Chelsea v Porto

Chelsea v Porto

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 2 - 0



RH at 2015-12-09 22:45:36

I guess all the headlines will be made by Chelsea who came through a big test well. But we here at You Are The Ref can live easily with that because the Match Officials are not the talking point! Two big decisions correctly called in the first half were the platform on which this polished Refereeing team performance was built. As I said at half time the Additional Assistant Referee and Match Referee taking the plaudits. Five first half cautions and one more in the second made sure that Cuneyt Cak?r was always in control. His technical game was strong with optimum positioning and superb mobility. As I commented in the second half I very much liked his ability to arrive quickly on the scene with impact to control any threat of escalation, the confrontation of Pedro and Corona late in the game being an good example.  Tonight we saw one of Europe’s top Referees who didn’t disappoint!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:35:13

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2015-12-09 22:34:38

There may not have been the intensity of the first half in terms of Match Control for the Referee, but the continuous end to end counter attacking this half  has placed much more in terms of physical demands on the Referee


RH at 2015-12-09 22:32:09

A minimum of 3 minutes added time


RH at 2015-12-09 22:30:22

The two number 17’s clash as Corona fells Pedro, the Referee arrives quickly on the scene to control the situation and prevent any escalation!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:27:20

:Cuneyt Cak?r is having to apply his fitness level at present, although the tempo has not been high this half, the game is very much end to end at present!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:25:04

On Saturday we’ve got attractive Premier League games for you, with Norwich hosting Everton at 12.45 and then at 5.30 we see if Bournemouth can repeat their heroics of last weekend when the entertain Manchester United! Sunday we’ve got two cracking games! At lunchtime strugglers Aston Villa are at home to Arsenal where points are all important in a clash of teams at either end of the table, that game kicks off at 1.30 and then at 4.00 we see if Newcastle can kick on from last Sunday’s win when they travel to inform Tottenham Hotspur. Next Monday nights Premier League action features the champions when they travel to one of the current contenders for their crown, yes it Leicester v Chelsea at 8.00 pm


RH at 2015-12-09 22:21:15

The game is more end to end at the moment where Chelsea are playing with confidence going forward and Porto are desperately counter attacking to get back in the game, the Referee to his credit is still maintaining his patrol path and looking comfortable in movement


RH at 2015-12-09 22:18:32

Interestingly Costa choosing not to move towards the ball near the goal area where he was in an offside position, looks like the players are getting their heads around this seasons Offside Law interpretation!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:16:43

Yellow CardWhy did Ivanovic make that Reckless lunge on Corona, he was going nowhere?


RH at 2015-12-09 22:13:07

Costa was in on goal but Danilo was stronger in the shoulder to shoulder stakes, no offence committed!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:11:30

The Referee playing a cheeky little advantage there to allow Porto to build from the back following Costa’s close attention on goalkeeper Casillas


RH at 2015-12-09 22:09:32

Following on from my last comment, the Referee also recognises where there is no threat to his control following a careless challenge, to move into position for the next phase of play, thus taking away any temptation to ‘over Referee’ the game!


RH at 2015-12-09 22:07:03

Cuneyt Cak?r is not a tall man but what he does well is too constantly maintain an ideal proximity to play so that if anything is likely to happen to threaten his control he arrives quickly on the scene with impact to control the situation. This was illustrated well with those earlier exchanges involving imbula/Willian and Herrera/Azpilicueta


RH at 2015-12-09 22:02:00

The match tempo has dropped since that second goal, just as well as emotions were starting to rise shortly before the ball found the net


RH at 2015-12-09 22:00:04

Here is a link to a recent feature posted on our web site last week which really gets to the heart of what You Are The Ref is all about:

In this interview with Keith Hackett, the former PGMOL Referees Manager, he puts his “cards on the table” in another forthright exchange with our esteemed Alan Biggs, and talks refreshingly about the turnaround in the overall performances we have witnessed in the Premier League this season and gives his opinion as to what he attributes this to. Keith also gives a concise synopsise of the aims and achievements of www.You-Are-The-Ref.com as we begin the second half of our second season in the forefront of offering an informed voice to all match officials across the world and providing unprecedented insight into the key decisions that challenge the sport, in the local park or on the game’s biggest stage.


RH at 2015-12-09 21:57:55

Porto forcing a second corner in succession  as they press to get back into the game!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:56:17

Just before that goal Herrera was no more than careless on Azpilicueta, who made a meal of it, Terry got involved as Captain, but the Referee was right to keep his cards in his pocket


RH at 2015-12-09 21:54:07

GOAL!Willian makes 2-0 Chelsea!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:53:14

Imbula late on Willian, it was borderline careless/reckless, the Referee choosing to have words, fair enough at this stage of the contest


RH at 2015-12-09 21:48:37

Costa goes to ground but no free kick this time!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:47:01

The second half has begun!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:40:42

An impressive first half from Cuneyt Cak?r and his team. They’ve got the two big calls spot on. I’m personally in favour of the Premier Leagues’ goal line technology system, but UEFA’s Additional Assistant Referee arrangement worked superbly to confirm that the deflection off Marcano had crossed the goal line before being hacked away by a defender. Later the same official correctly signalled a goal kick despite Willian’s best efforts to keep the ball in play. Also Oscars subtle attempt to win a penalty came to nothing as the Referee waved play on, the player starting to go to ground without any contact outside the penalty area and falling inside. Five solid cautions to establish the Referees control and earn his respect from the players. My only observation so far is having witnessed a goal and those five cautions, why there was no additional time played at the end of the first half?


RH at 2015-12-09 21:31:36

No added time!

Half Time


RH at 2015-12-09 21:29:40

Yellow CardMartins-Indi is the latest Porto player to try his hand with a reckless challenge on Costa, and he receives the same outcome, consistent Refereeing!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:27:00

Yellow CardDanilo picks up a caution for a Reckless challenge on Costa in midfield

 


RH at 2015-12-09 21:25:58

On Saturday we’ve got attractive Premier League games for you, with Norwich hosting Everton at 12.45 and then at 5.30 we see if Bournemouth can repeat their heroics of last weekend when the entertain Manchester United! Sunday we’ve got two cracking games! At lunchtime strugglers Aston Villa are at home to Arsenal where points are all important in a clash of teams at either end of the table, that game kicks off at 1.30 and then at 4.00 we see if Newcastle can kick on from last Sunday’s win when they travel to inform Tottenham Hotspur. Next Monday nights Premier League action features the champions when they travel to one of the current contenders for their crown, yes it Leicester v Chelsea at 8.00 pm


RH at 2015-12-09 21:23:58

From a positional perspective the Referee is operating in a rectangle between both penalty areas, moving wide in the final third on his own diagonal to gain good viewing angles when required


RH at 2015-12-09 21:21:58

Yellow CardMaxi Pereria picking up a caution for Impeding the progress of an opponent means moving into the path of the opponent to  block him, the victim being Oscar, after a careless challenge on the same player moments before!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:18:18

Yellow CardMatic picking up a caution for a late challenge on Brahimi before an advantage was played, great Refereeing!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:16:18

Looks like the Additional Assistant at the Porto end was right again when he judged that Willian had not kept the ball in and awarding a goal kick to Porto


RH at 2015-12-09 21:14:23

Here is a link to a recent feature posted on our web site last week which really gets to the heart of what You Are The Ref is all about:

In this interview with Keith Hackett, the former PGMOL Referees Manager, he puts his “cards on the table” in another forthright exchange with our esteemed Alan Biggs, and talks refreshingly about the turnaround in the overall performances we have witnessed in the Premier League this season and gives his opinion as to what he attributes this to. Keith also gives a concise synopsise of the aims and achievements of www.You-Are-The-Ref.com as we begin the second half of our second season in the forefront of offering an informed voice to all match officials across the world and providing unprecedented insight into the key decisions that challenge the sport, in the local park or on the game’s biggest stage.


RH at 2015-12-09 21:12:46

Chelsea happy to get behind the ball were Porto have had 63% of the possession, but the big Refereeing calls have been made in the Porto penalty area


RH at 2015-12-09 21:10:27

A TV replay clearly showing that Oscar left a trailing leg to catch the defenders challenge and that although he fell inside the penalty area he started his fall outside, couldn’t have had any complaint if he had picked up a yellow card for that, good recognition by the Referee!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:07:10

Yellow CardCosta picks up the first yellow card for leaving a leg out for Porto keeper Castillas to trip over!

 


RH at 2015-12-09 21:05:40

Oscar goes to ground in the Porto penalty area, no penalty and no yellow card, no doubt we’ll see that one gain in a replay!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:04:22

Looking back to that goal decision, Assistant Tarik Ongun was up with play but not on the goal line, he could not have made a credible call

 


RH at 2015-12-09 21:01:28

Well, what a lively first fifteen minutes!


RH at 2015-12-09 21:00:43

TV Replays confirming that the Additional Assistant Referee was spot on in confirming that the ball had crossed the goal line before being cleared, well done!


RH at 2015-12-09 20:59:28

GOAL!Chelsea take a one goal lead courtesy of a great call from the Additional Assistant Referee to confirm that Marcano scored an own goal!


RH at 2015-12-09 20:57:06

Interesting to see the far side Assistant Bahattin Duran using arm signals to communicate to the players that the ball had not crossed the touch line


RH at 2015-12-09 20:55:00

Matic being penalised for a high foot, you can’t do that in Europe!


RH at 2015-12-09 20:54:03

Already noticeable during that last phase of Porto attacking play that the Referee does not stray too much from his patrol path to squeeze play with his active Assistant, obviously that has a lot to do with the presence of the Additional Assistant on the goal line of that active Assistants side of the field of play


RH at 2015-12-09 20:48:20

And now for the first corner which looks a bit fortuitous for Chelsea as I couldn’t see any Porto player touch the ball!


RH at 2015-12-09 20:47:04

First free kick as Oscar goes to ground under a careless half way line challenge


RH at 2015-12-09 20:45:56

Our match Referee Cuneyt Cakir gets us underway!


RH at 2015-12-09 20:42:04

Tonight’s Match Official team is from Turkey, the Match Referee is Cuneyt Cakir His Assistant Referees are Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, the Additional Assistant Referees are Huseyin Gocek Baris Simsek, and The Fourth Official is Mustafa Eyisoy


RH at 2015-12-09 20:38:08

Welcome to our coverage of this key Champions League Match day 6 game as Chelsea host Porto in what is being billed as the Group G decider!