It was an ordeal by combat for the
It is not a record the 38-year-old Webb will be proud of but he was often left with little option as a tense encounter saw some crunching fouls and numerous late challenges.
Webb showed nine yellow cards to the Dutch - including two and a red to Everton's John Heitinga - and five to
Webb easily surpassed the record of Brazilian referee Romuald Arppi Filho who showed six cards in the 1986 final between
Cann had the first tough call to make when he flagged for offside against
But as Netherlands' tackling became spikier, the busier Webb became.
Webb's next decision was equally easy when
It was straightforward again when
An X-rated challenge by
By half-time five players were in the book, prompting
After the break Webb's book was soon out again - Giovanni van Bronckhorst this time for pulling down
That was not the case when Xavi had his heels clipped by Heitinga during a melee in the box - a difficult one to call but a penalty nevertheless. However, Webb was not having it.
Robben also felt he was being fouled by Puyol when he ran through on goal and protested so much he too went in the book.
Heitinga received his second caution and then red for hauling back Iniesta before
Joris Mathijsen was cautioned for protesting about Iniesta's winner before the goalscorer himself gave the match a certain symmetry when he too found himself booked for removing his shirt in celebration.
Xavi made it a ludicrous 14 yellow cards for the match. A record yes - but not one that Webb will want to remember.
He was booed by the Dutch fans when he went up to collect his medal after the match, but they might want to consider he could have easily have dished out more.
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