Thiago Silva Escapes Red Card After Giving Away Early Penalty to Arjen Robben

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJuly 12, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: Referee Djamel Haimoudi gestures for a penalty kick after a foul on Arjen Robben of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Brazil's response to the 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany got off to a dreadful start after Thiago Silva gave away a penalty against Arjen Robben in the World Cup third/fourth-place play-off.

Robin van Persie converted the spot kick in the third minute, but the biggest surprise was that Silva escaped the red card:

Robin van Persie opens the scoring from 12-yards after a Thiago Silva foul on Robben…

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Replays show he was the last man between Robben and the goalkeeper, and thus he denied the Dutchman a goalscoring chance.

Instead referee Djamel Haimoudi awarded only a yellow card.

Was it the right call?

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