January 22, 2017

AFCON 2017 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

Appointments for MD3 at AFCON 2017. 



M17, Group A
22/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Franceville
Guinea-Bissau - Burkina Faso
Referee: TESSEMA WEYESA Bamlak (Ethiopia)
Assistant Referee 1: BABA Abel (Nigeria)
Assistant Referee 2: IBRAHIM Mohammed Abdallah (Sudan)
4th Official:

M18, Group A
22/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Libreville
Cameroon - Gabon
Referee: BENNETT Daniel Frazer (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 1: SIWELA Zakhele Thusi (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 2: DOUMBOUYA Aboubacar (Guinea)
4th Official:

M19, Group B
23/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Libreville
Zimbabwe - Tunisia
Referee: DEMBELE Denis (Ivory Coast)
Assistant Referee 1: TAN Marius Donatien (Ivory Coast)
Assistant Referee 2: SAFARI KABENE Olivier (DR Congo)
4th Official:

M20, Group B
22/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Franceville
Senegal - Algeria
Referee: BONDO Joshua (Botswana)
Assistant Referee 1: DOS SANTOS Jerson Emiliano (Angola)
Assistant Referee 2: MARENGULA Arsénio Chadreque (Mozambique)
4th Official:

M21, Group C
24/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
Morocco - Ivory Coast
Referee: ALIOUM Sidi (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 1: AHMED ALI Waleed (Sudan)
Assistant Referee 2: NOUPUE NGUEGOUE Elvis Guy (Cameroon)
4th Official:

M22, Group C
24/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Port Gentil
Togo - DR Congo
Referee: DIEDHIOU Malang (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 1: CAMARA Djibril (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: SAMBA El Hadji Malick (Senegal)
4th Official:

M23, Group D
25/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Port Gentil
Egypt - Ghana
Referee: GASSAMA Bakary Papa (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: BIRUMUSHAHU Jean-Claude (Burundi)
Assistant Referee 2: RANGE Aden (Kenya)
4th Official:

M24, Group D
25/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
Uganda - Mali
Referee: LEMGHAIFRY Ali (Mauritania)
Assistant Referee 1: MENKOUANDE Evarist (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: HMILA Anouar (Tunisia)
4th Official:

37 Comments:

  1. Strong performance from Bennett, not really as hard match as expected. Accepted authority, can't speak too much about specific situations
    Anyway anyone remembering Seechurn two years ago- 92' Bennett played on from a pretty clear attempt to win a penalty from a nothing situation- Well Done! Definitely an option for the latter stages for the South African.

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  2. I am left to wonder. Whatever became of Rajindraparsad Seechurn?

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    1. The referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea reach the African Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months, CAF said in a statement on Tuesday.
      Rajindraparsad Seechurn of Mauritius has also been removed from the list of top African officials, effectively ending his international career, the Confederation of African Football added.


      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2939145/Referee-Rajindraparsad-Seechurn-banned-six-months-performance-Equatorial-Guinea-s-win-against-Tunisia.html

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    2. Do you have clips from that match?

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    3. Here some highlights:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-jOGgZQN7A
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FddSh9Q9bPQ

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  3. M21, Group C
    24/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
    Morocco - Ivory Coast
    Referee: ALIOUM Sidi (Cameroon)
    Assistant Referee 1: AHMED ALI Waleed (Sudan)
    Assistant Referee 2: NOUPUE NGUEGOUE Elvis Guy (Cameroon)
    4th Official:

    M22, Group C
    24/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Port Gentil
    Togo - DR Congo
    Referee: DIEDHIOU Malang (Senegal)
    Assistant Referee 1: CAMARA Djibril (Senegal)
    Assistant Referee 2: SAMBA El Hadji Malick (Senegal)
    4th Official:

    M23, Group D
    25/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Port Gentil
    Egypt - Ghana
    Referee: GASSAMA Bakary Papa (Gambia)
    Assistant Referee 1: BIRUMUSHAHU Jean-Claude (Burundi)
    Assistant Referee 2: RANGE Aden (Kenya)
    4th Official:

    M24, Group D
    25/01/2017, 20:00 CET, Oyem
    Uganda - Mali
    Referee: LEMGHAIFRY Ali (Mauritania)
    Assistant Referee 1: MENKOUANDE Evarist (Cameroon)
    Assistant Referee 2: HMILA Anouar (Tunisia)
    4th Official:

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    1. Always the same names for big games no matter how they perform.

      Ali Lemghaifry has been treated unfairly. Only one game, the last one in the group stage, between two teams already out of the tournament...

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    2. Sadly I guess that's what happens when you choose 17 referees for a sixteen nation championship. Really poor and almost characteristic management by CAF.

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    3. I thought Mali isn't eliminated yet?? They can still qualify provided they win and Egypt lose, can't they??

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    4. Yes you're right @Soham
      If Mali win and Egypt lose (both possible) then Mali will go through if their goal difference is better. Head to Head is null as they drew.

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    5. So that means Lemghaifry still has an important game in terms of qualifications... All the best to him!! 🙂

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  4. https://www.telesport.nl/artikel/81858/internationaal/video-doldwaze-tackles-afrika-cup

    What about these tackles?

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    1. The videos doesn't work in my country. I made a clip of those tackles:

      http://streamable.com/o0qtb

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    2. 11': mandatory YC very borderline to RC, RC even justified.
      56': despite of the fact that the player hit the ball this tackle with both legs is RC.

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  5. CAMEROON - GABON (Daniel Frazer Bennett - South Africa)
    https://streamable.com/album/hizyi

    Key Match Incidents:
    64' - CMR's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; the action of defender is very clumsy, as commentator said, but surely not enough in order to give a penalty for that, missed (reckless?) foul on GK then
    90+2' - GAB's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; YC for dive was possible, in my opinion

    Other issues:
    03', 12', 68' - potential SPAs
    71', 78', 81' - careless borderline to reckless tackles

    Easy-going game. The referee had no problems to control it. His style is purely based on English Premier League. Expected level, difficult to say more.

    In his first game he had some problems with studs-tackles, faced two big incidents there in 6' and 67', probably the second one being a crucial mistake:
    https://streamable.com/album/xumz9

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    1. 64': Agree with you, not enough for a penalty
      90'+2: Yes, it is close to simulation, however play on is OK.
      3': No foul for me.
      12': That's YC for me, tactical foul from behind, even though one could argue not a 100% clear SPA, given also the position of the other defenders, for my taste it should have been YC. Player was not interested in the ball.
      68': No card is an OK decision.
      18': Correct decision, mandatory YC.
      34': Good decision, correct call.
      71': Correct, the ball was not in movement. Free kick execution was regular.
      71': YC could have been given, but for me not 100% mandatory.
      78': This looks like a mandatory YC, however without a close replay... it is always difficult to make an assessment.
      81': Again, I think YC would have been a good choice, but I can't assess this decision as a clear mistake.

      So, all in all I think an expected level performance, which would have been surely assessed better with 1 or 2 cards more.

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  6. Incredible pitch conditions for Uganda - Mali...

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  7. GUINEA-BISSAU - BURKINA FASO (Bamlak Tessema Weyesa - Ethiopia)
    https://streamable.com/album/lpl1n

    Key Match Incidents:
    07' - SPA vs DOGSO; due to long distance, I agree with the referee
    09' - BFA's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; after watching replays, you can detect that the GNB player creates a careless contact by knee with an opponent, so by the book it's a penalty...
    11' - AR2 flags that the ball crossed the line even before the follow-up shot; WOW! Real eagle-eye!
    43' - another great call by AR2, well-spotted offside denying a possible penalty; what about #8 BFA's behaviour? UB? / VC?

    Other issues:
    The referee applied the LoTG well until the 0-2 goal. Then, GNB players became frustrated and made several cynical, rough fouls (see: 60', 66', 79', 88'). Only one yellow card was shown for reckless elbow and it was not enough, in my opinion. The referee should have changed his approach to a more strict one, more whistle-happy in order to prevent such play.

    33', 82', 86' - other cases of illegal use of arms
    40' - missed YC for SPA?
    57' - good advantage played at the 2nd BFA's goal action
    60' - handling of mass-confrontation

    To sum it up: excellent performance of Sudanese assistant referee and mixed-bag performance of the referee from Ethiopia. His first game was even more challenging, with some good and some debatable calls, so difficult to make a clear judgement on his chances to referee further matches... (https://streamable.com/album/vhlgk)

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    1. 7': not more than YC for SPA, in the midfield it would be too much showing a RC for DOGSO even without the presence of other defenders, reason is the too long distance :)
      9': nothing, I agree with referee, play on.
      11': wow, excellent decision by AR2, it was very difficult.
      43': another very good call by AR2, offside. About the behavior of #8 BFA, indeed it looks like something deliberate, so it would be violent conduct, however we can't be 100% sure, in these situations it is always difficult to decide for something, in doubt I would back the referee in letting the situation go...
      I also checked the situation in 66': for me a mandatory YC, missed.

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  8. ZIMBABWE - TUNISIA (Denis Dembélé - Ivory Coast)
    https://streamable.com/album/7blq7

    Key Match Incidents:
    03' - excellent onside by AR2
    11' - reckless tackle or SFP of #2 ZIM?; the referee gives no card...
    14' - foul or not? stopped OGSO
    25' - rightly disallowed TUN's goal due to offside (AR2)
    38' - careless or reckless tackle? possible 2nd YC to #3 ZIM
    43' - penalty awarded upon clear and firm advice from AR2; excellent job by that man!!!; YC to #2 ZIM
    55' - TUN's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; unfortunately, highlights of the second game were shown, the attacker wouldn't have reached the ball anyway
    56' - reckless challenge or SFP of #2 ZIM? At least a whistle and 2nd YC was missed by the referee
    66' - ZIM's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; one can say the referee had reasons to whistle it, but we'll probably back him
    77' - ZIM goalkeeper's intervention, no deliberate handball and DOGSO; very good call
    90' - careless or reckless challenge?, another 2nd YC to #2 ZIM possible
    90+2' - reckless tackle or SFP of #4 ZIM; the referee gives no card...

    Other issues:
    The referee faced a very challenging game. Unfortunately, he didn't identify the trouble-maker (#2 ZIM) and failed to properly control the events in that game. Even though the players were calm and even respected all those calls, one can say the referee had no control of the game. Weak, if not non-existent, tactical and disciplinary approach. Probably we won't see him again at this tournament.

    Perfect display of the Congolese assistant referee. Big decisions correctly and firmly made. 8.7-8.8 possible.

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    1. 3': good ONSIDE.
      11': mandatory YC borderline to RC, RC even justified for the excessive force used, at any rate serious mistake by referee.
      14': for me, it is a foul on defender, good call by AR1.
      25': Very good and not easy offside call.
      38': Player was very lucky, in this case for me it is a clear reckless tackle, we should go for a crucial mistake there, I'm sorry, too dangerous action.
      43': excellent decision by AR2, clear penalty for pushing.
      55': it looks like a penalty, in my opinion, but we can't be 100% sure so referee could be backed without a clear evidence.
      56': RC for SFP missed. Shocking challenge with both legs.
      66': Management of holding in penalty area was not convincing, the result was a possible penalty, but also in this case we can't be 100% sure. At any rate, a stronger body language by referee, facing such scenes, was definitely possible.
      77': good decision, no deliberate handball, perhaps cooperation with AR1.
      90': This time one can back referee, the foul can be considered as only careless.
      90'+2: clearly at least reckless, if not SFP, however in doubt I would go for YC. Another significant mistake by referee regarding disciplinary control.
      I also checked the offside call in 89': for me wrong. Player was not active, however not a clear mistake by AR.

      So, about referee's performance one can easily say that, apart from the possible penalties (one was given thank to AR2's advice), the performance was not good, it was a very weak showing regarding disciplinary control, with many rough and reckless challenges allowed without any awareness.
      In my opinion, referee shouldn't be appointed again.

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  9. SENEGAL - ALGERIA (Joshua Bondo - Botswana)
    https://streamable.com/album/8nco6

    Key Match Incidents:
    02' - SEN goalkeeper's behaviour; would you react in any way?
    18' - SEN's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; attacker wouldn't have reached the ball, so we can deem that call as at least acceptable
    39', 42' - possible second YC to #10 ALG for SPA in the 42nd minute not given by the referee; an acceptable call, IMO, but a strong, public warning should have followed
    43' - good onside call from AR1 leading to the SEN's equalizer
    52' - very good two onside calls from AR1 who spotted that the ball crossed the goalline moment later; excellent!
    57', 61' - possible 2nd YC to #4 ALG for illegal use of arms; was it careless or reckless?; again an acceptable decision but more firm approach would have been helpful
    67' - unsporting behaviour or violent conduct of #13 ALG? revenge for the incident from the 2nd minute?
    82' - ALG's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; simple call, no handball

    Other issues:
    Another very challenging game at this tournament. The referee most likely didn't made any crucial mistake but more preventive and calmer approach was needed (many cynical fouls in that game; see the 05, 07, 14, 20, 21, 73, 74 minutes in the album).
    Very difficult situations involving SEN goalkeeper and #13 ALG, who took revenge on the GK in the 67th minute of the game. Very good educational scenes.
    Missed two mandatory yellow cards: 32', 49'
    Was it really a deliberate handball in the wall?: 30'

    My mark would be 8.2. Bondo's first game was quite easy, but also faced difficult situation there, having to judge possible SPA/DOGSO in the 31st minute (https://streamable.com/album/pppou). Who knows, maybe we will see him in the KO stage?

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    1. 2': definitely a strange behavior by keeper, I never watched something like that, I think he did that in order to prevent a possible challenge / anticipation by opponent. By book, this would be an unsporting behavior. If a player makes something unsporting in order to impede the challenge for the ball, I think we are in the field of a possible indirect free kick. However, common sense suggests a play-on here, given also the reaction of the opponent. :)
      18': my first impression is that this was a clear penalty, no reason for defender to make such action against the opponent, however there are some reasons for which one can back referee, as you reported.
      39' - 42': first YC was correct, in the second case YC is not mandatory, agree with you. Referee should have issued a warning.
      43': Good onside by AR1. In case of offside it would have been more than punishable, of course, even without a touch (obstructing GK's view).
      52': Three excellent decisions by AR1 in a few seconds. Very good. It seems as CAF assistant referees are very well trained about possible GOAL / NO GOAL situations. This situation was easy to read for us with replays, but in real pace we all know how much it can be difficult it you lose concentration even for less than a second.
      57' - 61': first YC was correct, then in 61' I share your view, not a mandatory YC, however referee should have shown more alertness, for example by giving a strong warning. Not a mistake, anyway.
      67': The origin of such incident was indeed the situation at the beginning of game, and if you watch carefully the scene, you notice that keeper did that again with his knee, in order to prevent an action by opponent. This doesn't exonerate the Algerian player from his behavior, merely according to LotG, it is indeed a deliberate reaction and therefore a violent conduct. Sometimes it is very difficult from the pitch to read all these situations, and in an overall context in which we can clearly say that keeper was the origin of everything, I can even accept a play-on just based on that. At any rate, really difficult for the referee, because even in case of detection, it would be difficult to decide what to do.
      82': no deliberate handball, correct decision to play on.
      32' - 49': 32' is a clear YC missed, 49' is very, very borderline, a late tackle from behind, very likely reckless, but for me still not a 100% mandatory YC, very small arguments in favor of referee there.
      30': Never a deliberate handball, quite blatant mistake.

      So, yes: we can back the referee regarding all crucial situations, but the rest of the performance surely deserves a deep analysis and there are clear points for improvement. More awareness, more prevention and the need of appearing firm and determined with players. In addition, one or two YC to be issued. Nevertheless, I would say referee has some chances for another game. This match was very challenging and some scenes can be even used for educational purposes, as you correctly stated. First of all: the management of GK's unsporting behavior, leading to some incidents. Avoidable?

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  10. QF predictions:
    BFA-TUN: Bennett, Siwela, Doumbouya, Gassama
    SEN-CMR: Grisha, Achik, Ali, Sikazwe
    COD-GHA: Camille, Baba, Ibrahim, Lemghaifry
    EGY-MAR: Otogo, Vinga, Menkouande, Bondo

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    1. no Sikazwe has to get a QF coz he is earmarked for the final

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  11. MOROCCO - IVORY COAST (Sidi Alioum - Cameroon)
    http://streamable.com/album/3yvm5

    Key Match Incidents:
    10' - CIV's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; there is a deliberate handball of #5 MAR, but extremely difficult to detect
    36' - MAR's penalty-appeal waved away by the referee; that holding seems to be a mutual one
    57' - YC to #21 CIV for reckless tackle; I saw red cards given for such tackles

    Other issues:
    Managing the time-wasting of Morocco and frustration of Ivory Coast (66', 69', 82', 87')
    Well-spotted shot with hand and YC for UB: 30'
    Mandatory YCs not given?: 10', 18'
    Holding and UB in the box: 20', 45+2'
    Positioning: 22', 83'
    Judging offside (active?): 90+3'

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    1. 10': If the touch by hand occurred (watched and rewatched I'm not sure) the handball must be assessed as deliberate, so penalty, but really impossible to detect and whistle.
      36': Difficult to say whether the holding is mutual or not, so in doubt we should back referee.
      57': more than reckless, excessive force is used in this tackle, RC would be justified, but for me not a crucial mistake, YC (reckless) could be still backed.
      1' - 2': both tackles could have been punished by YC.
      10': Missed mandatory YC.
      18': Yes, for me more YC for SPA than nothing, I would have liked the card, player was impeded in reaching the ball from a pass by an opponent, in such situations we see always YC issued, especially when the action is close to penalty area.
      20': good attempt to make prevention.
      22' - 83': perhaps in both situations more alertness and reaction by referee could have helped in avoiding the contact with the ball, however I wouldn't penalize him too much for that.
      30': good call, I must say live I hadn't spotted it.
      45'+2: Referee didn't show the needed attention during this free kick, it was then easier to whistle for the end of the half instead of whistling something, I would say this was not so much convincing from Alioum.
      66' - 69' - 82' - 87': Especially in the last two situations, one can say that at the end the cards shown are good decisions, indeed, but what doesn't convince me is the effective management by Alioum, in a certain way too relaxed, he didn't realized immediately, in my opinion, what was about to happen. To explain it better: the YC for keeper came in a way unexpected, without the protest by CIV player I think he wouldn't have issued it. Or at least this is the sensation. I would have liked to see a firm and determined approach with strong warning to players who were wasting time and so on. Hope my opinion is clear.
      90'+3: Definitely wrong offside, more than early call. Too much hurry there by AR2.

      I think that Alioum has a chance for a quarterfinal, but sometimes his style of refereeing looks not so much accurate as one could expect, in my opinion he has great skills, but some aspects must be still developed. However, at the end one can back him in this game regarding all the crucial situations, with the benefit of the doubt.

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  12. Starting from quarterfinals a fifth official will be appointed for every game, he will work as reserve assistant referee. An innovation for CAF.

    http://cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=EUYxI0BN616dYxwyE93sVA%3d%3d

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  13. Official appointments for QF (later full post):

    27.01.17 | Tunisia vs Burkina Faso
    Referee: Daniel Bennett (South Africa)

    27.01.17 | Cameroon vs Senegal
    Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

    28.01.17 | DR Congo vs Ghana
    Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)

    28.01.17 | Egypt vs Morocco
    Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (Gabon)

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    1. Good predictions, Philipp...

      Difficult to predict the last 4 games.

      BFA/TUN-EGY/MOR: Gassama
      CMR/SEN-DRC/GHA: Grisha (if EGY are out), otherwise Charef?

      Final: Alioum if CMR go out, otherwise Sikazwe?
      Third: Grisha or Charef, as outsider candidate maybe Bondo?

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    2. Where is Nampiandraza? Diedhiou not appointed for a quarter-final while Senegal can reach a lot... Grisha and Charef should not be appointed again, but if Otogo-Castane has been appointed, well...

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    3. Gassama and Nampiandraza for semi final... Alioum for 3rd place game and Sikazwe for the final... Diedhiou is another name who might get an appointment!!

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    4. Exactly, my feeling is that CAF is strictly going by names and not performance. But we'll see.

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  14. Still waiting for CAF official announcement for QF's appointments.
    Full teams still unknown.

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  15. EGYPT - GHANA (Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia)
    http://streamable.com/album/t0y0x

    Key Match Incidents:
    81' - possible 2nd YC for SPA to #21 EGY

    Other issues:
    56', 60', 80' - management of dissents
    78' - missed mandatory YC for reckless tackle?
    09' - SPA?
    58' - foul or simulation? play-on seems to be a wrong choice
    15' - positioning

    In my opinion, a good, expected level (8.3) performance in contrary to what Avraham Grant (GHA coach) said in the media...

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    1. 81': not a mandatory YC in my opinion, referee can be backed.
      9': in this case I would have liked YC, I thin it was SPA.
      15': sometimes this can happen :)
      46': no card is ok, careless.
      56': reckless, YC, another good decision.
      56' - 60' - 80': overall a good management.
      58': I think that something had to be whistled there, live it looked like a foul by defender, after having watched replay simulation, at any rate a difficult decision.
      66': No deliberate handball, I think.
      74': I want to underline the fair behavior by the player who accepted the YC admitting his fault to referee.
      77': Correct YC.
      78': Strong warning was not enough this time, but still better than nothing. However, mandatory YC missed in this case, I think from his position Gassama had not the best perception of the challenge. This is perhaps the only clear mistake in this game.
      83': very unsporting behavior by GK with this reaction, but nobody would whistle a penalty there...

      So, yes, an expected level performance with one clear missing YC, 8.3 can be the mark, a semifinal should follow for Gassama if not directly the final.

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