbia & Mont.o) - 7 Ognjen Koroman in for 14 Nenad Djordjevic
46 Mins (Serbia & Mont.) - 19 Nikola Zigic on for 9 Savo Milosevic
60 Mins (Holland) - 6 Denny Landzaat on for 18 Mark Van Bommel
67 Mins (Serbia & Mont.) - 21 Danijel Ljuboja on for 8 Mateja Kezman
69 Mins (Holland) - 7 Dirk Kuyt on for 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy
86 Mins (Holland) - 3 Khalid Boulahrouz on for 4 Joris Mathijsen

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
34 Mins - Dejan Stankovic (Serbia & Montenegro)
56 Mins - Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland)
64 Mins - Ognjen Koroman (Serbia & Montenegro)
81 Mins - Ivica Dragutinovic (Serbia & Montenegro)
85 Mins - Johnny Heitinga (Holland)
90 Mins - 6 Goran Gavrancic (Serbia & Montenegro)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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