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To my mind, Cuneyt Cakir showed by far the best perfomance of matchday 1 along with O'Leary although latter had a much easier match and more obvious decisions. However, Cakir did not manage to convince me and confirm the very good perfomance of his first match. Yesterday, he showed only an o.k. perfomance with one error which influenced the match.
Well, just to start with the smaller ones: his card policy was overall good and what I liked was that he booked a New Zealander for requesting a yellow card to Uruguay. I hoped this misconduct would be always cautioned with a yellow card. Then, he missed one clear yellow card to New Zealand, but it was no bigger situation. The assistant referees had nothing to do and were good. However, he made an unexpected high number of mistakes in the midfield. But then let's focus on the bigger call and to my mind, the only big error of his perfomance: in the last minutes of the first half he whistled a striker-foul against Uruguay and therefore disallowed a goal which was scored just a few parts of a second after his whistle. There was no snatch or something like that, just a normal duel, if it was the other way round, he would not have awarded a penalty. I did not see a foul, it would have been the 1-0 for Uruguay, nobody knows how the result would have been if Uruguay had led..
Although this perfomance was not good, I think that he will certainly get at least a 1/2 final. Along with O'Leary and Seneme he might be a candidate for...the final although the South American top referees may have a problem as their teams will probably go through into the last stages.