It was a frustrating result since I supported the Netherlands, but in all fairness, the goal towards the end of the extra time (116′) was good. It was clean. Well, granted there was a foul right before it. The player was Elia, I think and he was clearly fouled by the Spaniards. I have to say that I didn’t like the British referee. He gave out quite a few yellow cards. Hetinga from the Dutch squad even received two in this match and had to be ejected from the game.
Two yellow cards = a red card, if you didn’t know. I could have done without ABC’s stupid halftime and end game comments. The commentary during the match was good. They were using Brits. Honestly, I should have gotten ITV’s or BBC’s coverage of the match instead.
Robben had two great chances to score, but it didn’t pan out, but ultimately, Spain was more aggressive and shot at the goal a lot more. It was only a matter of time before they scored a goal.
Did the right team win? Yes. It was a clean goal, no cheating or gray areas. Still, both squads could have done with a Forlan in their team. He was a revelation during the Uruguayan matches. The game was getting dirty though. This was one of the reasons why there were so many yellow cards, but the referee was really shit. He made a couple of late calls and wrong calls. I didn’t appreciate that.
Was this a great match? Nope. My favorite matches remain Netherlands Vs Brazil, Germany Vs England, Germany Vs Argentina. The later matches were different, a lot grittier, with a type of football that was less pretty to watch. Also, the yellow cards had caught up to some players, making them miss key matches.