Arsenal v Olympiacos


RH at 2015-09-29 21:46:07

This game will best be remembered for a shock in European football terms as Olympiacos win their first ever game in England. From a Refereeing perspective just a couple of talking points, The first being the great intervention by the Additional Assistant Referee to signal Olympiacos’s second goal. The other talking point being the Referee’s caution freshhold  during the mid point of the second half when I felt that a couple of the cautions were harsh, Ozil may well not have been cautioned had Cambiasso not have been unfairly  cautioned moments before, no doubt Olympiacos player reaction played its part. Other than that period of play the Referee looked comfortable and credit also to the Assistant Referees Rob van der Ven and Charles Schaap,there were no controversial offside decisions  tonight!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:37:23

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2015-09-29 21:36:31

Careless tackle on Campbell another free kick

RH at 2015-09-29 21:35:28

Assistant Charles Schaap has had all the action this half!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:33:06

4 minutes added time!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:32:32

The Referee hasn’t needed to make many explosive sprints as Arsenal have been camped in the Olympiacos half!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:30:24

Pardo late on Sanchez another Arsenal free kick from a dangerous position!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:27:05

Ozil flagged offside by Charles Schaap, despite being wide on the left and looking along the line!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:25:43

Ramsey felled by Kasami a nailed on free kick from a dangerous position

RH at 2015-09-29 21:24:39

Tomorrow evening join us for more Champions League action when Manchester United take on Wolfsburg also at 7.45. Then on Saturday we’ve two Premier League games for you, Crystal Palace v West Brom at 12.45 and Chelsea v Southampton at 17.30. On Sunday we feature two cracking games, the Merseyside derby Everton v Liverpool at 13.30 and that all-time classic fixture Arsenal v Manchester United at 16.00

RH at 2015-09-29 21:23:56

The Referee clearly sensing down on the field of play that the tempo is rising and that he needs to clap down, of that last batch of three cautions only the Fortunis tame wasting caution seemed nailed on, Ozil and more so Cambiasso were unlucky to see yellow

RH at 2015-09-29 21:21:34

Yellow Carda harsh caution for Cambiasso for handball followed by a Yellow Cardfor Fortunis for delaying the restart of play, followed then by a Yellow Cardfor Ozil for reckless use of an arm (bit harsh)


RH at 2015-09-29 21:18:55

Yellow CardFinnbogason cautioned for a reckless challenge on Cazorla

RH at 2015-09-29 21:17:46

Ozil rightly flagged offside by Assistant Charles Schaap

RH at 2015-09-29 21:16:14

We’re back to one way traffic again as Arsenal attempt to break down the Olympiacos defence to get back on level terms, groundhog day!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:14:07

Good delayed whistle by the Referee as Sanchez is tugged

RH at 2015-09-29 21:10:26

GOAL!Amazingly Olympiacos re-take the lead through Finnbogason!


RH at 2015-09-29 21:09:17

GOAL!Sanchez puts Arsenal on level terms again!


RH at 2015-09-29 21:08:33

Yellow CardFirst Olympiacos caution is for Goalkeeper and Captain Roberto for delaying the re-start (time wasting)


RH at 2015-09-29 21:07:25

My last Refcam game was that end to end contest between Spurs and Man City, this game is one way traffic at the moment as Arsenal pound the Olympiacos defence!

RH at 2015-09-29 21:03:30

Bas Nijhuis’s patrol path does see him well placed to view defenders challenges on Sanchez as he goes wide on the left

RH at 2015-09-29 21:01:58

Olympiacos are defending well, to their credit they’ve conceded no cautions so far!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:59:50

With Olympiacos defending for the most part, nearside Assistant Rob van der Ven needs to concentrate hard for those occasions when he’ll suddenly come into the game!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:55:29

We’re very used to seeing our Premier League Referees moving around the final third of the field of play to gain good viewing angles, noticeable tonight that Bas Nijhuis moves in the left hand channel and only moves towards the D if play develops down the right

RH at 2015-09-29 20:52:27

Arsenal frustration as Oxlade Chamberlain is penalised for a marginal contact challenge on Salino

RH at 2015-09-29 20:51:04

Pardo upending Sanchez for the first free kick of the second half

RH at 2015-09-29 20:49:00

Tomorrow evening join us for more Champions League action when Manchester United take on Wolfsburg also at 7.45. Then on Saturday we’ve two Premier League games for you, Crystal Palace v West Brom at 12.45 and Chelsea v Southampton at 17.30. On Sunday we feature two cracking games, the Merseyside derby Everton v Liverpool at 13.30 and that all-time classic fixture Arsenal v Manchester United at 16.00

RH at 2015-09-29 20:48:05

The second half starts!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:39:00

Clearly not the first half that Arsenal wanted, but from a Refereeing point of view there is only one talking point, that of course being Olympiacos’s second goal. Home goalkeeper Ospina commits a bad error in allowing the ball to cross the goal line, the Additional Assistant Referee  who is superbly placed signals a goal, TV replays show that its hard to fault the decision. I have to say that the call was close, the ball is only just over the goal line, would you rather have seen Goal Line Technology in use here? Well one thing is for certain, we often criticise the Additional AR’s for not getting involved, well this one certainly did!

The Referee looks comfortable with just the one nailed on caution for Gabriels reckless tackle

RH at 2015-09-29 20:32:49

Half Time


RH at 2015-09-29 20:32:32

2 minutes added time

RH at 2015-09-29 20:32:12

Sanchez laughably goes to ground in the penalty area, nothing doing!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:31:22

Yellow CardGabriel rightly cautioned for a reckless challenge on Seba

RH at 2015-09-29 20:29:09

Ospina allowed the ball to cross the goal line and TV Replays suggest that the Official, who was well placed has made a correct call!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:26:46

GOAL!Siovas scores for Olympiacos, and the goal is signalled by the Additional Assistant Referee!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:23:10

Pardo goes to ground following a challenge with Coquelin , looks like he injured himself in an innocent collision

RH at 2015-09-29 20:20:45

GOAL!Walcott makes it 1-1

RH at 2015-09-29 20:19:01

GOAL!Pardo gets the first goal for Olympiacos!

RH at 2015-09-29 20:16:46

The Referee showed good awareness there to moved towards the touchline and speed up Salino at that last throw in, good to make the players aware that he is monitoring time

RH at 2015-09-29 20:14:27

Noticeable in that last Arsenal attack that as Sanchez moved across the penalty area that the Referee choose to stay in the left hand channel and not squeeze play with his active Assistant, is this because he has an Additional Assistant Referee on the goal line?

RH at 2015-09-29 20:11:28

A couple useful long throw there from Olympiacos’s Salino, the Referee will need treat such plays as a corner

RH at 2015-09-29 20:09:11

The Referee operate in the left hand channel in each half staying just ahead of play during the slow build up play from Arsenal, he has injected more pace when required again in that left hand channel, especially in a couple Olympiacos attacks like that last one

RH at 2015-09-29 20:04:33

As Ozil played that ball into the channel during that last attack, the Assistant will suddenly have needed maximum concentration to judge any offside offence staying in the correct position and being sharp will matter in this game!

RH at 2015-09-29 19:59:35

Gibbs rightly pulled up for that trip on an opponent

RH at 2015-09-29 19:57:52

Oxlade Chamberlain giving away the first free kick of the game for a careless challenge

RH at 2015-09-29 19:56:55

Looking at a replay of that last Arsenal attack, the Referee looked very comfortable making an explosive sprint to stay in close proximity to play

RH at 2015-09-29 19:55:04

The Referee well placed to judge that there was no offence as Sanchez went to ground following that challenge! good call!

RH at 2015-09-29 19:53:23

Looks like Arsenal could have plenty of possession tonight, the match officials need to stay focussed as that all important ball into the penalty area may result in a key offside decision or a border line challenge

RH at 2015-09-29 19:49:18

RH at 2015-09-29 19:45:40

Our match Referee Bas Nijhuis gets us underway!

RH at 2015-09-29 19:40:20

Tonight’s Match Official team is from the Netherlands, the Match Referee is   Bas Nijhuis   His Assistant Referees are Rob van de Ven and Charles Schaap, the Additional Assistant Referees are Kevin Blom and Danny Makkelie, The Fourth Official is Mario Diks

RH at 2015-09-29 19:30:11

Welcome to our coverage of this key Champions League Match week 2 game as Arsenal host Olympiacos in Group F in a must win game for the Gunners!