In the 5th minute, after Landon Donovan fouled Xabi Alonso, Harkes blamed the yellow card referee Jorge Larrionda gave to Donovan on Alonso staying on the ground and rolling over. "I don't like that," said Harkes.
In the 89th minute, Donovan ran into David Villa and flopped dramatically to the ground, winning a free kick. And Gerard Pique was yellow-carded for dissent.
Said Harkes, "It's all part of it. Players embellishing at times, you know. Under pressure trying to gain any advantage.