FC Bayern Munich v Arsenal: UEFA Champions League


GT at 2017-02-15 22:43:44

As ever, a huge thank you for following the referees and match action with us tonight, and special thank you to everyone who tweeted in their comments and opinions – I love reading them all and reply to as many as the action allows!
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GT at 2017-02-15 22:42:32


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GT at 2017-02-15 22:41:34

Referee Milorad Maži? and his team were excellent tonight.

With the score at just 1-0, the Serbian referee did not shirk a big penalty call for the visitors, showing no fear or favouritism.

His reading of the game was his biggest plus-point tonight, ,meaning he was always in the right place at the right time.

All of the team can enjoy their night in Munich and a flight home tomorrow safe in the knowledge they put in a top class performance tonight

GT at 2017-02-15 22:38:28

It looks like Arsenal won’t make it through this round yet again as they are thrashed by Bayern Munich by the same 5-1 scoreline as they suffered last season.

Bayern were different class in that second half and took the visitors apart, particularly after Arsenal’s captain Koscielny left with a hamstring injury.

GT at 2017-02-15 22:36:17

and with his final blow of the whistle, referee Milorad Maži? brings Arsenal’s miserable night to and end.

Hats off to Bayern…they were superb, and deserved that win

Full Time

GT at 2017-02-15 22:34:14

….and sensibly, the referee goes for just three added minutes.

Well done again Milorad Maži?

GT at 2017-02-15 22:33:11

Keep the added time down referee…get the players off.

The game is over

89 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:32:29

It is officially a rout as Bayern score a fifth of the night.

Despite only being on the field of play for a few minutes Thomas Müller smashes one home to see Arsenal concede five once more against their German opponents

87 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:30:11

The outstanding Arjen Robben is Bayern’s final substitution…Rafinha takes over

GT at 2017-02-15 22:29:00

This game has simply flown by…

Just 5 minutes of the regular 90 to play as Bayern make another change with Thomas Müller taking over from Robert Lewandowski.

The big number 9 has had another excellent game.

GT at 2017-02-15 22:26:47

Costa’s final part in this game almost results in a goal.

The Bayern man now makes way for Kimmich.

Meanwhile Phillp Lahm will miss the 2nd leg of this one after a caution

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-02-15 22:23:58

Good spot from referee Maži? to see the slightest of touches by Ospina.

Corner for Bayern

GT at 2017-02-15 22:22:51

Tempers are frayed now…silliness from Gabriel who would do well to stay out of matters which don’t concern him.

There is a scramble for the ball between Lewondowski and Ospina…nothing nasty, but the Arsenal defender wants to push the German forward whilst he’s on the ground.

All very childish and unecessary

76 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:19:30

Giroud joins the action as Arsenal seek to reduce the deficit.

Coquelin makes way for the forward

GT at 2017-02-15 22:18:12

Excellent challenge from Mustafi.

He timed it perfectly and referee Maži? read it equally well.

Definitely not a penalty despite Lewondowski’s theatrical fall

GT at 2017-02-15 22:15:52

The number of times I have been in situations similar to this one, where one team is so dominant, with plenty of goals in the bag already, yet there are still 20 minutes to go.

All you want is for thew time to pass and to get all 22 players through the game without having to send off anyone.

Frustration is a factor for Maži? to deal with now as Arsenal chase the game.

GT at 2017-02-15 22:11:44

We saw four goals from PSG last night, and another four already from Bayern…who said 1st leg games are boring?!?

GT at 2017-02-15 22:10:03

Referee Maži? really is playing deep inside the Arsenal half now…

He is almost alongside Lewondowski when Bayern break!

66 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:08:13

Arsenal respond by bringing on Theo Walcott in place of Iwobi

64 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:07:11


It’s all immaterial now anyway as Thiago scores again for the Germans.

This is becoming too easy for Bayern now since Koscielny left the action

GT at 2017-02-15 22:05:40

Bayern players are convinced they should have had a penalty kick for handball, but there is nothing given by any of the three Serbian officials involved.

For me, they got it right.

The ball struck the Arsenal man’s hand

60 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:04:04

See how a manger’s behaviour affects that of his players?

Xhaka sees yellow now for Arsenal Yellow Card

GT at 2017-02-15 22:03:11

Back to Wenger…

Having just completed a 4 match domestic touchline ban, he wants to argue with the Serbian 4th official Nemanja Petrovi? following Bayeern’s second goal.

He is complaining that the referee initially signalled for a corner to Arsenal, but then changed his mind and correctly gave a goal kick to Bayern.

The Germans broke from that place kick and scored.

Stop complaining Arsene…the decision was a correct one, and it doesn’t matter how he got there, the end result was correct

56 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 22:00:04

GOAL! number 3 for the hosts.

This time it’s Thiago who finds the net as Bayern carve open the Arsenal defence

GT at 2017-02-15 21:58:17

Does Arsene Wenger never learn?…

GT at 2017-02-15 21:57:36

Robert Lewandowski scores an excellent centre forward’s goal, rising way above his marker to head home for the hosts.

Top striker…that’s his 24th already this season

53 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 21:56:18

GOAL!  for Bayern Munich


GT at 2017-02-15 21:55:43

Referee Maži? continues to stay close to the action.

Very sensible

GT at 2017-02-15 21:54:04

@youaretheref @no1lino The Serbian officials have been impressive thus far but it doesn’t take long for a match error to occur #FCBvARS


Wise words from Luke in his tweet…a top referee for the future?

49 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 21:52:19

Arsenal captain Koscielny leaves the action with a hamstring twinge.

Gabiel takes over

at 2017-02-15 21:50:10

A really lively start by Arsenal and particularly Sanchez.

Have they decided they have the pace to take the win and decided to go for it?

at 2017-02-15 21:47:43

Bayern get the second half going and I’m really looking forward to this.

This one could go either way.

Will we see a winner at the end of this first leg?

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GT at 2017-02-15 21:34:36

What an excellent first half of football that was.

It didn’t look good for Arsenal when Bayern took an early lead.

But brave refereeing by Maži? saw a penalty awarded to the visitors, and despite Sanchez failing from the penalty mark he followed up his effort to level at 1-1.

Referee Maži? and his assistants have been superb in that first period.

Everything given was not only correct but also credible.

Much more of the same please.

GT at 2017-02-15 21:31:34

…and that is

Half Time

GT at 2017-02-15 21:31:11

That’s the end of the regular first 45 minutes.

Maži? sensibly opts for just one additional minute.

Get them in for a half time break and the chance to calm down!

GT at 2017-02-15 21:29:11

Robert Lewandowski misses a free header,and with it the chance to send Bayern in at half time with a lead

GT at 2017-02-15 21:27:42

Good refereeing…

As the two players cam together, Maži? took no chances and awarded a free kick to Arsenal when he may have played advantage had the game not been at boiling point

GT at 2017-02-15 21:25:09

Just 5 minutes of the first half to go…where has the time gone?!?

GT at 2017-02-15 21:22:33

Wow….referee Maži? needs all of his experience and skills to deal with this one now.

The temperature of the game has risen considerably soince Arsenal scored their equaliser.

He may be well advised to close down the game for the final 9 minutes of this half and get all 22 players back into the dressing room.

Take no chances now, referee.

Give all of the little fouls…you can always let the rope out again in the second half

GT at 2017-02-15 21:20:00

I did say GAME ON!!

Sanchez goes into the book now after a tiny contact on Martinez.

He was clearly unhappy with the Bayern’s man’s reaction to such little contact, and went into the referee’s notebook for his reation

GT at 2017-02-15 21:18:22

Let’s take a moment to clear up any confusion over the penalty…

Robert Lewandowski was about to smash the ball clear but Koscielny nipped in and took the ball away, only for the big, German forward to kick the Arsenal man’s foot.

Definite penalty.

31 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 21:16:33

…and what an outcome!

Sanchez’s penalty kick is saved by Manuel Neuer, but the Arsenal man gets the ball back and slots home the equaliser.


GT at 2017-02-15 21:14:48

Penalty for Arsenal following a foul on Laurent Koscielny

GT at 2017-02-15 21:13:13

Yellow Card for Mats Hummels.

I think Sanchez went looking for the foul, and made the most of minimal contact, but that is a typical caution in the Champions League.

Referees on UEFA duty are much less ‘forgiving’ than they are in, say, the Premier League.


GT at 2017-02-15 21:10:46

It’s interesting to watch Maži? when Arsenal do manage to break.

He doesn’t push anywhere near as deeply into the Bayern half as he does into the Arsenal half when the Germans break, because he is expecting the Arsenal attack to break down, meaning he then will need to get back up into the opposite half quickly.

Good awareness and match reading

GT at 2017-02-15 21:07:20

Arsenal are having to defend very deeply, and cannot hold on to the ball as Bayern attack time and again.

Referee Maži? has adjusted his positioning well, spending most of his time in the Arsenal half and forward of Bayern’s holding midfielder because he knows the ball will be passing by him again very soon

GT at 2017-02-15 21:04:07

Good work by assistant Milovan Risti?, who catches Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just offside

15 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 21:01:35

Mustafi (Arsenal) has to be very careful now as he picks up an early, deserved caution for that foul.

Ir could be a long night for him

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-02-15 21:00:27

Excellent pace from Maži? as Bayern break quickly.

He moved through the gears very quickly and was right on the spot to see Bayern get their shot away

GT at 2017-02-15 20:58:26

Arjen Robben scores an absolute beauty to give Bayern a precious, early lead.

Now…how will Arsenal approach this?

Do they try to level it or would they be happy with a one goal deficit?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

11 minutes

GT at 2017-02-15 20:56:23

What a GOAL!

GT at 2017-02-15 20:55:04

That was naughty by Xhaka…he possibly benefited from that foul being committed so early into the game.

Had we been deeper into the first half he may well have seen a yellow card for that late one.

GT at 2017-02-15 20:53:50

8 minutes in and it’s a good start from Maži?.

He looks busy without being over-fussy

GT at 2017-02-15 20:51:34

There he is again…right on top of the foul on Ozil.

Good positioning referee

GT at 2017-02-15 20:50:20

Referee Maži? is getting around the field of play well, staying in touch with active play, which is always a good idea early on as the players notice you are around the action areas

GT at 2017-02-15 20:47:59

A typical opening to game, with the ball being passed around by both sides in an attempt to give everyone an early feel for the ball

GT at 2017-02-15 20:45:39


Here we go…

Arsenal take the kick-off and get us underway

GT at 2017-02-15 20:36:58


It’s almost time for kick-off at The Fußball Arena

GT at 2017-02-15 20:27:45


As for our officials …

It’s an all-Serbian line up with referee Milorad Maži? leading a team of fellow countrymen into the Fußball Arena, Munich .

43-year-old Maži? is a veteran campaigner with 77 UEFA matches under belt, 28 of which have been in this competition.

He refereed the 2016 UEFA Super Cup Final between Real Madrid and Sevilla (3-2 after extra-time) and counts a Champions League quarter-final, PSG v Man City, and selection for the EURO Finals in that same season amongst his greatest achievements.

Maži? was unfortunately labelled ‘the world’s worst referee’ in an online poll following a number of controversial decisions in the 2014 World Cup Finals.

YATR followers will recall he came in for criticism after sending-off Portugal’s Pepe and awarding a penalty kick to Germany in that tournament. Whilst the Iranian Football Federation filed an official complaint to FIFA following his handling of their clash with Argentina.

Nonetheless, as the saying goes, if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger and here is Maži? back in the heat of the kitchen.

He will be assisted by Milovan Risti? and Dalibor Djurdjevi? with Nemanja Petrovi? operating as fourth official.

The additional assistants behind the goals are Danilo Gruji? and Nenad Djoki?.

Everyone at YATR wishes Milorad and his team the very best of luck, and we hope the ball runs very kindly for you.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR as we follow the Serbian referees and all the match action.

This should be a fascinating clash and I am expecting some flashpoints…

GT at 2017-02-15 20:24:21


I’m often asked if I miss being a referee/assistant referee.

Each and every time I categorically answer, “No”.

The current management structure at the PGMO is definitely one I would not work under, but these European nights do still offer some temptation.

Especially when at grounds such as this one.

I was lucky to run the line for Bayern a few times and remember one game particularly vividly, possibly because it was two days before my 40th birthday!

For the record, Juventus were the visitors that night and won by a single goal scored by Del Piero in the 90th minute. Bayern were all over Juve for most of the game but the Italian ‘keeper, Gianluigi Buffon was in inspired form stopping everything the Germans threw at him, and his side pinched the win.

The result was of no interest to me, the memories are all about the thrill of walking into this beautiful, packed arena.

The tension.
The excitement.
And the expectation.

As a footnote, Buffon gave me his match shirt as a memento of the game (and possibly because of my impending birthday) – which holds pride of place in my games room.

So do I miss it?…definitely not in The Premier League but I could still run a line in Europe!

GT at 2017-02-15 20:18:53


Hi everyone, and welcome to tonight’s live Refcam commentary game, Bayern Munich v Arsenal.

We are at the business-end of this season’s UEFA Champions League as we reach the 1st leg of the Round of 16.

This should be a cracker of a game between two sides flying high in their domestic competitions.

Bayern are currently top of the German Bundesliga and in the last eight of the German Cup, whilst their opponents sit in the top four of The Premier League and will also be into the final eight of The FA Cup if they overcome non-League outfit Sutton United next week.

Yet neither side is playing particularly well.

Bayern have stuttered into top spot at home prompting their goalkeeper, Manual Neuer, to admit they “haven’t quite arrived” where they want to be in terms of performance.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have suffered two losses in their last three league matches, one of which was at home to Watford and there is much unrest amongst Gunners’ fans. Some are even calling for their manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked.

So tonight offers both clubs the opportunity to get away from domestic competitions and instead concentrate on the rich-pickings of Europe’s number one club competition.

1st leg games are often cagey, sometimes dull, affairs with both sides trying not to lose rather than trying to win. But I have a feeling there will be goals in this one…there is simply too much attacking talent on show for it end goalless.

What do you think?

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