Juventus v Barcelona


RH at 2015-06-06 21:59:22

Conclusions to games such as this are drawn according to what was at stake to the those concerned, the watching masses will have wanted an entertaining game hopefully with some magical game changing moments and a no small measure of drama! The clubs and their legions of fans will have wanted to see their team win, but little else. However we here at ‘You Are The Ref’ are always interested in the role of the Match Officials and hopefully their positive impact on the game, that’s our job. In a Refereeing Career you only get one crack at this particular game so how did Cuneyt Cak?r and his team measure up tonight? Well I thought that overall he and they did well, they did not affect the end result although the they did get lucky even when they got a key match incident wrong. So in dealing with the games talking points lets start with obvious one, that being the Neymar handball, first we have to establish whether or not it was Deliberate, well i and you think it wasn’t, don’t be sidetracked into talking about gaining an advantage from it, that’s not relevant, so the goal should have stood. but the Match Officials got lucky as Neymar scored again. But credit is due on the two Pogba/Alba penalty calls, the first one not being a free kick in the first place and the second would have set the bar very low and harsh in the extreme, so for me Cuneyt Cak?r got them both correct. His management of the players was calm and dignified and in the end Vidal rightly saw the game out. All other cautions were correct also. His Technical game was good where he took up sound positions to gain good proximity and viewing angles. Both Assistants were solid and did not let the Referee down. The Additional Assistant Referee will doubtless reflect on that disallowed Neymar goal. As i said after  Cuneyt Cak?r’s world cup semi final he and his two Assistants  won’t be the talking point after this game.My thanks to all of you who got involved with the Tweets, a great response well done!


RH at 2015-06-06 21:44:46

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2015-06-06 21:43:39

GOAL!Neymar seals with Barca’s third!


RH at 2015-06-06 21:43:08

Good call by Assistant  Bahattin Duran spotting a deliberate handball against Vermaelen

RH at 2015-06-06 21:40:03

Both teams are attacking ‘box to box’ in these final minutes, the Referee is again viewing penalty area decisions from around the D

RH at 2015-06-06 21:38:32

Barcelona are closing in on their 50th win in their 60th game of the season!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:36:10

5 minutes added time!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:35:50

As we though its proving to be a gripping finale!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:33:56

good to see the Referee getting into advanced penalty area positions at this stage of the game, as was the case in that last Juve attack

RH at 2015-06-06 21:32:08

Suarez goes to ground with a twisted knee, Bonucci in close attendance but not involved

RH at 2015-06-06 21:31:17

Juventus attacking with width for the first time in the game, implications for the Referees final third positioning?

RH at 2015-06-06 21:30:08

Pogba pulling down an opponent but again not enough for a second caution, then Bonucci clattering into the back of Suarez

RH at 2015-06-06 21:26:45

we should of course use the word deliberate when we talk about handball, the word intentional should not be used!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:25:19

Good point made by Brain Place, if it was hand ball he should have been cautioned!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:24:09

Well your responding well with your tweets on the handball, and the general view is not intentional, the goal should have stood, i agree with you!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:21:26

Well its all happening at the moment, just trying to clear up the Alba/Pogba penalty incident, whilst accepting Alba had his arm on Pogba it would have been harsh, i’m with with the Referee on that one!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:19:23

No goal as Neymars attempt is ruled handball by the Additional Assistant Referee, he headed to ball against his arm and into the net, was that intentional handball??

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RH at 2015-06-06 21:16:03

Yellow CardSuarez picks up a caution as the tempo rises further


RH at 2015-06-06 21:14:39

Juve still protesting about the penalty area incident

RH at 2015-06-06 21:14:11

GOAL!Suarez buts Barca back in front!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:13:26

Pogba goes to ground with Alba in the penalty area, he’s not happy!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:12:04

Vidal certainly not showing too much respect for Messi there, no free kick given though!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:09:49

Interesting that when Juve attack they do so with the front two working in the channels, so the Referee is viewing key incidents from around the ‘D’ When Barca attack wide with their 4-3-3 formation the Referee is often left side of the penalty, fascinating!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:06:23

The volume is definitely pumped up as the tempo rises!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:05:44

Great advantage in the defensive build up during that last Juve attack!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:03:51

Vidal is the victim this time as Alba pushes him for a free kick, is the tide turning?

RH at 2015-06-06 21:01:25

I said before the game that Juve score in the 57th minute, they were three minutes early!

RH at 2015-06-06 21:00:31

GOAL!Morata makes it 1-1

RH at 2015-06-06 20:59:22

silly midfield challenge by Bonucci, inviting a free kick!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:56:57

With his knees high and a strong pumping arm movement, the Referee cannot be faulted for effort when he is in full flow!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:56:16

An easy offside call as Evra is reluctant to track back!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:54:37

The Referee really pumping his arms to maximum effect with a lung bursting explosive sprint as Barca counter attacked!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:53:02

My Refcam colleague Guy Beale tweeting a great point that Vidal isn’t best placed with a haircut like that to hide and avoid the Referees attention!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:50:44

Referee Cuneyt Cak?r gets the second half started!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:47:40

So despite the early goal and some difficult moments its still only 1-0 to Barcelona, so there is still plenty to play for. Well it wouldn’t be the Champions League final without talking points and there are two from the first half. Firstly the action of Juve’s Vidal who has really used up all his credit! He can have no complaints with the caution and one more Reckless challenge and he’ll be shown Red! But to be fair to the Referee you want that second caution to be nailed on and in truth none of the subsequent challenges have not been worth a second yellow, but he definitely needs to get his head sorted out at half time, over to you ; Massimiliano Allegri . The other talking point was the penalty incident involving Juve’s Pogba and Barca’s Alba, the defender did get a touch on the ball, did the Referee see that? but perhaps the main factor here was that the challenge took place outside the penalty area, so no penalty and its debatable if it was even a free kick. The Referee is doing well technically and his showing a good positional sense with a good proximity to play. Both Assistants have not been tested much in the first half although the far side Assistant Tarik Ongun could be sharper in his movement and poise. But so far no major issues with everything to play for in the second half!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:33:48

Half Time

RH at 2015-06-06 20:32:21

Vidal again with a careless challenge, he really is testing the Referee’s patience

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RH at 2015-06-06 20:31:22

Good to see that the Referee was close to play so had strong credibility with that last caution

RH at 2015-06-06 20:29:50

Yellow CardPogba brings down Messi as he takes one for the team, nailed on caution

RH at 2015-06-06 20:28:30

Suarez goes close but its still 0-1, corner to Barca

RH at 2015-06-06 20:25:42

Pogba goes on the edge of the penalty its a close call but Alba did get a touch on the ball, but at first sight it looked a foul

RH at 2015-06-06 20:23:00

So with the half hour mark passed, the main issue for the Referee seems to be the attitude of Vidal, who seems to have calmed down a bit

RH at 2015-06-06 20:21:47

Going back to the last point, has the playing area been over watered?

RH at 2015-06-06 20:20:43

Interesting that a number of players are slipping, poor choice of footware?

RH at 2015-06-06 20:19:51

Bonucci careless from behind on Suarez, not worth a caution though

RH at 2015-06-06 20:17:33

Play is currently being concentrated mainly in the Rectangle between the two penalty areas during build ups, no wing backs or anything like that at the moment! The Referee seems to be coping well with this in his positioning and movement

RH at 2015-06-06 20:15:08

What i would call a fairly relaxed style of mobility by the Far Side Assistant

RH at 2015-06-06 20:13:50

Messi pulled up for a holding offence on Pogba

RH at 2015-06-06 20:13:00

Morata going close for Juve, they’re not letting their heads go down!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:11:30

Early tweets sharing my view that Vidal is pushing luck!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:10:23

The Juve players really need to get hold of Vidal as he is walking the tightest of tight ropes at the moment!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:09:35

No handball during that last Barcelona attack as the defenders arms were in a natural position when the ball hit him

RH at 2015-06-06 20:08:46

Again Juventus are quick to counter attack, the Referee putting in an explosive sprint to track play

RH at 2015-06-06 20:07:18

Good to see the Referee constantly moving around and adjusting his midfield position to maintain the correct proximity to play

RH at 2015-06-06 20:06:05

The Barcelona players picking up on Vidals over enthusiasm and putting the Referee under pressure, this is something that the Referee needs to control, one more reckless challenge and it will be good night!

RH at 2015-06-06 20:04:03

Vidal late again this time eon Neymar, is he lucky to escape further punishment?

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RH at 2015-06-06 20:02:17

Neymar making no contact with the ball from a cross, the Additional Assistant Referee on hand to discreetly signal a goal kick

RH at 2015-06-06 20:00:33

A needless midfield free kick given away by Evra

RH at 2015-06-06 19:59:43

Yellow CardVidal again, this time he is rightly cautioned for a late tackle on Busquets

RH at 2015-06-06 19:58:34

Good non flag by the Bench side Assistant during that last Juventus attack

RH at 2015-06-06 19:57:02

Juventus very quickly on the counter attack, could be an energy sapping night!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:55:32

RH at 2015-06-06 19:55:19

Vidal with a borderline reckless challenge on Iniesta, could have been a caution on another day!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:54:22

Good to see the Referee going wide in the lead up to hat goal to gain a good viewing angle during the attack!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:52:59


Raktic makes it 1-0 Barcelona!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:50:02

First corner to Juventus!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:49:17

This is literally the biggest club game in half of the globe! I am fortunate in having officiated at this game ironically when Barcelona took on an Italian side (AC Milan), in club football terms this fixture takes pressure to a new level! So we must be mindful of the intense spotlight that the Match Officials are under tonight. I clearly remember the enormous sense of achievement and no small measure of relief that I experienced after the match, particularly that we weren’t the talking point in a one sided game!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:48:30

Our match Referee Cuneyt Cakir gets us underway!

RH at 2015-06-06 19:40:28

So what do the Opta Facts say that could affect tonight’s game from a Refereeing point of view? Well Juventus have scored three of their last four Champions League goals in the 57th minute, goals change games so will they score again around the hour mark?

For the first time a team, Barcelona has two players (Messi and Neymar) with at least nine goals in a Champions League season!

Barcelona have scored eight goals in the last 15 minutes of Champions League games this season, more than any other team, however Juventus have yet to concede a Champions League goal in the same period of the match, so can we expect an intense finale?

This season Juventus have won more possession of the ball than ever before  in a Champions League campaign whilst conversely Barcelona have won less, so will this be an evenly contested possession game? And if so will our Referee be positioning himself mindful of a steady build up of possession from the back? or will this materialise in end to end attacking play?

Juventus are playing a 4-3-2-1 formation so will there be some close offside calls as the ball is threaded through the channels to their front two, Barcelona are going 4-3-3 so will Suarez go wide and supply balls into Messi and Neymar, either we’ve players on the Field of play with lightening pace, so both Assistants will need to be at their best!¬

RH at 2015-06-06 19:35:08

I last had the pleasure of covering a Cuneyt Cak?r game at the World Cup Finals last year when produced a good performance on the Netherlands Argentina Semi Final no less!  These are the comments from my match blog summary of that game;

Cüneyt Çak?r has delivered a sound performance keeping a low profile for long periods in the game, there was so much resting on this match, the stakes high and reputations were on the line including the Referee’s. So it’s pleasing to report that Cuneyt acquitted himself well. There were some good qualities on display but I would choose, his calm approach and detection of law 12 offences. However his tolerance level was questionable at times choosing to lecture rather than issue cautions. This may well be Cuneyt Cakir’s last game in this tournament but he did not let himself down with this performance, I just wonder how he would have acquitted himself if the players had not shown so much respect for each other? But in his most important game ever, he won’t be the talking point, I’m sure he will happily settle for that

RH at 2015-06-06 19:31:30

The ‘You Are The Ref’ website featured these comments on our match Referee Cuneyt Cakir yesterday;

The 38-year-old has overseen four matches in the Champions League already this term, including the round of 16 clash between Chelsea and Paris St Germain. He was also appointed in a number of Europa League matches this season.

Despite his relatively young age, the UEFA Referees Committee had no hesitation over appointing Çakir to the final of Europe’s premier club competition.

Since becoming an international referee in 2006, Çakir has officiated 70 UEFA matches and made his Champions League debut in 2010. Barcelona were involved that night, when the Catalan giants shared the points with Rubin Kazan in a group match.

Çakir has gone from strength to strength since then, refereeing the semi-final second leg between Barcelona and Chelsea two years later, and Blues fans will recall him for dismissing John Terry for an off-the-ball incident.

Çakir has also been the man in the middle for last-four clashes in the most recent two major international tournaments, and took charge of the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Chelsea and Corinthians in 2012.

This coming Saturday, however, all those achievements will be topped as he leads two European giants out onto the pitch in Berlin

RH at 2015-06-06 19:21:18

Today’s Match Referee Cuneyt Cak?r is from Turkey as are his team of Match Officials with the notable exception of Fourth Official Jonas Eriksson who is an Elite UEFA Referee from Sweden. His Assistant Referees are Bahattin Duran and Tar?k Ongun, There are two Additional Assistant Referees who will be operating along the Goal lines, they are Huseyin Gocek and Bar?s Simsek. There is also a Reserve Assistant Referee Mustafa Emre Eyisoy.

RH at 2015-06-06 19:17:06

Welcome to our coverage of the biggest game in European Club Football, it’s the meeting of Juventus and Barcelona in the Olympiastadion Berlin, for the Final of the Champions League!