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Dutch concede first goal in 11 matches

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STUTTGART, June 16 (Reuters) The Netherlands conceded their first goal in 11 competitive matches today in their World Cup Group C match against Ivory Coast and keeper Edwin van der Sar's clean sheet record ended at 1,013 minutes.

The Dutch had not let in a goal in their previous 10 non-friendly encounters, an all-time European record.

Van der Sar could do little as Ivorian Bakary Kone struck a venemous right-foot drive from 20 minutes in the 38th minute of today's match.

The Dutch, holding a 2-1 halftime lead, could still extend their unbeaten streak to 14 matches. Their run of 13, all under coach Marco van Basten, is the longest current unbeaten stretch worldwide.

REUTERS DH PM2254

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