Originally Posted by redandwhitejoe
Sorry if SEB..
glad I found this, 11 of my mates and I watched the final and thought Webb did a very good job and were surprised to see the media/forum reaction to his performance. Bruce is quite right, 14 yellow cards isn't a mistake if the players committed 14 bookable offences.
He made a few mistakes (Dutch free-kick decision that very indirectly resulted in the Spain goal and De-jong's assault) but given the ridiculous amount of decisions he made he was gonna get some wrong. I don't understand where the abuse has come from
It is if some of those offences were more than yellows (which they were) and it is if the 14 should have been greater (which it should).
Originally Posted by yossarian31
the dutch were a disgrace and did a good job of destroying all the idealism that their mentors demonstrated. I would rather lose with the skill of the 1974 team then win playing like dirty leeds. Some will tell you that pragmatism wins but playing like a bunch of dirty thugs still didn't bring victory. The Spanish were not brilliant but at least they played football the way they believe it should be played. The best footballing side won the worls cup and hopefully in the next one more sides will try to play free flowing football.
Spain like Barca play some lovely football but I'll be honest that i have very little respect for them because of their theatricals and TBH I don't think that is how football should be played.
keep the nice passing but lose the diving around, waving cards and pettiness.