June 28, 2014

Pedro Proença and Benjamin Williams to handle Matches 51 & 52

FIFA has designated the referee teams in charge of Sunday's Round of 16 matches.  



Portuguese Pedro Proença will take control over the match between Netherlands and Mexico, with Carlos Vera as fourth official. Later on, Benjamin Williams will be the man in the middle for  Costa Rica - Greece with Nawaf Shukralla as fourth official.


ROUND OF 16, Match 51
29 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza
NETHERLANDS - MEXICO
Referee: Pedro PROENÇA (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino MIRANDA (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago TRIGO (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos VERA (ECU)
Standby Assistant Referee: Christian LESCANO (ECU)
Blog Referee Observer: Mile L. (AUT)

ROUND OF 16, Match 52
29 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Recife - Arena Pernambuco 
COSTA RICA - GREECE
Referee: Benjamin WILLIAMS (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew CREAM (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan ANAZ (AUS)
Fourth Official: Nawaf SHUKRALLA (BHR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Yaser TULEFAT (BHR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER) 

94 Comments:

  1. From the Itlian newspaper "La Gazzetta dello sport", some interesting info. The source is quite reliable.

    1) The first selection of trios this time will be done after quarterfinals matches, so for now they are all still there (25+8).
    2) Among CONMEBOL, the best referees for Busacca so far are Pitana and Ricci. Cakir, Proença, Rizzoli and Velasco inside UEFA. A step behind: Eriksson. Then, Brych (not good his second match) and finally a "disappointing" Mazic. Geiger the best in CONCACAF.
    3) Rodriguez performance has been evaluated as overall good. Correct the red card given to Marchisio, no penalty for the stuation involging Cavani, but a mistake the missed card against Buffon for complaints. Of course, the bite was difficult to detect.
    4) Osses, Nishimura, O'Leary and Roldàn without any hope for further matches. Mostly due to assistants mistakes.

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    1. What about Kuipers and Irmatov?

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    2. He must have seen a different URU-ENG match than I did.

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    3. Carballo? Rizzoli? They must have seen other matches....

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    4. Agree with Howard Maxi. If Nishimura's mistake is inexcusable, so what about Rizzoli's and Brych's blunders? They lost a contact with reality if those info are true.

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  2. So FIFA wants to avoid risk in NED-MEX by taking the safest option.
    Williams deserved a further match, therefore I like this appointment, although I expected an African referee here.
    Updated predictions:
    FRA-NIG: Aguilar
    GER-ALG: Pitana
    ARG-SUI: Rodriguez
    BEL-USA: Ricci

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  3. The Proenca appointment even though not expected (due to Conf. Neutrality) is an excellent choice. You can't ask for more experience since Webb and Kuipers have already been appointed.

    I don't like the Williams appointment. After the Honduras - Ecuador and the clear missed penalty for Honduras, he doesn't deserve a R16 on merit. But with Nishimura out, they need a second AFC referee.

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    1. To be honest, there is a small amount of referees that deserve further matches on merit. Nishimura, Roldan, Osses, Irmatov, O'Leary, Williams, Brych, Mazic, Webb and Rizzoli all made big mistakes in their matches. Performances of Haimoudi, Shukrallah and especially Carballo were not good too... Very poor refereeing at World Cup this time!

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    2. You are right Hubert.

      We can easily compare this WC with the 2002 one (for those who remember it).

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    3. Yes. Absolutely not good refereeing. So, in another post I predict Aguilar/Geiger for USA-BEL and ARG-SVI and Ricci/Pitana for GRA-NIG and GER-ALG.
      Then, for quarterfinals, Rizzoli/Cakir for BRA/CHI-CRC-URU and FRA/NGA-GER/ALG (I think FRA-GER). Irmatov/Gassama for NED/MEX-CRC/GRE and ARG/SVI-BEL/USA. Then for semifinals two UEFA's referee, 3rd place final maybe Geiger and final,, it's very difficult to predict it. Probably Kuipers, Ricci and Pitana will be out because NED, ARG, BRA could be in semifinal.. Your opinions?

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    4. Cakir, Geiger, Rodriguez, Pitana, Vera and Doue are the best referees at this World Cup for me, so I would choose from those names (Cakir as first option).

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    5. Based on ECU-FRA, Doue should not get another match. The performance simply was not good enough, considering the many missed YCs / RC and low degree of personality shown.

      Since it is time for a non-European this year, I predict Geiger for the final. Ricci would be an alternative if Brazil are out and no other South American team qualify for the final.

      I also don't understand why Williams has been preferred over Shukralla. Latter had 2 good performances. But there are still quarterfinals, so we'll see.

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    6. Oh yes, I remember 2002. Was way younger back then, but still. And Peter Prendergast ist not a bad ref! ;)
      That Doue ist not very good with cards is well known, so I would "strike" him too.
      The best refs in my eyes so far: Kuipers, Gassama (one match), Cakir, Geiger, Aguilar, Vera and Ricci.

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    7. On the newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport" (quite reliable), in the article quoted by Chefren in the first post, it's also written that Rizzoli is running for final and that Irmatov (they write Ivanov..) is well considered and often referees, but no as 4 years ago. It's also said that Confederation's rule will not be the first principle for appointments.
      So, if they want a not UEFA referee for final, are we sure that Busacca considers Geiger experienced enough?

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  4. Off topic: Changes in Primera División

    OUT:
    Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez (44 years old), Carlos Delgado Ferreiro (44), César Muñiz Fernández (44)

    IN:
    Santiago Jaime Latre (34), Mario Melero López (35), Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (28)

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  5. Do you think that clashes like Gemany-Algeria and France-Nigeria could be handled by CAF officials? Otherwise, it would be difficult to find room for them.

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    1. Well, I think it's probably that Busacca will send 2 CONCACAF, Geiger and Aguilar probably. And it's interesting that Brych, Shukralla and Vera have been appointed as 4th officials. Does that mean that they won't referee is the Knock-Out?

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  6. My predections
    30 June
    France-Nigeria Jonas Eriksson (SWE) 4th Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Germany-Algeria Néstor Pitana (ARG) 4th Norbert Hauata (TAH)
    01 July
    Argentina-Switzerland Marco Rodríguez (MEX) 4th Roberto Moreno (PAN)
    Belgium-USA Sandro Ricci (BRA) 4th Alireza Faghani (IRN)

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  7. Brazil - Chile

    FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Batres (GUA)

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  8. OT: Europa league appointments are published.

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    1. Where? In uefa.com there are only 3 appoinments

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    2. They will be published here in the evening.

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  9. Referee Appoinments Matches 53-54

    FRA - NIG : Geiger (USA)
    GER - ALG : Ricci (BRA)

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    1. Surprise that Ricci has the german team again

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  10. Proenca once again displays the poor refereeing at the world cup. Not the penalty that he missed, but his foul detection and overall performance is horrible!

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    1. Horrible, indeed! A whole lot of blunders and we're still at half-time. Very insecure and erratic performance from Proença. He missed corners and yellow cards, faltering foul detection. But missing two penalties in the same situation takes the cake!

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  11. Don't know how Proenca missed that. Could have been two penalties in that situation.

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  12. Oh oh Proenca. Two missed corners for MEX, missed YC for Martins Indi and two missed penalties. Not good, although the one for NED was quite hard to detect.

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  13. I agree, penalty missed by Proença.

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  14. Proenca poor... AR's help him...

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  15. I always liked to see Proenca refereeing, but today his performance really is off target.

    Faul assessment is not good, could have shown some cards and missed a penalty. Too bad...

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  16. 20', 45+2' - missed penalties: #2 NED kicks in the head of Mexican player (20'), Robben is kicked and tackled (45+2')
    41' - missed dangerous play (indirect free kick; yeah, no one whistle such things)
    43' - missed yellow card for Martins Indi

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  17. Proenca has been mediocre, his ARs guilty of not helping at critical moments, seems as the players with the heat?

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  18. How does he want to see the foul on Robben positioned so far away? This mistake was also caused by a debile instruction of the committee. More later. I agree that he was not good at all so far.

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  19. And this scene with MEX #7 on the ground touching Robben? Clear penalty for me...

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    1. penalty and for me...

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    2. No penalty at all. Robben falls way too easily at first, then in the second situation the mexican defender clearly plays the ball first.

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    3. Penalty for me too. Robben clearly falls the second time from the contact of the defender's second foot.

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    4. Poor poor decision. Proenca fooled, defenders foot planted, Robben's dives over it.

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    5. Whta a dive from Robben!

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  20. No comment on this performance.

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    1. Yeah, hard to say. Your opinions on the pk? I mean, there is a contact, but do you have to fall? Difficult leaves the taste of a concessions decision.

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  21. Yet another ghost penalty impacting on the outcome of the match. One word for Proença's performance - disastrous. When he gets back to Rio, he'll have a plane ticket back home awaiting him. Can't see another scenario after such a terrible display.

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  22. The penalty was acceptable for me. I don't see where the caution comes from, though; it is not reckless, not SPA, not unsporting. What worries me mostly is that Proença seems exhausted when giving that penalty. He is clearly too tired to deal with it actively.

    The decision not to add time beyond the 6 minutes is terrible. The penalty was whistled at 90+1:19. The next kick-off was at 4:17. Proença had to extend added time and did not.

    Let's hope Proença will not retire as rumours suggest. It would be a shame if he were to end his career on this performance (as Lannoy probably will...).

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  23. Robben showdiving but contact with defender clear. Clear penalty for me.

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  24. And now the talk about a european referee will start...

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    1. Well that would be silly.
      NED should have had a penalty in the first half and the penalty for NED in second half is acceptable. MEX can't say they're out because of Proenca.

      Performance of Proenca was not very good, but he wasn't very decisive to the outcome of this match.

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    2. And what about the missed pen for Mexico in the first half?

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    3. I think a 50/50 penalty call in 90+ is pretty decisive. There were also a penalty appeal for Mexico in the first half.

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    4. To be honest and after rewatching the replays, I don't see a contact in 90+3. Simulation by Robben (what a surprise).

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    5. For me there was no missed penalty for MEX in the first half. The foot of the dutch defender was very high but he played the ball. Exactly the same situation appeared in the Mexican box in I believe the 40' minute of the first half. Both situation could have been judged as dangerous play and then should have been punished with an indirect free kick, but I don't think a lot of referees would have done so.

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    6. For me #2 NED played the ball and the head. Hence, clear penalty for me and yellow card. As I said above, there should've been also an indirect free kick to Netherlands in 41'. Many examples of dangerous play were consistently wave away by Proenca... I don't like it!

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    7. After extensive study of the replays: Robben is already simulating a contact before Marquez makes the slight contact with his foot. No penalty.

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    8. As for decisive penalty, Robben is clearly stepped on his toes. Of course, he exaggerates with reaction, but it's still a foul.
      http://skroc.pl/6e517

      And as I said, clear penalty for Mexico missed:
      http://skroc.pl/d0472

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    9. Robben has admitted that it was a dive and asks for pardon. He told so The Telegraaf.

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    10. Not really. He said "The one at the end was a penalty, but the other one was a dive in the 1st half. I shouldn't be doing that."

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    11. "After the match Robben insisted the incident which won the game was a justified penalty, but admitted going to ground far too easily on one occasion in the first half.

      "I must apologise," he told NOS. "The one [at the end] was a penalty, but the other one was a dive in the first half. I shouldn't be doing that."

      http://www.goal.com/en-ie/news/3933/world-cup-2014/2014/06/29/4924039/robben-apologises-for-diving-against-mexico

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    12. Thanks. I wonder whether he meant this as a joke or was just mixing up the two halves of the game.

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  25. So, will you say that Proenca is out from the short list of final's candidates? We will have Irmatov, if the others will be so unacceptable...

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    1. I think Cakir, Rizzoli and Geiger would be in front of Proenca anyway, so today did not change anything in this regard.

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  26. Counting decision mistakes that benefit each team is not a good excuse. Two wrongs don't make a right. In terms of the number, variety, and constancy of poor decisions, this Proenca's performance was as disastrous as it gets. Thankfully, 21 out of 22 players on the field were mostly interested in playing the game, as opposed to playing the referee. Note that after the game, Robben actually apologized on TV for his dive in middle of the fist half, for which he should have received YC. http://www.telegraaf.nl/telesport/voetbal/oranje/22797768/__Robben___Sorry_voor_schwalbe___.html

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  27. As regards your marks about referee's teams (coming from your interesting reports), could you say something about the last matches?

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  28. Swedish FA published that Team Eriksson is appointed for Argentina - Switzerland

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  29. Excellent decision from Ben Williams. It's clearly foul but outside the box. Great stuff from the Aussie team so far. I like their style. Nice surprise for me.

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    1. Indeed, but a YC for Karagounis (reckless, SPA) should have been issued.

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    2. Excellent Williams so far. Match can't be watched, anyway, too boring.
      Just one small mistake by Anaz, a flag reporting offside but excusable, it was borderline.

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    3. Never a foul at the CRC goalkeeper.

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  30. What a handball by Torosidis... can't believe it was missed.
    Dark mistake by Williams, really sorry.

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    1. To miss that... Even more the AR. What was that bench caution for.

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    2. Williams was very far out on the right side and had pretty much abandoned any sense of diagonal at that point. Faulty positioning is to blame

      Any idea what the caution to Granados on the substitute bench was for?

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    3. Not that easy to detect at all! Acceptable mistake for the committee, to be sure.

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    4. Eh, no. RC for SFP now in my opinion. Control is slipping away.

      Granados (I believe it was Pemberton), maybe for kicking the ball away or dissent. Not sure.

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    5. Not easy to detect and I agree. Nevertheless, one referee at WC should be able to manage that, also in cooperation with the AR involved. We are talking about the most blatant deliberate handball in this WC, leading to a penalty.
      This is a crucial mistake influencing the final score until now.
      Perhaps this was the last match at any rate, for Williams, but now this is sure. Other referees had the same treatment.
      Apart from this incident, a very good performance, I agree.

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  31. Clear YC for Karagounis (90'+5) missed, one missed clear offside, too harsh YC for Ruiz....

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  32. Missed penalty and no there is no excuse. Bussaca and Co will not forgive. This should have been dealt with by AR 2.

    Missed offside by AR 1. No consistent cardmanagement. Poor positioning. Very very soft second YC.

    No clear and consistent strategy. Poor teamwork. Its not my habbit to be negative but performance below par. End result match influenced by referee.

    Regarfs RC

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    1. So much bitterness against the Aussie team! Bar the missed penalty, it was very good!

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    2. I have not watched the match, but only replays of some of the incidents.

      I do not agree with the second YC being "very very soft". I just watched the incident, and to begin with it just seemed to be a simple tripping - and yes, a harsh YC. However, in the slow-motions it is clear that the defender ends his movement/slide of the leg with a small inwards kick towards the foot of the attacker - with studs first! You can actually see the studs of the defender sliding down the foot of the attacker. Very good detected by Williams, and to me a brave decision.

      For the handball. Well. Really unfortunate.

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  33. Outside of the missed penalty, Williams with a very good performance!

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    1. Agree. That why we should have Additional Assistant Referees for the next World cup.

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  34. The sending off Greece coach was poorly executed. Not sure it was Williams fault though. Where was the FIFA staff?

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  35. The sending off of the Greek coach is the ultimum DISCRACE for FIFA.

    Williams send him on the stands because he protested about the additional time of the ET2 (and correctly).

    At the same time Brazil coach Scolari is allowed to do anything without even a warning. But who FO or referee dares to touch him?

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    1. I agree. Not consistent. They should tolerate everything, if they do that with Scolari.

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    2. No comment about lack of reaction on Scolari's disgraceful behaviour in each match! Mexican coach was warned twice at this tournament for normal protests. And what about Scolari? He tries to influence referees, very often demands cards for opponents and make clear gestures protesting against referees' decisions. And what? Nothing... Another "instruction"?

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  36. Good for Williams that Costa Rica won this match, the mistake can be forgotten and his WC was overall very good,, surely beyond expectations.
    I'm going to think that for Netherlands - Costa Rica in QF we could see another CAF official. Or, at least, FIFA has a large choice for this match in CONMEBOL, CAF and AFC. Shukralla could be another name.

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    1. Sorry, but overall this was a performance spicked with errors: Wrong offsides, inconsistent cards and a missed penalty. Lucky for him the CRC won. His two performances were not bad, but also had several errors, especially missed penalties.
      Shukralla/Gassama would be my choices for NED - CRC.

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  37. Howard Maxi, Chefren, Edward, and RC Referee, I find it amusing that you save your worst criticisms for Williams despite the fact that Proenca quite obviously had an awful game with glaring misses. Nice work gentlemen. We know when bias is in full swing.

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    1. Dean, how is your post contributing to this discussion? We do not indulge here in general overlooks, but in precise observation. Yes, it may sound as unnecessary nit-picking, but it is all with the objective of improving our understanding of the game.

      As to this precise situation, there seem to be unanimous comments above to describe Proença's game as awful and terrible. That does not mean that WIlliams is automatically good by comparison. If he made mistakes, these mistakes should be pointed out as well.

      And finally, I am still unclear on what "agenda" we are pushing: what giant conspiracy am I a part of?

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    2. Honored writer. Next time before you accuse People of being biased etc. have a good look at what they actually wrote. I severely criticized Proenca for his Performance. However, this has nothing to do with Williams and his match.

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  38. Speaking of penalties. From the shoot out:

    http://i.imgur.com/PumzpNT.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/RuKJ1UV.jpg

    The first being the one that was saved. Apparently the position of the keeper is not deemed to be a problem. It could have been worse, but I am not a fan of this area of “cheat” potentially escalating, considering that this is almost never dealt with, resulting in the limits of what is “allowed” to be constantly stretched.
    What do you think?

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    1. Noticed the same thing with Julio Cesar yesterday, is it just us paying attention?

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    2. Since the first penalty was saved we are talking about an influence on the result and qualification!!!!

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