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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com 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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com


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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com


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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com


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 Info@you-are-the-ref.com


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