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Aussie referee on World Cup debut dishes out cards like candies

  • Agencies, Recife, Brazil
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014 07:02 IST

Ben Williams sacrificed his salary as a teacher for six months so he could prepare for the World Cup. On Sunday, it paid off.

Williams became the first Australian referee to control a second-round match at a World Cup during the game between Costa Rica and Greece.

So the match provided a first for three countries - Costa Rica and Greece had never previously qualified for the knockout stages at the sport's marquee tournament.

Williams' debut will also be remembered because he handed out a shocking eight yellow cards including a second yellow/red card to Costa Rican defender Oscar Duarte. His day was capped off when he finally sent of the Greece Coach Fernando Santos after extra time.

1. 36' - A Samaris, Yellow Card (Costa Rica)


2. 42' O Duarte, Yellow Card (Costa Rica)


3. 48' Y Tejeda, Yellow Card (Costa Rica)


4. 55' O Granados, Yellow Card (Costa Rica


5. 67' - O Duarte, Second Yellow/Red Card


6. 70' - B Ruiz, Yellow Card (Costa Rica)


7. 73' - C Manolas, Yellow Card (Greece)


8. 90' - K Navas, Yellow Card (Costa Rica)


9. 120' - Ferenando Santos, Sent Off (Greece Coach)


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