June 22, 2014

World Cup 2014 - Referee Appointments - Matches 37-40

FIFA has selected the following officiating quintets to officiate Matches 37 to 40 at World Cup 2014. Marco Rodríguez will take charge of the vitally crucial tie between Italy and Uruguay, while Djamel Haimoudi gets his second chance in Costa Rica - England. Proença's team will control Colombia - Japan and Greece - Côte d'Ivoire will be officiated by an Ecuadorian trio.



GROUP D, Match 39
24 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio das Dunas, Natal
ITALY - URUGUAY
Referee: Marco RODRÍGUEZ (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin TORRENTERA (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcos QUINTERO (MEX)
Fourth Official: Mark GEIGER (USA)
Standby Assistant Referee: Sean Mark HURD (USA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

GROUP D, Match 40
24 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
COSTA RICA - ENGLAND
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane ACHIK (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth Official: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Hassan KAMRANIFAR (IRN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

GROUP C, Match 37
24 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
JAPAN - COLOMBIA
Referee: Pedro PROENÇA (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino MIRANDA (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago TRIGO (POR)
Fourth Official: Roberto MORENO (PAN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Eric BORIA (USA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nurudin (ENG)

GROUP C, Match 38
24 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
GREECE - CÔTE D'IVOIRE
Referee: Carlos VERA (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian LESCANO (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron ROMERO (ECU)
Fourth Official: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Standby Assistant Referee: Emerson DE CARVALHO (BRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

87 Comments:

  1. Geiger and Ricci 4th officials.. So, it's probably that the max number of appointments for each referee in the first part of tournament will be two?

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  2. Another question... In your opinion could Irmatov sign the new record for a WC referee (9 matches) in this tournament?

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  3. Yes and maybe would be my answers.

    The offside / teamwork post has been changed. Sorry for the confusion caused about deliberate play.

    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2014/06/teamwork-at-wc.html

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  4. Clear penalty kick missed by Brych in my opinion. I understand why he did not perceive it as such, but replays have shown that the defender had actually only hit the foot. Odd situatio, but a foul.

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    1. Niclas,

      I'm watching the game on the internet and the picture is not great quality, but from what I saw is a bid hard to analyze. To me gave me the feeling that it was not a penalty, but I have to revise on tv.

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    2. Hm, on the first look, I seemed like he fell over the ball, but there was definitely a contact. YC was ok, nothing more to say about the game.

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    3. After watching replays, it's clear penalty kick not given by Brych. For justification, it was very difficult to capture from his position. I had a feeling, Brych wasn't sure about it and just let the play on, having this situation still in his head.

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    4. Here, the best replay:
      http://giant.gfycat.com/UnrulyCanineEgg.gif

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    5. I echo Urs Meier's words:
      A clear foul, but you cannot blame Brych. From his position you cannot see it and it looked like the ball was maybe played. Only the replays from other visual angles showed it.
      So my conclusion is it should have been a penalty but we have come to a point where I am wondering whether you can blame a well positioned referee for missing sth like that.

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    6. Great replay, clear penalty! Thanks a lot.

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    7. Imo it was no mandatory penalty. There was a contact, but the attacker fell over the ball and not due to the contact. For me a "you can, but you don't have to"-penalty.

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    8. looks like a penalty after reviewing it several times - what we must remember is that the referee sees it once and in a split second has to make a decision
      perhaps what happens in rugby union could be used that the referee can ask the 4th official to look at specific incidents and give an opinion - the replays are shown on the big screen so that the referee can also see them so that the correct decision is inevitably given

      trf

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    9. This requires that there is always THE 1 CORRECT DECISION. This is not the case though. Then the referee does not only have the responsibility to perceive sth and take an immediate decision but is even responsible for taking a decision after having seen replays. The final decision, even if correct, will be heavily criticized by the crowd and players. The referees would be under heavy (sub-)conscious pressure. We have enough grey areas and that's why I think it is perfect to leave this approach in rugby instead of football.

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    10. This wouldn't work. Only imagine offside for example. No close offside-decision could be made, because an offside call cannot be undone. So every close offside situation had to be flagged onside, many duels more would happen including fouls, injuries and possible DOGSOs (And what, if video shows, it was offside? You cannot give a RC for DOGSO then. But you'd have to give a YC for the unsporting behavior to try DOGSO. Which was only because the AR flagged onside, even though he saw a close offside position).

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    11. I'm back to review and thanks to the excellent repetition that was provided to us by Hubert Demboveac, I conclude for pointing out that it was a penalty in favor of Russia.

      Another error in this World 2014 and likely to influence the result of the match.

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    12. in rugby only the referee can ask for a review of open play and it is now accepted as part of the game -surely if it stops blatant poor decisions and corrects the injustices they create it can do nothing but improve the final result
      it seems to work in hockey, cricket as well - the technology is available why not use it!!

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    13. I agree, penalty, but very difficult to detect.

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    14. Because it destroys the game. Because football is a different kind of sports, has quicker actions, a bigger variety of infringements and interpretations, more personality in refereeing (i.e. loss of face has bigger influences in case of wrong decisions / grey area judgments), a wider audience with more spectators in the stadium on average.

      In hockey you judge whether the ball hit the foot and whether this is punishable with very little criteria. In football you e.g. have a handball and many criteria to evaluate. If there are 3 arguments in favour and 3 arguments against a penalty and the referee decided in favour of it, one team will be furious and vice versa.

      And once again:

      Now: a mistake can be a different interpretation, but overall can be always explained as an error of perception.
      With video replays: mistakes of perception could turn into obvious and publicly visible mistakes in interpretation and understanding the Laws. I don't want to imagine what we are discussing about if a referee does not give a penalty after a challenge we would consider as a foul.

      As said, I am happy that it became a part of the cricket game but not football.


      About Brych. The penalty is the problem, but once again, from his position I can hardly blame him. The circumstance that we need super replays leads me to the question about the task of us, whether it should be the task to scrutinize performances or just try to understand the referee. The rest was IMO good, no foul before the 1:0 was justified, hard but fair tackle. Positioning problems, first YC unluckily chosen but all in all 7.9 (8.4) / 8.4 for me.

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    15. Hubert, I can calm down your fears, we will apply the same standards, don't worry.

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    16. Thanks. I just saw your last comment and therefore deleted mine. Do you share my view that Nishimura's and Haimoudi's penalties as well as Brych's non-penalty call could be backed up by FIFA Committee or they just count all important mistakes (even those detectable after several replays) like (non-)penalty, (non-)red card as crucial mistakes due to wide range of media coverage?

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    17. As many of you said, I agree that this is a penalty. Brych is correctly positioned to detect it but he doesn't. A mistake of perception. He wasn't focused to "catch" the detail.

      A good performance in a boring match. 7.9 (8.4).

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    18. Hubert, I agree with you about Nishimura, I could imagine that they backed him internally. I however think that Haimoudi's penalty gives little room for defense given the clear FIFA criteria on deliberate handball. While I think that it could be medially difficult to "sell" a 2nd Nishimura appointment, Haimoudi's was somehow expected for political reasons.

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    19. OK, it's rough influence of politics and media echos. And it's also very bad that FIFA has other criteria to evaluate handball than UEFA... But we have to live with it. I'm also a bit surprised that Bakhadyr Kochkarov got his second match.

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    20. I'm not surprised. Imo in this situation not Kochkarov failed, but Irmatov, who should have told him a) that Xhaka didn't touch the ball and b) the opponent played the ball intentionally. Imo the fault ist clearly on Irmatov's side.

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  5. Christian lescano of Ecuador is the first referee to get 3 games in Group stage? Since he is AR in colombian team today

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  6. It seems to me that Roldàn missed one big penalty.

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    1. After replays showed in TV, it's penalty for me, but will review it in the halftime.

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    2. Agree, although the fall was quite theatrical. Looks like he thought the fall was too much for the contact.

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    3. Agree with you too. A little bit theatrical, but contact was there. Difficult.

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  7. I agree with Yaad. Good evening Mr. Ilani

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  8. Roldan stops the play because a player got cramp?

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  9. OK, penalty should've been given. Here the best replays of that situation:

    http://giant.gfycat.com/FluffyUntimelyAustralianfurseal.gif
    http://giant.gfycat.com/LeanSaneCougar.gif

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    1. Thanks. IMO these replays even hide the real impact of this late challenge. In the slowmotions it maybe seemed theatrical, in full pace you really see that it was a clear foul, no doubt, this was a clear and, for the referee visible, penalty. The rest was ok. It really bores me that SUCH penalties are missed by World Cup referees.

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    2. Hm, indeed. The added time scenes was no penalty, although a contact was there? Your opionions?

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    3. I think that your final analysis of this World Cup will be a bit negative... Definitely too many mistakes so far :/

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    4. I'm in doubt about this contact during added time.... not enough? Your views?

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    5. No penalty for me, at first glance.

      Mistakes will always happen and are normal. But the quality and nature of mistakes made in Brazil are exceptional.

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    6. By the book, it should've been a penalty in 90+4. Clearly careless attack. Korean player acts clever carting his leg a bit in direction of opponent, but Algerian must be careful and he clearly hits an opponent's knee with a quite high force. More penalty than not for my taste.

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    7. Contact there, but for me not enough. However, I have only seen two replays.

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    8. Well, if this is not enough contact for a penalty, how much contact do you require then?

      There is NO difference between the criteria a free kick and a penalty. You shall whistle for a penalty for all fouls that you whistle for a free kick, and vice versa. There are way too few penalties given by referees, and teams take advantage of this to the fullest.

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    9. In theory yes. But show me the referee that does this in real life. By the book it is a penalty of course, but as you say these are seldom whistled. So I won't blame Roldan too much if he doesn't.

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    10. The only replay is here (49'05'' of the second video):
      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/world/world-cup/korea-republic-vs-algeria

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    11. In Bavaria the referee's commitee even statuated, that there is a difference between foul plays which lead to a FK and such which lead to a PK. "We only award a PK if it was a 120 % foul". Soft penalties are not wanted.

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  10. What do you think about this:
    http://giant.gfycat.com/GorgeousGiganticArrowcrab.gif

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  11. A bit random foul selection and 2-3 missed cards, but overall good Pitana again.

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  12. Great job by the ARs! Three important decisions correctly taken! Bravo. Pitana also did well.

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    1. Agree. Big class by Juan Pablo Belatti at 2-1 goal!

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  13. For me good / very good performance by Pitana. 8.4-8.5. Maidana with 1 potentially wrong interpretation of challenging an opponent, but some good calls, too. 8.4. Belatti was worldclass. 0-1 and 2-1 goals were amazing and challenging onsides, 8.7-8.8.

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  14. 30 seconds left when Portugal scored. Blew the wistle direct at the kick-off.

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    1. Whole first minute of added time missed for US substitution... I never thought he will allow play to continue to 96:00 though! ;)

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  15. Impressed by teamperformance and individual performance. Pitana excellent positioning and physical. Very good foul detection and player management. Great personality 8.5. Maidana good+ based on contribution to teamperformance 8.5. Belatti wordclass!!!! Hawkeye!!! 8.7. Well done team Pitana.

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  16. Knew little about Pitana pre-WC, however, I must say he's been very impressive. I like his style: firm, but also friendly. AR2 top-class tonight too.

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  17. Missed free-kick and YC/RC 91.58?

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  18. Ver y good Pitana and his tema

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  19. My predictions for Wednesday:
    NIG-ARG: Kuipers
    BOS-IRN: Osses
    HON-SUI: Doue
    ECU-FRA: Aguilar

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    1. Mine are,

      NGA ARG: Cakir
      BIH IRN: Doue
      HON SUI: Velasco
      ECU FRA: Nishimura

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  20. Very good decision by Pitana to give a further minute in added time, because the frist was totally wasted due to substitutiions. But about that it seems there isn't consistency, you remember Webb in Colombia-Ivory Coast.
    Overall, I noticed a very particular style by the Argentinian referee: really friendly with players, card last weapon. He tried to come to final whistle without cards, but he was forced to show this yellow at 75'. Overall, he was consistent about that, but I noticed (as Hubert wrote) some minor inconsistencies, and sometimes it seemed that advantages were given but without making signals.
    As for the scene of the alleged violent conduct: I think it isn't a RC. It is nevertheless a quite difficult situation to read. I would go for a strong verbal warning, but if we assume that it was unintentional...
    To be added, some minor penalty appeals here and there, but never challenging decisions.
    Overall, for Pitana I think we are in 8.4 area.
    About the ARs: top classe performance by Belatti, NO FLAG allowing the 2-1 is superb. There is also another good NO FLAG just a few seconds prior to that.
    Mark can be really high, even 8.8. But I will see.
    As for Maidana, in second half, very strange flag raised reporting an offside by Cristiano Ronaldo, but he wasn't absolutely in a active position. But apart from that, good performance also by him.
    This is a summary, I need time for report because still busy with O'Leary, so please wait a few days.. thanks..

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  21. 86:45 in BEL-RUS: what is your opinion about this situation prior to Belgum counterattack and 1-0 goal? Two players from Russia are lying down, the first contact looked like a clear foul, at least Brych could have stopped the game...

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    1. My first thought was that a foul occured, at least on the second Player. I really expected a free-kick, not stopping the game was o.k., as none of the players seemed to be seriously injured. A free-kick however had to be given.

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    3. As said yesterday, it was no foul for me. It looked like one in the live situation but the replays have proven me wrong and Brych right. Important call, not only because of the goal after that, but because it would have been a dangerous position for the Russians.

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    4. There were two challenges. You mean there were no fouls in both of them or only in second? I agree about the second, but have strong doubts about the first one.

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  22. Hi Chefren, I was wondering about that moment, too... have checked that again and adain, for me no foul at all, may be a "tactical knockdown" to stop the counter-attack, Brych was right in this case in my view.
    Generally a very good performance in an easy game, BUT - in deed bad luck - a missed penalty, which was very difficult to recognize, from Brych`s position nearly impossible, same from assistant`s persp. - but still a match defining important error. Besides that I noticed not one mistake - clear line, the YCs might be disliked by Busacca, because Brych showed them quickly and was very consequent. For me 8,2 (8,5)
    Pitana with a very good performance, convinced me really, only his foul det. was not really always consistent, but that wasn`t easy either. There was one sit., with a wrong offside call ag. Ronaldo, which was really dangerous , because it was very far away from offside, he was really lucky here ( 8,4) (the other linesman was brilliant!)
    But Roldan with his 2nd bad performance,, with several mistakes, not only in foul det., and a really clearly missed penalty. 7,7 (8,1)
    Sorry, my English is not so perfect, I do my best - good wishes from MUC.
    Andy

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    1. I agree that foul detection in Pitana match was sometimes not easy.

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  23. Delay in FIFA's appointment.. Has Busacca difficulties for matches 41-44?

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    1. Maybe they got the idea to start deeply thinking about whom they appoint. And thinking can last some time. :)

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  24. OT: CL and EL draws are made, matches are known, any info when Uefa categorisation will be published?

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    1. Please stay tuned for that. So far only changes in lower categories (Layushkin out, but we knew that before).

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  25. Rizzoli for Nigeria-Argentina!

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  26. And...wrong offside from Gassama's AR2 at 16'.

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  27. It is explained the delay about referees appointments for Wednesday.
    It is because Pitana has another match.
    Doue for a very interesting Ecuador-France.

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  28. GASSAMA: three penalty appeals from Chile, at least one wrong offside call by Kabanda, very pedantic foul detection (some phantom fouls whistled)...

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    1. Not that bad, it seems to me. The first penalty appeal was the closest, the two other ones when not penalties for me. On the first one, I can accept Gassama's decision.

      So the main drawbacks for me are: 1) Wrong offside call; 2) A tendency to turn his back on play, such as after the 2nd penalty appeal when Sanchez confronted the Dutch defender.

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    2. I think Gassama is doing pretty well. Very calm he takes his own decisions, not influenced by players or the crowd.
      Three penalty situations all correctly denied, YC was a correct decision.
      Only his foul detection can be improved (only a little)

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    3. In short my sentiments. Disagree about your view about foul detection to be honest.

      1. Unobtrusive personality, has a clear mind and resists high Chilean pressure.
      2. Very good foul detection and selection. Correctly rejected penalty appeals. Good feeling for deliberate handball.
      3. Empathic and convincingly strong body language when dealing with players.
      4. Keeps the match under really good control, is calm when needed but never distant.

      CONSIDERATION
      1. Should consider to react better and more determinedly to Robben’s protests demanding a YC. Might a YC have avoided Alexis doing the same even more blatantly in 38’? He should put this unsporting behavior out of the match.
      2. YC for Blind to tactically balance the disciplinary approach – 1 booking for each team for SPA, would have calmed down Chile and would have been in line with the Laws.
      3. Gestures for throw ins and free kicks are a bit hesitant and not stretched / tensed enough. He can express more determination by improving that.
      4. AR2 not concentrated enough.

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    4. I agree about his psychological resistance. He wasn't influenced by players who tried to exert pressure on him. Very calm and confident attitude!

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    5. @Niclas
      Robben was falling down way too easy during the first half. In example, 45'.

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  29. Gassama missed an obvious penalty, foul by Netherlands keeper...

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    1. Are you sure? To me, the GK got the ball and the Chilean tripped over the goaltender. I haven't seen many replays, so I might be wrong.

      On a side note, the 4th official just had a major failure, as he could not get his board to work in time for Chile to make their substitution.

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    2. No penalty for me. Aguilar with a poor performance.

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    3. Shukralla I think...

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    4. No penalty for me,very good Gassama today.

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  30. This may have been the most difficult match of the tournament to date and I think Gassama was impressive. While there are points for improvement, he handled himself very well and I think he will get a knockout stage game.

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    1. Based on what we saw, I hope Gassama will get another match, it would be great to see him in knock out stage, great personality, in my oppinion one of the best performances so far in the whole tournament, and best of all three African referees. If no second match he deserves at least fourth official appointment in semis or third place match.

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