Spain v Netherlands Match Review – Rob Harris

RH at 2014-06-13 20:53:30

Play comes to an end, NIcola Rizzoli has delivered a superb performance well supported by his team. The Match Officials won’t be the talking point after this game. This performance will have done him no harm and who knows how he can go if he delivers performances of this quality!

RH at 2014-06-13 20:50:37

The referee remains in full control and is moving freely as play becomes more open in these closing stages, his sound movement earlier in the game ensures that he has the fitness and energy to cover break away attacks

RH at 2014-06-13 20:48:52

Torres misses an easy chance to pull a goal back, it just isn’t Spains night!

RH at 2014-06-13 20:48:14

Four minutes additional time is shown

RH at 2014-06-13 20:47:32

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RH at 2014-06-13 20:45:04

Is this a sign of things to come for the Old Trafford faithful?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:43:42

Two talking points from the second half are the challenge by van persie on casillas for the third goal and de costa’s head butt, what are your views, email us at or contact us on Twitter @youaretheref

RH at 2014-06-13 20:41:13

as we go into the closing stages of the game how has the referee and his team performed have your say on Twitter @youaretheref

RH at 2014-06-13 20:40:04

The Referees control of this game so far  has allowed the players to take centre stage and the football make the headlines

RH at 2014-06-13 20:38:09

What a fantastic goal by Robbens, such pace and skill at this stage of the game 5-1

RH at 2014-06-13 20:36:48

Van persie substituted to a great reception, Robben takes the captains arm band

RH at 2014-06-13 20:35:55

Torres goes to ground with no contact inside the penalty area, should he have been cautioned?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:34:25

De Vrij is substituted by Veltman for the Netherlands

RH at 2014-06-13 20:33:36

The spray comes out for the first time tonight at a Spanish free kick played wide by ramos

RH at 2014-06-13 20:32:22

Will the Spanish players maintain their discipline or will heads go down? either way this will affect the tempo of the final stages of this game

RH at 2014-06-13 20:30:46

sorry van persie scores

RH at 2014-06-13 20:30:22

Casillas blunders as robben takes advantage to make it 4-1 who would have predicted that?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:29:16

At the halfway point of the second half the referee remains calm and in control despite an up tempo half

RH at 2014-06-13 20:27:23

Was the Spanish goalkeeper fouled during the scoring of the third Netherlands goal? have your say on twitter @youraretheref or on email at

RH at 2014-06-13 20:25:35

No goal as silva nets for spain to tap home the rebound, great decision by the assistant

RH at 2014-06-13 20:24:34

Van persie is cautioned for a reckless challenge on pedro, also casillas the Spanish goalkeeper was cautioned after the third Netherlands goal

RH at 2014-06-13 20:22:55

Goal De Vrij scores for the Netherlands 3-1 , did van persie foul the goalkeeper? have your say at

RH at 2014-06-13 20:21:40

Will the subs have a tactical affect on the game, will this change the tempo of the match?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:20:35

De Guzman is substituted, at least he won’t now risk a caution in this game, spain make two substitutions

RH at 2014-06-13 20:19:24

Referee is now well placed at the other end of the field to view silva’s attack

RH at 2014-06-13 20:18:28

Netherlands break well with van persie hitting the bar, good reaction by the Referee to keep up with play

RH at 2014-06-13 20:17:09

assistant holds the flag well following an offside offence by silva, keeper fields the ball and play continues

RH at 2014-06-13 20:15:04

Clearly the match officials did not see the indi costa incidents, could this be the subject of further analysis by FIFA post match?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:13:29

Martens indi is on the ground, did costa make contact, is he fortunate to escape a sanction?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:11:28

Spain now to react to the goal, the tempo of the game is sure to rise, how will the match officials react?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:10:14

Robben scores from close in 2-1 to the Netherlands!

RH at 2014-06-13 20:08:54

no foul by ramos on robben, who went down heavily, sound judgment by the referee

RH at 2014-06-13 20:07:07

sensible start to the second half by the players so far, the referee is judging his involvement level accordingly

RH at 2014-06-13 20:04:51

clumsy challenge by janmaat, free lick

RH at 2014-06-13 20:03:56

Rain is now falling, will this have an affect on player challenges?

RH at 2014-06-13 20:02:44

No substitutions as our match Referee Nicola Rizzoli gets the second half started

RH at 2014-06-13 19:57:54

The half time TV analysis is centred on the pattern of play and the role of various players. The penalty decision was straight forward so it is a mark of the Referees involvement level and performance of his colleagues, that so far there has no adverse comment on the match officials

RH at 2014-06-13 19:52:55

The match officials team will now reflect on a solid first half, they have performed well as team and other than a marginal offside decision all important decisions have been correct. However the late equalising goal will have galvanised the Netherlands who will start the second half with much confidence. how will Spain react? have your say by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

RH at 2014-06-13 19:48:26

The Referee brings the first half to a close, a good half for the Referee who has judged his involvement level well and allowed the game to take shape. His  cautions were well timed

RH at 2014-06-13 19:46:04

The referee now needs to keep tight control in these closing minutes of the first half

RH at 2014-06-13 19:45:13

Fantastic strike by van Persie, what a goal! correct offside call in the build up

RH at 2014-06-13 19:43:55

Referee is well placed to award a corner following silva’s effort on goal

RH at 2014-06-13 19:42:14

yellow card for de vrij following a reckless challenge on de silva, good decision, cementing control at this key stage of the game

RH at 2014-06-13 19:40:42

close offside decision again Robben, just offside by the closest of margins

RH at 2014-06-13 19:39:56

Half time could be a blessing for de Guzman following that challenge, he will have to be careful in the second half

RH at 2014-06-13 19:38:46

robust challenge by de Guzman on Alonso, but not worth a caution

RH at 2014-06-13 19:37:03

tight offside decision against van persie, was he onside?

RH at 2014-06-13 19:35:59

good spot by the referee following a mid field shirt pull by indi

RH at 2014-06-13 19:35:05

for the time being the niggly fouls have stopped much to the benefit of the game and the referees control

RH at 2014-06-13 19:33:42

at this stage of the game the referee continues to judge his movement around the field of play soundly, should play become undisciplined and scrappy later in the game, the referee should still have energy to react

RH at 2014-06-13 19:31:10

Straight forward offside decision against van persie

RH at 2014-06-13 19:30:19

the referee continues to remain calm and composed in the first third of the game

RH at 2014-06-13 19:28:54

It will be interesting to see now what affect that goal has on the game both in terms of player attitude and pace

RH at 2014-06-13 19:27:52

Alonso scores for Spain to make it 1-0

RH at 2014-06-13 19:27:18

Penalty to Spain trip by de Vrij on de costa

RH at 2014-06-13 19:26:34

First yellow card to Netherlands de Guzman

RH at 2014-06-13 19:23:56

Interesting in the build up to the Spanish corner , was silva offside?

RH at 2014-06-13 19:23:06

Referee well placed to award a corner to Spain

RH at 2014-06-13 19:21:03

The flow of the game is starting to be broken up by niggling fouls, how much more of this will the referee to go unpunished?

RH at 2014-06-13 19:19:46

Good judgement by the Assistant as Spain break, no offside

RH at 2014-06-13 19:18:06

again words with Sneijder for a late challenge, would such a challenge attract greater punishment later in the game, what do you think? contact us on email

RH at 2014-06-13 19:16:00

Robust challenge by de Jong, the referee is correct to have a word

RH at 2014-06-13 19:15:12

Again the Referee continues to show sound judgement on acceptable player contact

RH at 2014-06-13 19:13:00

The game is showing signs of gaining pace, the Referee is adjusting his pace accordingly

RH at 2014-06-13 19:11:46

In the opening 10 minutes of the game the referee has been astute in his movement, sprinting only when necessary but always seeking the optimal 20 metre viewing range

RH at 2014-06-13 19:09:01

The referee reacts well to follow play as Spain break towards the Netherlands goal

RH at 2014-06-13 19:07:03

Followed by a free kick for a foul challenge on Robben

RH at 2014-06-13 19:06:23

Free kick for a foul challenge on Alonso

RH at 2014-06-13 19:04:58

The Referees movement around the field of play is consistent with the pace at this stage of the game

RH at 2014-06-13 19:03:38

the Referee is show sound judgement in these early stages on acceptable contact

RH at 2014-06-13 19:01:49

first free kick awarded for a foul on Costa

RH at 2014-06-13 19:00:57

Our Referee Nicola Rizzoli is assisted by fellow Italian assistants Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani

RH at 2014-06-13 18:54:52

Referee Nicola Rizzoli gets us underway for this much anticipated re-match of the 2010 world cup final