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Holland knocked out of World Cup (

26 jun 2006 - Source:

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The Dutch team has been knocked out of the World Cup, following a 1-0 quarter final defeat against Portugal in an incident-packed game. Both teams finished the game with only nine men. The Russian referee Ivanov lavishly brandished yellow and red cards: he booked as many as 16 players including four second bookings which led to the dismissals. Portugal eventually enjoyed a hard-fought victory, as they took their chances better than the Dutch. Holland were unable to really threaten Portugal. Robin van Persie was the only striker that produced some dangerous moments. His started some fine solo runs, but was not a prolific finisher and his final passes often lacked accuracy. Thus Van Persie twisted and turned three times on 37 minutes before he shot wide of the goal from an acute angle. And twenty minutes from final time no Dutch forward popped up at the near post to connect with a fine Van Persie cross. The Dutch tried their luck with some long-range efforts that did not impress goalkeeper Ricardo, who did well to deny Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder. The Portuguese goalkeeper was lucky, though, when Phillip Cocu unleashed a right- footed shot that struck the underside of the bar. Portugal produced more attacking threat and scored the opening goal on 23 minutes. Maniche, who was a constant menace, was at the end of a flowing move and fired the ball into the top corner. Holland goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who made a record 113th appearance for his country, put in another fine performance and prevented the Portuguese from increasing the advantage.