Around the world, in other places than America, soccer is often called "The Beautiful Game" but the game played today was no such thing.
When the match started, I had no favorite but was feeling hopeful for the Dutch team, representing a small country and being very successful recently. It was a sort of underdog choice. That quickly changed. The Netherlands played an ugly and violent form of soccer, and there was in my eyes nothing commendable about their performance. Spain ended up the victor after the Dutch were given a record number of "cards". Good. This game won no new friends for the sport.