Dutch coach says ref decides World Cup final

08:14, July 12, 2010      

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Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk criticized English referee Howard Webb's calls after they lost the World Cup final to Spain 1-0 on Sunday.

"It was very sad in the final three or four minutes," he said. "Even with 10 men we would be able to play the shootout."

English ref Webb fished out 14 yellow cards and one red in the final in which Spain won their first World Cup on Andres Iniesta's 116th minute goal.

Webb took out five yellow cards in the first half and issued nine more in the second as he was struggling to control the hot-tempered game.

Dutch defender John Heitinga received his second yellow card in the 109th minute to be shown out of the pitch.

Dutch players protested to the referee about Iniesta's goal because they thought it should be annulled for offside.

Van Marwijk also complained about the referee, saying that "not we say it but the referee says it."

When commenting on Dutch players' rough style, van Marwijk said: "The fouls came from both sides not just from our side. It's not our style, the Spanish also commited terrible fouls."

Statistics showed that the Netherlands committed 28 fouls against 19 from the Spaniards.

The coach admitted that the Dutch would play rough in order to win.

"I'd like to win even it's not beautiful football," he said, but lamented the lost chances.

"We could have scored through (Arjen) Robben and we could have won. You know the team who score the first goal might win the match," he said.

Van Marwijk noted the progress made by the Spaniards.

"Spain are the best football country in the last two years," he said. "But technically speaking we did a good job today."

Source: Xinhua

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