Atlético Madrid v Leicester City. UEFA Champions League: Quarter Final; 1st leg


GT at 2017-04-12 21:40:52

As ever, a huge thank you for following the referees and match action with us tonight, and a special thank you to everyone who tweeted in their comments and opinions – I love reading them all.

Apologies for not re-posting tonight but the action was coming so thick and fast there simply was not time!

Catch you all again soon…
Best wishes.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:38:34


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GT at 2017-04-12 21:35:37

What a huge shame that the referee’s performance tonight will be remembered for one decision only…the incorrect award of a penalty kick to Madrid which was duly scored and remained the difference between the two sides.
Somehow the decision seems worse for the fact it was possibly Jonas Eriksson’s only error of the game.
It is a pity Jonas got the penalty award so badly wrong, and of course that pity extends to Leicester who fought valiantly all night and should have been returning home with the scores level despite all of Madrid’s dominance.
Let’s hope that goal is not ultimately decisive in who goes through to the semi-finals.
Penalty apart, the Swedish referee had a good game…but, of course, those big decisions are key and Jonas must accept that he called it badly wrong and move on from there.
At just one goal down this tie should still be alive and the return leg next Tuesday will be an interesting one…let’s see which referee UEFA appoint as it could be a pointer towards who is in the frame for the Final.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:33:13

And that’s the end of the game…

Full Time

GT at 2017-04-12 21:31:30

Just two additional minutes to go…

GT at 2017-04-12 21:27:54

We are almost at the end of the regular 90 minutes.

Will there be another goal in this one?

GT at 2017-04-12 21:27:12

Mahrez is floored by a push by Koke and Leicester get the free kick.

Good decision.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:24:26

Jonas Eriksson sends one of the Leicester Coaches to the stand for handing out energy liquids to the players right in front of the Madrid technical area.

An unusual decision, but a correct one.

UEFA does like its officials to be strict on that kind of thing.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:21:25

Excellent advantage played as Madrid attack

77 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 21:17:56

Leicester also make their second change with Islam Slimani taking over from Vardy.

Craig Shakespeare clearly fancies an away goal as he brings on a fresh pair of attacking legs.

75 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 21:15:45

Madrid make their second change as Thomas comes on for Torres

GT at 2017-04-12 21:12:38

Huth is fouled by Godin as he clears a corner kick.

Free kick for Leicester, and a good decision from the referee.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:09:31

Good decision, Jonas.

Juanfran was already on his way down as the challenge came in on him.

No foul.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:06:51

Are there really only 25 minutes of this game left?

Where has the time gone?

GT at 2017-04-12 21:05:54

Carrasco makes way for Correa as Madrid make their first change in personnel

GT at 2017-04-12 21:04:51

Someone will go into Jonas’ book soon surely for persistent infringement as yet another foul is committed by the Foxes.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:03:40

Foul on Torres by Ndidi.

Correct decision and another free kick to Madrid…these are stacking up now.

GT at 2017-04-12 21:02:06

Mahrez tests Jonas’ mental strength as he tries to buy a penalty back for Leicester.

But the Swedish referee gets this one correct…definitely not a penalty.

59 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 21:00:58

Robert Huth commits a typical Robert Huth foul.

Griezmann beats him easily for pace, so the Leicester defender pulled back the Madrid man.

Definite caution which means Huth will now miss the second leg of this.

Referees are casitgated for making poor decisions…what about that from Huth?

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-04-12 20:58:29

Good pace and movement shown by Jonas as Madrid break quickly.

He kept up with play without showing stress…obviously a fit referee

GT at 2017-04-12 20:56:28

A more evenly matched half so far as Leicester go in search of the elusive equaliser.

Jonas and his team have done well so far in these opening 10 minutes.

50 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 20:51:07

Yellow Card for Leicester’s Yohan Benalouane following a foul.

Correct decision.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:49:59

Jonas is, at least, showing a continued air of calmness in the early stages of this second half.

If he is aware of his earlier error, he isn’t showing it.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:48:19

A lovely, early decision to help the refereeing team settle back down.

Corner kick for Leicester

GT at 2017-04-12 20:46:03

The second half is upon us, and Madrid take the kick.

Jonas needs to put that awful blunder to one side now and referee the second half as he did the other 44 minutes of the first.

This half will show us just how good he is, as there is nothing like a major blunder to re-focus the mind.

King takes over from Okazaki as Leicester make the first change.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:41:46

…and no one knows that better than myself and Phil Sharp as we witnessed one of the best referees ever make an awful blunder in his pre-match instructions to us, only to then compound it by showing three yellow cards to the same player at the World Cup Finals in .

It shows how quickly a referee can ruin his own reputation in a moment.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:34:44

What a shame that the half will be remembered for one thing only…an awful blunder by referee Jonas Eriksson.

His decision to award a penalty kick to Madrid was clearly incorrect and could yet prove decisive in determining which side goes through to the semi-finals.

The half has been a very good one, except for that one poor call, with Jonas and his team calling almost everything else correctly.

But that is refereeing…you can be brilliant for 89 minutes but you will only be remembered for that one poor decision.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:31:12

…,and there is the break it needs

Half Time

GT at 2017-04-12 20:30:39

Half time cannot come soon enough for the referees now.

The game has gone decidedly scrappy and would benefit from a break.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:29:40

High foot in the challenge by Carrasco.

Free kick to Leicester.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:26:43

Offside against Vardy.

Good decision from assistant referee, Daniel Wärnmark

GT at 2017-04-12 20:25:37

Shinji Okazaki goes to ground but Jonas calls it correctly, no foul.

The Leicester forward was trying to buy a decision there.

37 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 20:22:27

Vardy has to be careful as he commits yet another foul.

He is one caution away from missing the return leg of this clash.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:21:09

Griezmann brings down Mahrez.

Foul and a free kick for Leicester.

Good call referee.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:19:12

Perhaps an explanation of how Jonas got that so wrong was the movement of Drinkwater?

The Leicester man appeared to move across Jonas’ line of sight just as the foul challenge went in by Albrighton.

Unfortunately Jonas’ assistant referee would have been unable to help him out too, as the incident took place on the far side of the field of play from him.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:16:58

Yellow Card

Amongst that flurry of action Albrighton was cautioned for the initial foul which resulted in the penalty kick being awarded.

No problem with that decision, Jonas, but the foul was definitely outside the area.

28 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 20:15:10

GOAL! the penalty is tucked away by Antoine Griezmann – but it should have been a free kick

GT at 2017-04-12 20:13:28

Massive decision…

and I’m afraid it’s a very poor one from Jonas.

Penalty for Madrid but the foul was OUTSIDE  the penalty area

GT at 2017-04-12 20:11:45


Leicester have come back into this game in the last five minutes, and it is clear how Jonas has changed his positioning to reflect this, moving further into the Madrid half than before.

Top refereeing.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:09:31

We have not one, not two but three footballs about to enter the field of play!

Jonas shows he is fully aware of what is happening though and stops play being restarted until two are cleared away.

Small things…but important in showing everyone how switched on you are as a referee

GT at 2017-04-12 20:07:16

Another good call by Jonas as Albrighton is floored by two Madrid players.

Free kick to Leicester.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:06:01

Mahrez is pulled back by Saul and gets a free kick, which offers some breathing spaced from the constant Madrid pressure.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:02:58

Small foul by Albrighton on Carrasco.

Jonas is right on the spot to see it.

Free kick to Madrid.

Well done, referee.

GT at 2017-04-12 20:00:31


Every picture tells a story, and there was a prime example.

Madrid had the ball in their own penalty area yet Jonas was waiting 10 metres inside the Leicester half as he knew that play would soon be joining him.

Excellent reading of the game, referee.

13 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 19:58:14

There is a saying in football, and it is very relevant tonight…

Leicester are defending with The Bible in one hand!

Madrid are all over them in these opening 13 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 19:54:26


Jonas has quickly tuned into the game pattern and his positioning shows this.

He has dropped deep into the Leicester half as Madrid are doing all of the attacking.

GT at 2017-04-12 19:52:01

Jonas’ body language exudes confidence.

In a fast paced game he remains calm and collected.

4 minutes

GT at 2017-04-12 19:50:33

Koke smashes one against the post from 25 yards.

Schmeichel was beaten all ends up if that had been on target

GT at 2017-04-12 19:48:41

The Vicente Calderón sounds like it is bumping tonight.

I’ve been lucky to run the line there on a few occasions and remember the atmosphere well.

Loved it…

GT at 2017-04-12 19:47:13

The expected frantic start to the game, and Jonas awards the first free kick inside the opening minute.

Foul on Saul, free kick to Madrid.

Correct decision.

GT at 2017-04-12 19:45:32


Leicester take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2017-04-12 19:40:43

It’s almost time for kick-off at the Vicente Calderón.

GT at 2017-04-12 19:29:23


As for our officials …

It’s an all-Swedish line up with referee Jonas Eriksson leading a team of fellow countrymen into the Madrid night-air at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.

43-year-old Eriksson is one of UEFA’s tried-and-trusted referees, a veteran campaigner with 114 UEFA games under his belt, 41 of which have been in this competition.

Maybe some of Jonas’ calmness comes from the financial security he has following the sale of his stake in a sports media company, a deal which made our referee a multi-millionaire. It is not often we can say this…but tonight the referee possibly has more money than some of the players!

Anyway, enough of the trivia, back to the football…Eriksson has been a referee for 29 years and on the International List for almost 15 of those, so there should not be too much to faze or surprise him tonight…but you never know in football, and the Swede will be giving this one his full attention and commitment.

Jonas will be assisted by Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark with Mehmet Culum operating as fourth official.

The additional assistants behind the goals are Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strömbergsson.

Everyone at YATR wishes Jonas and his team the very best of luck, and we hope the ball runs very kindly for you.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR as we follow the Swedish referees and all the match action.

This should be a fascinating clash and I am expecting some top-drawer, attacking football…

GT at 2017-04-12 19:20:09


Hi everyone, and welcome to tonight’s live Refcam commentary game, Atlético Madrid v Leicester City.

We are at the business end of this season’s UEFA Champions League as we reach the 1st leg of the quarter finals.

Atlético are in the Champions League quarter finals for a ninth time, the fourth season in a row, and the omens look good for them as they have never lost at home to an English side.

Indeed, the Rojiblancos only lost last year’s final against Real Madrid following a penalty shoot-out (5-3), which came after they had dumped Barcelona out at the semi-final stage.

Diego Simeone can also boast an unbeaten record as a Coach against English opponents, and will be looking for his side to extend that very impressive feat.

Nonetheless, Leicester City are nobody’s fools.

Despite patchy, early-season domestic form they have been nothing but impressive in European competition, and since Craig Shakespeare took over the reigns have gone from strength-to-strength, winning their first five Premier League games under his control.

The Foxes are the last remaining British side still competing at the top table of European club football, a fact that very few (if any) pundits would have predicted.

1st leg games are often cagey, sometimes dull affairs with both sides trying not to lose rather than trying to win. Yet I have a feeling there will be goals in this one…with Torres and Griezmann, Vardy and Mahrez around there is surely too much attacking talent on show for this to end goalless.

But what do you think?

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