Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Champions League Semi Final

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Champions League Semi Final

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 0



RH at 2016-04-27 21:57:15

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Excellent example of mental strength and focus in an intense and pressurised atmosphere
  • Superb recognition of offences
  • Skilfully established threshold of acceptable player contact
  • Complete authority and match control on a big stage

There was so much great Refereeing practice on show in this game that I could go on all night, but the points I have made above formed the platform on which this Refereeing performance was built. The qualities that Mark Clattenburg demonstrated are the ones that any Referee at any level of the game needs to master. The reward if you get them right is the respect and acceptance of the players. This is why the match tempo never erupted, this is why the number of yellow cards shown (5) in such an important game was relatively low. Had the Referee not been so completely at the top of his game the card count and reading on the players emotional scale would have been so much higher.

There were a couple of penalty area incidents that I have already covered in my blog, but nothing controversial and nothing that affected the outcome of the game. All of the post match talk will be of the players, the wonderful winning goal and chances created, not the Referee. Credit must also go to both Assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, they supported the Referee well looking composed and confident throughout, Andre Marriner, Anthony Taylor and Gary Beswick all played their part also. A great night for English Refereeing!  Go on FA give Clattenburg the FA Cup Final, no one deserves it more!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:36:31

Full Time

Summary to follow!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:35:52

Still the result is in doubt as Bayern create good chances in additional time!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:32:47

A minimum of 4 minutes additional time to be played!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:32:08

Join us on Refcam again tomorrow evening when Villarreal take on Liverpool in the First Leg of the Europa League Semi Final with a 20.05 kick off, Refcam’s Andy Martin will be covering that one for us. Then to round off our April coverage on Refcam we feature Saturday’s Premier League game between Arsenal and Norwich, Arsenal need raise their game but for Norwich there is so much at stake, a game they simply cannot afford to lose!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:31:47

Yellow Card

Vidal picks up the latest yellow card for a crude blocking offence, and of course some previous during the evening!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:30:57

Just picking up on that earlier incident involving Torres and Neuer following an offside flag, the Referee wisely in my view allowed the game to continue, the TV pictures didn’t really show much. but it didn’t look too serious


RH at 2016-04-27 21:28:47

Yellow CardNeuer also picked up a caution for needlessly getting involved at Benatia/Koke incident


RH at 2016-04-27 21:26:16

Yellow CardBenatia reckless on Koke, straight forward enough!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:23:19

Underlining the point about Bayern’s comeback in this game, they’ve had 71% possession, The Referee has read play well never getting in the way as the visitors use that slow build up


RH at 2016-04-27 21:19:10

Great Refereeing! the Atletico manager was going ape on the touchline as several robust challenges came in his players, but Clattenburg keeps his cool and the home side emerge unscathed with the ball, an advantage signalled rounds it off, fantastic!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:15:44

The Referee choosing to have words before that last Atletico corner, that was wise given some of the first half action and the heightened emotions following that Alonso tackle!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:14:04

Alonso in hard on Koke, its another borderline one but again in keeping with the Referees performance tonight its manageable


RH at 2016-04-27 21:12:59

An example of the respect that the players have for the Referee as Niquez goes to ground following a challenge, picking up a knock, no free kick given but the Referee restarts play by dropping the ball at a Bayern players feet who plays the ball back down the Atletico half, you’ve got to be in complete control of the game to successfully a situation like that!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:08:46

The Referee’s game plan is working well, his reading of play and recognition of offences has earned him respect from the players, no sign of the match tempo rising yet, but I suspect that Bayern will mount a late flourish so still plenty of work to be done!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:06:18

A skirmish erupts as Lewandowski and Gimenez go for the ball in the penalty area, both players have raised boots to win the ball but nothing really wrong with it, Mark Clattenburg is on the scene quickly to defuse matters and manage the incident without the need for cards!


RH at 2016-04-27 21:00:27

As we suspected Bayern definitely having more of the game at the moment, but the tempo is still the same


RH at 2016-04-27 20:57:37

Anthony Taylor on hand to confirm that Alaba’s shot did cross the goal having come down off the cross bar!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:56:03

Jake Collin with a supporting flag as Niguez commits a careless challenge


RH at 2016-04-27 20:54:03

Mark Clattenburg always establishes a 180 degree view of play, even when play is building up from the back or in midfield he is always adjusting his position and backing away to maintain a full on view of play from an ideal viewing range


RH at 2016-04-27 20:49:32

Good to see no grappling at that Bayern corner!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:48:34

Fernandez goes to ground in midfield and looks for the free kick but nothing doing!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:47:23

The second half has started!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:45:03

A great first half display from Mark Clattenburg and his team. A superb example in how to set a level of acceptable player contact and not be sucked in every time a player is touched and goes to ground, not an easy thing to do in a cauldron like tonight where there is so much at stake, we’ve still got a long way to go but the Referee has without doubt stamped his authority on this game. There were appeals for a penalty as Savic  tugged at Lewandowski’s shirt sleeve but in keeping with the Referees recognition of offences tonight I wasn’t expecting a penalty. Both Assistant’s look composed and are offering sound support. The only observation I make is the need to be on top of grappling, there was an incident at a Atletico corner where Torres and a defender went to ground after tugging each other, just something to be aware of during the second half. But make no mistake this is serious test of any top Referee and our man is bearing up well so far, I expect the tempo to rise as Bayern gain confidence and come back into the game more, there is everything to play for!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:32:31

Half Time


RH at 2016-04-27 20:31:47

A minimum of 1 minute additional time to be played


RH at 2016-04-27 20:30:05

Corner to Atletico, no grappling that time!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:28:59

Join us on Refcam again tomorrow evening when Villarreal take on Liverpool in the First Leg of the Europa League Semi Final with a 20.05 kick off, Refcam’s Andy Martin will be covering that one for us. Then to round off our April coverage on Refcam we feature Saturday’s Premier League game between Arsenal and Norwich, Arsenal need raise their game but for Norwich there is so much at stake, a game they simply cannot afford to lose!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:28:25

The reason the match tempo hasn’t risen is due in no small part to Mark Clattenburgs involvement, I’m really impressed with his reading of play of his recognition of offences and the threshold he’s established on careless contact. The timing and identification of that first yellow card was also spot on!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:27:06

Yellow CardCosta earns the first yellow card for a reckless challenge as he runs his boot down the back of Niquez’s leg, great caution!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:24:28

Costa goes to ground flowing a careless challenge by Niguez free kick wide left!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:23:17

Well the goal obviously helped the partisan home crowd but so far the match tempo hasn’t tested the Referee or required him to raise his game, early days though!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:21:30

The Referee and his Additional Assistant Referees will need to be vigilant at Corners as that last Atletico corner did feature some grappling, and we don’t want any of that!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:19:47

Vidal again careless on Luis, no need for a card yet though


RH at 2016-04-27 20:19:15

Lewandowskli had to go for that ball in the penalty area, what else could he have done?


RH at 2016-04-27 20:17:39

Very noticeable in this opening half hour how skilfully Mark Clattenburg is establishing a threshold of acceptable player contact, not every bit of player contact is earning a free kick tonight!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:13:00

As the resultant free kick comes in its noticeable how Mark Clattenburg positioned himself near the ‘D’ sandwiching play between himself and Andre Marriner, no need to go wide to get as many players as possible in view  tonight


RH at 2016-04-27 20:10:31

But this time Vidal get the verdict as Luis commits a careless tackle!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:09:54

Vidal goes to ground but the Referee does well in waving play on, no offence!


RH at 2016-04-27 20:09:13

Having watched some of last nights Semi Final and following Glenn Turners excellent blog, its noticeable how the European style of Refereeing is to work the Channels and sweep in behind play, this contrasts with the Premier League style of positioning where  Referees sweep left around the penalty are to achieve viewing angles, moving off the channel early to cover wing back play


RH at 2016-04-27 20:07:55

Alonso late on Lius, a borderline challenge but rightly managed by the Referee at this stage of the game bearing in mind the current match tempo


RH at 2016-04-27 20:02:45

Just bending down to put something in his back pocket, wonder what that was?


RH at 2016-04-27 20:01:54

Mark Clattenburg having a quick word with Vidal off the ball, he’ll be seeking out players who he can work with


RH at 2016-04-27 19:59:51

Mark Clattenburg moves in quickly as Vidal takes a knock to the head in a scramble for the ball with Neuer


RH at 2016-04-27 19:57:35

GOAL!Niquez makes it 1-0 Atletico


RH at 2016-04-27 19:55:31

Mark Clattenburg will be tuning in at the moment both in terms of match tempo and in a positional sense working the midfield and channels so as to track play getting those vital viewing angles  and not getting in the way


RH at 2016-04-27 19:53:32

Sound offside call as Atletico’s  Griezmann is penalised


RH at 2016-04-27 19:51:30

If you are watching the game on TV, Jake Collin is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Simon Beck is running the nearside touch line. Andre Marriner is operating on the goal line to the left of your screen and Anthony Taylor the goal line to your right


RH at 2016-04-27 19:48:48

Vidal in hard first free kick to Atletico


RH at 2016-04-27 19:45:56

Our match Referee Mark Clattenburg gets us underway!


RH at 2016-04-27 19:43:36

The teams and match officials have entered the field of play!


RH at 2016-04-27 19:40:20

Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

Champions League Matches 2015/6: 4

Champions League Qualification Matches 2015/6: 1

Europa League Matches 2015/6; 2 Premier League Matches in 2015/16: 28 (12 on TV) Premier League Fourth official appointments in 2015/16: 10 Football League appointments in 2015/16: 40 Honours: 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic Games


RH at 2016-04-27 19:35:06

Today’s Match Referee is Mark Clattenburg. His Assistant Referees are Simon Beck and Jake Collin. The Fourth Official is Gary Beswick and the Additional Assistant Referees are Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner


RH at 2016-04-27 19:29:47

Mark Clattenburg has again enjoyed a superb season in 2015/6, he has maintained standards of the highest order in Refereeing and together with Martin Atkinson has flown the flag for English Refereeing!

It is with great pleasure that Refcam features this mouth-watering Champions League Semi Final first Leg between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, This is an exciting occasion and is without doubt one of the most prestigious appointments that English Match Officials have earned this season!