First semi in Novi Sad and not a good match. We have seen some enjoyable matches in this cup but today two teams that were very nervous and waiting for errors of the other side. In the middle Soares Dias. Not a big challenge for him this duel between two historical football nations, although he made 2 or 3 judgment mistakes in fouls in the middle of the pitch.
They are the fair winners of this semi and probably of the Cup. Along with Denmark they are favorite to win the final next sunday. The goal is an extraordinary combination play by the NED offensive and one of few motifs of interest in the match.
The ref team
As i said before Dias didn't had much to do. One foul given in the wrong way and two dives from the british that he didn't saw. But in the end good job in this boring match with a style and approach to the game that were very nice, as usual for him. Just a word to the assistants. I understand all the federations have the right to participate and send their teams and refs, but they need to be reliable. It's not the first time that Mr Kruashvili of Georgia makes mistakes. Today he stopped a good offensive move from England with no reason. Mr. Tóth from Hungary was good. To finish just say my congrats to Soares Dias that proved him self as a reliable bet for the near future.
the final ref!
we are accepting bets...hehehe...At start I thought that this would be a Soares Dias Vs Mclean decision but now, and consulting the nominations of last year cup the ref will be (probably) a cat 4 ref and also (probably) a 4th official of today semi finals. So Tohver or Delferiere. But with the neighbors in the final my bet is for the estonian. (Tohver gave an interview to the UEFA.com so can be a signal that he is in the final).