Netherlands v Argentina RH

RH at 2014-07-09 23:48:15

Cuneyt Cakirhas delivered a sound performance keeping a low profile for long periods in the game, there was so much resting on this match, the stakes high and reputations were on the line including the Referee’s. So it’s pleasing to report that Cuneyt acquitted himself well. There were some good qualities on display but I would choose, his calm approach and detection of law 12 offences. However his tolerance level was questionable at times choosing to lecture rather than issue cautions. This may well be Cuneyt Cakir’s last game in this tournament but he did not let himself down with this performance, I just wonder how he would have acquitted himself if the players had not shown so much respect for each other? But in his most important game ever, he won’t be the talking point, I’m sure he will happily settle for that


RH at 2014-07-09 23:45:05

Maxi Rodriguez puts Argentina in the final against Germany its 4-2

RH at 2014-07-09 23:44:12

Dirk Kuyt pulls one back 3-2

RH at 2014-07-09 23:43:42

3-1 Argentina Sergio Aguero scoes

RH at 2014-07-09 23:42:55

Wesley Sneijder fails to score its still 2-1 Argentina

RH at 2014-07-09 23:42:12

2-1 Argentina cracking kick from Ezequiel Garay

RH at 2014-07-09 23:41:24

Despite trying to wind up Messi, Jasper Cillessen fails to stop him scoring, Robben show s his quality also 1-1

RH at 2014-07-09 23:39:49

First penalty saved! keeper moved correctly!

RH at 2014-07-09 23:33:52

Its penalties as the referee brings extra time to an end

RH at 2014-07-09 23:33:16

One minute added time!

RH at 2014-07-09 23:32:31

If nothing else the Referee now needs to manage this game through to a safe conclusion allowing the players to make the headlines in a penalty shoot out

RH at 2014-07-09 23:29:16

The pattern of play is now less ‘box to box’ and more playing across the back! A referee must always be prepared to vary his patrol path and read play

RH at 2014-07-09 23:27:40

Seems to be a feature of this tournament that players have gained ground at throw ins, this game is no different!

RH at 2014-07-09 23:26:16

Always a danger at this point in this type of game that it will be decided by a mistake!

RH at 2014-07-09 23:24:16

Play has condensed in this period, we’re now play ‘box to box ‘ with less use of the wide area’s, important that our referee maintains a well thought patrol path to avoid getting caught up in play

RH at 2014-07-09 23:21:42

Pablo Zabaleta returns to the action

RH at 2014-07-09 23:19:37

Pablo Zabaleta getting a  painful knock to the jaw in a genuine attempt to challenge for the ball with Dirk Kuyt

RH at 2014-07-09 23:17:35

Will the players settle for penalties or will they raise the tempo and give it everything in this final period, tiredness will be a factor during the remainder of the game….we’re under way

RH at 2014-07-09 23:14:45

First period of extra time ends

RH at 2014-07-09 23:13:58

A fully justified caution for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for a crude challenge on Javier Mascherano

RH at 2014-07-09 23:11:31

The game is definitely being played at a higher pace at the moment, is this due to introduction of the latest substitutes?

RH at 2014-07-09 23:08:49

Argentina make the final substitution with the introduction of Maxi Rodriguez

RH at 2014-07-09 23:07:38

To their credit the occupants of the two technical area’s have been well disciplined so far, much to the satisfaction I’m sure of Fourth Official Jonas Eriksson

RH at 2014-07-09 23:04:38

The Netherlands make their third substitution, so no appearance for Tim Krul

RH at 2014-07-09 23:01:45

In terms of Physical fitness at least normal time didn’t place too many demands on the referee

RH at 2014-07-09 22:59:35

The Netherlands still have one substitute, will that be reserved for the closing moments of extra time?

RH at 2014-07-09 22:58:25

We’re off and running in extra time

RH at 2014-07-09 22:57:58

Well the second half was played in similar fashion to the first, the referees tolerance level being the main talking point. Will extra time be played in a similar tempo? would be complacent to think it might be. There is some much at stake here

RH at 2014-07-09 22:53:11

Normal time comes to an end

RH at 2014-07-09 22:50:50

Three minutes added time

RH at 2014-07-09 22:48:22

Concentration now is as important as ever, many participants may be complacent in feeling that the game will go to extra time, a recipe for mistakes, the match officials must be fully focused in these closing minutes of normal time

RH at 2014-07-09 22:46:16

Silva of Brazil was cautioned for preventing the goalkeeper from clearing the ball, not so for the Argentina player concerned tonight?

RH at 2014-07-09 22:41:32

Although we’ve commented on the referees tolerance level, he must be praised for his detection on careless challenges in respect of Law 12, he’s missed very little on this game!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:38:21

Considering what is at stake here, the two sets of players are showing a healthy respect for each other with no appreciable ‘niggle’ in the game, lets hope that this continues!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:35:51

As the game moves quickly away from the penalty areas on counterattacking, the Referee sprints away ahead of play on occasions with his back to play

RH at 2014-07-09 22:34:21

Good offside decision by the far side Assistant against Janmaat

RH at 2014-07-09 22:32:54

Looks like the nearside Assistant sought eye to eye contact before offering any signal on that contentious challenge under his nose!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:30:41

It could be argued that the referee could have stopped play sooner for that head injury to Janmaat, problem is that with the modern game is isn’t always easy to distinguish between the genuine and faked injuries

RH at 2014-07-09 22:28:50

Daryl Janmaat on the receiving end here with a head injury!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:25:58

The referees tolerance level on careless verses reckless challenges is higher than one might expect, this posses the question that as the pressure builds and emotions rise that similar challenges will be cautioned. this posses the question is this inconsistency or tempo management?

RH at 2014-07-09 22:23:16

Referee in quickly there to defuse that challenge by Daryl Janmaat on Angel Di Maria, looked border line reckless to me, is the referees tolerance level too high?

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RH at 2014-07-09 22:19:40

We’re getting some thoughts in on Referees in this tournament getting too far ahead of play and then loosing the opportunity of the ‘trailing eye’ as play changes direction

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RH at 2014-07-09 22:15:31

A quickly taken free kick there by the Netherlands saw Robben bearing down on the Argentina penalty area at speed, There may well be times ahead where the referee will need to slow things down following a contentious challenge

RH at 2014-07-09 22:13:06

It looks like the pace of the game is similar to the first half, I’m sure there’ll be no complaints from the Match officials on that score!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:11:01

The referee has twice been able to take advantage of nailed on cautions following hesitation minutes before, he’s certainly getting the run of the ball at the moment

RH at 2014-07-09 22:09:02

Solid caution there for Martin Demichelis, he can have no complaints!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:06:39

Stefan de Vrij offering the referee a good opportunity to maintain his control, opportunity declined!

RH at 2014-07-09 22:04:33

Referee Cuneyt Cakir starts the second half!


RH at 2014-07-09 22:00:11

So what have  we in store for the second half? A finely balanced contest that could be decided with a single piece of brilliance, a wonder goal or a crucial mistake, either way the role of the referee is always pivotal in this type of contest, it going to be a very different second half to last night! Out team of officials must deliver intense focus and concentration, the pressure will grow as the game progresses, the caution should have defused some of the tension, but the Referee must be quick to snuff out any further challenges to his control

RH at 2014-07-09 21:51:38

A satisfactory first half for our Referee, he judged his involvement level well for the first half hour however when the tempo rose in the final quarter he was a little hesitant in issuing the first caution. Fortunately a nailed on opportunity came his way in the closing moments, food for thought there, is his tolerance level too high?

RH at 2014-07-09 21:48:13

The Referee brings a finely balanced first half to an end, there really is everything to play for in the second half!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:46:59

Two minutes added time

RH at 2014-07-09 21:45:54

First caution to Martins Indi, no complains there! The Referee needed that one!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:43:10

This is an important time in the game for the referee, one or two challenges are testing his tolerance and control. Clearly that last Martins Indi challenge should be the trigger point for responding to the next such challenge with a caution

RH at 2014-07-09 21:40:38

Strong words there for Bruno Martins Indi, blocking Messi, looks like Sneijder  is still suffering from that late challenge from Demichelis

RH at 2014-07-09 21:38:34

Martin Demichelis catching Wesley Sneijder  late, another of those should be a caution

RH at 2014-07-09 21:36:22

The Referee has a relaxed long striding running action, he covers ground with ease, however the first half hour has not been too demanding in comparison with some of the 60 games played so far in this tournament

RH at 2014-07-09 21:33:48

At what point in that last Netherlands attack did the Assistant decide an offside offence had been committed?

RH at 2014-07-09 21:31:01

A good spot there following that midfield handball by Van Persie

RH at 2014-07-09 21:29:45

Well he’s back, is that a bit quick?

RH at 2014-07-09 21:29:10

Referee did well there to stop play quickly

RH at 2014-07-09 21:28:41

Nasty head injury for Javier Mascherano, accidental, but an important player for Argentina, will he return in this game?

RH at 2014-07-09 21:24:13

A good ‘first half of the first half ‘ for our Referee and his colleagues, this will do much for their confidence!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:22:47

Useful for the far side Assistant that Argentina are attacking down the right side where he is well placed to view any player challenges, and judge corner goal kick decisions

RH at 2014-07-09 21:20:42

The game has settled down now to an even distribution of possession between both teams, useful for all three active officials

RH at 2014-07-09 21:19:01

Looking at a replay of Messi’s free kick, the benefits of getting the wall back the required distance has enabled the taker to take full advantage!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:15:05

Referee well-placed for that careless challenge from Vlaar, I suspect that the spray will be used here!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:12:18

A traditional pacing out of 9.15 metres with no spray! at that last Argentina free kick!

RH at 2014-07-09 21:08:16

The nearside assistant is certainly seeing more of the action in these early exchanges

RH at 2014-07-09 21:04:39

With so much at stake it’s as Important that the Assistants tune in during these early stages of the game, if the game is ‘end to end’ they will be able to settle in with frequent ‘involvement’ but if play the concentrated in one half for a sustained period the non-active Assistant must remain fully engaged with the action!


RH at 2014-07-09 21:02:27


There is strong and vocal support for both teams, the noise in the stadium will be unrelenting, with the right to meet Germany in the final, 62,000 people will be generating the most incredible atmosphere!  Concentration will as crucial as ever because the continuous noise levels will place great demands on the match officials


RH at 2014-07-09 21:01:17

Our match Referee Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey gets us underway!

RH at 2014-07-09 20:54:59

Welcome to today’s game from The Arena De Sao Paulo, where our game kicks off at 17:00 Local time. A fascinating contest awaits us to decide who will meet Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup!