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Date
2010-06-17
Match
Greece-Nigeria
 
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Result
2 - 1
Referee decisions
Yellow
3 - 1
Red
0 - 1
Penalty
0 - 0
Referee assessment
 
this match
overall
Reporters:
7.9
7.4
Members:
7.8
7.3
 
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8.0
Control:
8.0
Calls:
9.0
Neutrality:
8.0
Style:
8.3
General assessment
 
Reports for this match (22)
1) report by maia
8.0
Control:
7.0
Calls:
8.0
Neutrality:
8.0
Style:
7.8
General assessment
Ruiz matches
'11-05-05 Cerro Porteno - Estudiantes (0 - 0)'11-04-25 Millonarios - Atlético Nacional (1 - 2)'11-04-19 Internacional - Emelec (2 - 0)'11-04-06 Nacional (UR) - Fluminense (2 - 0)'11-03-03 LDU Quito - Independiente (3 - 0)'11-02-15 América - Nacional (UR) (2 - 0)'10-12-08 Independiente - Goiás (3 - 1)'10-11-10 LDU Quito - Newell's Old Boys (1 - 0)'10-09-07 Argentina - Spain (4 - 1)'10-08-18 Internacional - Guadalajara (3 - 2)'10-06-22 France - South Africa (1 - 2)• '10-06-17 Greece - Nigeria (2 - 1)'10-05-20 Estudiantes - Internacional (2 - 1)'10-05-12 Cruzeiro - Sao Paulo (0 - 2)'10-04-27 Guadalajara - Vélez Sarsfield (3 - 0)'10-04-13 Deportivo Quito - Cerro CA (2 - 1)'10-03-31 Monarcas Morelia - Banfield (1 - 1)'10-02-24 Cruzeiro - Colo-Colo (4 - 1)'10-02-10 Emelec - Newell's Old Boys (2 - 1)'09-11-19 LDU Quito - River Plate (Uruguay) (7 - 0)'09-10-09 Italy u20 - Hungary u20 (2 - 3)'09-10-02 Uzbekistan u20 - England u20 (1 - 1)'09-09-29 Korea Republic u20 - Germany u20 (1 - 1)'09-09-05 Argentina - Brazil (1 - 3)'09-07-02 Gremio - Cruzeiro (2 - 2)'09-06-18 Estudiantes - Defensor Sporting (1 - 0)'09-06-10 Brazil - Paraguay (2 - 1)'09-03-17 Ind. Medellin - América de Cali (0 - 0)'08-11-19 Internacional - Guadalajara (4 - 0)'08-11-06 Boca Juniors - Internacional (1 - 2)'08-10-15 Chile - Argentina (1 - 0)'08-09-16 Deportivo Cali - América de Cali (1 - 0)'08-09-10 Uruguay - Ecuador (0 - 0)'08-06-18 Brazil - Argentina (0 - 0)'08-05-14 Sao Paulo - Fluminense (1 - 0)'08-05-06 Estudiantes - LDU Quito (2 - 1)'08-04-17 River Plate - Univ. San Martin (5 - 0)'08-04-08 Atlas - Boca Juniors (3 - 1)'08-03-18 Caracas FC - Cruzeiro (1 - 1)'08-03-04 LDU Quito - Libertad (2 - 0)'07-12-05 Arsenal de Sarandí - América (1 - 2)'07-11-21 Chile - Paraguay (0 - 3)'07-10-25 Guadalajara - Arsenal de Sarandí (1 - 3)'07-10-17 Chile - Peru (2 - 0)'07-09-19 Botafogo - River Plate (1 - 0)'07-07-10 Uruguay - Brazil (2 - 2)'07-06-27 Ecuador - Chile (2 - 3)'07-06-20 Gremio - Boca Juniors (0 - 2)'07-05-23 Santos FC - América (2 - 1)'07-05-17 Boca Juniors - Libertad (1 - 1)'07-04-24 Deportes Tolima - Cucuta Deportivo (3 - 4)'07-04-04 Cienciano - Boca Juniors (3 - 0)'07-03-06 El Nacional - Libertad (1 - 1)'06-12-14 América - Barcelona (0 - 4)'06-10-26 Gimnasia La Plata - Colo-Colo (0 - 2)'06-09-28 Fluminense - Gimnasia La Plata (1 - 1)'06-08-03 Internacional - Libertad (2 - 0)'06-07-14 Sao Paulo - Boca Juniors (2 - 2)'06-06-16 Netherlands - Cote d'Ivoire (2 - 1)'06-05-04 Goiás - Estudiantes (3 - 1)'06-04-27 Nacional (UR) - Internacional (1 - 2)'06-04-12 Libertad - Paulista (1 - 0)'06-03-08 River Plate - El Nacional (4 - 3)'06-02-07 LDU Quito - Vélez Sarsfield (1 - 3)'06-02-01 Deportivo Tachira - Palmeiras (2 - 4)'06-01-29 USA - Norway (5 - 0)'05-11-23 Boca Juniors - Universidad Católica (2 - 2)'05-11-16 Bahrain - Trinidad and Tobago (0 - 1)'05-10-19 Corinthians - Pumas UNAM (2 - 1)'05-09-23 USA u17 - Cote d'Ivoire u17 (1 - 1)'05-09-19 Peru u17 - China u17 (0 - 1)'05-07-10 Mexico - Guatemala (4 - 0)'05-06-18 Nigeria u20 - Switzerland u20 (3 - 0)'05-06-14 USA u20 - Germany u20 (0 - 0)'05-06-10 Netherlands u20 - Japan u20 (2 - 1)'05-05-26 Cerro Porteno - Atletico Paranaense (2 - 1)'05-05-19 Universidad de Chile - Santos FC (2 - 1)'05-05-11 LDU Quito - Danubio (1 - 1)'05-04-28 The Strongest - Quilmes (2 - 1)'05-04-19 Deportivo Tachira - Cerro Porteno (0 - 3)'05-03-26 Chile - Uruguay (1 - 1)'05-03-16 Quilmes - Sao Paulo (2 - 2)'05-03-08 LDU Quito - Bolívar (1 - 0)'04-11-24 Boca Juniors - Internacional (4 - 2)'04-11-17 Ecuador - Brazil (1 - 0)'04-10-13 Paraguay - Peru (1 - 1)'04-06-18 Mexico - Brazil (0 - 4)'04-06-08 Costa Rica - Paraguay (0 - 1)'04-06-02 Brazil - Argentina (3 - 1)'04-05-11 América - Santo André (1 - 1)'04-05-05 LDU Quito - Santos FC (4 - 2)'04-04-13 Rosario Central - Olimpia Asuncion (2 - 1)'04-03-31 Paraguay - Brazil (0 - 0)'04-03-23 Sporting Cristal - Rosario Central (4 - 1)'04-02-18 Venezuela - Australia (1 - 1)'03-12-12 Japan u20 - Brazil u20 (1 - 5)'03-12-08 USA u20 - Cote d'Ivoire u20 (2 - 0)'03-12-04 UAE u20 - Burkina Faso u20 (0 - 0)'03-12-01 Mali u20 - Spain u20 (0 - 2)'03-11-16 Peru - Brazil (1 - 1)'03-09-10 Paraguay - Uruguay (4 - 1)'03-06-25 Boca Juniors - Santos FC (2 - 0)'03-05-21 Cruz Azul - Santos FC (2 - 2)'03-05-14 Corinthians - River Plate (1 - 2)'03-04-30 Mexico - Brazil (0 - 0)'03-04-22 Olimpia Asuncion - Gremio (2 - 3)'03-03-26 Alianza Lima - Gimnasia La Plata (1 - 1)'03-03-20 Pumas UNAM - Gremio (1 - 0)'03-02-11 Alianza Lima - Olimpia Asuncion (1 - 1)'02-08-21 Brazil - Paraguay (0 - 1)'02-07-16 América - Santo André (1 - 1)'02-07-10 Santo André - Olimpia Asuncion (1 - 2)'02-06-22 Senegal - Turkey (0 - 1)'02-06-13 Turkey - China (3 - 0)'02-06-04 Korea Republic - Poland (2 - 0)'02-05-14 Santo André - Peñarol (2 - 1)'02-05-02 Gremio - River Plate (4 - 0)'02-04-25 El Nacional - Boca Juniors (0 - 0)'02-04-11 Sporting Cristal - Monarcas Morelia (0 - 1)'02-03-13 América - River Plate (0 - 0)
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Other Encounters

Third

FIFA WC 2010 group stage:
Greece - Nigeria, 2 - 1. Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2010-06-17

John Langenus (Belgium), Arthur Ellis (England) , Joel Quiniou (France) , Kurt Tschenscher (West-Germany) , Istvan Zsolt, Karoly Palotai (Hungary) , Abraham Klein (Israel) , Arturo Yamasaki (Mexico and Peru) , Nicolae Rainea (Romania) , Robert Davidson (Scotland) , Juan Gardeazabal (Spain) , Ivan Eklind, Erik Fredriksson (Sweden) , Jamal Al Sharif (Syria) , Ali Bujsaim (UAE) , Ramon Barreto (Uruguay), Mervyn Griffiths (Wales) and earlier this week Carlos Simon (Brazil). All refs who have officiated at three World Cup finals, and now we can add Oscar Ruiz to the list.

aloof
Ruiz was quiet, a bit aloof (a bit cold and humourless perhaps but some would argue that a good ref should have those characteristics), and very concentrated on the match. He does not seem to want to attract the attention to himself.
After Nigerian player Kaita was sent off for kicking a player who had the ball in his hands, the Greeks substituted a defender for a forward and the Nigerians started stalling. As was to be expected and Ruiz wanted none of that. The Colombian let a Greek attack move on while a player was lying on the ground pretending to be injured. Later while following the counter attack by the Nigerians, Ruiz noticed a Nigerian falling a little behind him, a minute later (after a shot on an empty goal went wide) Ruiz booked a Greek for it. Ruiz' vast experience is clearly visible from from his actions. This was finally a really well refereed match by Oscar Ruiz.

match
Again the Greeks just didn't seem to want to win. They didn't go all out even when their opponent had a player less, in fact their top scorer Gekas was substituted. The Greek team kept 5, sometimes 6 players behind in the defense to stop one Nigerian forward. (And the same can be said about the Nigerians: having only one forward with no one behind him).

first
The first ever Greek goal in a World Cup match was made by a Nigerian called Aruna.

Fixed?
About two weeks later allegations started to appear about this match having been fixed. Some Nigerian players had come forward saying some other players had been payed to lose the match. Even FIFA has started investigating.
Match fixing is not about fixers picking the winner against the odds. It is more about betting on a sure winner but specifying the number of goals or the goal difference. In this match the Nigerians went ahead one goal in the first half, then lost 1-2 in the second.
The Nigerian team, by the way, was immediately suspended by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan. Again later he took that back, maybe because FIFA told him to or maybe because of all the reactions he got on his Facebook page (this is not a joke, the guy has a facebook page and seems to be very active there)

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short