Fans left in underwear as Dutch go through
19 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands secured a place in the next round of the World Cup by beating Ivory Coast 2-1 on Friday.
19 June 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands secured a place in the next round of the World Cup by beating Ivory Coast 2-1 on Friday.
Arsenal's Robin van Persie put the Netherlands ahead with a stunning free-kick in the 23rd minute and Ruud van Nistelrooy, of Manchester United, got Holland's second four minutes later. Bakari Kone pulled one back for the Ivorians, but the Dutch held on.
The Netherlands now moves on to a second-round place, along with Argentina. The two top sides of the 'group of death' play each other on Wednesday to decide first and second place.
Dutch coach Marco van Basten said he will rest several key players who have yellow cards as having a full and fit team for the second round is more important than winning the first round group.
Supporters attending the match in Frankfurt on Wednesday may consider bringing an extra pair of trousers to avoid the embarrassing scenes during Friday's match.
Many Holland supporters turned up for Ivory Coast match wearing what the Guardian newspaper referred to as "a pair of patriotic orange lederhosen".
The lederhosen carry the name of the Dutch beer maker Bavaria - not one of the official sponsors of the World Cup. Over a quarter of a million Dutch fans are believed to be proud owners of the garish garment but this sort of patriotism does not wash with officials of FIFA, the international governing body of football.
Showing the power of the marketing euro, FIFA staff ordered Dutch supporters to remove the lederhosen as they came into the stadium - leaving the former occupants to watch the game in their underwear.
Dutch fans have already been told by their own football association not to come to matches wearing plastic orange helmets that are shaped like the helmets worn by German soldiers in World War II.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news