- Adelaide United speedster Awer Mabil joins Danish champions FC Midtjylland
- Jose Mourinho critical of young Chelsea brigade
- FFA terminates Newcastle Jets license
- Newcastle Jets placed into voluntary administration
- Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns wins Johnny Warren Medal [VIDEO]
- Matthieu Delpierre signs new Melbourne Victory deal
- Robbie Slater blasts AFL for lack of intervention in A-League Grand Final predicament
- Enver Alivodic re-signs with Newcastle Jets
- Exclusive with Josep Gombau: Marcelo Carrusca key to Adelaide United’s title push
- Andrew Hoole named Newcastle Jets Player of the Year
- Tony Walmsley optimistic Central Coast Mariners will improve next season
- Kevin Muscat: ‘Massive night for the football club’
- Josep Gombau wants home final at Coopers Stadium
- Adelaide United forward Pablo Sanchez signs contract extension
- Melbourne Victory re-signs Fahid Ben Khalfallah for two seasons
The Villain of Day 12 – Ravshan Irmatov
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.