EURO 2016: Northern Ireland v Germany


GT at 2016-06-21 18:57:56

Thanks again for joining me on Refcam…and particular thanks to everyone who sent in comments and views throughout the game.

As always, it’s a pleasure receiving and reading them all.

Looking forward to speaking again soon…

Keep it here on you-are-the-ref

GT at 2016-06-21 18:56:01

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

Next up is tomorrow’s eagerly awaited Group F clash between Hungary and Portugal, followed by the Group E clash Italy v Republic of Ireland.

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 Neil Warnock’s view on how the EURO 2016 referees have done so far.

The ever-popular Refshow continues with its weekly review of all refereeing matters, whilst Hackett’s blog sees the former PGMO referees’ supremo continue to offer fascinating thought on how standards could be improved.

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 2016-06-21 18:55:01

In summary:

  • Referee Turpin had an excellent game – there was not a single questionable or contentious decision all game;
  • His particular strengths were positioning and anticipation of play;
  • Turpin chose a low-key approach and it paid huge dividends for him as the players bought-into his style and the contest ended without a single caution and only 18 fouls all game;
  • He was very well supported by two good assistants who also made correct and accurate decisions throughout the game.

GT at 2016-06-21 18:54:12

It was an excellent performance from our referees, with Turpin and his team not putting a foot wrong.

In fairness, it wasn’t his most challenging game but we have seen in our domestic game referees make easier games look difficult, so well done M. Turpin and your colleagues.

GT at 2016-06-21 18:51:37

Germany secure top spot in Group C with another well-deserved victory and, ominously for all the other sides, another clean sheet.

They are yet to concede in this tournament.

There is no doubt the World Champions were worthy winners tonight, but Northern Ireland will not be too disappointed as they are very likely to qualify as one of the better 3rd placed teams.

Group C ends with Germany top, Poland runners-up, Northern Ireland third and Ukraine in the wooden spoon position without a point.

GT at 2016-06-21 18:50:09

And that is our lot as the World Champions march on…

Full Time

GT at 2016-06-21 18:46:48

That is the end of the 90 minutes…3 added minutes to go on

89 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:46:22

More good positioning enables Turin to correctly award a corner kick to Germany

GT at 2016-06-21 18:45:20

Turpin is enjoying his evening so much he is walking around in the Paris sunshine for these final, few minutes.

Take it all in, M. Turpin…you deserve it

GT at 2016-06-21 18:41:27

Just five minutes of the regular ninety to go…

84 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:40:38

Northern Ireland bring on in McGinn place of Corry Evans

83 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:39:06

McGovern does it again, this time denying Gomez who cannot believe his headed effort has not found the net.

The ‘keeper is having an inspired game

79 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:35:29

Magennis needlessly fouls Schweinsteiger to give away possession to Germany again.

Good spot by referee Turpin who correctly awards the free kick

GT at 2016-06-21 18:34:06

Assistant Danos shows he is capable of retaining high levels of concentration despite having very little play in his half of the field of play, as he correctly calls offside against Lafferty of NI

76 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:32:30

Germany make their final change with Howedes taking over from Boateng

69 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:26:45

A second change by Germany as Khedira makes way for Schweinsteiger.

Meanwhile Jamie Ward leaves the action for NI and is replaced by Magennis

67 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:24:05

Excellent proactive refereeing from Turpin who stops play before a corner kick arrives into the NI penalty area.

He spotted two holding offences by Germany and blew his whistle before any shot or header went in.

Good refereeing…if you’re going to give those, give them early before anything happens which may cause you a problem.

GT at 2016-06-21 18:21:42

For every action, there is a reaction…and one of our regular contributors @sidneykidney4 offers his own views on the man widely recognised as the best ever referee to have taken up the whistle….Pierluigi Collina.

Memories live long in the minds of supporters and Sid will not let go of that night when Everton met Villareal…

GT at 2016-06-21 18:19:06

An hour has passed and the score remains 0-1 for Germany.

Referee Turpin and his assistants continue to enjoy a very good team peformance

GT at 2016-06-21 18:17:43

Kyle Lafferty, NI’s top scorer, enters to the game in place of Washington.

If anyone can get the goal back for the Irish, it’s that man Lafferty

GT at 2016-06-21 18:15:21


How many chances are the Germans going to waste?

Will they be made to pay for them?

58 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:14:36

Superb decision by Turpin in not awarding a free kick to the hopeful Germans.

There was nothing wrong with that strong challenge by NI, and Turpin was correct to allow play to continue.

Well done, referee.

55 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:11:32

Germany make the first change of personnel as Andre Schurrle takes over from Mario Gotze

GT at 2016-06-21 18:10:24

Foul by Washington (NI) is well spotted by Turpin.

Free kick to Germany….good decision referee

GT at 2016-06-21 18:08:44

Michael McGovern saves NI yet again with another fantastic save, this time from Gotze.

50 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 18:07:33

Gomez may wave his finger disapprovingly, but assistant Cano is correct again as he flags offside against the big, German centre forward

GT at 2016-06-21 18:05:02

More good assistance from Cano who leads referee Turpin into a free kick for Northern Ireland.

Good work again,lino…

GT at 2016-06-21 18:03:59

The second half picks up where it ended with Germany attacking and NI sitting deep.

Referee Turpin is right on the spot again with his positioning, which is contributing hugely to his good performance

GT at 2016-06-21 18:01:30

The second half is ready to go, M. Turpin blows his whistle and Germany get us going.

Will NI get back on level terms, or will the German machine march on to another win and clean sheet?

What do you think of the referees’ performances so far?

Keep the comments coming by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-06-21 17:54:25

Who would be a referee, eh?

Poor M. Cano takes a blow from a stray ball right on the stroke of half-time and social media is buzzing with jokes and comments!

Still….we are never going to win any popularity stakes, are we?!?


GT at 2016-06-21 17:50:41

Referee Turpin has enjoyed an excellent first half.

After a fairly frantic opening few minutes, Germany settled well and have spent most of the half in Ireland’s half of the field of play.

Turpin quickly tuned into that and adjusted his positioning well.

He has enjoyed good support from his two assistants, and the entire team has made credible and correct decisions throughout that half.

More of the same in the second half please, gents…

GT at 2016-06-21 17:48:24

In summary of that first half…

There comes a point where passion and determination can only take you so far, and Northern Ireland have found that plateau.

Germany have totally outplayed them and dominated the game.

They are very good value for their 1-0 lead at half time.

It is, nonetheless, a slender lead for all of their dominance, and they will be acutely aware they should be out-of-sight by now.

NI may still be happy if the score stays like this as they could still qualify in 3rd place.

GT at 2016-06-21 17:47:17

That’s the end of the opening 45 minutes, and we have no added time from referee Turpin.

That seems to be something of a trend at these Championships…why do we see so much added time in The Premier League?…

Mind you, assistant Cano will be pleased for the breather as he takes a ball in the chest!

Half Time

43 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 17:44:36

More good work from assistant Danos who, despite standing farther away from the action than necessary, correctly spots Gotze in an offside position.

GT at 2016-06-21 17:42:39

Turpin continues to breeze through the game, in total control and calmness personified.


GT at 2016-06-21 17:36:52

Good offside flag from assistant Danos who sees Gomez make a move toward the ball whilst in an offside position.

Good work, lino!

GT at 2016-06-21 17:35:46

Just 10 of the opening 45 minutes to go and referee Turpin can be very happy with his team’s performance so far.

Nothing missed.

Every decision apparently correct and certainly credible

GT at 2016-06-21 17:32:48

Despite NI’s best efforts, that German opener has been coming for a while now.

They have been by far the dominant team and are good for their lead.

NI must go for an equaliser which brings referee Turpin further questions about his positioning.

29 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 17:30:49


Gomez (Germany)

GT at 2016-06-21 17:29:58

Good spot by @bmb_afcb who questions the far side assistant running a patrol path a  metre or so back from the touchline.

There is no specific advice from FIFA or UEFA regarding the positioning of assistant referees in that respect, and M. Danos must feel more comfortable standing so deep.

It wasn’t my preference as I liked to be as close as possible to the action…but each to their own!


GT at 2016-06-21 17:26:14

Despite Germany moving the ball backwards as NI press, Turpin sensibly holds his position in the NI half of the field of play, as he is aware they are likely to break again very soon.

Good awareness and anticipation.

GT at 2016-06-21 17:21:26

Turpin is right in the dropping zone as a goal kick is taken…that helps eliminate players’ simulating fouls as they can see the referee is on the spot and watching closely

18 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 17:19:30

Good flag by assistant Cano.

He used the wait-and-see technique very well

GT at 2016-06-21 17:16:54

The opening 15 minutes have passed and it is Germany dominating play, as expected.

Referee Turpin can be very pleased with his contribution so far

GT at 2016-06-21 17:15:29

Good movement by referee Turpin sees him crossing the halfway line just as the ball does…good to see a referee with anticipating play so well and moving dynamically

GT at 2016-06-21 17:13:14

It’s one-way traffic now as the Germans fire in shot after shot.

Turpin has adjusted his positioning well, and is allowing players to get on with it

10 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 17:12:03

Another good chance for Germany goes begging as Mesut Ozil fails to convert a really good opportunity

9 minutes

GT at 2016-06-21 17:10:52

Although Gareth McAuley spoils that with a needless foul on Tiny Kroos.

Free kick correctly awarded to Germany…

GT at 2016-06-21 17:09:37

Players are beginning to settle a little now after those opening minutes, and indeed Germany almost score but the NI keeper makes a superb save from Muller’s effort.

Turpin will be pleased with the players’ conduct as there is little, or no, foul play so far.

GT at 2016-06-21 17:06:05

There isn’t much pattern to the play in these opening exchanges, other than the ball being moved from one end to another as quickly as possible.

Referee Turpin is sensibly following play around to ensure he keeps close contact with the players

GT at 2016-06-21 17:03:21

It’s a lively start for our referees as NI press early in search of the opening goal.

No sitting back and settling-in for M. Turpin tonight

GT at 2016-06-21 17:00:50

Northern Ireland take the kick-off…we are under way

GT at 2016-06-21 16:55:41

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

GT at 2016-06-21 16:45:27

Frenchman Clément Turpin leads his team for this crucial Group C clash.

34-year-old Turpin has been a FIFA referee since 2010, and may be remembered by YATR followers for his handling of the Europa League clash between Liverpool and FC Augsburg in February of this year.

The Frenchman has handled 44 previous appointments for UEFA, and this is his second outing of these championships, having refereed the Austria v Hungary game in Match Day One during which he sent off Austria’s central defender, Aleksandar Dragovi?, following two cautionable offences – one of only two red cards seen at the tournament so far.

Running the lines for Turpin are fellow countrymen Frédéric Cano and Nicolas Danos.

Slovenian referee Slavko Vin?i? is fourth official.

The additional assistant referees are Benoit Bastien and Fredy Fautrel, also of France, and Robert Vukan completes the seemingly endless list of officials we see at these games.

Everyone at YATR hopes the ball runs kindly for you, gents…

GT at 2016-06-21 16:42:44

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

We bring for you an intriguing game between one of the smaller nations at the tournament, Northern Ireland, against FIFA World Champions Germany, which will be played at the Parc de Princes, Paris, a fantastic stadium.

This is the final game in Group C for both teams, and both could finish as Group winners depending how this and other results go.

Germany currently heads the Group with a win and a draw from their two games so far, with the Irish sitting in third position behind Poland, on three points after a win and a loss.

All statistics suggest another win for the Germans who have looked impressive in the tournament, and are yet to conceded a goal.

However, this is not and Irish team to be taken lightly, and their Head Coach Martin O’Neill will be looking to build upon the success of last week’s win over Ukraine (2-0).

Whilst the overall record of meetings between these two countries heavily favours the Germans with eight wins and four draws from fourteen previous encounters, the story is very different in the EUROS.

Of their previous four meetings in this competition the record is deadlocked at two wins each. Indeed, during Billy Bingham’s campaign as manager in 1984 the Irish did the double over the West Germany team with two 1-0 victories.

So this may not be the easy ride some are predicting for Germany…but what do you think?

Which way will this one go?

Why not get involved by sending us your predictions and comments on the teams and officials by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

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