France v Republic of Ireland Euro 2016


RH at 2016-06-26 16:17:29

Here are the Refereeing talking points from this game

  • Pre-Match planning showed strongly in the Referees performance
  • Complete focus from minute one
  • Stepped approach to Match Control much in evidence
  • Two key match incidents called correctly
  • Tempo management used to great effect

This was an excellent appointment, this game needed a strong Refereeing performance and we certainly got one! It was obvious from the start of this game that the Referee had done his homework, set piece antics and tough midfield tackling drew early warnings from the Referee which he backed up with Yellow cards as certain players pushed their luck. An overall count of twenty free kicks, five cautions and a red card underline his effective management and the superb application of his stepped approach to match control. The game provided a key match incident in the first minute which the Referee was clearly up for when correctly awarding the Republic an early penalty as Long was bundled over by Pogba, the second was no easy call as Duffy brought down Griezmann as the French player was in on goal, would the new law changes be implemented? no because Nicola Rizzoli correctly judged that the contact took place outside the penalty, awarding a free kick and red card, spot on!

The Referees hard work clearly paid off as the second half free kick count was less than half of the first half count, and the most open stages of play occurred in the final twenty minutes of the game, great tempo Refereeing

I always felt confident today because this Referee was always in complete control, for me this was one of the stand out Refereeing performances of the Tournament so far!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:53:44

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2016-06-26 15:52:13

One thing is for sure you can’t fault the Republic’s effort and work rate!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:51:21

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played

RH at 2016-06-26 15:50:27

Was Long pushed in the penalty area? no TV replay but player reaction was muted

RH at 2016-06-26 15:49:11

Though Sane Long was unlucky not to win a free kick near the French penalty are there?

RH at 2016-06-26 15:48:34

I haven’t commented much on the Referees positioning and movement, I think it speaks for itself that Nicola Rizzoli has always gained god viewing angles in this game, the sending off is proof of that!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:45:50

Gignac misses from close range, will the Republic make him regret that?

RH at 2016-06-26 15:44:36

Don’t forget to join us on Refcam tomorrow evening when England take on Iceland at the Allianz Riviera Stadium Nice, at 8.00 pm. Join my colleague Guy Beale who’ll take you through that one with his expert analysis!


RH at 2016-06-26 15:43:39

There’s only one goal in a last 16 game featuring the home nation we’re in the final ten minutes and because of the Referee’s pre match planning, execution of his game plan and strength of performance, we’re witnessing the most open phase of the game!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:40:17

Wes Hoolahan penalized for hand ball, free kick

RH at 2016-06-26 15:39:32

The Referee is now able to allow more physical contact than earlier in this game, a mark of his approach to this match and application of a stepped method of match control, great Refereeing!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:36:48

In match tempo terms that red card seems to have lowered the match tempo, the Republic are hanging in here!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:35:32

Yellow CardLong picks up the Republic’s third caution

RH at 2016-06-26 15:34:16

Gayle on the twitter fed says

‘In terms of teaching the updated LOTG we could have done with that one being a foot or so further forward!’

Fair comment!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:32:20

Well there’s plenty of comment on Twitter regarding that missed Republic corner! shouldn’t the Additional Assistant Referee on the goal line have helped there?

RH at 2016-06-26 15:29:44

I said at half time that Nicola Rizzoli would show a red card if it was required, that was an excellent decision as it occurred so close to the penalty area, that’s why he one of the best Referees in the world!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:26:56

Red CardNo triple jeopardy here! Duffy brings down Griezmann just outside the penalty area, no penalty, free kick red card, superb decision!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:23:31

Well we said it was a crucial phase of match tempo, still the Republic must dig in and re-group its only a one goal lead, but in French terms it must be a relief, will they stick or twist?

RH at 2016-06-26 15:21:10

GOAL!Griezmann nets again 2-1

RH at 2016-06-26 15:19:36

First incorrect call of the game as the republic are denied a clear corner

RH at 2016-06-26 15:18:46

In match tempo terms this is a crucial part of he game as the Republic dig in!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:17:41

GOAL!Equaliser Griezmann levels it!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:15:44

As we suspected possession is 63 % to France and 36% Republic, the pressure is rising and with it expectation on the Match Officials!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:13:41

Good strong challenge by Long on Matuidi, no problem!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:12:04

Giroud pushes McCarthy and the Referee tells the Republic player to get up, an early move by the Referee to keep a tight control on any designs to slow the game down and loose time

RH at 2016-06-26 15:10:11

Tactically Payet is working the left side and is coming up against Coleman who’s treading a careful line with that first half yellow, a deliberate ploy by the French?

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RH at 2016-06-26 15:07:50

Coleman and Hendrick bundle down Payet, both already on yellow cards! careful lads!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:05:22

Coman replaces Kante,very interesting!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:04:55

The second half is on!

RH at 2016-06-26 15:01:16

A great first half from Nicola Rizzoli and his team, a great example of the stepped approach to match control, first public warning to players, then cautions, including to players that we discussed pre-match. 4 yellow cards and 14 free kick including a first minute penalty given against the host nation, that’s strong Refereeing and the players have got the message, what a contrast with last Wednesday! The players know what to expect today and that’s so pleasing for us Referees! But the harder half is yet to come, yes some of the usual suspects will have to tread a careful line following cautions, but massive pressure will come from the whole stadium if this score line remains unchanged in the closing stages of the game. But Nicola Rizzoli and his team are in a strong position here, they are all looking sharp, and lets not forget that the next sanction in the stepped approach to match control would be red cards, lets hope we don’t have to go there, but whatever comes his way Nicola Rizzoli has shown so far that he will do it!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:52:13

Wincobank Owl tweets;

‘Thought he’d booked Hendrick for kicking the ball away’

On reflection Wincobank Owl I think you’re right!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:49:55

Half Time

RH at 2016-06-26 14:47:30

Tense moments in the Republic penalty area  as Payet tries to pull the trigger, Hendrick does well not to bundle him over!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:46:19

A minimum of 4 additional minutes to be played

RH at 2016-06-26 14:44:37

Yellow CardRami takes out Shane Long to break up a promising Republic attack!


RH at 2016-06-26 14:43:48

Coleman trying a cheap move by going to ground to win a free kick, steady on Seamus you’re already on a yellow card!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:42:24

Yellow CardHendrick cautioned for presumably dissent? TV replays not clearly showing what he did after winning the free kick following a careless challenge by Kante

RH at 2016-06-26 14:40:39

Don’t forget to join us on Refcam tomorrow evening when England take on Iceland at the Allianz Riviera Stadium Nice, at 8.00 pm. Join my colleague Guy Beale who’ll take you through that one with his expert analysis!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:39:05

McCarthy commits a careless tackle on Griezmann, nailed on free kick!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:38:11

Long trips Evra, good fk decision!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:36:49

RH at 2016-06-26 14:36:21

Giroud pushes Keogh and concedes not only a free kick but gets not only a warning from Nicola Rizzoli, underlines our pre-match point about monitoring penalty set piece challenges!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:33:52

Koscielny and Murphy in arm to arm combat for the ball, the Frenchman getting the verdict

RH at 2016-06-26 14:32:35

I love Kieran’s tweet on the penalty

‘ probably the definition of stonewall’

RH at 2016-06-26 14:31:16

Well as we approach the half hour mark I have to what a contrast in Refereeing performance with the Republic game last Wednesday, I have much more confidence in the Referee today

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RH at 2016-06-26 14:29:35

Shane Long hobbles away after a fair contest with Evra

RH at 2016-06-26 14:28:28

Yellow CardKante high on Duffy, not the worst I’ve seen but again a demonstration of strong Refereeing!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:26:44

Yellow CardGood Refereeing as Coleman recklessly tackles Payet from behind and is cautioned at the next stoppage in play following an advantage, quality!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:23:29

Hendrick bundles down Pogba, easy free kick

RH at 2016-06-26 14:21:47

Another big scoring chance for the Republic!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:20:12

A break in play as Pogba receives attention following that Shane Long challenge, that won’t do much to lower the profile of the Republic player!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:18:42

Shane Long with a robust challenge on Pogba, he needs to be careful making challenges like that!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:17:07

The Referee is working really hard here to get into good viewing positions to accurately judge those player challenges and not be taken in when players go to ground appealing for a free kick

RH at 2016-06-26 14:15:02

Payet goes to ground but nothing doing! no problem with that

RH at 2016-06-26 14:14:31

The penalty will send out a message that this Referee is strong, the public warnings a demonstration that the stepped approach to match control is being used

RH at 2016-06-26 14:13:18

A public warning to McCarthy and Giroud for off the ball attention, again good preventative stepped approach Refereeing!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:11:49

Kante late on McCarthy correct

RH at 2016-06-26 14:10:53

Be assured this is one of the games top Referee using all of his experience and ability to keep this game just where he needs to!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:09:41

So far the Referee is keeping it tight every challenge every decision whether to give or not is carefully considered

RH at 2016-06-26 14:08:21

Free kick to France in a dangerous position its in Payet range!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:06:28

An early public warning at a corner from the Refeee to Koscienly and Ward, again strong Refereeing,

RH at 2016-06-26 14:04:33

Well I spoke about strong Refereeing, and we certainly got that there, a first minute penalty against the host nation!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:03:36

GOAL!Wow what a start! Robbie Brady makes it 1-0 to the Republic

RH at 2016-06-26 14:02:31

Clear penalty Shane Long is felled by Pogba, nailed on!

RH at 2016-06-26 14:01:19

If you are watching the game on TV, Mauro Tonolini is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Elenito Di Liberatore is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-06-26 14:00:52

Our match Referee Nicola Rizzoli gets us underway!

RH at 2016-06-26 13:55:43

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play for the pre-match introductions and National Anthems!

RH at 2016-06-26 13:50:07

So following Collina’s pre-match preparation policy, what should today’s Referee Nicola Rizzoli be aware of ahead of this game?

Here are my pre-match Refereeing talking points

  • The appointment of Nicola Rizzoli one of the world’s top Referees underlines the significance of this game and the history with the infamous 2010 World Cup play-off match handball incident.
  • Following a disappointing Refereeing performance in the Republic’s last game I expect to see a much stronger presence today from the Referee
  • The most critical aspect of the Referees performance today will be the amount of allowable physical contact that takes place not only in penalty area’s at set pieces but also in midfield, we know from England’s game with Russia that this Referee will allow a degree of contact to take place without awarding free kicks, that of course can be a good thing, but his ability to constantly adjust his tolerance of acceptable player contact in line with the match tempo will be a key factor today!
  • I expect the set piece penalty area challenges and contact involving Shane Long and France’s Koscielny and Rami to need close scrutiny
  • I also expect tough midfield tackling and competitive challenges involving France’s Kanté and Matuidi and the Republic’s McCarthy and Hendrick, expect sparks to fly there!
  • The Referee must pace himself today as we all know both teams have scored match winning goals late, the most important and demanding part of the match could come near the end especially if the game is tight!
  • Nicola Rizzoli Refereed the very physical Euro 2016 qualifier between the Republic and Scotland in Dublin, not one of his best games, so I’m sure he’ll want to make amends for that!

RH at 2016-06-26 13:45:10

In Hackett’s Blog on 24th June Keith comments on Pierluigi Collina’s praise for pre-match preparation

Newly-introduced pre-match analysis is one of the reasons behind the high standard of officiating at the European Championships, according to Pierluigi Collina.

The summer tournament has seen referees and their teams excel throughout the early stages, and UEFA’s refereeing chief believes the pre-match preparation has played a vital part.

Prior to matches, the officials are being briefed about a number of things – the team’s style, what to expect from certain individuals, how set pieces are approached and more.

“We are always trying to improve the standard of their performances and we thought that this is possible if the referee knows more about the match they are going to referee,” said the Italian.

“I am convinced that if you are one step ahead, if you know before what can happen, you are ready. If you are ready, it is very possible you are correct.

“We cannot accept an excuse from a referee like ‘sorry, I was wrong because I didn’t expect what was going to happen’. They must know before.”

The standards have not gone unnoticed, with You Are The Ref’s Keith Hackett heaping praise on the efforts so far, and our experts have delivered plenty of positive feedback while covering the matches on our live Refcam service

Collina’s influence and experience is clearly leaving its mark on the Euro 2016 officials, and the 56-year-old is planning on taking the analysis into UEFA’s club competitions ahead of the 2016/17 season.

“We thought if we have two specialists, two people who do it regularly, it’s easier for them – particularly in their competition when you can play regularly,” he added.

“It’s working very well so we are thinking of course to continue – to implement them in other competitions.”

RH at 2016-06-26 13:40:10

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Rizzoli was awarded the whistle for the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 UEFA Champions League and 2010 UEFA Europa League. He has taken charge of two games so far in this tournament, the first being England v Russia on 11th June, the other being the Portugal v Austria match on 18th June.

RH at 2016-06-26 13:35:26

Today’s Match Referee is Nicola Rizzoli his Assistant Referees are Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini. The Fourth Official is Aleksei Kulbakov and the Additional Assistant Referees are Daniele Orsato and Antonio Damato, the Reserve Official is Vitali Malyutin, with exception of the Fourth Official and Reserve Official all of the on-field Match Officials are from Italy, our Fourth Official and Reserve Official are both from Belarus

RH at 2016-06-26 13:31:40

Welcome to our coverage of this 2016 European Championship Round of 16 game from the Parc Olympique near Lyon. Can the Republic’s French adventure continue at the expense of the host nation?