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The Villain of Day 12 – Ravshan Irmatov

By on June 24, 2014
Croatia v Mexico: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Was the referee in the Croatia and Mexico game sleeping on the job? 

Revshan Irmatov let many fouls against Mexico slide, making it increasingly difficult for the side during today’s game.

But it was an uncalled handball against Croatia’s Dario Srna in the 64th minute which pushed many Mexican players over the edge.

In a crucial moment of the game, a game that had remained scoreless up until that point, skipper Andrés Guardado should have been awarded an important penalty when Srna threw his hands in between the ball and the back of the net, stopping a shot that would have probably gone in.

Chicharito was ropable when he protested to Irmatov about his poor decision making, slapping his arm furiously to symbol a handball.

After already missing another blatant handball by Croatia, it was evident that things just were not going Mexico’s way.

Despite the buffoonery by Irmatov, Mexico’s work paid off with a scoring spree in a space of 10 minutes which was triggered by a goal from Guardado, in the 72nd minute.

It was a repeat of history from Mexico’s first group game against Cameroon, where Mexico did well to clench a win after terrible referee decisions went against them.

3-1 was the final scoreline, meaning that Mexico knocked Croatia out of the World Cup and finished second to Brazil in Group A. Despite Irmatov’s great attempts to dampen Mexico’s parade, they prevailed and will now face a meeting with a red-hot Netherlands.

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Liam Cormican

About Liam Cormican

The 18-year-old is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. After he finishes his double degree he wishes to move to Spain so he can report on European football. He supported Everton from an early age, breaking away from his family's passion for Liverpool. Follow him on Twitter @Liam_Cormican