And I thought the USA - Italy game was a bit off…
The Portugal - Netherlands game resulted in 4 players with a red card.Â A real lack of sportsmanship on both sides – deliberately injuring Ronaldo, Figo head-butting a Dutch player, the Netherlands not giving up possession after Portugal put the ball out of play for a Dutch injury, Deco throwing away the ball, lots of shoving, pushing, swearing at the ref.Â Wow.Â
It was almost like a hockey game.
Knowing the Portuguese temperament well, if I were the Dutch coach, I would have told my players to push those buttons.Â
But in the end, Maniche’s fabulous goal means that Portugal will face England next.
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