20:45 CET - Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (Italy)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (England)
Fourth Official: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt (England)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (Finland)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Davide Garbini (Italy)
20:15 CET Good evening and welcome to our live-ticker! The whole world of football looks forward to one of the most important games of the year - the final of the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid (RMA) is about to face Atlético Madrid (ATL). We know the Madrilenian derby as a very intensive and hard-fought duel, difficult for every referee.
20:20 CET Today it is Mark Clattenburg who faces this challenge, he handled the Olympic Games 2012 Final and the UEFA Super Cup 2014 Final too. After a very good international season the tonight's game is probably the biggest achievement so far. You can find a portrait of him here!
20:25 CET As usual, Simon Beck and Jake Collin are Clattenburg's Assistant Referees, Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner are the Additional Assistant Referees. With the Hungarian Viktor Kassai there is a very expierienced fourth official tonight, he handled the UCL Final 2011 himself.
20:30 CET The game is played in the "Stadio Giuseppe Meazza" in Milan. It is somehow a home game for the referee's observer: It is no less than Pierluigi Collina from Italy. Pertti Alaja from Finland is the UEFA delegate. The man who accompanied the referee team after their arrival in Milan is Davide Garbini. He fulfills the role of the Referee Liason Officer.
20:38 CET There cannot be a final without an opening ceremony... :) But only some few minutes and the real protagonists will enter their tonight's stage!
20:45 CET The three teams enter the field of play! Team Clattenburg wear the yellow UCL kits tonight. It seems as Mr. Clattenburg is a fan of long sleeves, independently from the temperature.
20:50 CET (sic!) KICK-OFF! We wish the English-Hungarian team all the best for the tonight's evening! Good luck!
Minute 1' Only 45 seconds are played and already the first verbal warning. An intensive start for Clattenburg.
Minute 5' Free-kick in favor of RMA short before the penalty area. It seems to be a correct decision by Clattenburg and probably AR1 and AAR1. Generally, Clattenburg applies anyway a generous line concerning Law 12 so far.
Minute 8' It would not be Mark Clattenburg if there would not be a lot of gestures... :)
Minute 10' There is already the first caution! YC for RMA#15 after a reckless sliding tackle. Acceptable and wise in a tactical sense.
Minute 15' GOAL by Real Madrid, 1:0. The goal resulted from a (correct) free-kick. But was it an offside position? It seems so... But definitely difficult for AR1 Simon Beck.
Minute 24' After the very intensive start the game game became fairer and a little bit calmer in the last few minutes. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for another replay from the goal.
Minute 28' Clattenburg has the full match control so far, especially thanks to his in my opinion excellent approach during the first 15 minutes including a lot of communication, as always a very good body language and a good start in the disciplinary sector.
Minute 30' Penalty appeal in favor of ATL. Was it Ramos' arm touching the ball? Clattenburg decides to a corner kick.
Minutes 37' As nothing is happening at the moment: There are more than 70,000 spectators in Milan tonight and it is a fantastic atmosphere so far. It is pleasant that Clattenburg does not make a nervous impact at all.
Minute 40' Clattenburg already now with a good approach against time wasting, probably that will become a hot topic during the second half.
After a very intensive and hard-fought begin the game became calmer towards the only goal so far. And exactly this goal was also the most important situation involving the English referee team. Unfortunately it seems that it was an offside position, missed by AR1 Simon Beck. Anyway it must be mentioned that it was a very difficult situation for him and as we all know, he does not have a lot of replays as we have in front of our TVs.
Apart from this, I was really pleased with the referee's performance. A sensible application of Law 12, a wise disciplinary control (only 1 YC so far and this one was a very good one) and as always an excellent body language and communication by Mark Clattenburg. Hope he can show the same approach in the second 45 minutes!
HT: I've seen the penalty situation in Minute 30 again, Ramos touched the ball with his left arm which was in an unnatural position. But a very short distance, furthermore ball to hand and not vice-versa and generally, nearly impossible to see for Clattenburg without any replays (especially because Ramos held his belly why one can expect that it was indeed his belly fending the ball, but once again it become clear that Ramos is a crafty player...)
Minute 46' Kick-off to the second half.
Minute 46' PENALTY in favor of ATL! What a start. And YC for RMA#1 (unsporting behavior).
Minute 48' It's hit the bar! No goal. What are your thoughts about Clattenburg's penalty whistle? The commentator of my national TV is bewildered, in my opinion it is an absolutely acceptable or rather correct call.
Minute 58' By the way: Why does he whistle prior to nearly every corner kick?
Minute 59' An advantage gesture after a free-kick exectuted a lot of meters away from where it should be. Generally, Clattenburg's gesture for the advantage rule is.... a little bit distinct :)
Minute 61' Reckless foul by ATL#9, correct YC for him. Clattenburg continues his excellent disciplinary control.
Minute 68' This free-kick would have been a good possibility for using the vanishing spray, I'm surprised Clattenburg did not do. The wall said "thank you" and went some meters forwards.
Minute 74' The game character is not that unfair as one could have expect before the game. In my opinion this is especially thanks to his Clattenburg and his approach.
Minute 79' Clattenburg cautions RMA#14 for holding his opponent.
Minute 79' GOAL by Atletico, 1:1! It could not be more exciting.
Minute 87' The last few minutes. It seems as if we see another 30 minutes from this exciting game - and this excellent referee too!
Minute 90' Viktor Kassai signals the additional time: Three minutes!
Minute 90+3' YC for RMA#4 (SPA and reckless foul as well) and YC for ATL#14 (dissent by word). In my opinion two acceptable decisions. For Ramos a caution is still sufficient according to my opinion: Only SPA (= stopping a promising attack), no DOGSO (= denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity) - in my opinion neither a serious foul play, but of course there are some arguments too, at least I can understand Clattenburg and his decision. The caution for Gabi was a very important and good one! All in all I liked his management of this situation.
Minute 90+4' Well, 1:1. The first 90 minutes are finished, at least another 30 minutes to come. Our resumé so far: An excellent Mark Clattenburg. Full match control, full acceptance, great approach.
Kick-off to the extra time!
Minute 93' YC for RMA#23 who stops a promising attack by holding his opponent. It is the 7th one tonight.
Minute 100' It is by the way not only Clattenburg who does a great job tonight. AR2 Jake Collin is a very good support, same counts for both AAR Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner. Furthermore Viktor Kassai has no problems with both benches too. As we already know, AR1 Simon Beck oversaw an offside position prior to 1:0, but apart from this situation it is a good performance by him too.
Minute 104' Clattenburg is still whistling prior to every corner kick and a lot of goal kicks. And I still don't know why... :)
Half-Time. Another 15 minutes to come.
Minute 110' It seems as if Clattenburg is the only one without any cramps. Generally a good movement and positioning. There were some moments I was not completely contented with his position but all in all he shows a sensible diagonal movement not interfering with play.
Minute 111' Finally a YC for RMA#3 after a reckless kick. It is the 8th caution this evening and in my opinion it is the 8th correct one. Very good disciplinary control!
Minute 116' Normally there must be again some minutes of additional time, but I am not sure if this is really so wise tonight. A lot of cramps and injuries in the last few minutes.
Minute 117' Strictly according to the Laws of the Game one can caution this handball by RMA#22 too. I can understand Clattenburg's decision to do not.
Minute 120' Two minutes of additional time. Meanwhile a controversial situation involving Pepe again, his opponent grabbed into his face, a disciplinary sanction would not be that wrong to be honest. On the other hand, "theater" is a suitable vocabulary for Pepe's show. Clattenburg with a lot of tact.
1:1 after 120 minutes!
A penalty shoot-out is necessary to determine the UCL winner 2016!
P.S.O. Real Madrid begins.
Real Madrid is the UCL winner 2016! (1:1, 1:1, 6:4)
Congratulations to Real Madrid - but congratulations to Mark Clattenburg too! The English showed an excellent performance this evening, at least according to my opinion. He had a very suitable line in his application of the LOTG, furthermore he showed a very good disicplinary control (finally he issued 8 cautions) and outstanding personality skills! His player's management, his body language, his gestures, his communication... all these were very positive points and important reasons why he had the full match control and the absolute acceptance all the time!
Anyway we cannot completely ignore the first goal in minute 15. The TV replays showed that it was an offside position, unfortunately missed by AR1 Simon Beck. Even if it was close and difficult to evaluate for the assistant referee, we have to judge it as a crucial mistake, I fear.
Apart from this one situation Simon Beck and also all the other assistant referees - Jake Collin, Anthony Taylor, Andre Marriner and Viktor Kassai - showed a very good performance too.
Concerning Clattenburg the most important points for improvement were his application of the advantage rule and a lot of unncessary and incomprehensible whistles before corner kicks and goal kicks - but of course, these are only details.
There will always be the one or the other controversial decision to discuss (e.g. 117' - YC? or 120' - was it an violent conduct?) but all in all it was nevertheless a satisfying evening for the English-Hungarian crew and the tonight's observer Pierluigi Collina. Congratulations!
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