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Dutch team secure a place in the next round (PSV.nl)

19 jun 2006 - Source: PSV.nl

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Holland secured a place in the next round, following a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast. Holland scored two early first-half goals. Van Persie superbly curled home a free kick on 23 minutes and four minutes later Van Nistelrooy doubled the advantage. But when Bakari Kone pulled one back on 38 minutes, the Ivory Coast dominated the game and Holland survived some scary moments before they could start the celebrations.



Nederland had a dream start and scored two early goals. They were made to fight for every inch of ground in the second half, though. Ivory Coast created chances and earned opportunities to take advantage from some sloppy defending, but Holland showed fighting spirit and held on.



In the 77th minute Ivory Coast were close to scoring the equalizer, but Van Persie cleared Drogba’s header from his own line and the Dutch were relieved when the final whistle went. Holland and Argentina, who thrashed Serbia & Montenegro 6-0, are through to the next round and will meet on Wednesday for their final group game. Quite a few (former) PSV players made an appearance on Friday night. Holland fielded Cocu and Ooijer and the former PSV players Van Bommel, Robben and Van Nistelrooy and Ivory Coast played Arouna Koné as striker.



 




Last update : 19 jun 2006 - 16:11