FC Porto v Liverpool | UCL Last 16


Full Time Summary

GB at 2018-02-14 22:50:51


The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • A classic accomplished performance in Europe from an experienced official who has only been appointed to one previous game in this competition at this stage before tonight.
  • Excellent fitness, and body language demonstrated throughout.
  • Daniele Orsato went about his work with a smile and a confident swagger and did all he needed to do with the minimum of fuss.

Orsato kept the game moving as much as he could and communicated what he was doing positively the whole time.

He quickly built up a rapport with the players,  a lot of which he would never have come across before, and they soon have every confidence in his decision making so he just sat back and let them get on with it.

That is now two excellent referee performances two nights in a row witnessed on RefCam in Europe.

There are still a lot of appointments to be published for the round of 16, so there is still a chance that we might see an English referee at this stage over the next few weeks, but Collina has been very clever in his opening selections for the referees to start this round and carry out his latest instructions to the letter so competently and set the standards for the rest to follow.

If we do get to see the likes of Atkinson, Oliver or Taylor again this season, then they could all do worse than study the body language of last night’s referee Felix Brych, and Daniele Oesato tonight, on how to manage a game without raising your profile.

Read what the former head of Professional referees in England had to say about last night’s referee here: Hacketts Verdict – PGMOL should benchmark referees against Felix Brych

More RefCam to come

GB at 2018-02-14 22:36:33


My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our RefCam dip into the Champions League over the last couple of evenings. It is FA Cup this weekend, but we are back for more UCL action from Sevilla v Manchester United KO 19.45 pm on Wednesday 22nd February, when your expert summariser will be former FIFA Referee Mark Halsey.

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GB at 2018-02-14 22:35:27

Full TimeFC Porto 0 v 5 Liverpool


GB at 2018-02-14 22:33:24

minimum of 2 added minutes for the Porto fans to put up with!


GB at 2018-02-14 22:31:44

The second half has panned out as the first half did with very little for the officials to get their teeth into, but as I have said before, it is a lot easier to mess a game up than it is to get one back under control when everything was going along nicely and referees do not always get the credit for that


GB at 2018-02-14 22:28:35

GOAL!  Sadio Mané (L 19)

Porto 0 v 5 Liverpool


GB at 2018-02-14 22:22:32

#FCPLFC #LFC #FCPorto I must admit that I an surprised James Milner (L 7) got a last warning that time. He has really clocked the fouls up in this second half and that surely has to be his chance saloon.


GB at 2018-02-14 22:20:21

Calm positive signals again shows the players the referee did not consider that a back pass. The FIFA language is English and to be fair most of the players can understand enough to get by on the field of play, but this referee is demonstrating the power of positive body language so it would not matter if they did not understand the referee at all.


GB at 2018-02-14 22:16:31

Very Good alertness by AR Riccardo Di Fiore as he picks out the Porto player coming back from an offside position to get involved in active play. What was interesting was that the referee know exactly what was going on without looking across as the buzz and the head-sets must have been used at the same time.


GB at 2018-02-14 22:14:03

GOAL! Roberto Firmino (L 9)

Porto 0 v 4 Liverpool

And this is becoming a game of men against boys


GB at 2018-02-14 22:12:41

Great example there of how much of this game the referee has in his pocket as he waited and waited as there was a bit of holding going on the the centre of the field of play, for the player to come away with the ball. Eventually he looked disappointing that he had to give a free kick.


GB at 2018-02-14 22:08:43

It has to be said that the fizz has gone out of the game for a moment, so this is when the officials need to be speaking to each other on the head-sets to remind each other to stay focused just in case the unexpected happens.


GB at 2018-02-14 22:01:29

#FCPLFC #LFC #FCPorto From what we have seen so far it is surprising that this referee has been appointed to one previous game in this competition at this stage before tonight


GB at 2018-02-14 21:56:54

GOAL! Sadio Mané (L 19)

Porto 0 v 3 Liverpool


GB at 2018-02-14 21:55:45

James Milner (L 7) is starting to stack the fouls up now. Again they may only be careless but the referee needs to make a point soon.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:53:52

Once again the referee does his best to explain his decisions with arm signals and body language – clearly signally no foul as the player won the ball.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:51:49

Careless challenge by Milner – nothing more. Once again Orsato does well not to go rushing in and over reacting. Just a free kick


GB at 2018-02-14 21:50:15

You excuse the referee for “looking” relaxed because of the way this game is going for him, but what he cannot afford to do is actually “relax”


GB at 2018-02-14 21:48:12

second half underway

Half-Time Summary

GB at 2018-02-14 21:40:56


No big decisions for any of the officials in that first half, but the referee can only referee what is put in front of him.

What he has managed to do really well is assert his personality on the game and boss it without raising his profile.

What you need to remember in games like this is the referee needs to build his own foundation from scratch each game. It is not like doing a top league game at home where his reputation goes before him and all the players know what to expect, in UCL matches like this he need to get his stake in the sand early. If you don’t get the big decision to help you with that, then you need all the other characteristics you have in the locker to get your personality across. And Referee Daniele Orsato has done that in Spades so far.

No surprises, and excellent movement and reading of the game. More of the same will go down nicely in the second period.

GB at 2018-02-14 21:33:37


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GB at 2018-02-14 21:32:21

Half TimeFC Porto 0 v 2 Liverpool


GB at 2018-02-14 21:30:53

The flag goes up that time as Salah was clearly active that time, but the referee was responsible for keeping things moving that time with a thumbs up and away we go.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:24:28

First chink in the armour then when that clear push in front of the technical area went undetected by any of the officials. thats not the place you want to miss one of those.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:21:38

There has only been one offside decision in the game so far but there have been numerous times when players have been in offside positions but the ARs have waited to see if the player become active. They have both been very consistent and this has helped the flow of the game.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:19:05


Virgil Van Dijk (L 4) picks up the first yellow card Yellow Cardfor that reckless challenge from behind, even if the referee seemed to signal that it was for a few fouls – that was his first one for me, but is always going to be yellow in a game like this. The referee did well not to miss the first opportunity to really assert his authority on the game.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:16:04

GOAL!  Mohamed Salah (L 11) makes it Two!

Porto 0 v 2 Liverpool

Great play on “NO Foul” in the build up to the second goal. This referee is priming with confidence.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:13:12

Referee sees the head injury and rightly stops game quickly then restarts with a drop ball as the player was not injured.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:11:00

GOAL! Sadio Mané (L 19)

Porto 0 v 1 Liverpool

That just might bring this game to life


GB at 2018-02-14 21:08:01

The slightest hint of any grappling at that corner and a strong whistle says “I am not having any of that” – no reaction from the players as they all accepted it and quickly ran away.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:05:41

Even though there is not much for the referee to get involved with at the moment, he is getting his personality and presence across with his fitness, movement and body language.


GB at 2018-02-14 21:04:08

Orsato was very close to sell that decision as the actions of the Porto player were careless with that challenge. They are the ones which will always be given in Europe as the officials go safety first!


GB at 2018-02-14 21:01:34

The referee was very alert to spot that the ball did not leave the penalty area for that goalkick so it has to be retaken. There was a school of thought that the action of the Porto player in deliberately stepping inside of the area so the Liverpool player could not put pressure on him is unsporting behaviour – What do you think? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


GB at 2018-02-14 20:58:47

If you study this referee you will see that he is fully alert as to what is going on around him. He often scans around when the ball is dead to check his peripheries. I remember Mike Dean was always good at this so he knew where all the players were who might cause him a problem or do something off the ball.


GB at 2018-02-14 20:54:31

Body language is even more important for referee when they manage international games than it is at home and Daniele Orsato has made a great first impression looking calm, relaxed but assertive at the same time.


GB at 2018-02-14 20:51:10

Really clear signals demonstrated that time as the referee uses the opening minutes to make a good first impression. Interesting to see the different positioning of the Italian referee for the first corner well inside of the penalty area.


GB at 2018-02-14 20:47:55

Very casual first free kick awarded by Orsato. I have to say though that he is already on his toes and moving all the time not stopping and watching play in these opening few minutes

kick off

GB at 2018-02-14 20:45:15

FC Porto won the toss so it will be Liverpool to kick off.

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

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GB at 2018-02-14 20:40:32

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2018-02-14 20:35:10


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GB at 2018-02-14 20:33:28


Today’s officials are all from Italy:

Referee:  Daniele Orsato

AR1: Riccardo Di Fiore (Technical Area)

AR2: Filippo Meli

Additional assistant referees:

Davide Massa

Antonio Damato

4th Official: Alessandro Giallatini

This 42 year old referee was promoted to the FIFA List in 2010, and has been in UEFA Elite Group since 2012.

Last year he took charge of his first R16 game when Leicester City took on Sevilla in March, so this is his second outing at this stage of the competition.

All-in-all he has managed 49 UEFA matches in the last 8 years.

Following yesterday’s performance by Germany’s Felix Brych in the Juventus v Spurs game, which was reviewed on RefCam, the bar has been set very high for tonight’s official.

Daniele has been nominated on the short list as one of the VARs on standby, if the final decision is made to continue the VAR experiment into the World Cup in Russia, even if the IFAB do not officially make it part of the Law amendments in June.

It is normal for the law changes to be very limited, if any at all in a World Cup Year, as the roll out date is normally in June, so it is not a good idea to have new laws or interpretations used for the first time in the Finals – so we can look forward to continue seeing players being “played-on” whilst in offside positions this summer!

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2018-02-14 20:30:51

FC Porto

12     José Sá (P 12)

5       Iván Marcano (P 5)

8       Yacine Brahimi (P 8)

11     Moussa Marega (P 11)

13     Alex (P 13)

16     Héctor Herrera (P 16)

21     Ricardo (P 21)

23     Diego Reyes (P 23)

25     Otávio (P 25)

27     Sérgio Oliveira (P 27)

29     Francisco Soares (P 29)


1       Iker Casillas (P1)

2       Maxi Pereira (P 2)

4       Yordan H Osorio Paredes (P 4)

10     Óliver Torres (P 10)

14     Goncalo Paciencia (P 14)

17     Jesús Corona (P 17)

18     Majeed Waris (P 18)


1       Loris Karius (L 1)

4       Virgil Van Dijk (L 4)

5       Georginio Wijnaldum (L 5)

6       Dejan Lovren (L 6)

7       James Milner (L 7)

9       Roberto Firmino (L 9)

11     Mohamed Salah (L 11)

14     Jordan Henderson (L 14)

19     Sadio Mané (L19)

26     Andy Robertson (L 26)

66     Trent Alexander-Arnold (L 66)


22     Simon Mignolet (L 22)

12     Joseph Gomez (L 12)

18     Alberto Moreno (L 18)

20     Adam Lallana (L 20)

21     Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L 21)

28     Danny Ings (L 28)

32     Joel Matip (L 32)


GB at 2018-02-14 20:26:15


FC Porto have never beaten Liverpool in four previous attempts in European matches.

Even though the Portuguese side have recorded two draws and two defeats in their four games against the Merseyside club, they are in the round of 16 for the second year in a row and made the most recent of their five UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearances in 2014/15. Liverpool, by contrast, were last in this stage in 2008/09 – although they did go on to the last eight in that season.

This has got all the makings for a very intriguing encounter tonight and one where discipline may well play a major part in who comes out on top.


GB at 2018-02-14 20:24:40


Welcome to this evenings RefCam coverage of the UEFA Champions League game between FC Porto and Liverpool. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

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