Holland Emerge From the Group of Death

In what clearly was the Group of Death, Holland join Argentina in the second round after getting past Ivory Coast 2-1.

Ivory Coast will probably be the best team that doesn’t advance. Despite the two losses against powerhouses, they looked good in both matches. They had more going for them than Didier Drogba, just not quite enough to make it past two of the best teams in the World Cup.

The Netherlands have shown that as long as they can quit bickering, they’re a force to be reckoned with. However, if any team can get you to start bickering, it’s Argentina–whether the game’s virtually meaningless or not. They play each other next to see who wins the group. Either team should handle Portugal and Mexico, so the order of finish isn’t very important. That could make for a wide-open, pressure-free match between these two entertaining and offensive teams.