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World Cup

June 25, 2006

Full-time

Portugal

1 - 0

Netherlands

World Cup

19:00 +00:00, June 25, 2006

Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany

Referee: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Game 52

  • 96'

    FULL-TIME: THE single-most ridiculous second-half of football I have ever had the privilege to witness. Four red cards and 16 yellows. The up-shot? Portugal set up a quarter-final with England.

  • 95'

    SENDING OFF! UNBELIEVABLE! Van Bronkhorst is shown a second yellow card for a foul on Deco on the edge of the area. Another very harsh decision from the referee.

  • 94'

    Ricardo is fortunate to win a free-kick as he comes through a crowd to claim a high ball.

  • 93'

    The Dutch fans are starting to realise their World Cup is just a couple of minutes from ending; there are some very glum faces in the crowd.

  • 92'

    Holland are running out of ideas.

  • 91'

    There will be six minutes of stoppage time; it should probably have been more, considering all the stoppages.

  • 91'

    We have another stoppage as Thiago is treated for cramp.

  • 90'

    SO CLOSE! Sneijder sends over a tempting low pass across the face of goal, but Kuyt can't extend his leg far enough to prod past Ricardo.

  • 89'

    SAVE! Ricardo saves Kuyt's shot from the edge of the area.

  • 88'

    Miguel breaks down the right; Simao clearly runs off-side and is found by Miguel's cross. I'm not sure why he thought that was a good idea.

  • 88'

    For what seems like the first time this evening, the referee awards a free-kick without booking the offender.

  • 87'

    Holland are trying to press and keep Portugal under pressure, but Scolari's men are doing a good job of cleaning up the scraps on the edge of their area.

  • 86'

    England will be licking their lips at this; whoever they face in the quarter-finals, they are going to have a depleted side because of the suspensions and injuries.

  • 85'

    HOLLAND SUB: Vennegoor of Hesselink comes on to replace Cocu; Holland are just going to launch long balls forward to Vennegoor of Hesselink.

  • 84'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Figo is brought off, replaced by Thiago; a defensive replacement for the final ten minutes or so.

  • 83'

    Play finally gets underway after a lengthy stoppage to allow treatment to Ricardo, who seems to be fine now.

  • 82'

    Ricardo needs some treatment after taking a boot in the arm from Kuyt as he bravely saved at his feet a moment or two ago.

  • 81'

    BRAVE SAVE! Kuyt breaks the off-side trap, goes through on goal, but Ricardo makes a brave save at his feet.

  • 80'

    It is going to be a frantic finish to the match; Holland are pressing for an equaliser, but Portugal have got plenty men back and are looking threatening when they break.

  • 79'

    This is ridiculous; the referee has had a shocker. It hasn't been the cleanest of games, but three red cards and 11 yellows - that's silly.

  • 78'

    ANOTHER SENDING OFF! Deco is shown a second yellow card, for holding on to the ball too long after a free-kick decision goes against him.

  • 78'

    The referee is losing control of this match.

  • 77'

    12 bookings, and counting - Nuno Valente is booked for hacking down Van Persie; this is getting silly.

  • 76'

    Make that 11 yellow cards; Ricardo is booked for time-wasting.

  • 76'

    As far as I can make out, we've had ten yellow cards and two reds.

  • 75'

    Van der Vaart and Sneijder were both booked for their part in that altercation; I've lost count on how many bookings we've had.

  • 74'

    Following the Deco booking, Sneijder pushed a Portugal player to the ground, prompting a 10-man scuffle.

  • 73'

    Portugal are furious when Holland refuse to give them the ball back after a stoppage for Carvalho's injury. Deco is frustrated and trips Cocu, and is booked for the challenge.

  • 72'

    Carvalho is taken from the field for some treatment after he took a blow throwing himself at that shot on the edge of the area.

  • 71'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Robben gets to the by-line and chips a cross in to the middle, but Valente gets an important header in. Carvalho then throws himself at a shot to block a goal-bound effort.

  • 70'

    Still Holland are having a lot more of the ball than Portugal, who look content to try and play on the break and explot the space at the back.

  • 69'

    GOOD PLAY! NO-ONE THERE! Van Persie turns Valente, leaves him on his bum, before firing a low pass across the face of goal; unfortunately for Holland, no-one is there to turn the ball home.

  • 69'

    DEFLECTED! Kuyt's shot from distance is deflected, but Ricardo has everything behind it and claims comfortably.

  • 68'

    HOLLAND SUB: Heitinga comes on to replace Van Bommel; surprising, because Van Bommel had occasionally looked threatening from long-range.

  • 67'

    Deco is starting to become an increasingly important figure for Portugal; he is playing in an attacking midfield role, and is starting to pull the strings.

  • 66'

    Holland had brought a defender off for a midfielder, and had gone to three at the back, previous to the sending off - Cocu has dropped in to defence to cover.

  • 65'

    So, we're down to ten versus ten; Portugal have the lead, and will feel confident of holding on to it now that the numbers have been levelled.

  • 64'

    The sending off brings about a slight altercation between a few players and the benches; Ouijer seemed to be in the middle of it all, but it soon settles down.

  • 63'

    SENDING OFF! Boulahrouz is shown the second yellow card as Figo collapses to the turf after catching a flailing arm from the defender.

  • 62'

    Deco bursts clear from midfield, but Boulahrouz shows good pace to get back and put a tackle in on the edge of the area.

  • 61'

    OVER! Figo takes the free-kick, but he curls his shot on to the roof of the net.

  • 60'

    Figo is belatedly shown the yellow card; presumably he was informed of the headbut by one of his officials.

  • 60'

    Television replays are showing Figo headbut Van Bommel in the aftermath following the foul on Deco.

  • 59'

    Deco is brought down by Van Bronkhorst on the edge of the penalty area; the referee flashes the yellow card to the Dutch full-back.

  • 58'

    SAVE! Figo holds the ball up well before finding Maniche on the ede of the area, but his shot is well saved by Van der Sar.

  • 57'

    HOLLAND SUB: Van der Vaart comes on to replace Mathijsen; the young attacking midfielder comes on as Holland change their shape to 3-4-3.

  • 56'

    Van Basten has Van Nistelrooy on the bench, should he want to further strengthen his front-line.

  • 55'

    The game has really opened up now; there is a lot of space and the Dutch are beginning to exploit it.

  • 54'

    NOT THIS TIME! Van Bommel again takes adavantage of some space to fire in a long-range shot, but this time he skies it high over the crossbar.

  • 54'

    Kuyt wins his side a corner when his low cross is blocked. Van Persie curls it in, but the centre goes over everyone's heads and runs out of play.

  • 53'

    Netherlands have started this second half well; they will be encouraged with the early assault on the Portuguese goal.

  • 52'

    SO CLOSE! Van Bommel fires in a fierce low shot; Ricardo dives and gets some glove on the ball, turning it just around the post for a corner.

  • 51'

    Petit is booked for a foul on Van Bommel; the referee is very quick to bring out his cards.

  • 50'

    OFF THE BAR! HOW DID HE MISS! Van Persie's cross from the left finds its way to the feet of Cocu, but he smashes a shot off the underside of the bar from just six yards.

  • 49'

    Simao breaks down the left, but he loses his footing as he cut inside and Cocu is able to clear.

  • 48'

    Netherlands only occasionally threatened in the first half; but they have a man advantage now, and should be able to exploit the space more in the second half.

  • 47'

    It looks like Figo is playing up front now, supporting by Deco and Simao.

  • 46'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Petit has come on for Pauleta during the break as Scolari looks to reshuffle following the sending off.

  • 45'

    Netherlands kick off the second half.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: Portugal have the lead, but Holland started to look strong as the half progressed and have the benefit of an extra man after the break.

  • 46'

    OFF! Costinha is shown a second yellow card for a deliberate handball in midfield. Ridiculous handball from the midfielder, and Portugal have to play the remainder with a man down.

  • 45'

    WHAT A SAVE! Stunning save from Van der Sar as Pauleta spins and fires a low shot towards goal from eight yards out.

  • 44'

    RUBBISH! Sneijder curls the free-kick high over the crossbar. Dreadful effort.

  • 43'

    Holland win a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area after Van Bronkorst is pushed. Sneijder and Van Persie stand over the set-piece...

  • 42'

    PENALTY? NO! Valente flattens Robben with a high boot inside the penalty area, but the referee has already blown for an off-side.

  • 41'

    Holland have a good spell with the ball, but Portugal are working really hard and they force the Dutch back to the half-way line.

  • 40'

    Ouijer is caught by Costinha, who has already been booked, but the referee can't be talked in to a second yellow by the crowd of Dutch players who surround him.

  • 39'

    Holland are starting to look a little better going forward now; Robben and Van Persie look really confident and direct with the ball at their feet.

  • 38'

    GOOD SKILL, AWFUL FINISH! Van Persie baffles the Portuguese defence as he cuts in from the right, but he shanks his shot wide from a tight angle at close range.

  • 37'

    Carvalho concedes a cheap corner when his attempted clearance from Kuyt's cross is sliced out of play.

  • 36'

    Holland have enjoyed more of the possession, but Portugal have been very organised in defence and the Dutch haven't really threatened.

  • 35'

    Ronaldo sheds a few tears on the bench as he comes to terms with his substitution; I wonder if he will be fit for the quarter-finals, should Portugal make it.

  • 34'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Ronaldo hasn't recovered from his injury, and is replaced by Simao.

  • 33'

    Meira's slip hands a chance to Robben; he slides the ball across to Kuyt, who in turn finds Van Persie, but Portugal quickly get men behind the ball and the chance goes.

  • 32'

    Costinha becomes the fourth player to be booked after mis-timing a sliding challenge on Cocu.

  • 31'

    The referee is starting to annoy a few of the Dutch players; a couple of decisions have gone against them that they didn't agree with.

  • 30'

    NERVOUS MOMENT! Miguel puts a tackle in to stop Robben's threatening run, but the ball loops upwards and drops just over the Portugal crossbar for a corner.

  • 29'

    Ronaldo seems to have shrugged off his thigh injury; he leads a Portugal counter-attack with a skillful flicked pass.

  • 28'

    ALMOST! Maniche goes for glory again as he fires a shot a couple of yards over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

  • 27'

    Van Persie tries to find Kuyt in the box with an inswinging cross from the right, but the off-side flag halts the Feyenoord striker in his tracks.

  • 26'

    SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Mathijsen skies a shot high over the bar after the ball fell at his feet at a corner.

  • 25'

    How will Netherlands respond to that? I think the goal should spark this match; we could have a classic if Holland respond in the right way.

  • 24'

    It was a lovely goal from Portugal; his side-step to beat Mathijsen bought him the space he needed, and he gave Van der Sar no chance with his shot.

  • 23'

    GOAL! Maniche does wonderfully well as he takes a lay-off from Pauleta, beats his man inside the area before lashing a shot in to the top corner.

  • 23'

    There are probably a few more Dutch fans inside the Frankenstadion tonight, but it is quite an even split; there is quite a tense, nervous atmosphere at the moment, but it is starting to pick up.

  • 22'

    It has been rather a tentative start to the match by both sides; neither has been prepared to get too many players forward at this early stage.

  • 21'

    Maniche is booked for a challenge on Van Bommel; the referee has made a rod for his own back with these early bookings.

  • 20'

    Robben is amazed when he doesn't win a free-kick for a shocking dive; I hate diving.

  • 19'

    Portugal have started to come back in to the game after a slow start; they are having quite a lot of joy down their right flank.

  • 18'

    Portugal win a corner after good play by Deco; he swings the set-piece in to the middle, but Holland deal with the threat well.

  • 17'

    GOOD FEET! Robben beats the off-side flag, but is forced wide by the pass; he beats his marker inside the area with some quick feet, but his lay-off to Van Bommel is intercepted.

  • 16'

    Ronaldo is off the field at the moment, receiving treatment on what seems to be a thigh injury. He doesn't look very happy with life.

  • 15'

    WIDE! Van Persie confidently cuts in from the right before firing in a low shot, but it skids wide of the far post.

  • 14'

    The winners of this tie will face England in the quarter-finals next weekend; the way Sven's men have been playing, I don't think either would be losing too much sleep.

  • 13'

    Marco Van Basten is the youngest coach at the World Cup; he looks very smart in a shirt and tie this evening.

  • 12'

    Robben winces as he falls after trying - and failing - to control Cocu's pass down the left wing.

  • 11'

    Ronaldo doesn't appear to have been able to shake off the knock he took during the challenge with Boulahrouz a couple of minutes ago; he is limping around, looking ver sorry for himself.

  • 10'

    BLOCKED! Ronaldo cuts in from the left wing and fires in a shot from distance, but Ouijer gets in the way and blocks.

  • 9'

    JUST OFF-SIDE! Pauleta is flagged off-side as he is found by a pass in from Valente.

  • 9'

    Boulahrouz is booked for a strong challenge on Ronaldo; it was a little harsh to show the full-back the yellow card for that; it was clumsy, but not malicious.

  • 8'

    Kuyt has been brought in by Van Basten to replace Van Nistelrooy this evening; there are a lot of Premiership clubs eyeing a move for the big Feyenoord striker.

  • 7'

    Portugal are lining up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, Holland in their traditional 4-3-3, with Robben and Van Persie supporting Kuyt from the flanks.

  • 6'

    Both of these teams are unbeaten in 15 matches, so come in to this game in good shape; they are attractive sides to watch, also - we should be in for a good game.

  • 5'

    EASY SAVE! Van Bronkhorst fires a low free-kick through a crowd from 35 yards, but Ricardo has a good view of the shot and claims comfortably.

  • 5'

    Holland have made a good start here; they have had the better of the early minutes, certainly.

  • 4'

    Goalkeeper Van der Sar is making his 113th appearance for Holland this evening; that's a national record.

  • 3'

    Van Bommel is booked very early on; that's not ideal for such a combative player.

  • 2'

    SO CLOSE! GREAT START! Van Bommel flashes a low drive past the post after a nice move from the Dutch.

  • 1'

    Holland are playing in their change strip of white shirts with blue shorts; very retro.

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