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A record 16 cards – 12 yellow and four red – were shown during the Round of 16 match between Portugal and the Netherlands at Germany 2006.

The game, which became known as ‘The Battle of Nuremberg’, saw Portugal win 1-0 and both sides end with nine men thanks to the dismissals of Costinha, Deco, Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

In contrast, two entire tournaments – the 1950 and 1970 FIFA World Cups™ – passed without a single player receiving his marching orders.

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