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Portugal 1-0 Holland
Sunday, 25 June 2006


N Maniche 23



N Maniche 20yellow card
F Costinha 31yellow card
A Petit 50yellow card
L Figo 60yellow card
A Deco 73yellow card
A Ricardo 76yellow card
J Nuno Valente 76yellow card


M Van Bommel 2yellow card
K Boulahrouz 8yellow card
G Van Bronckhorst 59yellow card
W Sneijder 73yellow card
R Van der Vaart 74yellow card

Sent off:

F Costinha 45red card
Sent off:

A Deco 78red card

Sent off:

K Boulahrouz 63red card
Sent off:

G Van Bronckhorst 90red card



51% 49%

Shots on target

6 8

Shots off target

4 14


3 5


9 12


  • 01 A Ricardo yellow card
  • 14 J Nuno Valente yellow card
  • 16 A Ricardo Carvalho
  • 05 F Meira
  • 13 L Miguel
  • 18 N Maniche yellow card
  • 20 A Deco yellow card red card
  • 06 F Costinha yellow card red card
  • 07 L Figo yellow card (84 C Tiago )
  • 09 P Pauleta (45 A Petit yellow card )
  • 17 C Ronaldo (34 S Simao )


  • 15 L Boa Morte,
  • 03 M Caneira,
  • 21 M Nuno Gomes,
  • 02 R Paulo Ferreira,
  • 22 J Paulo Santos,
  • 08 A Petit,
  • 23 H Postiga,
  • 12 S Quim,
  • 04 M Ricardo Costa,
  • 11 S Simao,
  • 19 C Tiago,
  • 10 H Viana


  • 01 E Van der Sar
  • 05 G Van Bronckhorst yellow card red card
  • 04 J Mathijsen (56 R Van der Vaart yellow card )
  • 13 A Ooijer
  • 03 K Boulahrouz yellow card red card
  • 08 P Cocu (84 J Vennegoor of Hesselink )
  • 20 W Sneijder yellow card
  • 18 M Van Bommel yellow card (67 J Heitinga )
  • 11 A Robben
  • 07 D Kuyt
  • 17 R Van Persie


  • 21 R Babel,
  • 15 T De Cler,
  • 14 J Heitinga,
  • 02 K Jaliens,
  • 12 J Kromkamp,
  • 06 D Landzaat,
  • 16 H Maduro,
  • 23 M Stekelenburg,
  • 22 H Timmer,
  • 10 R Van der Vaart,
  • 09 R van Nistelrooy,
  • 19 J Vennegoor of Hesselink

Ref: Valentin Ivanov
Att: 41000


"In the closing minutes, the Portuguese bench were trying to urge their fans to spur their side on to a win. It worked - but at what cost? Two players sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo injured."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

"What an amazing game. Four reds, 16 yellows and an outstanding goal from Maniche. It's not the sort of thing we want to see on a football pitch, but Luiz Felipe Scolari is a master tactician. He took off his lone striker and was spot on. It made it very hard for Holland to get through them. He has now played 11 and won 11, what a fantastic coach."
Matt Holland, BBC Five Live Sport

PLAYER RATER Maniche netted the winning goal, and he topped the player ratings for Portugal with 8.21. But you are more impressed with Robin van Persie who is top overall with 8.46.

RATER POLL The raft of red and yellow cards have given us plenty to talk about. But you do not all seem impressed. When asked whether there have been too many cards in this World Cup, 74% of you say yes, and 25 % say no. I presume 1% are still totting up the card tally from this match to vote.

Portugal will play England in the World Cup quarter-finals after a remarkable match. Maniche scored the only goal - although hardly anyone will notice that after 16 yellow cards and four reds.

90 + 4 mins: SENDING OFF
We're in record-breaking disciplinary territory. But not in a good way. Giovanni van Bronckhorst is shown his second yellow, and then a red, for a foul on Tiago. It is the fourth sending off - a new record - and the 16th yellow card, equalling the record.

90 + 2 mins: Ricardo comes for a high ball and fumbles it. But Holland's Dirk Kuyt is penalised for a foul.

90 + 1 mins: The Dutch fans have their hands on their heads. The Dutch team have about five minutes to save their World Cup.

RATER POLL The cards may not have finished yet, according to you lot. A whopping 88% of you think there is time for another red card. And, with six minutes injury time being signalled, you may just be right.

89 mins: Dirk Kuyt tries his luck from the edge of the area, but Ricardo is equal to it. Moments later, the ball is flashed across the face of Portugal's goal, but is cleared.

88 mins: Portugal nearly grab a goal on the counter-attack. Luis Miguel breaks, but his shot is smothered by the diving figure of Edwin van der Sar.

86 mins: For the first time in ages, there is a shot, rather than a booking to talk about. Rafael van der Vaart tries a spectacular volley, but it goes over the top.

84 mins: Portugal's Luis Figo is replaced by Tiago and Holland's Phillip Cocu by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. The substitutions may be tactical. Or perhaps the coaches just want to get some players who aren't on yellow cards on to the pitch.

"Big Phil Scolari is fuming at the latest sending off and, if it carries on like this, whichever team wins will be struggling to field an 11 to face England."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

80 mins: Portugal have 10 minutes to hold out for a tie against England. Should they make it, Costinha and Deco will be suspended and Cristiano Ronaldo may be injured. Sven-Goran Eriksson may be quietly smiling at this.

78 mins: SENDING OFF
For those who have just read the entry on 76 mins - make that 15 yellow cards, and three reds. Deco picks up a second booking for picking up the ball at a Dutch free-kick. Referee Valentin Ivanov books him for timewasting.

76 mins: For those who have just read the entry on 75 mins - make that 14 yellow cards. Nuno Valente is booked after fouling Robin van Persie.

75 mins: For those who have just read the entry on 73 mins - make that 13 yellow cards. Ricardo joins the long list in the referee's book.

73 mins: It has all kicked off again. Deco is booked for a reckless lunge on Johnny Heitinga and another melee breaks out. Wesley Sneijder is booked for his part in the fracas as does Rafael van der Vaart. There isn't much room left in referee Valentin Ivanov's book. That makes 12 yellow cards in total.

72 mins: Wesley Sneijder hammers in a shot which is blocked.

70 mins: This was billed as a match between two of Europe's more attractive teams. But it has proved to be rather more attritional than many anticipated. There have been nine yellow cards in total - and nine shots on goal.

RATER POLL You seem less than convinced by the decision to give Khalid Boulahrouz a second yellow card. Just 34% of you agree with the decision to send him off, 66% disagree. Boulahrouz's nickname is 'Khalid the Cannibal' - but it was a far less serious offence than actually eating another human being that ended his night tonight.

62 mins: SENDING OFF
A monumental brouhaha breaks out as Khalid Boulahrouz receives his second yellow card for a foul on Luis Figo to make it 10 men apiece. Replays suggest Figo made the very most of the contact between the two.

RATER POLL You seem keen for even more attacking intent from Holland. A whopping 59% say they should bring Ruud van Nistelrooy on now, with 30% saying leave it until 75 mins. Just 11% say never, but never, bring him on.

59 mins: More fouling, more yellow cards. Giovanni van Bronckhorst is in the book after scything down Deco, then Luis Figo has his name taken after an altercation with Mark van Bommel. Replays suggest Figo lunged at Van Bommel with his head - he may be lucky that the card was only yellow.

58 mins: Holand's Wesley Sneijder takes a pot shot from distance, but Ricardo parries the effort.

57 mins: Portugal are finding spaces in the Holland defence as the Dutch have gone to three at the back. Maniche does his best to net another scorcher, but Edwin van der Sar dives spectacularly to save.

56 mins: Marco van Basten signals his attacking intent as he brings on midfielder Rafael van der Vaart for defender Joris Mathijsen.

54 mins: The game is far more open than in the first half. Portugal's Luis Figo is next to fashion an opportunity, but his shot is held by Ricardo.

RATER POLL So few of you have faith in Portugal. With just 38 minutes to go, just 42% of you say Portugal can hold on to their slender lead.

51 mins: Holland have stated their intent early on. Mark van Bommel fashions a shooting opportunity and drives in the ball, with Ricardo tipping it just around the post.

50 mins: Miguel runs forward and carves his way through the Holland defence, firing in a shot which Edwin van der Sar parries.

49 mins: So close for Holland. Phillip Cocu picks up the ball after it rebounds off Nuno Valente and slams the ball against the underside of the bar. But it bounces down and out to safety.

2104 BST: The second half gets under way, and there is a change from 10-man Portugal. Striker Pauleta is off and replaced by midfielder Armando Petit.

"It's been anything but Total Football from the Dutch. They've started off with a cynical edge to them but they might play with a bit more of the attacking football of past sides now that Portugal are down to 10 men."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

"It was a scrappy half. Portugal have been the better side, they deserved their lead and Maniche deserved his goal. But it will be an interesting second half and Holland will have to come out at Portugal. Costinha's handball was stupid. It wasn't even a goalscoring opprtunity. It was in the middle of the field and only 10 minutes earlier he had been lucky to stay on the field."
Matt Holland, BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME Maniche's fine strike gives Portugal the edge. But the sending-off just before the break gives Holland a man advantage which will surely mean the Dutch will be looking to dominate in the second period.

45 mins: SENDING OFF
Costinha, booked earlier for a foul on Phillip Cocu, picks up a second yellow card, deservedly for a deliberate handball. The decision highlights some remarkable foresight by you lot on our rater poll. Not two minutes beforehand, 61% of you were saying the Portugal midifelder was not going to last the full 90 minutes.

45 mins: Edwin van der Sar distinguishes himself on his record-breaking 113th Dutch appearance, saving brilliantly with his right leg as Pauleta turns and fires in a shot from close range.

43 mins: Holland are desperate for an equaliser before half-time. They get a chance with a free-kick on the edge of the box. Unfortunately for them, Wesley Sneijder slams the ball miles over the top - to the fury of Marco van Basten.

37 mins: Robin van Persie comes within a whisker of scoring yet another wonder goal at this World Cup. He ties the Portugal defence in knots, turning left, right and left again on the right of the box, but his shot curls away from goal and just wide of the post.

"A distraught Cristiano Ronaldo is consoled by his team-mates in the dug-out before Big Phil Scolari tries to raise his spirits. But the winger is not happy and his reaction may mean a serious injury. Or he could just be disappointed at not being able to do his normal quota of stepovers."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

33 mins: Before the game, Mandeep Sanghera, our man in Nuremberg, anticipated a plethora of trademark Cristiano Ronaldo stepovers. He was very wrong. Ronaldo is off, in tears, clutching his thigh after the early foul from Khalid Boulahrouz. Simao is on to replace him.

31 mins: Another yellow card from Valentin Ivanov as Costinha is booked for bringing down Phillip Cocu. It is the fourth booking so far.

RATER POLL You still do not seem convinced by the Portuguese, despite their lead. Our poll on Player Rater says that 71% of you expect Holland to net an equaliser, with just 29% saying Portugal will extend their lead. Nobody, but nobody, thinks this will stay 1-0.

27 mins: Getting booked seems to have brought Maniche to life. He tries for a second goal and his long-range effort is not too far over the top.

23 mins: GOAL Portugal 1-0 Holland
Maniche opens the scoring as he picks up the ball from Pauleta, sidesteps to the right and hammers a right-foot shot past Edwin van der Sar. It's a fine strike and the omens are bad for Holland - it's the same player whose goal dumped them out of Euro 2004.

18 mins: The signs are looking good for you red card fans out there. Referee Valentin Ivanov books Maniche for a foul on Mark van Bommel, the third player to find his way into his notebook

"Marco van Basten gets up from his dug-out and - as Cristiano Ronaldo is back to the touchline for a second time for treatment to his thigh - Big Phil Scolari gestures to his counterpart making clear his frustration at the challenge which led to the winger's injury."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

16 mins: Arjen Robben unlocks the Portugal offside trap, but is forced a tad wide and cannot find Robin van Persie with his low cross.

13 mins: Edwin van der Sar, now the most capped player in Dutch football history, toys with the idea of making the biggest goalkeeping blunder in Dutch football history as he lets the ball slip under his foot. But the Manchester United man recovers to clear.

11 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling with an injury to his thigh picked up when he was fouled by Khalid Boulahrouz and comes to the touchline for some running repairs.

7 mins: Referee Valentin Ivanov is not keeping his cards too close to his chest. He produces his second yellow of the match, booking Holland's Khalid Boulahrouz for a high tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo.

5 mins: Giovanni van Bronckhorst tries his luck with a long-range free-kick which Ricardo saves without too much discomfort.

2 mins: Holland's Mark van Bommel drives a right-foot shot inches wide of the post with Ricardo beaten after being set up by Dirk Kuyt. It's an eventful start for Van Bommel, who promptly gets himself booked for clipping Cristiano Ronaldo's heels.

2000 BST: Portugal get the match under way.


1957 BST: The national anthems are complete and the teams are ready for action.

1952 BST: The young mascots bring out the Fifa Fair Play flag to herald the entry of the teams into the stadium. The players look calm - the mascots less so. The lead mascot boy has a pop at the lead mascot girl for being too slow.

1951 BST: An omen from the Canadian Grand Prix? Midland's Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro trails in last, but at least he finishes. Dutch team-mate Christijan Albers is out of the running after just two laps.

"There are some terrific players on show. Cristiano Ronaldo, Pauleta and Luis Figo have scored lots of goals for Portugal and Arjen Robben has been one of the best players at the World Cup so far."
Matt Holland, BBC Five Live Sport

1948 BST: The last time these team met was at the Euro 2004 semi-final, when the Portuguese triumphed 2-1. Portugal have many of the same players from that match - but Marco van Basten has given Holland a new look. Will the change of personnel prove effective?

1945 BST: The Franken-Stadion in Nuremberg is nearly full, and it is a colourful scene, with Portugal's red and green clad fans mixing with Holland's famous orange.

1940 BST: Nuremberg is witnessing a tie between two of Europe's smaller countries - but both have a proud footballing history. Holland can draw from a larger pool of players, with a population of 16 million, as opposed to Portugal's 10 million. But surprisingly, Portugal outscores Holland 66-27 when it comes to airports. Can they repeat that success on the field?

"Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has just done a few stepovers. We will probably get to see one or two of them - million that is - during the match."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

"Portugal legend Eusebio spent some time chatting to Dutch boss Marco van Basten on the sidelines as the teams warmed up - maybe some last minute homework by the ex Portugal striker."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

PLAYER RATER An early poll suggests that you lot have been more impressed with Marco van Basten's Holland than Luis Felipe Scolari's Portugal so far in the tournament. A big majority of 61% are going for a Holland win, with just 39% tipping Portugal to succeed.

"Both teams are out warming up now. Portugal look like a set of synchronised swimmers as they stretch away, with the first 11 in a circle as part of their preparations."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

1925 BST: Something will have to give tonight. If Portugal win, it will be coach Luis Felipe Scolari's 11th World Cup win in a row. If Holland win, Marco van Basten's side extend their unbeaten run in competitive games to 16 matches.

"Portuguese keeper Ricardo and his counterpart Edwin van der Sar are the first players who have come out to warm up. This is an evenly-matched game and the pair could be crucial if it needs penalties to separate the two teams."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

1910 BST: Coach Marco van Basten has shown he is not afraid to wield the axe with his big stars, dropping Ruud van Nistelrooy to the bench. But another Holland star, goalkeeper and captain Edwin van der Sar, is writing himself into the record books as he earns a record 113th cap - beating Frank de Boer's tally of 112.


Portugal: Ricardo, Nuno Valente, Ricardo Carvalho, Meira, Miguel, Maniche, Deco, Costinha, Figo, Pauleta, Ronaldo.

Holland: Van der Sar, Van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen, Ooijer, Boulahrouz, Cocu, Sneijder, Van Bommel, Robben, Kuyt, Van Persie.

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