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Match day preview for 16 June 2006

Match day preview for 16 June 2006

  • Match #21 - Gelsenkirchen - ARGENTINA-SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO*

Argentina previously met Yugoslavia in the 1990 quarter-final in Florence on 30 June, winning 3-2 on penalties (0-0 AET).

Argentina have already played two FIFA World Cup™ matches in Gelsenkirchen but have never won here; both were second-round matches in 1974 (0-4 v. Netherlands and 1-1 v. German DR).

On 18 June 1974, Yugoslavia defeated Zaire 9-0 in Gelsenkirchen in one of the biggest margin wins in FWC history, equalling Hungary's 9-0 defeat of Korea Republic in 1954 and 10-1 defeat of El Salvador in 1982. Coincidently, one of their nine goals (8-0) was scored by current Serbia and Montenegro coach Ilija Petkovic.

  • Match #22 - Stuttgart - NETHERLANDS-CÔTE D'IVOIRE*

Netherlands and Côte d'Ivoire have never met before.

Netherlands are unbeaten against African teams in FWC: in 1990, they drew 1-1 against Egypt and then defeated Morocco 2-1 in 1994.

Côte d'Ivoire have defeated only one European team in a FIFA final competition: they triumphed over Italy 2-1 after extra time in the match for 3rd place in 1987's U-17 World Cup.

  • Match #23 - Hanover - MEXICO-ANGOLA*

Mexico were defeated in regular time in their one previous FIFA World Cup™ match against an African opponent; on 2 June 1978, Tunisia won 3-1, a historic result for African football as it also happened to be the first ever FIFA World Cup™ win for an African team.

Mexico have already played three matches without defeat in Hanover; at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 exactly one year ago, they defeated Japan 2-1, went on to win 1-0 v. Brazil three days later and drew 1-1 with Argentina in the semi-final on 26 June 2005, only to lose 5-6 in the ensuing penalty shoot-out.

FIFA Communications Division Berlin, 14 June 2006