In the space of two minutes during the second half of this World Cup quarterfinal match, referee Carlos Batres awarded two penalties—one to either side.
Neither decision was particularly contentious, though Spain unsuccessfully argued for the dismissal of Paraguay’s Antolin Alcaraz who, as the last man, had denied David Villa a goal scoring opportunity.
However, the referee didn’t glorify his skills when he made numerous game breaking oversights within those few minutes of mayhem.
First, Oscar Cardozo had his penalty saved by Iker Casillas, though the goalkeeper had illegally moved a yard from his line before the ball was kicked.
Perhaps the referee was trying to rectify his error when he disallowed Spain’s spot kick finish for encroachment in the area.
Xavi Alonso had to retake his kick, which was saved by Justo Villar; in the ensuing scramble for the ball, Cesc Fabregas was fouled in the area by the Paraguayan goalkeeper.
Nevertheless, the referee had obviously decided he had seen enough penalty action and waved play on.