EURO 2016 – Group F – Hungary v Portugal


GB at 2016-06-22 19:05:43

Bye for now

But don’t forget to tune in again later for the second helping of RefCam today when The Republic of Ireland take on Italy


GB at 2016-06-22 19:04:26

Here are the main talking points from this game:

  • The referee did all the hard work in the first half in respect to taking firm control of a game which had the potential to become lively
  • Having set his stall out with 3 yellow cards in the first half, Atkinson displayed maturity and empathy in the way he loosened the reigns in the second half and just let the teams go out and provide some of the most entertaining minutes in any game in the Tournament so far
  • Concentration and consistency were the order of the day and Atkinson ticked the box for each of them
  • All credit to the whole officiating team who did their collective reputations no harm at all by ensuring that they will not be mentioned at all when the pundits reflect on a supper game

So the reputations for the standard off officiating in the Tournament rolls on with England’s second team keeping up appearances!

This will do Martin Atkinson’s confidence and credibility the world of good as he moved around smoothly and gave all his decision from credible distances and angles. It really looked like he lifted his game today and adds to the problems the referee’s committee will have now as to who to send home early.

Players showed respect to the way the referee controlled this game and in return he showed respect to them by not strangling the life out of the game when tackles started to fly in in the first half.

Both Assistants played a fully and active part in an excellent team performance from the English Officials. Well Done all round again!

More RefCam to come

GB at 2016-06-22 18:51:24

My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2016-06-22 18:50:04

Full Time

Hungary 3 v 3 Portugal


GB at 2016-06-22 18:48:36

3 added minutes


GB at 2016-06-22 18:48:08

A high foot by the Portugal player was always going to be penalised by the referee.

The referee’s body language then just showed a bit of frustration – not required, just stay calm.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:45:42

Amazing how the tempo has dropped in the closing stages but these games still need to be closed out to a satisfactory conclusion by the officials and that routine free kick to Portugal was a good example.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:43:30

So far it must be said that England’s second team have maintained the standards set by the majority of the other officials in the tournament.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:40:46

All this kicking the ball between the goalkeeper reflects the fact that Hungary are happy with their point, but the officials still need to remain focused and expect the unexpected right to the end.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:38:34

These challenges from behind always look a lot worse in super Slow-Mo, but that was no more than careless by the Hungarian defender


GB at 2016-06-22 18:36:57

The referee could not have been any closer to that challenge which caused Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7) to go to ground – credible proximity makes it easy to sell decisions


GB at 2016-06-22 18:34:53

Of course, the shopping list which the manager sent on for Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7) may have been the score in the other game – so both sides might get to the point where they are happy with he state of things at the moment.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:33:16

I expect the Referee to really manage the tempo in the last 15 minutes of this game and not to take any chances, but keep giving the “safe calls” which everyone expects as the tension rises.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:31:28

Great communication demonstrated by the top Assistant in England at the moment. He clearly told the player where to take the throw-in, and did not let him disrespect him by walking away up the line.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:29:14

The longer the second half goes on, the more “on his toes” the referee is looking. I just wish he would not use such sloppy throw-in signals at times! Keep your standards up please Martin!


GB at 2016-06-22 18:24:48

The test will come if the officials can keep this level of concentration up and close out one of the best games in the Tournament so far without becoming the centre of attention.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:23:22

The more exciting this games gets and the more the officials can stay out of all the talking points the better it must be fore them.

One again another sound off-side cal against Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7)


GB at 2016-06-22 18:22:04

As the tempo reaches boiling point the fine line required by all the officials to get all the big decision right was demonstrated there by the excellent off-side call by Steven Child as Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7) was “just” off-side.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:19:51

GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7)

Hungary 3 v 3 Portugal

And there was a good advantage played by the referee in the build up


GB at 2016-06-22 18:18:37

Martin Atkinson’s tactics in this game seem to be going down well with the players as there has been precious little disagreement with any of his decisions in this game.

A first “one handed” advantage signal by the referee turns into a two handed one!


GB at 2016-06-22 18:15:47

The positive thing to mention at this time is that in all the excitement of the goals in the second half, the officials have not played a negative part in their build up. Clear free kicks correctly given led to both the Hungary goals.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:13:56

I have yet to see a yellow card issued for over zealous goal scoring celebrations in the competition so far and it will take a brave referee to issue the first one after what we have seen in this game.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:12:06

is this Ground Hog Day?

GOAL!  Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hun 7)

Hungary 3 v 2 Portugal


GB at 2016-06-22 18:10:37

That was strong refereeing not to be duped by Ronaldo as the physical contact was no worse than others in the game so far

GB at 2016-06-22 18:08:42

Good question on Twitter from Coach Byron @ByronCoach

Subs on the pitch for goal celebrations … Is that a bookable offence @youaretheref   ????

Answer must be technically yes, but I can’t help feeling the new paragraph in the re-written laws of the game about referees using common sense comes into play in these games


GB at 2016-06-22 18:06:59

GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo (Por 7)

Hungary 2 v 2 Portugal

and this game is really coming to life


GB at 2016-06-22 18:05:06

GOAL!  Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hun 7)

Hungary 2 v 1 Portugal

and the blatant trip on the edge of the penalty area gets what it deserved.


GB at 2016-06-22 18:03:03

Clear trip on the edge of the penalty area calmly picked off by the referee


GB at 2016-06-22 18:02:20

Second half starts with everyone in the correct half!


GB at 2016-06-22 18:00:58

An interesting game from the Officials’ perspective.

If ever there was a game where the referee and assistants needed to hit the ground running from the start this was it, and generally I was comfortable with Martin Atkinson’s game plan. He did not caution the first offence of the game, but his body language was such that it was never going to be too far into this game for him to assert his authority. In the 13th minute when the first caution came for a reckless challenge there were no surprises when the yellow card came out. Unfortunately he just showed a slight chink in his armour for me 10 minutes later when Barnabás Bese (Hun 21) crashed into the back of Nani (Por 17) with his elbow into the back of his neck. That was a clear reckless challenge which got away. Then 5 minutes later the second yellow card comes out for a challenge which on reflection may well have been more careless than reckless, but I got the distinct feeling that the referee was playing catch-up for the one that got away a few minutes earlier. At the end of the day, this ability to be consistent in the distinction between careless and reckless is what makes one referee stand out from another. The final yellow card of the have for holding was nailed on.

I have to say that this game always looked like it was going to need a tight rein for me though, so I can generally support how things have gone so far for the English official.

Fitness wise, it has to be said that there have not been as many end to end switches in this game as there have been in others I have seen, but on the whole the referee’s movement has looked fully satisfactory. He has also not been shy to get ahead of the play and sprint back when necessary.

Both assistants have had a sound first half.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:46:23

Half Time

Hungary 1 v 1 Portugal


GB at 2016-06-22 17:45:29

1 added minute


GB at 2016-06-22 17:43:55

GOAL! Nani (Por 17)

Hungary 1 v 1 Portugal

Portugal score at the perfect time just before half time


GB at 2016-06-22 17:42:50

That over zealous push in the back by the Hugarian player is the type the referee has been trying to cut out in this game.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:41:20

That was an easy decision for MM then as the Portugal player was on his side – they still need to be given though and always look good on the CV when a goal is scored after a correct raise of the flag


GB at 2016-06-22 17:38:14

Steven Child gets the chance to join in with an off-side


GB at 2016-06-22 17:35:38

Yellow Card Zoltán Gera (Hun 10)  the 3rd Hungarian to be cautioned for unsporting behaviour. No doubt Atko is determined not to let this game get away from him.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:33:24

For those of you who scrutinise the referee as much as me, have you noticed that he is not quite as sharp and positive with ALL his signals in this game?


GB at 2016-06-22 17:31:17

The first routine off-side picked off by Mike Mullarkey, following some great “wait and see” with no flags earlier in the game


GB at 2016-06-22 17:30:16

Yellow Card Roland Juhász (Hun 23) – reckless challenge

That was better by the referee – I wonder whether he was regretting letting the last foul by a Hungarian defender slipping past.

I said this game would need the referee to assert his authority so I am pleased to see that coming through.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:28:17

The tempo of the game has remained high and this will be a good test as whether this referee really has any fitness issues


GB at 2016-06-22 17:24:54

Barnabás Bese (Hun 21) can consider himself very fortunate not to be the second player cautioned in this game after that blatant reckless challenge from behind on the Portugal player. I hope the referee does not drop his tolerance level too far in this one. There may not have been many yellow cards in the competition so far but this has the makings of a game which made need a firm hand to keep the lid on due to the early goal by Hungary.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:21:17

The concentration level for all the officials always goes up after a goal is scored.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:20:23

GOAL! Zoltán Gera (Hun 10)

Hungary 1 v 0 Portugal

Now the cat is well and truly amongst the pigeons!


GB at 2016-06-22 17:18:58

There have been some good and bad performances from the official’s behind the goals so far


GB at 2016-06-22 17:18:08

When these AAR do their job the team work is definitely enhanced, its just when they duck the major incidents in front of them that their existence is often questioned.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:16:38

Clear evidence of the help from the AAR Micheal Oliver for that Portugal corner decision


GB at 2016-06-22 17:15:04

Yellow Cardfor Richárd Guzmics (Hun 20)  for that reckless challenge. Great to see the extra flagging by MM helped sell that early yellow card. No way could the officials try to “manage ” that one.



GB at 2016-06-22 17:13:19

Safe free kick for the contact by the Portugal player into his opponent’s back. He may have made a lot of it but the fact is he knocked him off balance and the expectation was for the game to be stopped


GB at 2016-06-22 17:11:38

If the level of grappling continues like this for every corner the officials will be very happy


GB at 2016-06-22 17:10:11

Only 10 minutes gone I know, but I must say that the referee seems to be moving a lot more comfortably in this game than in his first already.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:07:40

As is this referee’s style, and early chance to play the advantage is not lost to Atko. This has always been one of his strong points so it is good to see he has the confidence to be “himself” in this massive game.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:05:45

Definitely worth a word from the referee then as the Hungary defender also takes an early opportunity to show Ronaldo what he can expect tonight.


GB at 2016-06-22 17:03:54

First free kick and Martin Atkinson was quite correct to set his tolerance level with that clear push by the Hungary player. Let those go in the opening minutes and you really set yourself up for the rest of the game


GB at 2016-06-22 17:02:21

Straight away it is great to see the type of strong confident signals we are used to seeing from our English Assistant Referees


GB at 2016-06-22 17:00:25

Game on


GB at 2016-06-22 16:59:56

Hungary  won the toss so it will be Portugal to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2016-06-22 16:54:41

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referee1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Assistant referee2:  Stephen Child (ENG)

Additional assistant referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)

Additional assistant referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)

4th Official: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Reserve official: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)

Martin Atkinson


It is obviously fair to say that the standard of officiating has been heralded by many as being as good as anyone can remember in a major Tournament in recent history. Appart from the dreadfully managed penalty in the Croatia v Spain game yesterday, there has not been a single result changing controversial incident so far, as reported in these two recent articles on our website: High standards give UEFA a nice headache and  Referees are the winners so far

So without wishing to put the mockers on today’s officials, let’s hope that England’s number 2 can keep the average up!

Martin got off to a steady start in his first game Germany v Ukraine and came through it relatively unscarred, even if not exactly setting the world alight with his performance. There was a question mark over the award of a soft free kick which led to the first goal in the game and his positioning and movement was nowhere near as good as some of the other officials we have seen in this Tournament. In a match like this, with so much hanging on it, he can do without any questionable incidents at all, and will really need to pull out all the stops if he is to stake a claim to remain in France for the knock-out stages.

The longer Tournaments like this go on, one or the factors for when Officials are provided with their airline ticket home is obviously how long their Home Nation remain in the competition. It is therefore slightly unusual that an English Referee is in charge of a game today which will have an influence on who the England Team play as runners up in this Group.

FIFA badge: 2006

UEFA EURO matches: 10

UEFA matches: 69

Tournaments: 1st Tournament

Finals: 2015 UEFA Europa League final

Here are the squads for the Tournament:

GB at 2016-06-22 16:48:12



1       Gábor Király (Haladás)

2       Ádám Lang (Videoton)

3       Mihály Korhut (Debrecen)

4       Tamás Kádár (Lech)

5       Attila Fiola (Puskás Akadémia)

6       Ákos Elek (Diósgy?r)

7       Balázs Dzsudzsák (Bursaspor)

8       Ádám Nagy (Ferencváros)

9       Ádám Szalai (Hannover)

10     Zoltán Gera (Ferencváros)

11     Krisztián Németh (Al-Gharafa)

12     Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros)

13     Dániel Böde (Ferencváros)

14     Gerg? Lovrencsics (Lech)

15     László Kleinheisler (Bremen)

16     Ádám Pintér (Ferencváros)

17     Nemanja Nikoli? (Legia)

18     Zoltán Stieber (Nürnberg)

19     Tamás Priskin (Slovan Bratislava)

20     Richárd Guzmics (Wis?a)

21     Barnabás Bese (MTK)

22     Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig)

23     Roland Juhász (Videoton)



1       Rui Patrício (Sporting CP)

2       Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe)

3       Pepe (Real Madrid)

4       José Fonte (Southampton)

5       Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient)

6       Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco)

7       Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

8       João Moutinho (Monaco)

9       Éder (LOSC)

10     João Mário (Sporting CP)

11     Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

12     Anthony Lopes (Lyon)

13     Danilo (Porto)

14     William Carvalho (Sporting CP)

15     André Gomes (Valencia)

16     Renato Sanches (Benfica)

17     Nani (Fenerbahçe)

18     Rafa Silva (Braga)

19     Eliseu (Benfica)

20     Ricardo Quaresma (Be?ikta?)

21     Cédric (Southampton)

22     Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb)

23     Adrien Silva (Sporting CP)


GB at 2016-06-22 16:45:24

Well this has turned out to be a crucial game for Portugal which requires them to get at least a draw to avoid being the first of one of the more fancied teams in the Tournament to fail to reach the last 16. They have never failed to make it through the group stage before.

The question is, will they park the bus like a few other teams have done in the last Group fixtures or will they go for it?

If previous meetings between the two countries (including Friendlies) are anything to go by, then this should not be a problem at all for Portugal. This has been the Tournament for the minnows so far however, so I expect Hungary to come out and make a real fight of it, even though they have already qualified and therefore have made 6 changes in their starting line-up for this one.

Team Pld W D L GF GA
Hungary 10 0 3 7 7 23
Portugal 10 7 3 0 23 7



GB at 2016-06-22 16:43:26

Stade de Lyon, Lyon

EURO 2016 capacity: 58000

Opened: 01/01/2015

First stage – Group F

Welcome to this evening’s RefCam coverage today of the European Championship game between Hungary v Portugal.

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