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Portugal 1-0 Holland
Sunday, 25 June 2006




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2213: VirtualOranjeboven
Holland were a disgrace. We knew Robben was a cheat, now we know the whole lot of them are. They're worse than any South Americans or Italians and Marco Van Basten must condone this behaviour because they're not usually noted for diving, cheating and physically attacking opponents.

You can't blame the ref. I feel sorry for the Portuguese who were sent off, especially Deco, who seemed to be booked for being rugby tackled. Holland should have points deducted from their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. This was all their fault. Robben and Kuyt should be banned for a number of matches, and Van Bronckhorst and Ooijer as well.

It's worked out perfectly for England. Ronaldo injured, two suspended. There would have been murders if Holland had played like that against England. My Girlfriend was getting into it.

2148: Besonders
I've got to say, at half time I was thinking, for all the technical brilliance on display this match was actually a bit scrappy. Then it turned into an out and out scrap. The irony lies in the expectation of the quality football these two teams can produce. Right now, I'm hoping for a last-gasp Dutch equaliser, then another 2 or 3 sendings-off during extra time!

2140: Chinaera
I'm watching "The Big Girl's Blouse Fight Live"

2127: Xenosys2005
What an awful display of gamesmanship, unsportsman like behaviour. Figo's play acting, Van Bommel going down like hed been shot once again when Figo gently touched him.

I can see this match turning into another Italy v USA farce at the end.

2127: Cabbage Hall
Shame; a game which on paper should be good is now completely ruled by a daft referee. Boularouz should have knocked Figo's lights out after being sent off.Talking about cheating.....

2122: Topofthelane
England have NEVER been knocked out of a World Cup during the knock-out stages by a team that hasn't previously won the World Cup. Portugal and Holland are wasting their time today.

2120: VTel
Deliberate handball - is a yellow card under the rules. The real question is why Costinha felt he had to do it when there was no imminent danger. Blame the player not the ref, who I think has had a decent match given FIFA's strictures...

2050: Litmus Test
Costinha was an idiot to get himself sent off. Referee Ivanov is a complete incompetent who makes himself a name by booking about half the players on the pitch. Anyone could see he was itching to send him off (having completely missed the previous challenge). How Ivanov could miss the kung fu kick on Robben though is beyond me.

1945: Super Stevie
Holland are the better team IMO, however I would rather play them than Portugal. Why? Because Holland aren't the best at the back. They allow the other team space and that's what we need to win... If Lampard CAN actually score, we will be a better team. But he isn't at the moment =(

1940: Pintofstella Overdrive
This should be a proper game with two good attacking teams. Portugal are the stronger team and I expect them to come through this to face England in the quarter-finals. Scolari to mastermind Englands exit? Bound to happen isn't it.

1930: Xenosys2005
I'd much rather play Holland than Portugal. Throughout the group stages, the only players for the Dutch that provided an attacking threat were Robben, Van Persie and the odd midfield burst from the rest.

Portugal have got more experience of this sort of stage, and more matchwinners in them in Figo, Ronaldo and Deco, that would provide more of a threat to England.

1920: JackHughesbyZola
After England's performances so far, I'd rather they faced Barnet Reserves than either Holland or Portugal.

1912: Little Mozart
I'll be watching this game with great interest. Whoever wins this goes through to the semi-finals, let's hope it's Holland.

1912: Ernham
The best thing about this match is that after watching that farce of a game an hour ago, even if the game is only mediocre it will seem as if an incredible game! Holland will win 2-0.



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