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Argentina-Netherlands: Don't Miss This
Financial Times, June 21st, 2006 2:42PM
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When you receive this, you will probably already be watching or about to watch what we hope is the spectacle that Argentina versus the Netherlands could be. Right now, everyone watching this tournament, and apparently, everyone playing in it too, is anxious to see how Argentina responds to its crushing 6-0 win over a Serbia & Montenegro side that was touted for its defensive prowess before the tournament began. Even the Dutch, Argentina's opponents today, could not help but be captivated by the spellbinding second goal produced by nearly every Argentine player on the pitch that day. When The Financial Times asked Ruud Van Nistelrooy to name his moment of the tournament so far, he had no hesitation: "Argentina's second goal [against Serbia and Montenegro], of course. Twenty-five passes, at least. Cambiasso scores. Not normal. Really not normal. That you as a striker are allowed to give the final touch to an attack like that: wow." It follows then that the Netherlands are relieved to have qualified prior to today's match against the new tournament favorites. As spectators we hope the match lives up to everything it could be, and we know that it certainly could, as the contest involves two nations who love to play beautiful soccer. We're also unbothered by the fact that most of the players who'll feature today come from each squad's so-called reservesTevez, Messi, Pablo Aimar, Hedwiges Maduro, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael Van der Vaart, etc. Any soccer fan will be there, and they won't miss a moment.

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