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WC 2006 Match Chat: Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast, 9 am PT
2006-06-16 08:30
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Stuttgart!

There will be plenty of orange out at this one. The Dutch scored a 1-0 win over Serbia, et al., while Ivory Coast lost its first-ever World Cup match to Argentina, 2-1.

Both teams have strikers to watch in Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast. If the Ivoirians can get a win, they have a good shot at the second round as their third match will be against woeful Serbia et. al, which played the worst match of the tournament, losing 6-0, and looked to have given up about 15 minutes in.

I'm really hoping that Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink gets in to the game. I don't know why a Dutch guy has "of" in his name. But it shows up that way in all the languages on the FIFA website.

National Anthems:

Netherlands, Wilhelmus van Nassouwe. Not be confused with Bill from Suffolk County.

Ivory Coast, L'Abidjanaise

If you prefer you call the Netherlands "Holland", but you would be wrong. You can also call Ivory Coast, "Côte d'Ivoire", in which case you would be right.

2006-06-16 09:17:58
1.   Bob Timmermann
Wow, hard working bunch you folks are today!
2006-06-16 09:24:51
2.   Bob Timmermann
Not a good World Cup for Africa so far.
2006-06-16 09:27:24
3.   Bob Timmermann
So much for the chic African pick to make it to the second round.
2006-06-16 09:36:54
4.   Humma Kavula
Africa looks ahead to South Africa 2010.
2006-06-16 09:38:32
5.   Humma Kavula
Perhaps I have spoken too soon.
2006-06-16 09:38:40
6.   Bob Timmermann
The Elephant won't die!
2006-06-16 09:41:50
7.   Bob Timmermann
Ooh, second yellow for Drogba in the tournament. He'll miss his chance to score six times against the Serbs.
2006-06-16 09:45:42
8.   Bob Timmermann
A tie wouldn't be terrible for Ivory Coast because I think the Argentines can beat the Dutch and the Ivoirians could conceivably run up a big lead on Serbia.

That said, they'd be better off winning.

2006-06-16 09:47:13
9.   Penarol1916
9. I am sad that I have a business lunch today thus couldn't get out to watch this match, now I find that my daughter has a softball game and won't be able watch the Argentina / Serbia match tonight on Univision. Not a good day for watching the Cup for me I guess.
2006-06-16 09:49:39
10.   Bob Timmermann
My coworker I carpool with has the day off today and she and her husband got invites to watch the Mexico-Angola match at Niketown out here in L.A.

I believe Phil Knight is putting on a very big spread for that.

2006-06-16 10:07:30
11.   Humma Kavula
This has become a great game.
2006-06-16 10:15:00
12.   adg
11 ditto. Cote d'Ivore seems much better put together as a team than Angola, with about the same amount of star power.
2006-06-16 10:18:24
13.   Kayaker7
Are the two Kone's brothers?
2006-06-16 10:35:07
14.   adg
Wow! Things getting awfully dicey for Holland.
2006-06-16 10:36:15
15.   Bob Timmermann
And I have to work during this one, but I did get to see Argentina-Serbia.

Life isn't fair!

2006-06-16 10:37:22
16.   adg
At the same time, one more goal for the Dutch would ice this game, and you know they're pretty good on the break...
2006-06-16 10:39:11
17.   adg
15 Cote d'Ivore putting constant, but sloppy, pressure on the Dutch, with emphasis on the constant.

Several opportunities to score have come and gone for them...

2006-06-16 10:41:29
18.   Bob Timmermann
The teams have combined for 16 shots on goal, which is a fairly high total.
2006-06-16 10:45:16
19.   Ken Arneson
The orange-clad Dutch fans cause an interesting illusion in the stands. Unless they're moving, the solid orange makes the seats look empty at times.
2006-06-16 10:51:17
20.   Humma Kavula
It looks like the Dutch are gonna hold on.
2006-06-16 10:52:24
21.   Humma Kavula
That's it.

Ivory Coast's gotta be disappointed, but man, did they play that tough.

2006-06-16 10:52:30
22.   adg
20 and advance.
2006-06-16 10:53:17
23.   Bob Timmermann
And Argentina and Netherlands move on to the second round. Where they will likely face Mexico and Portugal.

Seedings to be decided later, but Argentina has a +7 in goal difference, so they will win the group in case of a tie.

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