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Serbia & Montenegro 0-1 Holland
Sunday, 11 June 2006

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Serbia & Montenegro


A Robben 18



G Van Bronckhorst 56yellow card
J Heitinga 85yellow card



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Serbia & Montenegro

  • 01 D Jevric
  • 03 I Dragutinovic yellow card
  • 06 G Gavrancic yellow card
  • 14 N Djordjevic
  • 20 M Krstajic
  • 04 I Duljaj
  • 10 D Stankovic yellow card
  • 11 P Djordjevic
  • 17 A Nadj
  • 08 M Kezman
  • 09 S Milosevic


  • 13 D Basta,
  • 15 M Dudic,
  • 02 I Ergic,
  • 22 S Ilic,
  • 07 O Koroman,
  • 12 O Kovacevic,
  • 21 D Ljuboja,
  • 23 V Stojkovic,
  • 18 Z Vukic,
  • 19 N Zigic


  • 01 E Van der Sar
  • 14 J Heitinga yellow card
  • 04 J Mathijsen (86 K Boulahrouz )
  • 13 A Ooijer
  • 05 G Van Bronckhorst yellow card
  • 20 W Sneijder
  • 18 M Van Bommel (60 D Landzaat )
  • 08 P Cocu
  • 17 R Van Persie
  • 09 R van Nistelrooy (69 D Kuyt )
  • 11 A Robben


  • 21 R Babel,
  • 03 K Boulahrouz,
  • 15 T De Cler,
  • 02 K Jaliens,
  • 12 J Kromkamp,
  • 07 D Kuyt,
  • 06 D Landzaat,
  • 16 H Maduro,
  • 23 M Stekelenburg,
  • 22 H Timmer,
  • 10 R Van der Vaart,
  • 19 J Vennegoor of Hesselink

Ref: Markus Merk
Att: 37216


FULL-TIME: Arjen Robben's 17th minute strike is enough for Holland to secure a vital three points in the 'Group of Death'.

89 mins: That man Arjen Robben makes another beeline for the penalty area but is crudely stopped in his tracks by the hulking long-haired figure of Goran Gavrancic, who is booked for his troubles.

88 mins: Arjen Robben has obviously heard Mick McCarthy and goes on another of those darting runs, shooting just wide again.

The Dutch are starting to do negative things - going backwards instead of forwards. Mick McCarthy, BBC1.

86 mins: Holland substitution - Khalid Boulahrouz on for Joris Mathijsen.

84 mins: Johnny Heitinga booked for time-wasting.

81 mins: Robin van Persie hammers in a low free kick which screams past the far post. All it needed was a touch from Dirk Kuyt and it would have been goodnight Vienna for Serbia & Montenegro.

80 mins: Ivica Dragutinovic is yellow carded for chopping down Robin van Persie just outside the box.

79 mins: The camera pans to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is watching from the stands with an amused look on his face. There's a joke in there somewhere.

77 mins: Arjen Robben jinks across the penalty area, finds some space and fires a left foot shot just past the post. It's end to end stuff now.

77 mins: Ognjen Koroman finds himself in front of goal but elects to pass rather than shoot. The chance goes begging and Koroman wishes he'd been more selfish.

71 mins: Ognjen Koroman, who is Serbia & Montenegro's most lively player, has Edwin Van der Sar scrabbling on the ground with a stinging left foot shot that the Manchester United goalkeeper grabs at the second attempt.

70 mins: You can now see why Serbia & Montenegro finished ahead of Spain in their World Cup qualifying group - they're starting to show a bit more of what they're about.
Steve Wilson, BBC1.

68 mins: Holland substitution - Ruud van Nistelrooy replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

66 mins: Serbia & Montenegro substitution: Danijel Ljuboja replaces Mateja Kezman.

63 mins: Ognjen Koroman wins a free kick on the edge of the box but is booked after once again waving a pretend card at the referee to try and get an opponent yellow carded. The free kick comes to nothing.

62 mins: Serbia & Montenegro appeal for a penalty after Mateja Kezman's shot appears to be handled by Andre Ooijer. The referee is not interested.

60 mins: Wesley Sneijder's curling shot is saved by Dragoslav Jevric, who then quickly reacts to thwart Ruud van Nistelrooy when the Manchester United striker attempts a cheeky backheel.

59 mins: Holland substitution - Mark Van Bommel replaced by Denny Landzaat.

56 mins: Giovanni van Bronckhorst is booked for an innocuous foul on Ognjen Koroman, who goes down as if he's been shot and then waves an imaginary card at the referee to sportingly ensure his fellow-professional's name is taken.

54 mins: Wesley Sneijder's curling free kick finds Arjen Robben in the box, but this time the Chelsea winger's first touch lets him down.

50 mins: They don't look as assured now, the Dutch - a few more passes are going astray as Serbia & Montenegro press them into mistakes.
Mick McCarthy, BBC1.

48 mins: Giovanni van Bronckhorst causes a few Dutch hearts to flutter with a lofted back pass that Edwin Van Der Sar has to take down on his chest.

47 mins: Serbia and Montenegro are beginning to turn up the heat as they search for an equaliser, with Ognjen Koroman going close once more.

46 mins: Serbia & Montenegro substitution - 6ft 8in striker Nikola Zigic replaces Savo Milosevic.

PLAYER RATER: Dutch goalscorer Arjen Robben is unsurprisingly well clear in your vote for man of the match at the moment.

Arjen Robben has just been sensational. It's a one-man show.
BBC pundit Martin O'Neill

I think we can play better, but as a team we are doing well.
Tottenham's Dutch coach Martin Jol, Five Live Sport

The Dutch have played some great stuff and look very tasty going forward.
BBC pundit Alan Hansen

HALF-TIME: Arjen Robben is running the show and it's his goal that separates the two sides at the interval.

45 mins: Ognjen Koroman goes close for Serbia & Montenegro with a stinging shot that flies just wide. He could prove to be an inspired substitution.

43 mins: Ex-Portsmouth star Ognjen Koroman comes on as a substitute for Nenad Djordevic and looks to have a spring in his step.

38 mins: Robben must be thrilled to have the chains of the Premiership taken off him, where he has two men on him all the time.
Mick McCarthy, BBC1.

37 mins: Arjen Robben is on fire, this time bursting into the area, only to see his shot blocked.

35 mins: Arjen Robben flies down the left again, cutting in before unleashing a teasing cross-shot that whistles past Dragoslav Jevric's right-hand post.

34 mins: The Dutch are getting far too much room.
Mick McCarthy, BBC1.

33 mins: Dejan Stankovic booked for a lunging tackle on Wesley Sneijder.

31 mins: Savo Milosevic is through once more, but again he can't get past Edwin Van der Sar.

30 mins: Robin Van Persie gets in a neat diving header but it's straight at the keeper.

29 mins: Pedrag Djordevic heads just wide of the left post for Serbia & Montenegro.

27 mins: Savo Milosevic has clearly left his shooting boots in the dressing room - a bullet cross from Ivica Dragutinovic that's begging to be put in the back of the net bounces tamely off the striker's left shin.

They're just oozing confidence - there's a swagger about the Dutch at the moment.
Steve Wilson, BBC1.

21 mins: Arjen Robben connects again with his trusty left peg, just outside the box, forcing a fine reaction save from Dragoslav Jevric. The Dutch have well and truly got their tails up.

17 mins: GOAL Serbia & Montenegro 0-1 Holland
Arjen Robben fires Holland ahead after latching on to an exquisite through-ball from Robin van Persie and calmly picking his spot to slide the ball past Dragoslav Jevric.

14 mins: Savo Milosevic barges his way into the penalty area, but shoots tamely at Edwin Van der Sar.

12 mins: Nenad Djordevic bursts down the left and slips a teasing ball into the penalty area, but striker Savo Milosevic - dubbed 'Missalotevic' in his Aston Villa days - fails to connect.

9 mins: Dejan Stankovic whips in a free kick from the left, but it's an easy take for Edwin Van der Sar in the Dutch goal.

5 mins: Holland are enjoying the better of the early exchanges, but the Serbia & Montenegro defence are proving difficult to break down.

4 mins: The Dutch are playing their tried and tested 4-3-3.
Mick McCarthy, BBC 1.

1 min: Arjen Robben gets his head on a free kick from Wesley Sneijder, but it's an easy save for the keeper.

1400 BST: The game kicks off in Leipzig.

1358 BST: Neither national anthem wants to make you get up and dance and one disinterested Serbia & Montenegro player scratches his ear and looks at the ground as his country's tune is played.

1353 BST: The two teams appear from the tunnel, Holland in their familiar orange strip, with Serbia & Montenegro in white.

1352 BST: We may as well be in Rotterdam because Leipzig is orange today.
Steve Wilson, BBC1.

Everybody is very optimistic in Holland. The Dutch team under Marco van Basten have not lost for 13 games, although Serbia and Montenegro have done the same. It's a must-win game. Our group is very tough. The next two matches are against the Ivory Coast and Argentina so I think Holland have to win today.
Tottenham's Dutch coach Martin Jol, Five Live Sport

Serbia and Montenegro: Jevric, Dragutinovic, Gavrancic, Nenad Djordjevic, Krstajic, Duljaj, Stankovic, Predrag Djordjevic, Nadj, Kezman, Milosevic.
Subs: Basta, Dudic, Ergic, Ilic, Koroman, Kovacevic, Ljuboja, Stojkovic, Vukic, Zigic.

Holland: Van der Sar, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Ooijer, Van Bronckhorst, Sneijder, Van Bommel, Cocu, Van Persie, van Nistelrooy, Robben.
Subs: Babel, Boulahrouz, De Cler, Jaliens, Kromkamp, Kuyt, Landzaat, Maduro, Stekelenburg, Timmer, Van der Vaart, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

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