Matches

07/08/2008
1:2 (0:1)
  • Sekou CISSE (53')
  • Lionel MESSI (43')
  • Lautaro ACOSTA (86')

Summary

Messi sinks brave Ivorians
Lionel Messi scored one and set up another as Argentina escaped with a 2-1 victory from a thrilling encounter with Côte d'Ivoire. More »

Line-up

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Substitute(s)

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Coaches

Gerard GILI (FRA)
(ARG) Sergio BATISTA

Officials

Referee: Wolfgang STARK (GER)Assistant Referee 1: Volker WEZEL (GER)Assistant Referee 2: Jan-Hendrik SALVER (GER)Fourth official: Thomas EINWALLER (AUT)

  • Argentina star Lionel Messi in action against Côte D'Ivoire in their opening Group A clash.
  • Lionel Messi of Argentina applauds in front of his national flag
  • Lionel Messi (ARG) fights for the ball against two CIV defenders
  • Argentina defeated Côte d'Ivoire 2-1
  • Argentina's Juan Riquelme (L) vies for the ball against Gervinho of Ivory Coast
  • Argentina's Juan Riquelme (L) celebrates with team-mate Lionel Messi
"The combination of a creator like [Juan Roman] Riquelme and a player like [Lionel] Messi was what proved our undoing. That said, we did a great job. Unfortunately we switched off in the last five minutes and we paid for that with the defeat. We're disappointed," Gerard Gili, Côte d'Ivoire coach.