EURO 2016: Quarter Final – Wales v Belgium


GT at 2016-07-01 22:07:57

A massive thank you to everyone who tweeted messages tonight…there have been loads…but I do read them all – honestly!

It’s been brilliant having the banter with you all again tonight, and I hope we can do it all again soon.

Thank you all again…and keep enjoying the EUROS.

Good night….@no1lino

GT at 2016-07-01 22:05:19

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GT at 2016-07-01 22:04:34

So, fellow YATR followers, to summarise:

  • fabulous positioning and movement from Skomina – which had been a problem for him in earlier games;
  • good foul recognition and cautioning for most of the game;
  • well supported by his assistant referees;
  • unfortunately, the final few minutes became a problem for damir as he missed a caution and a penalty – maybe fatigue was the reason

GT at 2016-07-01 22:01:50

At times like this it seems a little unfair to pick at referee Skomina’s contribution, but we are here to help and educate fellow referees, so here goes.

For 80+ minutes Skomina was having a blinder of a game, and was putting himself in the shop window for the final.

He was applying advantage well.

He had obviously been spoken too about getting caught up in active play, and had adjusted his positioning and movement to address that problem.

He picked out the cautions well, and all was going swimmingly well for him.

But then, having overlooked a caution for dissent for Hazard, he made a key match error when he missed a penalty for Belgium with almost only five minutes to go.

Immediately after that, wales scored a third goal, and the game was over.

So what caused it?

Possibly fatigue…he has had four games so far in this tournament and tonight’s was a real ‘drainer’ as the action was non-stop and end-to-end.

So, I won’t dwell any longer on his errors, as when he reviews the game he will know he missed a big call.

And that is the life of a referee…you are never remembered for all the ones you got right, just the one you called incorrectly.

Don’t beat yourself up though, Damir, as for those 80+ minutes you were doing superbly well.

Sadly those final few minutes may just cost you the final.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:52:21

On a night of fantastic football, in a game which entertained from the first to the last minute, the two teams can be very proud of the football they offered up.

If you didn’t enjoy that one, you should check your pulse.

That was a magnificent game.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:50:42

Let’s say that again…


GT at 2016-07-01 21:50:10

That is it!

wales are going to the semi-final of EURO 2016, where they will fancy their chances against an unconvincing Portuguese side.

Many congratulations to the boys in red.

Full Time

GT at 2016-07-01 21:47:18

That is the end of the regular 90 minutes.

3 added minutes to go

GT at 2016-07-01 21:46:29

Wales change their line-up again as Ramsey leaves for James Collins

GT at 2016-07-01 21:45:58

With just one minute of the 90 to go, surely this is the game of the tournament so far, folks?

GT at 2016-07-01 21:43:38

And that should be that as substitute Vokes makes it 3-1 with just four minutes to play.

What a substitution, Chris Coleman.

What a story, Wales.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:42:29


84 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:42:08

Yellow Cardfor Alderweireld.

Correctly so as he has persistently infringed the Laws of the Game


GT at 2016-07-01 21:41:07

Skomina is having a sticky few minutes as he misses a penalty for Belgium after Nainfggolan is tripped.

Come on, Damir,don’t lose this game now.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:39:48

There is much discussion amongst YATR followers over the merits or otherwise of the UEFA disciplinary system.

Is it right that two cautions in five games mean a player misses a semi-final?

GT at 2016-07-01 21:38:10

Goal hero Robson-Kanu leaves the action for Sam Vokes

80 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:37:21

Lukaku goes down just the Welsh penalty area under a challenge from Davies.

Wales and Davies got away with that one as Skomina waved play-on.

Remember, Ben Davies has already been cautioned tonight.

77 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:34:31

Whilst Joe Ledley leaves the action for Andy King as Wales change personnel

GT at 2016-07-01 21:33:50

Another change for Belgium as Mertens come on for JordanLukaku

75 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:33:18

More bad news for Wales as Ramsey makes a ridiculous decision to handle the ball.

The caution is correctly given by referee Skomina, and that is Ramsey out of the semi-final too if Wales get through

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-07-01 21:30:43

Joe Ledley is a little too keen to make up for giving the ball away.

Free kick correctly awarded to Belgium for a foul

GT at 2016-07-01 21:28:41

With just 20 minutes to go, Wales are sitting deeper and deeper, and Skomina has adjusted his positioning perfectly to match that.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:27:26

Loving the tweets and comments tonight, folks…keep them coming.

The difference of opinion just shows how difficult this refereeing game can be.

Overall, everyone seems happy enough with Skomina though, who I feel is having a very good game, indeed.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:25:48

Another excellent call by Skomina as Fellaini manhandles Bale.

Free kick to Wales.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:23:36

Fellaini whines at the officials after a corner kick is awarded against him.

Skomina would do well to deploy RefereeHalsey tactics in quietening him down.

This is a family website, or I would give you an insight…!!

GT at 2016-07-01 21:20:32

Good work by Skomina, who is clearly determined not to touch the ball tonight.

He is unlucky as the ball deflects his way, but works hard to get out of thew way.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:18:37

Just 30 minutes for Wales to hang on.

Can they do it?

59 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:17:40

Fellaini didn’t take long to find his way into Skomina’s book, but he is a little unlucky that time as it was his team mate, Naingolan who brought down Bale.

That does mean Fellaini would miss the semi-final if Belgium get back into this one though.

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-07-01 21:15:30

Another fabulous advantage played by Skomina as Wales attack again

56 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 21:13:53

Ramsey gets in behind the defence, delivers a sweet pass to Robson-Kanu who performs a Cruyff-turn in the penalty area to leave his marker wondering what is happening!

The number 9 then coolly finished to give Wales the lead.


GT at 2016-07-01 21:12:03

What a GOAL! from Robson-Kanu

GT at 2016-07-01 21:11:27

Bik M’path @2wheels04 doesn’t miss the point of Fellaini’s appearance!

I’m sure you are right, Bik…Skomina will have done his homework.

Also, don’t forget that the referees have, for the first time, advice from technical advisers at this tournament, so he will have been briefed on all of the players.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:08:07

The second half picks up where the first ended.

Hazard goes close for Belgium, whilst Skomina judges his involvement perfectly.

The Slovenian is allowing the players to play, and is staying out of the way of the ball tonight.

This is quality refereeing.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:04:59

Joe Allen brings down Hazard and a free kick correctly follows for Belgium.

From it, Lukaku really should have done better with his header.

That was a let-off for Wales.

GT at 2016-07-01 21:03:57

That substitution is one for Skomina to keep his eye on, as Fellaini has undoubtedly been brought on to nullify Wales’ threat at set-pieces.

Our referee should watch carefully the marking of Williams by Fellaini…keep your eyes on it folks

GT at 2016-07-01 21:01:56

Here we go for the second half.

Belgium make a substitute as Carrasco leaves the action for Fellaini.

Wales get us going.

Strap yourselves in tightly, this could be a roller coaster of a half.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:54:31

Keep those predictions coming in, folks.

How will this one end?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-07-01 20:52:20

How do we summarise that opening half?

It was magnificent, and had everything.

Both teams are clearly out to win this one rather than making sure they don’t lose it, and that has given us possibly the best first half of any match at the tournament.

Referee Skomina has gone about his duties very, very well indeed.

With the exception of a missed caution for Hazard, after the Belgian play maker showed dissent by throwing away the ball following the award of a free kick, the rest of Damir’s first half has been excellent.

He picked out the cautions for the two Welsh centre halves, Davies and Chester, whilst Gunter also correctly found his way in to the referee’s notebook.

More of the same in the second half please, Mr Skomina, you are contributing to a superb game of football.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:47:25

The regular 45 minutes are up.

No added time is played by Skomina, which is a strange decision as we had two stoppages for the goals!?!

Half Time

GT at 2016-07-01 20:44:49

…and Williams meets the corner unmarked AGAIN. He will be disappointed that headed effort didn’t get the same result as his last one

GT at 2016-07-01 20:43:51

Deflection spotted by Skomina…corner correctly awarded to Wales

GT at 2016-07-01 20:41:50

Five of the opening forty five minutes to go…

Does anyone else not want this first half to end?

GT at 2016-07-01 20:39:18

Amidst all of this excitement and end-to-end play is a very calm and collected Damir Skomina, going about his business in a very dignified manner.

He looks to have the coolest head out there.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:37:14

There are only ten minutes of the first half left…it seems we have only been playing for ten minutes, such is the quality of this game.

It’s a cracker…

GT at 2016-07-01 20:35:58

Tweet from @ijsimo
@youaretheref surely thats a yellow for Hazard


Seems a fair shout for me after Hazard threw the ball away following the award of a free kick.

But what do you think?

Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-07-01 20:33:24

Ashley Williams is left unmarked as the ball is delivered into the penalty area, and the Welsh captain has makes no mistake in burying his header into the goal.

Game on…

30 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 20:32:15


GT at 2016-07-01 20:31:02

Skomina’s movement is noticeably better than in previous games.

Look how he is getting close to play, but still managing not to get caught up in it.

He must have been given, and listened to, advice from UEFA’s Referee Committee following his earlier games.

A point also raised in commentary by YATR’s expert blogger, Guy Beale.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:27:55

What a save!

Wales cannot believe they are not level as Taylor’s effort is somehow saved by Courtois

24 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 20:26:21

….and yes it is as Gunter becomes the third Welsh player to see Skomina’s yellow card for a pull on Kevin de Bruyne.

Another good decision, referee

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-07-01 20:25:12

That has to be another caution?…

GT at 2016-07-01 20:24:29

Back to our referee, and Skomina is playing this one perfectly.

He is drifting in and out of the action, taking names where he needed to but not being overly fussy.

Already he has shown how comfortable he is out there with two lovely advantages played.

Well done, Damir…

GT at 2016-07-01 20:22:50

One of our regular contributors @bmb_afcb isn’t impressed with the commentary tonight.

Thankfully, it’s the BBC Gayle has an issue with and not me!

GT at 2016-07-01 20:21:14

Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D
@youaretheref a yellow card that @refereehalsey would never have given @no1lino #quietword


Your tweet is absolutely right @Jackson_S_D

But then again, I swear Mark didn’t take his cards out with him some days!


GT at 2016-07-01 20:18:32

Have 15 minutes really passed already?

Where have they gone.

This is a fantastic game, and is being well-refereed by Skomina who shows a yellow card to James Chester for a clumsy challenge.

Two Welsh centre halves are already in the referee’s notebook which will make their task no easier whatsover

Yellow Card

13 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 20:16:08

Nainggolan smashes an absolute belter from way outside the penalty area.

What a goal, and you have to agree that Belgium deserve that lead from the way they have dominated these opening exchanges.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:14:38


GT at 2016-07-01 20:14:11

Assistant referee Jure Praprotnik does well in leading Damir Skomina into a free kick for Belgium for shirt pulling

GT at 2016-07-01 20:12:03

It’s real end-to-end stuff as first Belgium attack, then Wales go close with a Bale pile driver which hits the side netting.

Our referee is doing a great job in these opening 10 minutes…unfussy, and happy to let the players take centre stage.

7 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 20:09:49


We thought this would be a great game, and so it’s looking.

Wales are defending with The Bible in one hand as Belgium throw everything at them in search of an early goal.

4 minutes

GT at 2016-07-01 20:08:21

Early caution for Davies (Wales 4) as he trips his opponent.

Correct decision by Skomina, but it’s bad news for the Welshman as he will miss the semi-final if his team gets through because that is his second caution of the tournament

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-07-01 20:05:50

Good work from Skomina in allowing the Belgians to build an attack despite a ‘niggly’ foul in the midfield.

GT at 2016-07-01 20:04:18

Possession is the name-of-the-game in these early exchanges, as both sides look to give every player an early touch of the ball.

Our referee, Skomina, sensibly stays out of the way and lets them pass it around

GT at 2016-07-01 20:01:36

Belgium take the kick-off and get us underway.

Here we go folks…this should be an absolute cracker of a game

GT at 2016-07-01 19:55:56

The teams are out and it’s almost time for kick-off in Lille…

GT at 2016-07-01 19:44:36

As for our officials today…

Top Slovenian-whistler, Damir Skomina, leads a team which includes fellow-countrymen Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan on his lines, with Matej Jug and Slavko Vin?i? as the additional assistant referees behind the goal. Italian Nicola Rizzoli is the fourth official and Elenito Di Liberatore makes up the team as reserve assistant referee.

The impressive Skomina has already taken charge of three games at this tournament; Russia v Slovakia, Switzerland v France and England’s shocking display against Iceland.

Damir clearly got the UEFA message over game management as he has issued just six cautions over those fixtures, and no red cards.

It is not unusual for a tournament’s referee for the final to come from the pick of the quarter-final displays, so Skomina will be hoping for another top-drawer performance tonight.

Big decisions will come his way, penalty claims will be made, goals claimed, red cards called for…and our whole team of officials will wish to make every single call correctly.

Everyone at YATR wishes you the very best of luck, may the ball run very kindly for you gents.

This should be a fascinating clash.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

GT at 2016-07-01 19:36:04

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary game.

We have for you the EURO 2016 quarter-final tie, Wales v Belgium, which is being played at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole.

Belgium, who are many pundits’ tips to win this tournament, have grown stronger as the competition has unfolded.

After opening up with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Italy, it has been three consecutive victories without conceding a single goal; 3-0 against the Republic of Ireland and 1-0 over Sweden, followed by a 4-0 demolition of Hungary in the round of 16.

The Belgians will, nonetheless, be acutely aware of a very good Welsh team which includes the tournament’s current top scorer, Gareth Bale.

After coming through their Group stage as leaders, Wales have displayed resolute defending whilst notching seven goal so far.

With injuries to key Belgian players including Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, and Thomas Vermaelen suspended, who would bet against yet another upset at this stage?

This one could go either way…but what do you think?

Who will make it through to the semi-final on 6th July in Lyon, where Portugal await.

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at