June 14, 2013

Pedro Proença to open Confederations Cup

Portuguese EURO 2012 and Champions League 2012 final referee Pedro Proença has been assigned by FIFA to take charge of the opener game of this year's preparation tournament for 2014 World Cup, the Confederations Cup 2013 in Brazil, between Brazil and Japan.

Pedro Proença of Portugal during the EURO final (c) ZIMBIO

Enrique Osses of Chile will have the honour to handle Mexico and Italy in the completely re-built Estádio do Maracanã of Rio de Janeiro, while Yuichi Nishimura will control Spain vs. Uruguay in Recife. Finally Joel Aguilar of El Salvador has been appointed for Tahiti vs Nigeria in Belo Horizonte.

Matchday 1

15 June 2013
Match 1, Group A – Estádio Nacional, Brasília (BRA) – 21:00 CET
BRAZIL

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JAPAN
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark Borsch (GER) 
Match Commissioner: Bill Moran (NZL)
Blog Observer:
Philipp S. (GER)






16 June 2013
Match 2, Group A – Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) – 21:00 CET
MEXICO

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ITALY
Referee: Enrique Osses (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Alexis Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergio Román (CHI)
Fourth Official: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Match Commissioner: Cuthbert Dube (ZIM)
Blog Observer:
Edward A. (GRE)






17 June 2013
Match 3, Group B – Arena Pernambuco, Recife (BRA) – 00:00 CET
SPAIN

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URUGUAY
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Sander van Roekel (NED) 
Match Commissioner: Eric Labrador (PUR)
Blog Observer:
Carlos S. (COL)






17 June 2013
Match 4, Group B – Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (BRA) – 21:00 CET
TAHITI

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NIGERIA
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Fourth Official: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Match Commissioner: Yves Jean Bart (HAI)
Blog Observer:
Chefren (ITA)






82 Comments:

  1. Two beste REFS have great teams match. Beste REFEREE, for the year 2012 the world, has opening match. Beste REFEREE, for the year 2012 ASIAN, game masters: SPAIN(UEFA)- URUGUAY(CONMEBOL).

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  2. Predictions for Matchday 2:

    BRA-MEX: Webb, Mullarkey, Cann, Proenca
    ITA-JPN: Haimoudi, Achik, Etchiali, Aguilar
    ESP-TAH: Abal, Maidana, Belatti, Osses
    NGA-URU: Brych, Borsch, Lupp, Nishimura

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    1. Mine is:

      BRA-MEX: Webb, Mullarkey, Cann, Nishimura
      ITA-JPN: Abal, Maidana, Belatti, Osses
      ESP-TAH: Haimoudi, Achik, Etchiali, Irmatov
      NGA-URU: Kuipers, van Roekel, Zeinstra, Proenca

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    2. Mine are:

      BRA-MEX: Webb, Mullarkey, Cann, Brych
      ITA-JPN: Haimoudi, Achik, Etchiali, Aguilar
      ESP-TAH: Abal, Maidana, Belatti, Osses
      NGA-URU: Kuipers, Van Roekel, Zeinstra, Proenca

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  3. Anonymous14/6/13 14:01

    Predictions:
    BRA-MEX: Webb, Mullarkey, Cann, Nishimura
    ITA-JPN: Haimoudi, Achik, Etchiali, Aguilar
    ESP-TAH: Abal, Maidana, Belatti, Osses
    NGA-URU: Brych, Borsch, Lupp, Proenca
    JPN-MEX: Kuipers, van Roekel, Zeinstra, Abal
    ITA-BRA: Irmatov, Kochkarov, Rasulov, (Nishimura)
    NGA-ESP: Osses, Astroza, Roman, Haimoudi
    URU-TAH: Proenca, Trigo, Miranda, Webb

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    1. Anonymous14/6/13 14:07

      sorry, mistake seen immediately: change Haimoudi with Aguilar as 4th official.

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  4. Bill MORAN (NZL) is the FIFA delegate for BRA - JPN, he is a member of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

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  5. Anonymous15/6/13 13:19

    The photo of all referees and officials supporting 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup can be found here:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/993069_10200941710137864_667907746_n.jpg

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  6. Very nice photo. I was able to detect Peter Mikkelsen, Alfredo Trentalange, Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh and Carlos Batres on the left hand-side, but no idea who are the other committee members/observers/medical supporters.

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    1. I'm almost sure the 5th from the left, bottom row is Jorge Larrionda.
      Another foto from the refereeing staff at the Confed Cup:
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/859403_10200281155544412_955142642_o.jpg

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    2. Sorry, this isn't from the Confederations Cup of course. ;)

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    3. Yes, it's Larrionda.
      Thanks for the other picture, all the committee members and instructors are collected there.

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  7. Nothing to say about Proença, easy going match.... even boring under a certain aspect.

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  8. Anonymous15/6/13 22:55

    Very difficult situation before the first goal. Was the assist of Fred regular one? Hand or shoulder? I think, we can give Proenca a benefit of the doubt... Your thoughts?

    Serenito

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    1. In my eyes it was the shoulder, also it looked quite suspiciously.

      I was fascinated how far Brych went. He followed the match and was sometimes closer to the goal line than both technical zones. Could be a ne development to the fourth official's involvement in the decisions.

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    2. Anonymous15/6/13 23:25

      Yes, Brych style of following the game was superb. I would like to see every 4th official doing that!

      Serenito

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  9. So, a "Match Commissioner" is basically the same thing as a UEFA Delegate.

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  10. Yep. Unfortunately we don't know the observers.

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    1. We also know the "general coordinator", thank to this document published by FIFA:

      http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/11/01/79/eng_01_0615_bra-jpn_fulltime.pdf

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    2. Anonymous16/6/13 19:59

      The match commissioner can be a delegate and observer in one person. Or Committee Members rewatch the matches on TV and give marks together.

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  11. First offside mistake of the tournament: Sergio Román wrongly flagged Giaccherini (4').

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    1. Clear penalty missed by Osses, Pirlo was fouled in the box (17').
      Many positioning problems, too... he is always interfering with the play.



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    2. I do not think that it was really enough to award a penalty to Italy in this scene. Borderline, but for me not enough.
      Barzagli must be sent off in the penalty kick decision. Clear dogso...apart from that he ignored the law that the ball must be stationary at set pieces and had positioning problems..

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    3. Anonymous16/6/13 21:58

      You are very negatively approached toward Chilean official. Sorry, but from my perspective it was not clear penalty. Giving it would be very harsh. Penalty given for MEX was correct. I thought about red card, but yellow is excellent call after watching replays. Positioning is not so bad.

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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    4. I think Guardado got to the ball before crashing into Pirlo. I too think Osses was right not to award a penalty.

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    5. @Serbian Fighter

      If you think that the red card Gil gave at Israel U21 - Norway U21 for DOGSO is correct, then this is 2x Red.

      I too think that Guardado hit the ball first but I will watch it again tomorrow.

      Match is heating up.

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    6. Anonymous16/6/13 22:28

      In Gil's match, the attacker had a free pole in front of him. Here, the keeper decreased an angle and it was not in front of the goal, so wouldn't be so sure about the red card. Of course, it could've been given, but not necessary.

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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    7. In Gil's match the attacker wasn't in position of the ball and was about 10m outside the penalty area. In this case we talk about 7m from the goal-line.

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    8. Anonymous16/6/13 22:37

      He had a free way to score a goal, if not this intervention, he would've probably scored. Here, it was 7m from the goal-line but not in front of goal. How big was a chance to score a goal in this situation? Keeper reduced the angle, attacker was too much on the left from the goal. He could've made a brilliant pass, but c'mon - yellow card was not mistake here.

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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  12. no DOGSO on Balotelli? not enough?

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    1. Anonymous16/6/13 22:33

      Are you talking about 60'? No way, even YC for a dive would be correct.

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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  13. Anonymous16/6/13 22:45

    No wonder the players clearly doesn't respect him - respect is something you have to earn.

    Osses can thank FIFA politics and geographics that he is able to participate in these tournaments.

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  14. I do not want to say too much not to influence Edward's work in any way - despite one thing: I think the red card he missed was not his biggest problem.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/13 23:10

      Niclas, do yu think it was 100% red card and 100% crucial mistake in 34'?

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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    2. As I said I think Barzagli must be off. If that's no dogso I don't know..

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    3. Anonymous16/6/13 23:12

      OK, I have different view on it.

      //**Serbian Fighter**\\

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  15. I had the impression that Osses was unsure all match long, sorry if I seemed harsh, nothing against him, but often he needed the help of the fourth official. The card aftewr the penalty was given after too much time, he was going to avoid that? Furthermore, when there was the dropped ball, he received instructions from Haimoudi.
    Merrly based on my feeling, Osses seemed worried and afraid on the pitch, a FIFA official must be always sure of his decisions, even though wrong ones.
    I don't know if Edward agrees, but in this match, more than the calls, it seems important to underline this aspect.

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  16. Well, for my point of view, penalty was an expected decision. Howver, if you whistle that, it is a red to me.

    Actually, the positioning of the referee needs a lot to improve. He really afffected some attacks. But, in average I liked his advantage plays and foul detection.

    Btw, I didnt take the note of the minute but, there was an elbow by Mexican player to opponent in second half. While watching, I thought that it was intensional. But, I should see of replays.

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  17. @ Chefren
    Here, I must agree. Many calls were delayed, in second half he had a problem with elbow challenges and dangerous play. He was unsure many times (penalty situation is the best example - he thought about yellow, then red and probably consulted this call with assistant nr1 and gave yellow). However, I think that sometimes he was just calm and relaxed, not unsure. We must distinguish those two things.

    @ cagatay_iris
    75' - clear elbow, one can discuss about red card there. Osses didn't even whistle a foul and then the mess with a drop-ball...

    In my opinion, there were some 'grey-zone' decisions and shouldn't be called as crucial mistakes. He had friendly, relaxed and calm approach and tried to gain respect with it. However, he should stop the match for longer and use more expressive verbal warning.

    Not so bad performance as some of you present here, IMO. 8.2 in challenging match, if you ask me.

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  18. I can agree on 8.2 and your other assessments - but as I consider the missing red as crucial, it's 7.8 for me. Maximum.
    Some observations I had:
    - positioning problems, 1x interfered actively with the ball, 2x nearly with play. Was too close to the penalty area when ball was moving around midfield circle.
    - consistently ignoring that set pieces were executed despite the ball was not stationary on the ground
    - Should move to the centre of attention, e.g. in the final moments where Astroza had to position the wall. It took him 30 seconds, which were not added to the stoppage time of 3 minutes.
    - confusion in the dropped ball-situation
    - basically good foul detection and card management.
    - good dealing with Balotelli who sometimes seeked too easy free kicks.

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    1. Fully agree. Depending on our views of the yellow card to Barzagli, we have 8.2 or 7.8. It's a fair mark. I am nearer to Serbian Fighter's understanding of this situation, but I can also accept different one. I would like thinking of the observer. Maybe FIFA gave an instruction to give red cards for DOGSO only when the referee is 150% sure?

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    2. * I would like to know

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    3. Could be as we also know that IFAB/FIFA are thinking about reducing this "triple punishment"..

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    4. Yep, and it's why I think it was not mistake to give a yellow card there.

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    5. The problem is that it's just a plan of IFAB..the Laws of the Game counting at the moment are still different.

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    6. Of course, but I am still able to find an excuse in this case :)

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  19. After heavy critic of Osses, what can we say about Nishimura. Very, very poor performance in ultra-easy match. He had no idea how to cope with hard fouls of Uruguayan. Visible lack of control in many parts of the game. Japanese referee fell to gain respect and was too passive in many confrontations with players. In addition to this, he missed DOGSO in 90+2', what finally leads to the final note of maximum 7.8... Continuation of poor performances from last CL season :/

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  20. I have to agree. Very disappointing and I still wonder how he could miss this dogso...

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  21. Carlos' mark is by the way 7.8 (8.2). Report to follow soon.

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  22. I agree, it was a DOGSO. Nishimura was far, here a AAR referee might have helped the referee. This was a crucial mistake but luckily not influencing the final score, Spain will not have problems to win this group.

    Furthermore, I would not be so sure saying that Spain - Uruguay was a ULTRA-EASY match. Leonardo Pinto, do you think that he had to give red cards? Please can you say when.

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  23. Apart from his decisions I also was disappointed by Nishimura's "style". He often was too far away and when a foul happened, he sprinted to the scene as if he wanted to give a red card. With this you cannot keep a match tranquil.

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  24. @ Chefren
    The only missed red card was DOGSO in 90+2', but many yellow cards were totally missed. His approach was far too much lenient for my taste, many obvious yellow card offences went unpunished.
    I think, it all begun from 27'/28' when he firstly wrongly evaluated Cavani foul and booked him for putting a hand on the neck and then missed clear elbow near Kuipers and not book Ramos for reckless challenge in effect. Players became furious and know that the referee is not in high form, also started to deliver justice theirselves.
    I guess the match would be an ultra-easy one, but Nishimura made it ultra-hard for himself by many wrong calls. He fell in gaining respect in third 10 minutes of the game.

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  25. I agree with the assessment of 'mixed' for Osses as the blog seems unanimous.

    However I think the Dos Santos incident deserves more debate. For me it can be broken down as follows:

    - The first contact by Barzagli could have been whistled as a foul had Dos Santos rightly gone down, and I think this was a clear DOGSO given his angle on goal and his body shape in order to shoot.

    - He stays up and moves to the left advancing on the 6 yard area, here there is second contact, minimal, and DS exaggerates his fall - though still a penalty is the right call.

    - A red is given in the majority of cases here but is it correct given relatively new directives?

    - DS does not shape to shoot as he moves ever so slightly to the left as you can see from his body position, thus we can infer that he wanted to perhaps pull the ball across the goal with his 2nd touch afterwards and not shoot

    - Even if he did want to shoot on the 2nd touch (or 1st), his angle is now so minimal that the likelihood of a goal (the true meaning of GSO) is approx 2/10 ie the GK has 80% chance of saving it

    - Given the above and the fact that it MUST be a 'clear' and obvious goal opportunity - ie in order to send a man from the field and award a pen (triple punishment), Osses - despite being late to the incident - is right IMO not to show red.

    In either case there can be no 'Crucial' mistake here and I am sure that the observer would back him. Again red would be deemed ok, but for me this is clinical reffing and nice to see. (recently I have been given a workshop from a select group official on this very subject, and even the slightest angle away from goal - and not fully in control (not ready to shoot) - and they have been informed to show yellow).

    Times they are a changing

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    1. Good analysis.
      Nonetheless I think too much science is unnecessary for this scene. What we see is that Barzagli lost the ball, Dos Santos takes on Buffon, is 1vs1 and is in the movement to score a goal. The angle is of course important, but we are in the penalty area, close to the 5m box, it was for my taste a clearly obvious goalscoring opportunity. The angle for the shot might have been not that perfect, everybody who played or plays football him/herself does know that. By the way. Barzagli did not know it was a not so good angle. What he knew is that he lost this ball and had to impede a goal..

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  26. Hello to everybody.

    I just came home from work and I have a tone of things in my head.

    Regarding Osses: I have 5 pages of notes so I think a review of some incidents is completely necessary.

    The penalty appeal at min. 17 is nothing. As I said yesterday I am under the impression that the defender hits the ball.
    The penalty of course is correct but for me is DOGSO. This case is textbook in DOGSO so crucial mistake here.

    The most important aspect of the game is that Osses was afraid yesterday. He couldn't take decisions on his own and you can see his reaction at the penalty situation. His foul detection overall was good, he missed some obvious YC but it seemed to me that he hadn't prepared for the game. He hadn't studied the teams, so naturally he found a different style of football than CONMEBOL and he couldn't adapt.

    That's it for now. Report will be ready by late this evening or tomorrow.

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    1. Excellent remarks, congratulations Edward. I agree with you, a special focus on your report about the fact that Osses seemed afraid, would be very nice to read. I also noticed that.

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  27. About the penalty whistled to Mexico, I have an interesting remark.
    Here the situation:
    http://s14.directupload.net/file/d/3289/yvy8ea3f_jpg.htm
    You can clearly notice that Buffon is out from his goal, even though it could seem difficult to score directly, one cannot ignore the teammate, totally free in the middle of penalty area, in a regular position. A pass to him would have led to an easy goal. So for this reason is even more a red card than a yellow, in my opinion.

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  28. Chef/Edward

    We cannot presume what DS would do. The red can only be given for a denial of an obvious goal(scoring opportunity. That is to say, we cannot try to predict that he will pass it across the goal, the discipline can only be for the action of the attacker to have a clear chance of scoring.

    The replay clearly shows him going to the left and Buffon encroaching on him, narrowing the angle, and meaning he would have to be Messi to score in more than 50% of occasions. There have been many instances like this of late, especially in the PL, and YC is given.

    I have to stay firm here guys, I think this is a great call.

    (Though agree on every other comment on him - bar perhaps, I also think Balotelli dives when through in the area)

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    1. Nikos, fully agree. Osses took all big calls 100% right. My opinion is that if we can discuss about one situations, it is controversy. And controversy is not a 100% crucial mistake. The problem was technical aspect of his performance, and this is big point for improvement. The biggest calls went all right.

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    2. Nikos, you said it yourself: we cannot presume what Dos Santos would do.

      "DS does not shape to shoot as he moves ever so slightly to the left as you can see from his body position, thus we can infer that he wanted to perhaps pull the ball across the goal with his 2nd touch afterwards and not shoot" - This should not count then either.

      I do understand your point of view (@ Nikos and leo pinto) totally and can accept them. I however am convinced that this must be red - don't take it amiss please :) I also do not understand your speech regarding "he would have to be Messi to score a goal"....it is called obvious goal scoring opportunity. This does not mean it will be 100% a goal. I think we have a totally different understanding of what a dogso is here.

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    3. No problem :) I also can support your opinion about red card. Generally, I think it was more red than yellow, just don't want to call it a crucial mistake. It's football refereeing, and its beauty lies in the situations like this one. Many different views on one and the same situation is just an element of fantastic game called football.

      The most important thing is that we all agree that yesterday's performances were poor and not adequate for tournament of such magnitude. So, both Osses and Nishimura will probably get 7.8 here. I want only to say, that overall note of 8.2 in case of Japanese seems to be a bit too kind ;)

      Best regards to all people commenting here!

      P.S.
      Maybe the biggest expert, Nedger, can tell us his thoughts?

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    4. Yes would be nice to read his thoughts.
      I think we can agree on your statement ;)

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  30. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/kso0Kip2dvTz3T4crpe&start=1717

    He touches both, Pirlo and the ball..difficult situation.

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    2. The defender closer to the goalline clearly touches the ball. Becomes obvious in replay 2. But of course that says nothing...

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  31. Aguilar made a very good assist prior to 1-0 goal and missed one clear corner to Tahiti. Of course, easy-going match and bad luck of Salvadorian referee.

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    1. The assist made by Aguilar can't be evaluated as mistake due to bad positioning, because it happened after a long ball and a head butt by Tahiti defender, so only bad luck.
      Furthermore many OFF / ONSIDE Calls for Zumba! Actually, it is already more than VERY CHALLENGING.
      Correct card given to Nigeria, and a good evaluation of a possible penalty situaton but really not difficult.
      AR1 Torres missd a corner (6').
      No explanations for 1 minute of added time, really nothing happened. That's all, for now.

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    2. I would say the missed corner is more Aguilar's fault. One minute of added time should be sure thing after three goals in one half.
      One can discuss whether Aguilar wasn't too close and too centrally positioned to an action, making this assist. But, it's a criticism on a high level.

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    3. Expected level performance in an easy match. Assistants on the other hand were highly challenged and did well.

      Something I noted.
      Positioning is, well, different to say the least in the matches I've watched at this tournament. Referees are positioned more ahead of the action, closer to the penalty areas. Some executed it better than others, for example Proença who adapted well, also with the aid of Brych in the middle of the field. Anyway, interesting to see, perhaps an instruction to counter the absence of AARs. I think Osses had problems with this, his positioning was too central. Maybe that's also why there have been a number of instances of referees hindering play...

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    4. If in first half 1 minute of added time was given for the goals scored, at least there isn't consistency with what happened in second half. 4 goals, some injuries, many substitutions, and again only 1 minute.
      Anyway, it's just to understand why, of course this isn't something relevant in the report.
      At the end, one could take this match as the perfect training for assistant referees. Apart from the corner missed in first half, both were perfect in their calls, especially the NO FLAG by AR2 (30') and the disallowed goal to Nigeria in second half (67') by AR1, a correct and very difficult decision. The head, at least, seems a few centimeters ahead.
      Expected level for Aguilar, merely based on that match, FIFA has not stuff to evaluate him.




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    5. This challenge at the very beginning of the match was a mandatory yc for my taste (both feet in front and studs up). But well..in this game it really did not matter. Tahiti are my winners :)
      Agree with expected level.

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    6. Ah yes, that's totally right. Should we have to take into account that the tackle wasn't borne of malice, but of lack of talent...
      Tahiti gave it their all however, they were terribly unlucky with all the deflections (okay, also lucky with Nigeria's finishing) and got their goal. All credit to them! :D

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    7. My mark will be 8.2 due to a very bad position taken by Aguilar prior to the first goal of the match. The referee just can not be so close to the penalty area in this case and he was absolutely too close to Juan Zumba. This position was just awful.

      The rest was solid in an ultra-easy match to handle. He was self-confident, official and earned the respect.

      A yellow card for a foul in 14' is not necessary. It was one leg, not two and he clearly hit the ball, so a dangerous approach to this slid-tackle could've been punished by only verbal warning.

      Assistant had a lot to do, it's true. They had some really good calls, but each of them make one small mistake (45, 65), so 'only' good, expected level for them. 8.4 due to many other correctly interpreted situations.

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    8. I would go much higher for the assistant referees. I stopped counting very tight on-/offsides. I also rewatched minutes 43-45+1 and 63-66 and did not find an assistant's mistake.

      Here the tackle by the way: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6pFefCmUagBfM4cKwU&start=726

      And here a superb onside by Zumba
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6pFefCmUagBfM4cKwU&start=1695

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    9. I hope you are joking, talking about "expected level" Leonardo Pinto. I have on my notes 16 situations to evaluate! Even though there is only one mistake for each assistant, that should be a really high mark.
      L'm starting my report now, ready for today.

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    10. No, I was not joking, Chefren. I, as everybody here, have a right to say my opinion. It shouldn't be 9.0 only for many situations to judge. Right, they were excellent in two cases, in 4-5 other having just expected, good decision in tight, but not so difficult situations (we are talking about WC candidates). The mistakes, I detected were really strange (Niclas - 44:00-45:00 A2 and 64:00-65:00 A1, those are wrong onsides).

      As I said, in 14' Tahitian player jumped taking a tackle, but it was one leg that clearly hit the ball. Verbal warning is OK.

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    11. Of course you have..fair debate, please.
      I think we must always keep in mind what could have happened in such a tackle. In this particular match a verbal warning was just ok perhaps. As Thomas said, it was perhaps no bad intention but just a lack of quality while going into this challenge. But well, in other matches doing nothing to protect the players in such moments is not that adequate in my opinion.

      You are right on the second situation, mistake by AR1. There is no replay but even in full pace it seems he was offside by a few small steps. Concerning 45', I am not so sure. There are no replays that dissolve this situation. Even if it was offside: there were interviews given by Busacca where he said that there had been a change in FIFA's instructions regarding interfering with play/an opponent. Assistants are accostumed to not raise their flag too quickly if a ball does not reach a striker who is potentially offside.
      Italian excerpt from the article:
      "Fuorigioco: interferenza Questo è un caso più complesso. Per "interferenza" si intende quando si impedisce di giocare la palla all'avversario ostruendo di fatto la sua visuale: però dal 1° luglio non basterà "un gesto che può ingannare o distrarre il difensore" ma occorrerà che "l'attaccante lotti per la conquista della palla" o sia comunque molto vicino provando a giocarla. Esempio classico: cross in area, attaccante in fuorigioco, difensore che influenzato dalla sua posizione fa autogol. Bene, in questo caso se l'attaccante di fatto non ha mostrato interesse nel cercare di conquistare la palla oppure non è al ridosso del difensore, il gol andrà convalidato. Fino ad ieri, era il contrario."
      Could be an explanation why the flag stayed down.
      Video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2FfVnbJxj4rI54cKwU&start=2620

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    12. Right, it all depends from how high we evaluate assistants. I gave them both 8.6 and reduced a mark by 0.2. But OK, I can see anyone giving them 8.8 or 8.9 and then 8.6 or 8.7 in final.

      And about this tackle again. Pro-verbal warning-factors: clearly hitting the ball, only one straightened leg. Pro-yellow card-factors: jump before the tackle, dynamic character of the tackle. In a sum, both decisions would be good, and taking into account that verbal warning gave a good result, we can fully support a ref. Common sense.

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    13. As the outcome was good (no riots, no conflicts, it stayed the only hard foul in the match) Aguilar cannot be blamed too much, you are right. But of course if Tahiti had not stopped making such challenges, we would have said "failed to protect the Nigerian players earlier.."..

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    14. In fact, I will not mention the 44'37'' situation because it totally suits to Busacca words, clerarly reported by Niclas. When a ball is crossed or passed in the area, if the player in offside (and here, Ujah seems to be in offside) doesn't take an active and clear part in the action, the assistant must wait. This is the difference from the previous instructions, according to which, was enough to stay in offside, being the only possible player to reach the ball, in order to raise the flag.
      So I can accept this NO FLAG, we can't know. Without the tackle in corner kick of the defender, maybe the assistant was going to raise the flag.

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    15. 64' 12'' yes, missed offside. Slight offside but still a mistake. Anyway I still can't give an expected mark, many situations and the most important ones evaluated as correct. I think 8.8 for both assistants.

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