Nigel de Jong's kick to Xabi Alonso's chest was let-off easy by referee Howard Webb, who only gave the Dutch midfielder a yellow card for a red card offense on his Spanish counterpart.
In the 28th minute while attempting to play a ball coming down in the midfield, de Jong raised his right leg chest high into the oncoming Alonso.
Webb immediately showed a yellow card, ignoring Spanish players' appeals for the more severe punishment.
The card is the fifth given out through 28 minutes. The Dutch have committed eight fouls to Spain's three.
Now in the 32nd minute, the match remains scoreless.