Match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal was to be the most interesting and at least one of the two most interesting clashes in the play-offs (alongside Turkey - Croatia). I have not seen the other games, but this meeting will not go down in history. Perhaps only in one aspect - a very bad condition of the pitch.
Howard Webb started the match with a specific tactic. For the fifteenth minute, he was whistling every contact between players. Then let the game slightly tougher, but only slightly. It should also be noted that Webb was about 6 feet from each action, which required a great fitness (Howard Webb lost weight recently). At first, I wanted to criticize him for this tactic, but after the game I thought it was a great prevention, which made unsportsmanlike behaviors impossible.
Policeman Webb did not have too much to do. He was whistling often even the smallest infractions. The first yellow card in the 18th minute was obvious (Salihovic tactical foul on Cristiano Ronaldo). In 42nd minute Howard punished with yellow cards Postiga (for protests) and Jahic (for calling for yellow card for the opponent). 100% of the rule book, but whether it was necessary. Webb is known for his constant talking to players, whether there couldn't be so this time?
A key decision
Penalty! I thought when I saw a clash between Ibisevic and Pepe. When I watched replays, I was not so convinced. Admittedly, Pepe put his hand on the Bosnian shoulder, maybe even pulled him, but whether it was a contact for a penalty? We will say yes, Ibisevic tore loose from Pepe and Portuguese should not prevent it in this way. We will say no, it was not a contact after which Webb could point on a penalty kick. Which answer is correct? According to me - both.
Fatal pitch, rather slow pace of the game, a lot of wasted 'chance of scoring' situations, lasers for Cristiano Ronaldo, impulsive fans ... Not enough to call this game a great spectacle. Who will win, who will advance to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, we will find out on Tuesday.