Barcelona v Celtic (CL Group C)


Full Time Summary

GB at 2016-09-13 21:55:16

Here are the main talking points in respect to the officials in this game:

  • Excellent fitness and positioning demonstrated by the Referee
  • He got the BIG CALL spot on in the first half with an excellent penalty decision and only a yellow card for the goalkeeper who brought the attacker down with a genuine attempt to play the ball.
  • This was all about concentration for the officials with the play turning out so one-sided. The referee did well to remain focussed and only raise his profile when required, but his AR2 seemed to go off the boil in the second half.

Romanian Referee Ovidiu Alin Ha?egan deserves to feel very satisfied with his performance in that game. He was looking very calm and in total control even before the 24th  minute when he suddenly needed to switch ends and give a key match decision with the score at 1 – 0. By getting himself into the perfect position he was able to spot the offence and deliver the correct disciplinary action.

There were only 2 other yellow cards in the game which all the officials needed to dig deep to keep their concentration in as it was so one-sided. The Referee certainly achieved this by darting around on his toes for the whole game and not doing himself any harm at all with this performance in this stadium.

From a technical perspective, I cannot condone his method of delaying his advantage signal for so long when a foul has been committed as this can confuse the players as he tries to give himself two bites of the cherry before bringing the play back for the original offence. This may be the way they do it in Europe as pointed out by our friend from Norway on Twitter – but I am afraid that does not make right. Shout advantage and signal early so everyone knows what is going on is still the best practice for me.

All-in-all, the officials will not be talked about much in the reports of this game, and that’s what we would all settle for each game.

GB at 2016-09-13 21:41:29

It’s a big day as well for two teams of English Officials, starting with Michael Oliver getting his first run out in the Group stages of the Champions League:

Bayern München – FC Rostov

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)

Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)

Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)

Fourth Official: Ian Hussin (NEG)


PSV Eindhoven – Atlético de Madrid

Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)

Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)

Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley (ENG)

Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-09-13 21:36:50

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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Here is a look at the EPL games we have coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Everton v Middlesbrough 17th Sep, 5:30PM
  • Watford v Manchester United 18th Sep, 12:00PM
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland 18th Sep, 4:00PM
  • Arsenal v Chelsea 24th Sep, 5:30PM
  • West Ham United v Southampton 25th Sep, 4:00PM
  • Burnley v Watford 26th Sep, 8:00PM

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GB at 2016-09-13 21:36:15

Full Time

Barcelona 7 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 21:34:08

minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2016-09-13 21:33:21

GOAL! Luis Suárez who was behind the ball when it was played to him so was not in an offside position.

Barcelona 7 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 21:30:12

Good positioning and movement again ensured the referee got that goal-kick decision correct


GB at 2016-09-13 21:28:58

The referee continues to keep a very low profile in this game which it has to be said has been played in a very sporting manner. That said, it is a lot easier to mess up a game than keep out of it and keep control!


GB at 2016-09-13 21:26:05

Luis Suárez timed his run to perfection for that 6th goal and AR2 Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe redeemed himself with that one by using the field markings of the edge of the penalty area to help him get that call right.


GB at 2016-09-13 21:21:54

I don’t think it would have mattered how many busses Celtic had parked tonight, this Barcelona team looks much too sharp for them the night.


GB at 2016-09-13 21:19:10

GOAL!   Luis Suárez

Barcelona 6 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 21:17:47

The referee is always happy to buzz around the players to keep close to the action but needs to be careful not to get dragged in too close and get in the way


GB at 2016-09-13 21:15:42

I  know that Celtic can do with all the help they can get, but that was a dreadful offside decision by Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe as the Barcelona player was at least 2 yards onside.


GB at 2016-09-13 21:10:44

Apart from his general smooth movement, I must also congratulate this referee so much backwards running! We don’t see as much of that these days and yet it is such an effective tactic if you can master it with damaging your achilles!


GB at 2016-09-13 21:05:49

GOAL! Lionel Messi gets his hat trick but for me that was the first mistake from the officials as he was offside in the build up to that 5th goal

Barcelona 5 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 21:03:04

GOAL!  Andrés Iniesta       

Barcelona 4 v 0 Celtic   


GB at 2016-09-13 21:02:01

Yellow Card for Scott Brown for that silly push of the ball (unsporting behaviour). I can’t help thinking that the 4th official may have had something to do with that as the rfree had started to turn away – either that or it was a good example of the referee keeping a trailing eye on the players before he moved away.


GB at 2016-09-13 20:59:11

Another routine offside call by Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe on the far side. Both Assistants have been right on their game tonight


GB at 2016-09-13 20:56:17

There was a classic example then of what Morten mentioned on Twitter earlier with the advantage and bringing the game back for the free kick which lead to the third goal. There was not signal at all from the referee , who just delayed his whistle. I cannot subscribe to this practice at all, as the players do not know if the referee has seen an offence or not – at best it looks indecisive.


GB at 2016-09-13 20:53:41

GOAL! Neymar  

Barcelona 3 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 20:51:49

Good teamwork there as the referee did not attempt to give that throw-in deep into his half when the Assistant had the much better view from down his line


GB at 2016-09-13 20:49:13

Barcelone get second half underway.

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GB at 2016-09-13 20:42:53

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Halftime Summary

GB at 2016-09-13 20:42:11

Well that was a very satisfactory first half by all the officials. I was particularly impressed by Referee Ovidiu Alin Ha?egan’s fitness and overall positioning and movement.

He demonstrated this superbly in the shot of him from behind the goal when he got the first BIG decision right in awarding a penalty to Celtic. From the camera angle behind the goal you could see him adjust his position at the last second to get the required angle to see the goalkeeper contact with the Celtic player. I this this was a classic example of the new law being interpreted correctly as the goalkeeper was making a genuine attempt to play the ball, so a yellow card and penalty was the correct decision.

I mentioned the importance for officials to maintain their concentration when there are not many fouls to give in games like this, so it was also very good to see the referee suddenly raise his profile and run in to give the second yellow card of the game to  Ivan Rakiti?   for his cynical foul in the centre and stop any petty squabbling between the players.

More of the same from the officials would be fine by me.

GB at 2016-09-13 20:33:43

A story published by a newspaper suggesting that attending a charity event on Friday evening could affect the performance of two top Premier League officials was given short shrift here earlier today: In defence of Taylor and Moss As the former head of Premier League Referees, our headline blogger is well positioned to support these referees and comment on the professionalism of the top flight in England.

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GB at 2016-09-13 20:32:56

Half Time

right on 45 minutes with no added time – very unusual these days

GB at 2016-09-13 20:31:57

many thanks to

Morten Andersen-Gott @mortenag from Norway for his comments which highlight the difference in claying and signalling advantage in Europe rather than the English game:
 I think the timing of advantage signal is different in the UK than in Europe. The Danes & I noticed that at Youdan we give it when the advantage is a dead certainty, and only occasionally pull it back, if we signalled too soon


GB at 2016-09-13 20:29:35

Important offside signal by AR2 who was well placed to give it


GB at 2016-09-13 20:28:14

Yellow Card  Ivan Rakiti?  mandatory yellow card for breaking up that promising move and the referee proving he is ready for anything by the way he quickly moved in to defuse the situation between the players


GB at 2016-09-13 20:23:54

2 excellent advantages played by the referee then in the build up to the next Barcelona chance. I did think that the first advantage signal was delayed far too long though. It is much better to either shout and signal early or give the free kick. If you signal early it is much easier to sell you decision if you bring the play back.


GB at 2016-09-13 20:21:20

And still Barcelona keep coming in wave after wave, but the Celtic defence are doing well to keep their discipline so far


GB at 2016-09-13 20:19:59

With only 3 fouls awarded in the opening 30 minutes, keeping his concentration will be important for the referee at the moment


GB at 2016-09-13 20:18:15

It is noticeable how having the AAR enables the match referee to hardly ever move over towards the Assistant’s side.


GB at 2016-09-13 20:16:12

GOAL! Lionel Messi  

  Barcelona  2 v 0  Celtic227

How different that scoreline could have been


GB at 2016-09-13 20:13:15

Yellow Card Marc-André ter Stegen   correct in new law change and EXCELLENT decision by the Referee made with the aid of giving himself an angle right at the end of his run.

Moussa Dembélé misses the penalty and gets as close as possible to having the kick taken away and turned into a free kick the other way for stopping at the end of his run up



GB at 2016-09-13 20:10:05

Massive call for a penalty for Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 20:09:10

I wish referees would not keep their whistle hanging out of their mouth – it does nothing to increase body language perception and just looks undignified, let alone the health a safe implications if the get his with the ball or fall over!


GB at 2016-09-13 20:07:24

The referee is always looking to anticipate play and get ahead of the Barcelona attacks which is helping him get close to the action


GB at 2016-09-13 20:05:12

Celtic will be happy to regroup at half time at this rate as Barcelona miss chance after chance


GB at 2016-09-13 20:03:46

Erik Sviatchenko was fortunate then that his rash challenge did not make contact and that the referee was able to play an advantage, as that type of scissor tackle can be very dangerous


GB at 2016-09-13 20:01:39

This young Romanian referee certainly looks fit and fully of energy as he keeps on his toes all the time and darts towards the action when required. There is something about his movement that reminds me of Mark Clattenburg


GB at 2016-09-13 19:59:23

There is definitely an air of calmness about Ovidiu Alin Ha?egan so far in this game as he gives that careless challenge with the minimum of fuss


GB at 2016-09-13 19:56:30

The pace of the game is certainly being controlled by the home team but the officials need to be prepared for the sudden impact of pace which Barcelona are so good at


GB at 2016-09-13 19:54:16

Fantastic decision by AR1 Octavian ?ovres the Barcelona player was only just off side and that would certainly have been 2 nil had he not acted correctly


GB at 2016-09-13 19:51:27

t the start Celtic fans wanted! and the referee blows his whistle for the first time to restart after a goal!


GB at 2016-09-13 19:50:30

GOAL! Lionel Messi   

Barcelona 1 v 0 Celtic


GB at 2016-09-13 19:49:09

AR1: Octavian ?ovre is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.

kick off

GB at 2016-09-13 19:47:33

Celtic to ck Off


GB at 2016-09-13 19:44:57

Referee: Ovidiu Alin Ha?egan (ROU)

Assistant Referee 1: Octavian ?ovre (ROU)

Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)

Additional Assistant Referee 2: Constantin Sebastian Col?escu (ROU)

Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac (ROU)

UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-09-13 19:43:44


1       Marc-André ter Stegen  

3       Gerard Piqué 

4       Ivan Rakiti?     

5       Sergio Busquets      

9       Luis Suárez      

10     Lionel Messi   

11     Neymar  

18     Jordi Alba        

20     Sergi Roberto 

21     André Gomes

23     Samuel Umtiti         


7       Arda Turan     

8       Andrés Iniesta         

12     Rafinha   

13     Jasper Cillessen      

14     Javier Mascherano

17     Paco Alcácer  

19     Lucas Digne    



Dorus de Vries         24

Kolo Touré       2

Nir Bitton         6

Scott Brown     8

Moussa Dembélé    10

Scott Sinclair   11

Cristian Gamboa     12

Mikael Lustig  23

Patrick Roberts        27

Erik Sviatchenko     28

Kieran Tierney         63


Craig Gordon  1

Emilio Izaguirre          3

Stuart Armstrong    14

Tom Rogic        18

Eoghan O’Connell   34

Callum McGregor   42

James Forrest 49

GB at 2016-09-13 19:37:54

With the game at Manchester City postponed, we now bring you another Group C Match

Pre Match

GB at 2016-09-13 19:37:35

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