Belgium v USA RH

RH at 2014-07-01 23:37:28

Djamel Haimoudi can look back with much satisfaction on this performance, there is always added pressure at the knock out stages of the world cup. It remains to be seen if this was Djamel Haimoudi’s final appointment as a Referee in the tournament, whatever emerges in that respect, he has in my view definitely shown his potential at this level. The highlights of this evenings performance being his calm approach, excellent judgment of acceptable player contact and consistency of law application, but I will remember most his fitness, which was excellent! Don’t be surprised if he gets another game!

RH at 2014-07-01 23:32:44

Game over, Belgium meet Argentina in the quarter final

RH at 2014-07-01 23:31:55

one minute added time

RH at 2014-07-01 23:31:40

Because of the end to end nature of this game both Assistant Referees have been fully involved, apart from one poor offside decision they have done well

RH at 2014-07-01 23:29:15

The teamwork really has been good so far in this game, the Officials have definitely played their part well here

RH at 2014-07-01 23:27:18

good calming body language from the referee following a careless mid-field challenge

RH at 2014-07-01 23:25:48

Amazingly the pace of the game steps up a gear what a test of stamina for our referee!

RH at 2014-07-01 23:23:55

First spray paint kick of the game to USA!

RH at 2014-07-01 23:22:21

The Belgian corners just keep on coming, 19 so far!

RH at 2014-07-01 23:21:24

Substitutions have turned this match upside down, referees at any level must always be aware that a game can change on the introduction of fresh players

RH at 2014-07-01 23:19:23

Concentration and awareness are so crucial now as the USA will be rejuvenated following that goal! will the goal alter the match tempo?

RH at 2014-07-01 23:17:41

Julian green scores for the USA, game on!

RH at 2014-07-01 23:15:56

The final period of play starts, can the USA come back?

RH at 2014-07-01 23:14:58

The first half of extra time comes to an end

RH at 2014-07-01 23:14:30

Another change as Julian green comes on for the USA

RH at 2014-07-01 23:12:32

Lukaku scores against his Everton team mate to make it 2-0

RH at 2014-07-01 23:11:37

Interesting looking back at the goal that Lukaku and a USA defender were on the goal line behind Tim Howard

RH at 2014-07-01 23:10:02

Only at this stage of the contest has the pace of the game slowed, a credit to all involved

RH at 2014-07-01 23:08:25

nasty challenge by Vertonghen on jones, hopefully he won’t seek retribution

RH at 2014-07-01 23:04:55

yet another corner, this must be a record for the tournament so far, but still no diving or final third attacking free-kicks, interesting?

RH at 2014-07-01 23:02:15

Will that goal change the pattern of play or tempo of the match? the referee must now be fully focussed to detect any subtle changes

RH at 2014-07-01 23:00:11

Belgium number seven De Bruyne scores the first goal 1-0

RH at 2014-07-01 22:58:00

Belgium make a substitution as Lukaku comes on as the referee gets us underway for the first period of extra time

RH at 2014-07-01 22:56:43

The Referee and his two Assistants must use this break in play to take on those all important fluids!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:54:34

Well it just goes to show that you must concentrate to the very end, that apart the team of match officials have do well so far. Its all about focus, fitness and concentration from here on in, as we go into extra time!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:52:31

referee brings normal time to an end!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:51:53

Fortunate for the nearside assistant that wondolowski missed as he was clearly onside despite his flag

RH at 2014-07-01 22:50:20

The fitness levels shown by all of the participants is a credit to the tournament!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:49:01

Three minutes added time!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:47:32

The referee has still got a full can of spray paint!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:45:38

good spot by the Assistant following a careless challenge by Origi

RH at 2014-07-01 22:44:30

In games such at this the match officials concentration is tested with numerous goal kick corner decisions, its a sign of the teamwork that there have been few if any contentious final third decisions in this game

RH at 2014-07-01 22:39:53

The work rate of the referee has been impressive in what must surely be one of the quickest and most open games of the tournament so far!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:38:09

Tim Howard in the USA goal continues to keep the score goaless!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:37:06

Gonzalez of the USA twisted his ankle badly there, should the referee stopped play sooner for him to receive attention?

RH at 2014-07-01 22:35:17

The referee is still coping well with break away attacks as the games moves into the last fifteen minutes of normal time

RH at 2014-07-01 22:31:29

good to see the Referee smiling in an exchange with Clint Dempsey

RH at 2014-07-01 22:30:34

On the many goal attempts in this game, its great to see the referee in the frame taking up a good viewing angle and range

RH at 2014-07-01 22:28:53

Looks like the fourth official is going to be busy with some substitutions shortly!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:26:37

Some of you out there are commenting on the flanging technique of the nearside Assistant, above his head!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:25:20

This is a quieter phase of the game, extremely important that our Referee and his team maintain focus, a slip now could undo all the good work that has been done so far.



RH at 2014-07-01 22:21:45

No player diving so far, how refreshing! lets hope that continues!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:20:30

Talking of the players keeping their cool fourth official Norbert Hauata may play a more prominent role if the coaching staff of both teams start to feel the pressure!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:18:26

With so many attempts on goal, surely this game can’t go to extra time?

RH at 2014-07-01 22:17:23

Acknowledgement so far must also go to the players who have up until now played the game in a good spirit, could that change as players get tired?

RH at 2014-07-01 22:14:49

The game is still open but the Belgian’s are just starting to take advantage, if this continues at least the Referee will not have to cope with the pace of end to end attacking

RH at 2014-07-01 22:12:44

Performances of this quality don’t just happen by accident, the Referee would have studied both teams and prominent performers, this is not pre-judging but just being professional!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:08:48

The referee is taking up good positions in the final third of the field of play, so as not to get caught up in play during pro-longed attacking passages of play

RH at 2014-07-01 22:06:09

Well the Belgian corners keep on coming, no change there then!

RH at 2014-07-01 22:03:20

Referee Djamel Haimoudi gets the second half underway!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:57:55

A satisfying first half for referee Djamel Haimoudi, he’s demonstrated his match control with two solid cautions and he’s moved around the field of play well, reading the pattern of play and coping easily with the break away attacking of both teams which has been a strong feature of this game. He has no bubbling feuds to deal with nor any controversial decisions to reflect on. He will however be tested fully in the second half should the teams continue to play at the same pace, how will he cope? should be a fascinating second half!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:49:35

The Referee brings to an end a first half which has been played at very fast pace!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:48:18

good position to spot Van Buytens careless challenge as the ball is played out from a corner

RH at 2014-07-01 21:45:43

Three minutes added time is shown

RH at 2014-07-01 21:45:23

Words of warning to Fellaini following his questioning of a midfield careless push

RH at 2014-07-01 21:42:53

second caution of the game its  for Kompany following a reckless foul tackle from behind

RH at 2014-07-01 21:41:36

As this half draws to end, the pace of the game has not let up!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:40:27

There have been some great advantages played in this tournament, but no so much retrospective Referee  action or sanctions?

RH at 2014-07-01 21:38:31

Admire the skill of the Referee here in judging an acceptable level of physical contact between the players, this is key in establishing a balance between match control and allowing the game to breathe , will this change however if the tempo rises?

RH at 2014-07-01 21:36:33

Great advantage played there as Bradley went in late on Belgian attack!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:34:31

Its a mark of the Referee’s control that there has been minimal questioning of his actions so far in this match, especially considering what is at stake!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:31:44

first substitution Johnson off and Yedlin on

RH at 2014-07-01 21:30:54

Well so far the French speaking referee seems to be communicating well with both teams!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:28:45

Plenty of opportunities for the referee to perfect his corner position with six Belgian corners so far!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:26:56

Both Assistant Referees need to keep focussed as they are being kept on their toes as play quickly moves from end to end!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:24:57

Its important to astutely read the game when its played at this pace, you don’t want to run for the sake of it, but you do need to make those all important viewing angles

RH at 2014-07-01 21:22:42

How will the Referee’s  fitness cope if this pace is sustained for the whole match!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:20:12

So far the Referee has shown good movement and positioning, coping well with quick break aways and the pattern of play

RH at 2014-07-01 21:18:32

First caution for Geoff Cameron following a reckless challenge, good decision

RH at 2014-07-01 21:16:29

Jones of the USA making his views known to the referee following a challenge Fellaini

RH at 2014-07-01 21:14:43

Origi caught a bit late there with a careless tackle, he’s now back in the action

RH at 2014-07-01 21:13:11

The referee is keeping a tight hold on the game at the moment with the award of several free kicks for careless challenges

RH at 2014-07-01 21:08:59

The game is an end to end at the moment with both teams attacking strongly, an early test of the Referee’s fitness, how long will the teams play at this pace?

RH at 2014-07-01 21:06:19

Referee well on a breakaway USA attack to award a goal kick

RH at 2014-07-01 21:04:46

The opening minutes of the match are being played at a fast pace!

RH at 2014-07-01 21:02:48

Referee is moving well to cover the quick Belgian attacks

RH at 2014-07-01 21:00:57


Interesting pre-match comments from USA Coach Juergen Klinsmann, raising the point that the Belgian team could potentially communicate better with the match officials as they speak French, could this be something to watch out for?

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RH at 2014-07-01 21:00:12

Our match Referee Djamel Haimoudi from Algeria gets us underway!

RH at 2014-07-01 20:55:06

Welcome to The Arena Fonte Nova in the city of Salvador for this Round of 16 game, which kicks off at 17.00 local time

This is the final game at this stage of the tournament and it features a Belgium team who have been impressive in the group stage against a USA team who have defied the form guide to emerge from a very strong group.