Whenever appoitment schedule has been released, most of us have been surprised by name of Eriksson for this match. None can deny he is an experienced referee. But, considering teams involved, someone with a higher profile comes to mind first. Although, the match was considered to be the hardest ever in groupstage on paper, it wasnt challenging, exciting, etc. It seems last-two-years after WC2010 has taken too much away from Oranges. Coming back to referee, Eriksson's assistant had to do much more than himself. Eriksson had to decide about penalty appeals which were correctly rejected.
A new tradition
It seems that it has become a tradition to show respect badge on arm to captains before kickoff. Eriksson like Stark showed his badge and reminded them to act in fairplay
The game wasnt that much demanding. Eriksson was selective in foul detection which has contributed to flow of game positively. Approximately three penalty appeals have been rejected by referee (mostly, very soft pushes). All of them were reasonable. However, he had some problems with disciplinary measures after Min60. Sneijder has increased complaints as shouting him. That should be a YC. He showed another to Boateng for time-wasting after reckless insistence by Dutch bench, affected...Also, I have my doubts on Min82, whether there was an intentional slap of Huntellar to German midfielder.
Linesmen in action
Eriksson's assitants had to do more. Goal onside decison for Germany was very good. There were many other critical flags, most of were tight and correct. They missed a final minute corner-kick decision.(Not that important). One of his ARs has correctly urged him to show YC to Willems.