EURO 2016 (Group C): Germany v Ukraine


GT at 2016-06-12 22:02:15

That’s all from me on Refcam tonight, but join us again tomorrow for Mark Clattenburg’s opening game, Belgium v Italy.

Good night everyone, and thanks for all of your comments…

GT at 2016-06-12 22:00:12

Some great comments and differences of opinion coming through on Twitter.

The majority believe Neuer should have been punished for his challenge at the end of the game, whilst @1867Group thinks Atko “had a brilliant game”.

Who would be a referee, eh?!?

Keep your opinions coming…we love to read them all

GT at 2016-06-12 21:57:18

Stay with us here at YATR for more coverage of EURO 2016.

Next up is tomorrow’s eagerly awaited Group E clash between Belgium and Italy when we shall see England’s number one referee in action, Mark Clattenburg.

Then, of course, Thursday brings the clash of the home nations as England and Wales meet in the crucial Group B encounter in Lens.

Keep an eye on our website to see a comprehensive list of upcoming Refcam games as coverage is updated regularly.

There you will find loads of interesting and thought-provoking articles from massive names within the world of football including Patrick Barclay, Mark Lawrenson, Kim Milton Nielsen and Neil Warnock.

There are also details of the upcoming YOUDAN TROPHY tournament which is quickly establishing itself as the tournament to win for 32 of the best sides from around the world.

With so much educational content it is clear why YATR is the place for all officials to be.

Keep it here, keep it you-are-the-ref

GT at 2016-06-12 21:55:47

In a game which threw-up few real challenges nobody wanted the game decider to be controversial, and Bastian Schweinsteiger ensured Atko enjoys a better night’s sleep than he may have done without it.

Every referee simply wants games to be decided by ‘clean’ goals.

There is no getting away from the fact the free kick which led to the German winner should not have been awarded, and that is a real shame for the Englishman.

Thankfully, it was not the only goal of the game so the focus will not be on him following that mistake.

Overall, he had a good game, playing a few nice advantages along the way and made few errors overall.

He was well supported by Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child on the lines who both made excellent offside calls.

I just hope UEFA are not too disappointed in that opening goal and appoint him to at least one other game with some meaning to it, rather than lose faith and put him on a ‘dead rubber’.

That one decision does not make Atko a poor referee, but only time will tell.

In summary:

  • Good communication with the players
  • Willing to look for advantage
  • Lack of sustained running power which could be a legacy of his recent calf injury
  • Poor foul recognition the free kick which led to the game’s opening goal
  • Positioning could be much better, as a result of his reduced running
  • Excellent support from his two assistant referees, Mike Mullarkey and Steve Child
  • Low-key approach which should please Collina at UEFA

GT at 2016-06-12 21:50:35

Full Time

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Bastian Schweinsteiger scores a goal secures the game

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GT at 2016-06-12 21:47:24

3 added minutes to go on

GT at 2016-06-12 21:46:55

Evidence of Atko’s lack of pace and running power as he found himself still in the Ukranian half of the field of play when the ball was in the German penalty area.

Is it that calf muscle again?

GT at 2016-06-12 21:45:05

Just a couple of the regular 90 minutes to go…

GT at 2016-06-12 21:44:15

(19 Germany) Mario Götze treads on his opponent’s boot and Atko correctly awards a free kick to Ukraine.

Good decision.

78 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 21:35:37

Germany make a change bringing on (9) André Schürrle for (11) Draxler

GT at 2016-06-12 21:32:17

15 minutes to go…

74 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 21:31:42

(9) Viktor Kovalenko is replaced by (21) Olexandr Zinchenko as Ukraine try to get back into this game

GT at 2016-06-12 21:30:15

(11 Ukraine) Seleznyov and (17 Germany) Boateng tangle with each other, ending with the Ukrainian holding his head in apparent agony.

Atko is not fooled though and correctly awards the free kick to the Germans as the first foul was against their man

70 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 21:27:36

Another good advantage played by Atko as the Germans push for a second goal

68 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 21:25:52

Yellow Cardfor (10 Ukraine) Yevhen Konoplyanka.

He will take that as his team would have been under pressure if he had not fouled his opponent.

Good decision from  Atko.

GT at 2016-06-12 21:24:26

Substitution for Ukraine as (8) Roman Zozulya makes way for (11) Yevhen Seleznyov.

This man has 51 caps and 11 goals to his name

GT at 2016-06-12 21:21:56

With just 25 minutes left, the omens are not good for Ukraine as Germany has never lost an opening group match at a EURO Finals

GT at 2016-06-12 21:19:51

I would like to see Atko getting closer to play, as a late challenge went in on a German there around his achilles…but from 20+ metres away Atko is in no credible position to make a call

GT at 2016-06-12 21:17:23

An hour has passed…who will win this one?

How are the officials doing?

Let us know what you think by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

58 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 21:15:36

Advantage applied by Atko as Germany break, then he waves away appeals for a free kick in a dangerous area…he wasn’t falling for that one again!

GT at 2016-06-12 21:13:53

Play has slowed down markedly, as Atko correctly calls a free kick against the goalscorer Shkodran Mustafi

GT at 2016-06-12 21:10:03

Good to see him smiling with Kroos as the |German midfielder clips the crossbar with a pile driver of a shot.

Players like a referee with whom they can share a light-hearted moment

GT at 2016-06-12 21:08:18

The second half has begun as the first did…steady.

Atko will be pleased with that.

GT at 2016-06-12 21:03:58

@1867Group is full of praise for Atko…

Thanks for your comment – the game is all about opinion, after all.

GT at 2016-06-12 21:02:00

The second half is about to begin.

Ukraine get us going…

GT at 2016-06-12 21:00:52

YATR followers will know that Atko missed the latter part of the season due to a calf injury.

This didn’t look a problem for the first 30 minutes, but as the half wore one there was a noticeable drop in his running, increase in his walking and subsequent loss of positioning.

The clearest example came towards the end of the half when he got in the way of players who were trying to make a pass and challenge for the ball.

That will be worth keeping a close eye on for the second half, and his lack of match-sharpness may have contributed to his key match error for the opening goal.

What do you think?

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GT at 2016-06-12 20:55:41

The first 45 minutes of Atko’s EURO 2016 refereeing has passed, and for 19 of those minutes it was going so well.

Then came his error which led to the Germany goal.

The tackle for which Atko awarded a free kick (leading to the goal) was a good one, and should not have resulted in that advantage to Germany.

The telltale sign which Atko should have picked out was the change in direction of the ball.

Still….he has called it wrongly, a goal resulted, and he now needs to park his mistake and get on with the rest of the game.

Some excellent support from his two assistants, who have both made good offside calls. Mike Mullarkey correctly chalked-off an Ukrainian equaliser, whilst Steve Child stopped Thomas Müller in his tracks as he bore down on goal (in fact, the latter was such a good call I got way to pleased for him and called him Jake Collin – apologies for taking that one away from you for a few moments, Childy!)

Now for Atko’s movement…

GT at 2016-06-12 20:47:25

Half Time

GT at 2016-06-12 20:46:04

Just one minute of additional time to go…

GT at 2016-06-12 20:45:14

There is no lack of support from his assistants though,as Jake Collin makes a good offside call against Thomas Müller

GT at 2016-06-12 20:44:02

There is a noticeable fall in Atko’s movement as the first half draws towards its conclusion.

Is he suffering from a lack of match-sharpness…more about that in my half-time summary

GT at 2016-06-12 20:42:39

Correct calls, especially big calls. can lift the entire team, and Atko needs to feed off Mullarkey’s good offside decision to help get his own game back on track

39 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 20:40:18

…and so does Mike Mullarkey as he correctly calls offside against Ukraine when they had the ball in the German net.

Well done, lino…

GT at 2016-06-12 20:38:37

Hawkeye technology does its job as Ukraine have an attempt cleared off the line

GT at 2016-06-12 20:37:42

With the apparent instruction from Collina and UEFA to let play continue rather than award unnecessary free kicks, Atko will have some explaining to do when he and his team are debriefed by the referee observer, Bo Karlsson, post match.

GT at 2016-06-12 20:34:42

Absolutely correct (again) Simon Jackson – one of our regular contributors to Refcam analysis.

It never was a free kick leading up to the goal, and Jake Collin was not going to give one.

Only Atko knows why he did

GT at 2016-06-12 20:32:38

30 minutes in and the game is opening up nicely.

Ukraine must try to score, which is helping it become more of a spectacle.

GT at 2016-06-12 20:27:17

Has he realised his error leading up to the Germany goal?

If he has then he needs to park the mistake and get on with the game.

There is no place for self-pity out there, Atko!

GT at 2016-06-12 20:26:06

That was a naughty foul by the goal scorer Shkodran Mustafi on Ukraine’s keeper.

Atko wasn’t going to give that, which was clear from the delay he took in blowing his whistle. Thankfully his mate behind the goal helped him out.

GT at 2016-06-12 20:23:23

Germany and their number 2, Shkodran Mustafi, benefit from a free kick which should not have been awarded.

The Ukraine defender played the ball.

Yes, it was a tight one, but the change in direction of the ball should have helped Atko see that contact was made with the ball.

Not what Atko, his team, his employers or supporters of referees would want to see happen to him on such an important stage.

19 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 20:20:03

and wouldn’t you know it…


18 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 20:19:24

Atko will be hoping nothing comes from this free kick he has awarded

GT at 2016-06-12 20:18:42

Foul by Kroos (18 Germany) who used his arm to protect himself.

That is all he did though…no need for any disciplinary action, and pleasing to see Atko did not take any

15 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 20:16:19

The opening quarter of an hour has passed without any sort of test for our referees.

Keep the focus boys, as a big decision will come your way at some point, and you must be fully concentrated to call it correctly

GT at 2016-06-12 20:14:22

Jonas Hector misses a sitter of a chance for Germany.

It always amazes me how players are instantly forgiven for such dreadful errors, yet a referee calls the tightest of decisions the wrong way and he is castigated!

11 minutes

GT at 2016-06-12 20:11:50

Offside against Thomas Müller – good decision, Steve Child

GT at 2016-06-12 20:10:16

First piece of business for Mike Mullarkey to deal with, and he calls it correctly.

Throw-in to Ukraine despite German protests…I do hope that isn’t going to be theme for tonight as they do seem to be complaining an awful lot

GT at 2016-06-12 20:07:21

Nice start for our referees…nothing of any significance to deal with so far.

Exactly the kind of opening they would have been hoping for.

GT at 2016-06-12 20:04:09

Thomas Müller complains about an elbow to his head, but his claim is absolute nonsense.

Atko correctly turns his back on the German.

GT at 2016-06-12 20:02:19

The Yorkshire whistler will be looking for a nice, little ‘settler’ for a decision…a very obvious foul, a clear corner, whatever…

What he doesn’t want is an early challenging one

GT at 2016-06-12 20:00:28

Atko blows his first ever whistle at a EURO Finals, Germany take the kick-off…we are under way

GT at 2016-06-12 19:55:33

The teams are out and it is almost time for kick-off in Lille

GT at 2016-06-12 19:44:52

It is the opening refereeing appointment for England today as Martin Atkinson leads his team.

45 year-old Atkinson has been a referee since 1986, and made the FIFA List in 2006.

It was beginning to look like he would never make it to a major championship but enjoyed much support from his employers back home which saw UEFA select two referees from the same country in a move which surprised many.

Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child will be running the lines for Atko, with Michael Oliver and Craig Pawson the additional assistant referees.

The fourth and reserve officials are the Scottish duo Bobby Madden and Francis Connor.

This is a huge game for Atko and will go a long way to determining what his second appointment will be.

Impress and it should be a game of importance, fail to do so and it could be a ‘dead-rubber’.

Everyone at YATR hopes for the former as we all want to see home grown referees do well in this tournament.

May the ball run kindly for you, gents…

GT at 2016-06-12 19:39:35

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us again for another live Refcam commentary as our coverage of EURO 2016 continues.

We bring for you today FIFA World Champions Germany against Ukraine, which will be played at Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole.

Having had the pleasure of officiating at this stadium, I can tell you…it is a beauty.

With a capacity of almost 50,000 the home ground of Lille OSC offers a perfect setting for a game of this importance.

Three times winners of this tournament, Germany will, of course, be favourites to take all three points in this Group C clash having never lost to Ukraine in all previous competitive games (won 2, drawn 2).

With a remarkable record of twelve consecutive appearances at EURO Finals, they certainly don’t lack experience either.

Add to that the world class talents of Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller and so on and most pundits agree this should be a rewarding opening fixture for Head Coach, Joachim Löw.

Standing in their way is a Ukraine side who make their second appearance at EURO Finals, having co-hosted the 2012 tournament.

This time around they needed to qualify, and did so following a play-off victory over Slovenia.

Mykhailo Fomenko brings together a squad of players themselves not short on talent.

Yevhen Khacheridi and Taras Stepanenko add steel to the side whilst Andriy Yarmolenko certainly knows where the back of the net is (25 goals in 59 appearances).

This should be a cracker and one not to be missed, so stay with us and enjoy the game.

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