Bayern Munich v Barcelona – UEFA Champions League Semi Final return leg

Bayern Munich v Barcelona – UEFA Champions League Semi Final return leg

Commentary By: Andy Martin

FINAL SCORE: 3 - 2



AM at 2015-05-12 21:57:43

Many thanks for your company this evening at you-are-the-ref.com don`t forget to stay tuned for all the latest news, views and comment from your No.1 Referee website and the weekends up and coming action is as follows:

  • Southampton v Aston Villa Saturday 16th May, 12:45PM
  • Liverpool v Crystal Palace Saturday 16th May, 5:30PM
  • Swansea v Man City Sunday 17th May, 1:30PM
  • Man United v Arsenal Sunday 17th May, 4:00PM
  • Orlando City v LA Galaxy MLS Sunday 17th May, 10:00PM
  • West Brom v Chelsea Monday 18th May, 8:00PMKind regards
  • Andy Martin
  • Have a good week and take care and we look forward to your company again this weekend when we see The Saints at St Mary`s in action against The Villa KO is at 12.45pm.

Have a good week as I say good night.

Kind regards,

Andy Martin

 

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:55:54

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AM at 2015-05-12 21:54:59

Full time summary –

Bearing in mind the magnitude of this game, I can honestly say that I have seen Mark Clattenburg raise the bar to another level tonight as he has delivered a magnificent all round performance based upon the criteria that we discussed pre match and during the game. Mark must now be an out and out favourite for the EURO FINALS in 2016. Particularly with the former top Referee and Referee Observer in EUFA  Mr Collina in attendance, who must have been impressed with Mark`s all round management and disciplinary control of this high tempo and challenging game.

ARs Simon Beck just had the one incorrect call and the credible call on offside for the first Barca goal in the 1st half although he was well out of position with the 2nd rearmost defender the judgement was correct. Good support for free kicks when better placed to assist.

Jake Collin has given a performance as expected and all judgements seemed to be correct.

AARs – Andre Marriner great judgement 1st half when the ball had clearly not gone over the Barca goal line. WHO NEEDS GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY!!

Anthony Taylor good assistance on ball out of play judgements

4th Official Stuart Burt did all expected of him

 

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:40:22

Full Time3-2 Mark brings this contest to a very safe conclusion as the players show a good respect towards each other and the match officials at the end of this game.

Full time summary to follow..

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:38:28

Mark is still showing effective movement as we enter the closing stages


AM at 2015-05-12 21:37:54

Good movement by AAR Marriner on the goal line as the ball moves away from the goal line


AM at 2015-05-12 21:36:55

Free kick to Bayern, Mark uses his hand / arm signals to good affect as he sells the decision in front of the TECHNICAL AREAS


AM at 2015-05-12 21:35:18

3 MINUTES OF ADDED TIME ARE SHOWN BY OUR 4TH OFFICIAL STUART BURT


AM at 2015-05-12 21:34:29

Bayern offside – from SB


AM at 2015-05-12 21:34:04

  1. Personality – Marks Character, self-presentation and his appearance in this match – link this to your appearance in a game and how you present yourself as a referee?

Mark looks cool, calm and collected as we enter the final moments of this game. Keep an eye on this area of his personality


AM at 2015-05-12 21:32:24

Mark is looking calm, IN CONTROL and composed as we see  BAYERN SUBS 25 OFF 19 ON 31 OFF 8 ON


AM at 2015-05-12 21:30:45

Tempo is increasing rapidly – Yellow Card7 Pedro of Barca, reckless. Did you notice how swiftly Mark moved in to defuse any potential retribution


AM at 2015-05-12 21:29:13

Yellow CardRode of Bayern foul on Messi

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:28:24

Free kick to Bayern good judgement and blast of the whistle by Mark


AM at 2015-05-12 21:27:34

 

Yellow CardAlonso for a blatant body check as Mark keeps his disciplinary control tight and effective in this game. NOW 4 YELLOWS for BAYERN AND 1 FOR BARCA

 

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:25:42

AR Jake Collin showing good movement along the touchline as the ball remains in play


AM at 2015-05-12 21:24:10

Corner kick to Bayern as they press for a 4th goal, clear and effective arm / hand signal from Mark


AM at 2015-05-12 21:23:27

Again close proximity to play and a sharp whistle for the goal kick from Mark, just adds to the decision making accuracy that we spoke about pre match


AM at 2015-05-12 21:22:23

Goal kick to Barca, very good decision from Mark, spot on and this decision brings a

Yellow Cardfor Lewandowski of Bayern for dissent, good to see Mark taking a firm line on open dissent


AM at 2015-05-12 21:20:21

Barca sub 8 off 6 on


AM at 2015-05-12 21:20:00

GOAL!3-2 great finish from Muller, can Bayern get back in the game? 16 minutes and added tine, anything is possible in this game?

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:18:23

Click here to read Hackett’s blog on the conditions that help elite referees perform better in Europe.

 

For more information on this and other key topics then take a look at Hackett’s Blog for all the latest news, views and opinions as the Ex Head of Referees of the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd gives you the verdict straight.


AM at 2015-05-12 21:17:48

  1. Positioning and Movement – close to play but not too close, flexible and efficient position, diagonal movement, bearing in mind that there are Additional Assistant Referees tonight on the goal line. Backwards and Sideways movement as play develops and moves from end to end. How Mark enters the penalty areas at the right time and only when it is necessary. Anticipation and efficient positioning for example at set piece free kicks / corner kicks from dead ball situations.

We have just seen a good example of Mark`s sideways and backwards movement as he looks to sell his physical fitness and movement to all including the Match Observer Mr Collina


AM at 2015-05-12 21:16:06

Again, close presence to the position of the award of the free kick and good whistle tone sells the decision. Accepted by Players.

Barca sub 4 off 24 on


AM at 2015-05-12 21:14:43

  1. Physical Condition – looking at Marks fitness, stamina, sprinting abilities which we have seen in abundance this season on our REF CAM games that we have covered and this has clearly been a strength that we have commented on and seen this season this is key for getting into those crucial areas for accuracy in decision making and also by creating credible viewing angles.

AM at 2015-05-12 21:14:05

The pace of the gamer has slowed down, the match officials will need to remain fully focussed


AM at 2015-05-12 21:13:06

Mark has so far shown 3 yellow cards – 2 for Bayern and 1 for Barca this has aided his MATCH CONTROL which has been to date  effective

Bayern sub 21 off 20 on


AM at 2015-05-12 21:11:13

  • Disciplinary Control

 

Management of Players – a key area in any referees performance –  look closely tonight at how Mark manages the players any feedback then please let us know your thoughts

Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AM at 2015-05-12 21:10:19

Mark has been consistent and correct in this area;

  1. Application of the laws of the game and this will include match control, Marks tactical approach to this game, management of the game with again minute reference points to justify his marking criteria

AM at 2015-05-12 21:09:23

Yellow CardRakitic of Barca


AM at 2015-05-12 21:08:31

Well the assessment of Mark will be looking at the following areas and as a Referee, these are the key and important areas that you need to constantly be working at and also thinking about with your SMART objectives.

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Target Driven.

As a referee you have to constantly be analysing your refereeing performance and to be totally honest with yourself on areas of your game that require improvement. Remember you can never stop Improving whatever you do in life. Set yourself goals and targets. If you need further information regarding these areas of your game then please contact Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AM at 2015-05-12 21:07:58


again GOOD CLOSE effective position and use of the whistle by Mark as he awards a free kick


AM at 2015-05-12 21:05:17

GOAL!2-2 CAN Bayern GET BACK IN THE GAME?

 


AM at 2015-05-12 21:04:39



Good close award of free kick by MC, GOOD ARM SIGNALS


AM at 2015-05-12 20:59:26

JC –  Neymar offside just, but correct, good decision


AM at 2015-05-12 20:58:13

Foul by Boateng 17 quick award and close presence effective by MC


AM at 2015-05-12 20:56:12

Free kick to Barcelona again the close position. clear whistle and strong arm signal from MC in front of the Technical Areas sells it


AM at 2015-05-12 20:55:01

With Bayern now 1-5 down overall, it will be interesting to see how they approach the 2nd half and also the challenges that the Officials will be presented with.


AM at 2015-05-12 20:52:41

Free kick signal from SB who is close to the incident and we see a reaction from Muller who disagrees with the decision. Managed well as the fuss about nothing is quickly over


AM at 2015-05-12 20:51:15

Barcelona Sub at half time

Mark looks composed and collected as we prepare for the 2nd half


AM at 2015-05-12 20:46:12

Half time summary –

Mark`s attributes has so far been in abundance tonight. The areas that I discussed with you pre match have been clearly demonstrated and if any referee, spectator or up and coming referee is watching look closely at his skill set tonight. Application of law has been spot on and the 2 yellow cards that we have seen issued in the closing stages of the half have seen Mark raise his game as the tempo has increased and the simmering frustration of Bayern who are seeing their Champions League hopes disappear. Mark`s personality and communication skills have been important, no over reaction and the players have responded to this approach.

AR Simon Beck was correct in his non flag of offside for the first Barcelona goal, although replays have just shown that he was well out of line with the 2nd rearmost defender and was fortunate in his guess of this decision. Just one other incorrect offside seen, but good support to Mark on a free kick.

Jake Collin good support so far.

Andre Marriner great judgement no goal for Bayern, ball not fully over the goal line WHO NEEDS GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY!

Anthony Taylor good support ball out of play

 

 

Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AM at 2015-05-12 20:34:42

Half Time1-2

 


AM at 2015-05-12 20:34:28

Yellow CardThiago of Bayern reckless, Mark quickly has his yellow card out and is shown is a positive way as part of his communication skill set. Bayern frustration is just starting to surface.


AM at 2015-05-12 20:31:52

2minutes of added time is shown by 4th Official Stuart Burt


AM at 2015-05-12 20:31:15

Offside against Bayern is correct by Jake Collin, followed up by a free kick and again good whistle tone. Keep an eye on this area of Mark`s communication skills. Spray out and good preventative management seen


AM at 2015-05-12 20:29:12

This will need some acceleration as we see a quick breakaway and Mark is there in his quick sprint and movement


AM at 2015-05-12 20:28:16

Yellow CardRafinha Bayern reckless challenge, good timing of the card and has come at a good moment in the game as we enter the final 5 minutes

 


AM at 2015-05-12 20:27:09

Great save from Ter Stegen as the ball moves towards the goal line and a great decision from Marriner no goal as Ter Stegen scoops the ball clear


AM at 2015-05-12 20:25:14

Good save by Ter Stegen and I like Mark`s strong whistle to indicate a corner kick to Bayern. From the ck a free kick is awarded to Barcelona following a foul, good viewing angle achieved


AM at 2015-05-12 20:23:06

Good teamwork for a goal kick seen by AR Beck and AAR Taylor


AM at 2015-05-12 20:22:06

No free kick awarded to BAYERN, one that they were expecting and one that they may have got in their own league and maybe one Mark could have awarded as there appeared to be a flick out by the Barcelona player and safer to give than try and manage as the ball goes out of play for a throw in


AM at 2015-05-12 20:19:49

Another free kick to BARCELONA as frustration within the Bayern players is growing


AM at 2015-05-12 20:18:58

Free kick to Barcelona, good whistle and presence seen as MARK HAS CALMLY monitored the situation and watching some play acting


AM at 2015-05-12 20:16:52

Good strong whistle from MARK supported by a strong flag from AR Beck, good teamwork seen here


AM at 2015-05-12 20:15:54

GOAL!1-2 brilliant  finish from Neymar JR

 


AM at 2015-05-12 20:15:05

Andre Marriner is showing a positive body language on the goal line with AR Jake Collin showing good movement on the far touchline


AM at 2015-05-12 20:13:32

Suarez has just been given offside by Simon Beck which is unfortunate that he was flagged offside as replays show that he was clearly onside. Judgement, Position (in line with 2nd rearmost defender) and concentration are key attributes. The pace at this level is so quick that you definitely need and must have all of the above.


AM at 2015-05-12 20:10:10

Physical Condition – looking at Marks fitness, stamina, sprinting abilities which we have seen in abundance this season on our REF CAM games that we have covered this season and this has clearly been a strength that we have commented upon and seen this season and this is key for getting into those crucial areas for accuracy in decision making and also by creating credible viewing angles. We have just seen an example of this as Mark moves from one end of the field of play to the other


AM at 2015-05-12 20:08:32

Good advantage seen for Bayern, good clear signal and also a word with the offended player seen off the ball


AM at 2015-05-12 20:07:21

Free kick to Barcelona, did you notice how the tone of the whistle has increased following that challenge? Mark is making the whistle talk for him and using it dependant on the severity of the offence


AM at 2015-05-12 20:05:30

Good teamwork seen here as the ball leaves the field of play


AM at 2015-05-12 20:04:58

Offside by Simon Beck and this is correct


AM at 2015-05-12 20:03:44

Free kick to Bayern and there is a coming together of players which has given Mark the opportunity to calm things down and take control. Good management of players seen


AM at 2015-05-12 20:01:52

GOAL!1-1 and an excellent non offside flag

 


AM at 2015-05-12 20:00:36

Replays have just shown the Bayern goal and the excellent position achieved by Mark for a clear view and angle as the ball enters the goal


AM at 2015-05-12 19:58:58

Again good position and angle achieved by Mark, close to the edge of the BARCELONA penalty area with a clear and close view. Decision accepted by the players close by.


AM at 2015-05-12 19:57:26

No free kick awarded and Mark has indicated why not, communication is effective to players close by


AM at 2015-05-12 19:56:40

Free kick to Barcelona, given from a close and static position, keeping a good view


AM at 2015-05-12 19:55:51

Physical Condition will be another area to look at closely tonight, look at Mark`s sprinting ability and stamina to be in the right place at the right time


AM at 2015-05-12 19:53:50

GOAL!What did I mention pre match?, Bayern have that early goal, this has set it up nicely. 1-0

 


AM at 2015-05-12 19:52:54

Corner kick to Bayern, good teamwork seen here.


AM at 2015-05-12 19:52:00

Mark has shown an explosive sprint to be in the key area with a good viewing angle to judge no penalty kick to Bayern


AM at 2015-05-12 19:51:13

I mentioned in my pre match amble about Personality being a key ingredient look at this area closely in Mark`s performance tonight


AM at 2015-05-12 19:49:17

Goal kick to Barcelona, replays show correct decision despite whistles from Bayern fans. Good decision from Andre Marriner on the goal line


AM at 2015-05-12 19:48:02

2 early free kicks awarded, good whistle and close presence from MC


AM at 2015-05-12 19:46:14

As our referee and Captain Clattenburg of the 3rd team blows his whistle we are off, what will the night hold in store for our 3 teams? we wish them the best of luck..


AM at 2015-05-12 19:44:29

As the players and match officials enter the field of play, prepare yourself for what could be an explosive start to the game as Bayern Munich come straight out of the blocks looking for an early goal.


AM at 2015-05-12 19:42:14

    Other areas of Mark`s refereeing performance tonight will include:

Personality

    – Marks Character, self-presentation and his appearance in this match – link this to your appearance in a game and how you present yourself as a referee?
  • Co-operation with Assistants and Additional Assistant Referee and also the 4th Official.

 

His team comprises of ARs Simon Beck, Jake Collin, with Additional Referees Anthony Taylor, Andre Marriner and Reserve Assistant / 4th Official Stuart Burt.

  1. Physical Condition – looking at Marks fitness, stamina, sprinting abilities which we have seen in abundance this season on our REF CAM games that we have covered this season and this has clearly been a strength that we have commented upon and seen this season and this is key for getting into those crucial areas for accuracy in decision making and also by creating credible viewing angles.
  2. Positioning and Movement – close to play but not too close, flexible and efficient position, diagonal movement, bearing in mind that there are Additional Assistant Referees tonight on the goal line. Backwards and Sideways movement as play develops and moves from end to end. How Mark enters the penalty areas at the right time and only when it is necessary. Anticipation and efficient positioning for example at set piece free kicks / corner kicks from dead ball situations.
  3. General Comments – this will close the report with Positive Points and Points for Improvement.

So as you can see a very COMPREHENSIVE report is then generated to provide an overall mark out of 10. Sadly, assessment reports containing this detail is currently not being delivered on the FA Premier League and this is as Keith Hackett has highlighted in his BLOG of last week and that this is clearly one of the reasons why we have seen a fall in standards in particular the accuracy of decision making for key match incidents on the Premier League this Season.

Click here to read Hackett’s blog on the conditions that help elite referees perform better in Europe.

 

For more information on this and other key topics then take a look at Hackett’s Blog for all the latest news, views and opinions as the Ex Head of Referees of the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd gives you the verdict straight.

 

 


AM at 2015-05-12 19:36:50

The English referee sextet will be observed by UEFA’s Refereeing Chief Officer and the former world’s best referee Pierluigi Collina of Italy.

What areas of Mark Clattenburgs refereeing performance will the match observer Pierluigi Collina be looking at?

Well the assessment of Mark will be looking at the following areas and as a Referee, these are the key and important areas that you need to constantly be working at and also thinking about with your SMART objectives.

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Target Driven.

As a referee you have to constantly be analysing your refereeing performance and to be totally honest with yourself on areas of your game that require improvement. Remember you can never stop Improving whatever you do in life. Set yourself goals and targets. If you need further information regarding these areas of your game then please contact Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Firstly within tonight’s game Collina will form a description of the game and make reference points to justify his category of the game. If a difficult game then he will reference reasons why?

    1. Application of the laws of the game and this will include match control, Marks tactical approach to this game, management of the game with again minute reference points to justify his marking criteria
  • Disciplinary Control

 

Management of Players – a key area in any referees performance – let us look closely tonight at how Mark manages the players any feedback then please let us know your thoughts…..

Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

 


AM at 2015-05-12 19:34:53

A crucial game on 3 counts for our 3 teams tonight: 3 questions for you and what are your thoughts on the following?

 

  • Can Bayern Munich pull a 3 goal deficit back?
  • Can Barcelona hold onto their 3 goal lead?
  • Can the 3rd team our English Team lead by Captain Clattenburg put in an inspired performance that will lead him onto and referee in the European Finals in 2016?

 

 

Let us know what you think by contacting us on either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


AM at 2015-05-12 19:29:52

What did our very own REF CAM expert Glenn Turner mention in his pre match blog before last Tuesday nights Champions League game Juventus v Real Madrid? I quote…

“How I would love to see England’s Number One Referee, Mark Clattenburg, complete this tie by refereeing the second leg in Madrid. That is very unlikely to happen.

My thoughts are that Clatts will referee the Europa League Final, though.”

Well he achieved tonight as you hoped Glenn and who knows he may well go on to referee the Europa League Final as well!


AM at 2015-05-12 19:27:50

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, formerly the Barcelona manager, probably needs the greatest performance of his managerial career to reach the Champions League final.

So the best way to warm-up is not to play 76 minutes with 10 men and bring on the key man you had intended to rest.

Despite having already won the German Bundesliga title, Guardiola decided to name the majority of his first-choice players against FC Augsburg. However, keeper Manuel Neuer, midfielders Xabi Alonso and defenders Mehdi Benatia and Rafinha were left on the bench.

Within 14 minutes, Neuer had to come on anyway after Bayern keeper Pepe Reina, in his third appearance for the club, was sent off for fouling Raul Bobadilla.

Paul Verhaegh hit the post with the penalty that Reina conceded, but Augsburg’s Bobadilla ended up scoring the winner himself with a clever flick in a 1-0 victory.

Guardiola said: “Playing 80 minutes with 10 men three days after the game in Barcelona wasn’t easy, but we still controlled the match.

“We’ll regenerate and prepare for the semi-final [second leg] now. We’re already German champions and that’s the most important thing.”

Bayern go into the second leg with no momentum at all, having lost all four matches since they secured the league title, including a penalty shootout defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final.

Barcelona, on the other hand, come into the game in sensational form and look confident that they can win the treble.

Luis Enrique was able to make five changes – including benching Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets – but his side still managed to beat David Moyes’s Real Sociedad 2-0, to move to within one victory of the title.

In fact (presuming the suspension on the league is lifted) they can win the title next weekend at Atletico Madrid, the current champions.

Pedro even gave Enrique plenty to think about with his team selection, as he came on to score a brilliant bicycle kick to late on.

The Spanish Cup finalists have now kept seven consecutive clean sheets, scoring 25 goals in those matches.

 

 


AM at 2015-05-12 19:21:42

Good evening everyone and welcome to this evening`s game which is being played at Allianz Arena.

What we said on breaking news on you-are-the-ref.com

 

 

Mark Clattenburg’s Euro 2016 showcase: Bayern Munich v Barcelona

Mark Clattenburg has been handed a big chance to showcase his claims to represent England in the European Championships next summer, reports Alan Biggs.

The Premier League’s top performing referee is to take charge of tonight`s Champions League semi-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, who lead 3-0.

It is more than a highly prestigious appointment for Clattenburg whose fight for recognition at home has been backed by You Are The Ref experts.

UEFA’s observer at the tie is none other than their refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina.

The background is that the FA are believed to have been pushing the rival claims of Clattenburg’s Premier League colleague Martin Atkinson.

Both men have been in outstanding form. After a shaky start to his domestic season, Atkinson, like Clattenburg, has excelled at home and abroad.

Last week he earned universal acclaim for his handling of the first leg of the other Champions League semi-final in which Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1.

That was achieved with an all-English refereeing team. Clattenburg is similarly placed.

His team for tonight comprises of Assistant Referees Simon Beck, Jake Collin, Additional Assistant Referees are Anthony Taylor, Andre Marriner and Reserve Assistant Referee / 4th Official is Stuart Burt.

“Well done to all of them and I am particularly delighted for Mark,” said YATR’s Keith Hackett.

“This is further vindication of his excellent standards. We send our congratulations all round.”

Click here to read Hackett’s blog on the conditions that help elite referees perform better in Europe.

Let us hope that tonight’s refereeing performance will get Mark to the EURO Championship Finals in 2016.

 

 

 

Allianz Arena, München (Germany) Bayern München – FC Barcelona [0:3] Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG) Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG) Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG) Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG) UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA) UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL) Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)