Holland vs. Argentina sees record 18 yellow cards
Argentina pulled off a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands on Friday to claim a place in the World Cup semifinals, but the match will be remembered for the 18 yellow cards and one red card handed out by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz to set a record. .
In a thrilling game, after taking a 2-0 lead on Lionel Messi’s goal and assist, Argentina squandered their lead in a collapse late in regulation. The Netherlands equalized in the 11th minute of second-half stoppage time when Wout Weghorst scored as midfielder Teun Koopmeiners stepped up to take a free kick on the edge of the box before slipping a pass under the wall for the striker to score.
Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved two tries in penalty shootouts, when Lautaro Martínez scored the final penalty, but tensions boiled over as the teams clashed repeatedly in what has been dubbed the “Battle of Lusail”.
At one point, Leandro Paredes lobbed the ball in the direction of the Dutch bench, before Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk responded by bringing Paredes to the ground. Defender Denzel Dumfries received two yellow cards in quick succession during the penalty shootout.
In all, 15 players on the field received a card, a World Cup record.
“I don’t want to talk about the referee because you can’t be honest,” Messi, who confronted Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after the match, told Argentine television. “If you speak, they sanction you, FIFA must think about it, they cannot put a referee who is not up to the task for these instances.”
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Complete list of yellow cards for the Netherlands vs. Argentina:
– Walter Samuel (31′) – Argentina coaching staff
– Jurrien Timber (43′)
– Marcos Acuna (43′)
– Cristian Romero (45′)
-Wout Weghorst (45+2′)
-Memphis Depay (76′)
– Lisandro Martinez (76′)
-Steven Berghuis (88′)
– Leandro Paredes (89′)
– Lionel Scaloni (90′) – coach of Argentina
– Lionel Messi (90+10′)
– Nicolás Otamendi (90+12′)
– Steven Bergwijn (91′) – Eastern Time
– Gonzalo Montiel (109′) – Eastern time
– German Pezzella (112′) – ET
– Denzel Dumfries (128′) – Penalty shootout
– Denzel Dumfries (129′) – Penalty shootout (2nd yellow = red)
– Noa Lang (129′) – Penalty shootout
The referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz was liberal with the use of the yellow card. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images
Here’s a list of some of the other World Cup games that have seen a lot of cards. Note: The first time red and yellow cards were used was at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
2002 – Cameroon vs Germany (16)
Before the 2022 World Cup, the record for the most yellow cards was set in the 1994 round of 16 clash between Nigeria and Italy, where there were just nine.
However, the 3-3 draw between Senegal vs. Uruguay saw 12 yellow cards before Germany’s 2-0 victory over Cameroon on the same day saw 16 players booked and two sent off by Spanish referee Antonio Jesús López Nieto.
Cameroonian midfielder Marc Vivien-Foe and German striker Carsten Jancker were booked after 10 minutes, while Germany’s Carsten Ramelow was sent off after 40 minutes for repeated fouls. Nine cards came in the first half, then another seven when Cameroonian substitute Patrick Ruffo was sent off in the 78th minute.
2006 – Portugal vs Holland (16)
The infamous “Battle of Nuremberg” in the 2006 round of 16 technically included 16 yellows, but four of those were second yellows leading to a red.
Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel took just two minutes to score and four more yellow cards came out before the break, including a second for Portugal’s Costinha for handball.
That means 11 more yellow cards followed in the second half as a riot broke out on the touchline on 50 minutes, then another riot followed when Khalid Boulahrouz was sent off on 63 minutes after fouling Luis Figo.
With both teams reduced to 10 men, Deco was sent off in the 78th minute and Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the 95th.
Oh, and the game ended 1-0 for Portugal.
2010 – Netherlands vs. Spain (14)
Nigel de Jong’s karate kick on Xabi Alonso drew attention. CARL DE SOUZA
Another game involving the Netherlands, this time it was the World Cup final and it also went into extra time.
Five cards came in the first half, with Nigel de Jong’s famous karate kick over Xabi Alonso the pick of the bunch. Four more arrived in the second.
With the game 0–0 at the 90th minute, Dutch defender John Heitinga received a second booking in the 108th minute before Andrés Iniesta gave Spain victory with a goal four minutes before time.