Portugal v Netherlands, 25 June 2006

Score1-0 to Portugal
RefereeValentin Ivanov
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueFrankenstadion, Nurnberg
Attendance41,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Nikolay Golubev (Russia) Evgueni Volnin (Russia) Fourth official: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico) Fifth official: José Luis Camargo (Mexico) Man of the Match: Maniche (Portugal) The match was later nicknamed The Battle of Nuremberg This game set a new record for the most red cards (four) in a World Cup finals match. It also equals the record for yellow cards. 16 yellows were also shown in the game between Germany and Cameroon in Shizuoka in 2002. 23 red cards have been shown in the 2006 finals so breaking the record set in 1998.

1  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Netherlands

Manager: Marco Van Basten

Goals:

Nuno Maniche 23 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Fernando Meira
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Nuno Maniche
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Luis Figo (captain)
Forward Pauleta

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (captain)
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Defender Andre Ooijer
Midfielder Phillip Cocu
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Mark van Bommel
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt

Substitutions:

Simao for Cristiano Ronaldo 34
Petit for Pauleta 46
Tiago for Luis Figo 84

Substitutions:

Rafael van der Vaart for Joris Mathijsen 56
Johnny Heitinga for Mark van Bommel 67
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink for Phillip Cocu 84

Cards:

Nuno Maniche 20 Y
Costinha 31 Y
Costinha 45 Y
Costinha 45 R
Petit 50 Y
Luis Figo 60 Y
Deco 73 Y
Ricardo 76 Y
Nuno Valente 76 Y
Deco 78 Y
Deco 78 R

Cards:

Mark van Bommel 2 Y
Khalid Boulahrouz 7 Y
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 59 Y
Khalid Boulahrouz 63 Y
Khalid Boulahrouz 63 R
Wesley Sneijder 73 Y
Rafael van der Vaart 74 Y
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 90 Y
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 94 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Quim
Goalkeeper Paulo Santos
Defender Marco Caneira
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender/Midfielder Ricardo Costa
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Simao
Midfielder Tiago
Midfielder Hugo Viana
Midfielder/Forward Luis Boa Morte
Forward Nuno Gomes

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Henk Timmer
Defender/Right back Kew Jaliens
Defender/Right back Jan Kromkamp
Defender Tim De Cler
Defender Johnny Heitinga
Defender Hedwiges Maduro
Midfielder Denny Landzaat
Forward Ryan Babel

Comments:

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari maintains his 100% record of wins at World Cup finals. He won seven matches as coach of Brazil in 2002 and has now added four wins with Portugal in this tournament. Having ended Holland's sequence, Portugal now own the longest current unbeaten run in competiitive matches amongst European nations. They are unbeaten in 16 games since the Euro 2004 Final defeat by Greece. Portugal now face England in the quarter-finals. The only previous occasion they've reached the last eight of the World Cup finals was in 1966 when the tournament was held in England.

Comments:

Edwin Van Der Sar sets a new record for the most caps for Holland by surpassing Frank de Boer's previous record of 112. This was Holland's first defeat in 15 competitve games since losing to Portugal in the Euro 2004 semifinal.