Another impressive refereeing performance was capped by a curb on the controversial tactics that saw the Netherlands into the semi-finals.

Louis van Gaal’s side failed to make the final after this time being on the wrong end of a penalty shoot-out.

Keeper Jasper Cillessen appeared to attempt to replicate the antics of understudy Tim Krul who eyeballed Costa Rican penalty-takers in the quarter-finals.

But Turkish official Cuneyt Cakir stepped in firmly as Argentina went through 4-2 in the shoot-out after a goalless 120 minutes.

You Are The Ref experts led by Keith Hackett criticised Ravshan Irmatov for failing to clamp down on Krul in the Costa Rica game.

Former Premier League keeper Kevin Pressman also told YATR he would have expected to be booked for similar gamesmanship.

Cakir took heed in line with an efficient overall performance, albeit in the less than testing backdrop of a sterile game.

Ref-cam analyst Rob Harris said: “The referee’s tolerance level was the only real talking point. He appeared to be hesitant about producing the first yellow card and did so belatedly.

“But he did keep good overall control. The game didn’t pose too many demands in terms of fitness.

“The two sides showed a healthy respect for each other and there was no real niggle in the game.”