“The Battle of Nuremberg” is remembered as the most scored match in world cup history. A match that took place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and ended with Portugal's victory over the Netherlands
THE match with the most cards in the history of the World Cups
With the return of the Netherlands team to the world cup after its absence in Russia 2018, it is a good time to remember one of the facts historic in the history of the world. It was during the round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup in Germany when “The Battle of Nuremberg” took place, the match with the most scorecards in any world cup.
With everything ready for a new edition of the FIFA World Cup to begin, all the eyes of the planet are focused on what can happen during almost a month in Qatar. Beyond being able to contemplate the team that ends up lifting the title in Lusail, the World Cup is one of the most anticipated events worldwide due to all the anecdotes and spectacle that each of its matches can leave behind.
Just as there are matches that go down in history for being a clash of the titans, scoring with many goals or being completely even and ultimately cardiac, there are also matches that are remembered and not exactly for something positive; Such is the case of the duel between Portugal and the Netherlands in the round of 16 of Germany 2006, a match that ended with 16 cards during the 90 minutes.
For a large part of the fans, the duel between the two teams looked like one of the most attractive of the entire round of 16 series. On the one hand, there was a Portugal with a great squad led by Luis Figo, Deco and a young Cristiano Ronaldo; while on the “Tulips” side, there was an experienced Edwin Van der Sar, Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben.
However, the show took a back seat and the two teams dedicated themselves more to staining the game and not giving up anything based on rudeness and many fouls. In total, the Russian whistler, Valentin Ivanov, ended up showing 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards, leaving two sent off for each side:
14 years ago the best game in the history of the World Cups. 16 yellows and 4 expulsions. Portugal won the Battle of Nuremberg 1-0 against the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/Q69xxo0Aju
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– Costinha and Decoby Portugal, both for double bookings
– Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Khalid Boulahrouz by the Netherlands, both due to double booking.
The match ended in favor of the Lusitanos by the slightest difference with a goal from the midfielder “Maniche” in the 23rd minute. Before the only score of the match fell, the duel already had 3 cautions, something that already began to presage what was to come for the next 67 minutes.
Both teams reached the round of 16 after having had a good group stage. The Dutch were second in their group, tied on 7 points with Argentina and without losing any game; however, the goal difference made the “Albiceleste” get first in the group. For his part, CR7and company achieved a perfect score in their sector, a group that they shared with Mexico and that ended up beating them 2-1 in the last match of the group.
The memoirs of Ivanov, the arbitrator of the Battle of Nuremberg in #Germany2006https://t.co/KfslGwkZ72 pic.twitter.com/RKYZJDqQJ7
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It should be noted that the spirits and tensions were already in force two years earlier, when both teams met in the semifinals of the 2004 Euro Cup in Portugal, where the host country managed to advance to the final of the tournament after beating “A Clockwork Orange” 2-1 with goals from Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Subsequently, “los Lusos” managed to reach the semifinals of the World Cup, where they lost by the slightest difference against Zidane's France; they would also ultimately lose 3-1 in the third-place match against hosts Germany, the last World Cup for Luis Figo and Deco.