It all started with the veteran Figo's slight tussel with Van Bommel and it kept on going & going, leading to some interesting ;) moments for first time in this world cup, which was quite an embarrasment for both teams and to FIFA. But i suppose, it was an extremely awful and entertaining game for the fans.
And the referee went ballastic giving -
16 yellow cards
4 red cards
|Deco 77 min||van Bronckhorst 94 min|
|Ricardo 75 min||Sneijder 73 min|
|Valente 75 min||Van der Vaart 73 min|
|Deco 72 min||Boulahrouz 62 min|
|Figo 59 min||van Bronckhorst 58 min|
|Petit 49 min||Boulahrouz 06 min|
|Costinha 45 min||van Bommel 01 min|
|Costinha 30 min|
|Maniche 22 min (Pauleta)|
|Maniche 19 min|
On ESPN, the commentator was all like against the referee but the players were equally not in control and i think, in most cases deserved to get the cards. In some cases, one can give the benefit of doubt to the player but when they behave like they did in this game, they deserve to get yellows and offcourse yellows lead to read. But it was a high heat & tense'd game, so I wouldn't comment on whether it was referee or players fault. But def. not in the game's spirit.
In the end, portugal hold'd on to their lead to win the game. Even thou', the dutch had a lot of chances and a one man lead (first 11-10 and then 10-9) all thru' second half but couldn't make any goals.
So Portugal advances to round of 8 to take on England, but there is no Constinha and Deco (red card holders) and Cristiano Ronaldo being injured (hope he gets recovered). Game to watch!!