Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov (L) gestures during a Group E football match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
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Come-from-behind victories have been common at this year's World Cup, so it seems apt that, after a decidedly shaky start to the tournament, referees have disappeared from the headlines and let the scintillating football do the talking.In the very next game, when Mexico faced Cameroon, not one but two efforts by Giovani dos Santos were disallowed after debatable offside rulings that left the player fuming.A referee's lot is to have the bad decisions remembered and the good ones forgotten.In another example of good officiating sneaking under the radar, Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci handed Wilson Palacios of Honduras a second yellow card after he charged into French midfielder Paul Pogba seconds before the break.That game also saw goal-line technology used to decide a goal for the first time at a World Cup.
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