February 15, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (II): Pavel Královec in charge of AS Roma-Real Madrid - Svein Moen to officiate Gent-Wolfsburg

Czech Republican Pavel Královec will take charge of Wednesday's sonorous Champions League clash between AS Roma and Real Madrid in Stadio Olimpico. Along with his Slovakian-Czech teammates, he will be observed by Greek UEFA Referee Committee member Kyros Vassaras (who handled this match himself eight years ago). The other match of that evening - KAA Gent vs VfL Wolfsburg - will be officiated by Norway's Svein Oddvar Moen, who already met the German side in the group stage (at home against CSKA Moskva).





17/02/2016
20:45 CET - Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy
AS Roma
Roma
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Real Madrid
Real Madrid
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
4th Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Janis Mežeckis (LVA)
Referee Liaison Officer: Giovanni Rantucci (ITA)








17/02/2016
20:45 CET - KAA Gent Stadium, Gent, Belgium
KAA Gent
Gent
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Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
4th Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Referee Liaison Officer: Alex Verstraeten (BEL)







42 Comments:

  1. The Europa League appontiments will be tomorrow?

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    1. Yes, in KO phase, two days before the date.

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  2. Good appointment for Královec, I think he is a candidate for EL final.
    Martin Wilczek will be the first FIFA official on the pitch among the ones who benefited from age limits abolishment.

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    1. Agreed. I think Moen will be in the mix as well. My favourite is Mazic though.

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    2. What do you think about Cl final?

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    3. Assumed that there will be an English team in the final, which rules Atkinson and Clattenburg out, I think Eriksson:Brych could be 60:40. The Swedish did not always perform brilliantly in the last months but considering the past years he seems to deserve it one day. In my view Brych would deserve it more based on performance principle, but Bayern might rule him out and so Eriksson would be a flexibly appointable solution (except PSG).

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    4. I totally agree with you. :)

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    5. I agree, that Eriksson and Brych are the favourites for CL final this season. The other candidates should be Atkinson, Clattenburg, Mazic and Velasco. Everyone else would be a surprise.
      For EL final there are several options, my favourites at the moment are Rocchi, Skomina, Eriksson, Mazic and Kralovec.

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  3. In response to Niclas: if there is no English team in the final, would you support an English referee for the final (assuming no prior disaster) and if so who would it be? If I was filling out a bracket, Man City would probably be the only team I have getting past the round of 16 but anything could happen.

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    1. I am not so sure. Atkinson got much in 2015, maybe that's "enough" for now. I think Collina cannot afford to reward only the same 4-5 referees every season but also has to think of others like Eriksson or Brych. It depends on coming performances and the team constellation in the last 5 matches.

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  4. Thanks to TFF:

    Shakhtar-Schalke: Göcek/Aktas/Yilmaz/Palabiyik/Bitnel/Ok
    Galatasaray-Lazio: Oliver/Burt/Beswick/Pawson/Madley/Brooks

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  5. A typical Moen performance. Extremely lenient which is generally a good means to bring rhythm to the game. But this ultra lienency again led to missed fouls and also to a stonewall YC missed in 39'. The tension begins to rise and Moen has to be careful so he keeps control over this fixture.

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    1. It was a stonewall YC if that was a free-kick for you. My live impression was that the attacker deliberately sought contact by running into Dante... I can understand that Moen waived that away. With replays, it looks more like a foul, depending on the angle of the camera..

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  6. Calm and steady performance of Královec in the first half. He didn't want to be so quick with cards and judged every potential SPA (11', 37'), reckless tackle (10'), persistent infringinging the LoTG (fouls on Ronaldo, the third in the 23rd minute) or handball (20') as not enough for a yellow card and I can agree with his judgements and the lenient line chosen by him. I think he could have applied an advantage in the 13th minute and whistle a foul second later what would be a SPA example. Overally, he appeared cool and self-confident.

    One small penalty appeal in the 11th minute of the game. It seems that one of REA players was slightly pushed in the back when jumping for the ball. It have to be rewatched though!

    School mistakes by both assistants. Missed obvious offsides (39' and 42').

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    1. 51' - Sorry, but it's just terrible that both - referee and AR2 - missed such offside and then a clearly reckless foul (shoe in the head)...

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    2. Wilczek started to compensate that, good onside before the 0-1 and great onside in 60' (mastering the flash lag effect).

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    3. Yes, but there are mistakes and mistakes. Some of them are really difficult to compensate, especially on this level. How could they have missed these three offsides and this reckless kick in the head...?

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    4. Interesting, Niclas, that his flag was always down! As he didn't bring it on the pitch with him. About situation in 60' I am pretty sure it was just offside from Ronaldo.

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    5. And I am pretty sure that it was level. Screenshot, tomorrow (even if 10 cms offside, letting the flag down is fully ok).

      The goal was not even level but clear onside as well. So before shooting your munition rewatch some situations.

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    6. @RayHD: no doubt you are right, compensating was maybe the wrong term, I just tried to highlight sth positive after the criticism :)

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    7. Of course, there were some very good/excellent onside calls from both ARs, no doubts. Another controversies: penalty appeals (76' - Real, 80' - Roma). The second one was really, really difficult to judge. I can't make my mind on this one. Strange scene in the 85th minute... no one expected Salah being able to continue his sprint with the ball to be fair.

      Totally mixed bag performance with some good calls, some 50/50 situations and some school mistakes. Not an expected level for me.

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    8. And if 10cm offside, it is fully ok to raise the flag, isn't it? The guy hasn't noticed one single offside, and two were obvious; hasn't notice elbow... Also, it is fully ok to whistle PK if it us PK and to give advantage - YC could wait. Instead of goal chance for Roma, Madrid scored! Pour performance from Kralovec and his team, lot of mistakes. Best regards

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    9. @rayhd - No one expected??? This was total clear... Poor performance

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    10. @RayHD: Good analysis, I agree it was a mixed bag performance.
      I have the feeling that something is always missing for a good or full expected level performance when Královec is on the middle. This evening there were some controversial situations, in which one can agree with the decisions taken, but there were also obvious mistakes. I expected more, if the Czech wants to be a candidate for a final he has to do more. Not a poor performance in the real term, but the impression that it wasn't what we were waiting for. You all remember his match in Leverkusen one year ago with Collina, well, perhaps this evening a bit better but still.. not totally convincing. In addition to that, as already reported, too many offside mistakes. Real Madrid was lucky to end with a 2-0 win. AR1 hadto wait at least for 2 seconds before calling the foul on Salah. Then, on the other side, the 2-0 was scored... the penalty appeals must be checked carefully. My first impression in the one involving Florenzi, is that it was a correct decision to play on, but very tricky.

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    11. According to German TV another (+ the one in 80') missed penalty for Rome in 55': Navas against El Shaarawy. The keeper hits the player a bit earlier than the ball, but I am not convinced.

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    12. Yes, in fact Navas hit an attacker a bit earlier than the ball. It was well seen in one replay. However, extremely difficult to catch in real pace. Technically, a foul, but in real life never a (crucial) mistake, IMO.

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    13. It is not an OK performance when the referee misses a red card (shoe-in-back-of-head is quite obviously a sending off offence, regardless of hitting the ball first!) and a quite clear penalty (80') where a sliding tackle/block is nowhere near the ball and clearly hits the player. If neither the referee or the AAR spots this, they're not paying enough attention. At this level, referees should be expected to see horrible tackles that come in late after an attempted shot. (This is also a caution.) These two mistakes warrants a 7.8, which is not something a referee going to France this summer can have too many of. The missing advantages left an impression that the understanding of the game was lacking. In addition three clear offside situations, one for each AR in first half, plus the one where the shoe-in-head incident follows.

      I agree that he had good control and seemed calm in the first half, but this may have been because the match had a quite friendly mood.

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  7. Definitely too many offside mistakes in Roma - Real Madrid.

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  8. Several mistakes from Kralovec and his sleepy AR2 in couple of minutes in 2nd half. AR2 missed at least 3 offsides so far (60'), maybe even Ronaldo was just offside when scored a goal (that would make 4). Also, they both missed elbow in Ronaldo's face. And as Ray wrote Kralovec missed shoe in James' head - somewhere near PK line.

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  9. Does anyone know the whistle used by Kralovec?
    Also, SFP:RC for the studs into Rodriguez's head?

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    1. @Harry: To answer your 1st question, probably fox40 pearl - the most terrible whistle available.

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    2. To answer your 1st question, I'm 85% sure that it's the bent Acme 635 :)

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    3. @niclas - why is fox40 terrible??? For me the best one

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    4. And now it was absolutely clear that the whistle he used was an Acme 635... I don't think he meant that all Fox 40 whistles are bad, just the pearl one is... Out of Fox 40 series, in my personal opinion, the Sonik Blast is a great choice :)

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    5. Sorry, i have not seen correct :-( Pearl is really bad

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    6. You are right - ah and of course fox40 is great, I am using it as well (eclipse is nice as well).

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  10. Poor scene in rome! To early whistle for the foul and seconds later the goal on the Otter side

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  11. Overall good second half by Moen, albeit IMHO he missed a YC for Depoitre.

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    1. Generally Moen was poorly accepted by the audience, which was no real criteria for the quality of the performance. But I am wondering whether he could have paid a bit more attention to tactically balancing both teams a bit more - there were stages where Wolfsburg were slightly favoured by his sometimes lenient and sometimes not so lenient line.

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  12. I really don't want to arouse the impression that opinions may not be given on this blog. But if some people continually misinterpret match situations, call offside what is onside and verbally ruin a referee performance then I have to contradict: Open your eyes, rewatch some situations and then make your judgment!

    My dear Nole, like in 2015, let me help you with some screenshots.

    Before the goal (offside? really?):
    http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160218/jtrg6sb5.jpg

    60'
    with line: http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160218/rbs28c9p.jpg
    without: http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160218/z53tkojc.jpg
    (the defender's shoe clearly makes Ronaldo level - you can blame AR2 for not having the ideal positioning to judge it accurately, nonetheless the decision was correct and nothing else).

    In future I consider to delete your comments, Nole. If you are able to do something else than heavily criticizing officials without any reason and based on nothing, then you are welcome of course.

    On the advantage case. Please watch the situation carefully again:
    http://livetv.sx/en/showvideo/323748_roma_real_madrid/

    Sergio Ramos AND the attacker both stop their run as soon as AR1 correctly raises his flag to signal the foul. He did so AFTER the attacker stopped his run. Then Ramos stopped it as well. THEN the attacker re-started his run .... this is everything but a clearly missed advantage. It looks bad for AR1, but he did nothing wrong. He waited, saw that the attacker did not want to go on, lifted his flag - only when seeing the free space and Ramos not continuing to defend, the attacker decided to go for the ball..

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    1. @ Niclas - i rewatched the scene a few times. In my opinion AR1 has to wait 1 second longer. The players only stopped, because they have seen the flag. Sure not a big mistake but a point for improvement.

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    2. Niclas, I like Nole because his comments "provoke" you to provide excellent photo and video materials.
      Thanks for your efforts I really appreciate it.

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