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DATE: 25 June 2006
OCCASION:World Cup Round of 16
SIGNIFICANCE: The dirtiest, most petulant World Cup game ever. Here, Luis Figo lies spark out after appearing to receive an elbow in the face. It spelled a second yellow for Khalid Boulahrouz, who joined Costinha in the stands – soon to be followed by Deco and Van Bronckhorst. In total, a record 12 yellows and four Reds were enthusiastically flashed.
SCORE: Portugal 1-0 Holland
SCORERS: Maniche (23)
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Sepp Blatter criticised ref Valentin Ivanov, who repeatedly gave cards as well as free-kicks. ‘I think there could have been a yellow card for the referee,’ Blatter said.
PORTUGAL: Ricardo, Valente, Carvalho, Meira, Miguel, Maniche, Deco, Costinha, Figo (Tiago 84), Pauleta (Petit 46), Ronaldo (Simao 34)
HOLLAND: van der Sar, van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen (van der Vaart 56), Ooijer, Boulahrouz, Cocu (Vennegoor of Hesselink 84), Sneijder, van Bommel (Heitinga 67), Robben, Kuyt, van Persie
STADIUM: Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
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