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Posted in: Netherlands beat Costa Rica in penalty shootout See in context

WHAT A GAME!!! Costa Rica, I was keeping my fingers crossed for you. But the miracle didn't happen. Experience is experience and Holland had more on its weights... Nevertheless, what a fantastic team from such a small country! Look forward to your triumphant comeback in 2018. Though you didn't make it to semifinals, for me you were the fresh air and front-pager of this WC.

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Posted in: Uzbek ref sets new World Cup record See in context

@Elbuda Mexicano: The fact that you don't know anything about a country's football history does not necessarily mean that the referee is "dodgy" that is a bit oversimplified approach, don't you find? FYI Irmatov is an outstanding referee and you can find lots of interesting stats about him here http://worldreferee.com/site/copy.php?linkID=605&linkType=referee&contextType=dyk

The fact that he has been doing his job during this match and had an objective eye does not underestimate him to any degree. On the contrary, one enjoys seeing a fair game, where the referee doesn't care who is the favourite and who is from where, and whether or not the team is from a host country.

I do agree with you, however, that the match of Mexico vs Holland was a sad story and in my view, Mexicans looked like true heroes. My sympathy was with Mexicans. Still, it does not mean that there are not good referees. I find Irmatov's team of referees exclusive and professional and I'd vote for them, if I had a chance, to judge the finals. Bravo Uzbek referees, hope to see you again in the next WC!

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