March 15, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 4, Matchday 1)

After the difficult first leg handled by Pavel Královec, Italian Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to take charge of the return match of Atlético Madrid - Bayer Leverkusen. Norwegian Svein Oddvar Moen will take charge of Arsenal's meeting with AS Monaco at Stade Louis II.

Tuesday, 17/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (Spain)
Atlético Madrid - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

Tuesday, 17/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Stade Louis II, Monaco (Monaco)
AS Monaco - Arsenal FC
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Niclas... You're on fire with these predictions ;)

    Something tells me Svein Moen will be more busy than one would expect. Arsenal could mount a comeback, judging by their recent form.

  2. Minute 23 in Monaco - Arsenal, missed cooperation within the Norwegian crew: a offside flag denied an obvious chance to score (almost a goal, player hit the crossbar) to Arsenal. It wasn't offside because the last touch by head was clearly from an opponent. Luckily, a crucial mistake was avoided as the player was unable to score...

  3. Yes the offside 23' aside good performance of Moen tonight, particularly delayed whistle is nice

    1. But the decision "dive" + YC against Sanchez was very harsh I think given that there was a contact (not enough for a penalty though).

    2. I agree, it wasn't penalty but perhaps simulation is a too harsh decision.
      Still not a mistake, anyway.

    3. IMO Moen was solid but not more. Easy match, fair challenges, not many tackles but nonetheless I would dare to say that he never found 100% acceptance among players. Furthermore he should be more flexible in his body language, smiling the whole match long makes no good and a not that concentrated impression, specially when you need to stay a respected authority when it comes to a tight scoreline.
      Good use of the advantage rule and delayed whistle, in one or two cases he should however have stopped play as there was no game but just a ball advantage. Excellent fitness.
      Some minor mistakes by all officials. As Chefren mentioned, the dive call can be supported, even though it was not that necessary and not ideal for the 1st YC. It was Moen's responsibility to detect that the header came from a defender in 23' --> Haglund could not see who touched the ball last, Moen should have waived his flag down as it was clearly visible for him.
      AAR2 had much luck when he made the correct NO GOAL decision. He was poorly positioned and was not on the goalline.

      Overall 8.2 for me.

  4. Rizzoli is clearly the best European referee. Even missing, have a fantastic control. Very different from Proenca that controlled interrupting very the matches.

    I am Portuguese

    1. I completely agree! Match control is his strong point althought sometimes he makes wrong calls


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