Juventus v Real Madrid CF


GT at 2015-05-05 21:43:44

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GT at 2015-05-05 21:40:46

How I would love to see England’s Number One Referee, Mark Clattenburg, complete this tie by refereeing the second leg in Madrid. That is very unlikely to happen.

My thoughts are that Clatts will referee the Europa League Final, though.

What do you think? Let us know and give us your views on tonight’s game by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

Back to this tie…it is set up superbly well. Even though Juve lead by a single goal at half time, Real have that elusive away goal. The return leg should be unmissable.

After such an excellent display, Atko and his team can enjoy the very generous hospitality which Turin will have on offer tonight…hospitality which, from experience, I can thoroughly recommend!!

GT at 2015-05-05 21:38:25

It has been a truly fabulous night of football with the two competing sides and the referee team all contributing.

Goals from both sides.

Correct non-offside calls for the opening two goals.

Superb penalty decision to make it 2-1.

Strong refereeing.

GT at 2015-05-05 21:37:23

And that’s it as the game ends with a slender one goal advantage for Juve

GT at 2015-05-05 21:36:50

Full Time


GT at 2015-05-05 21:36:24

Yellow Card Chiellini (Juve) as he clears out Ronaldo.

He certainly took one for the team there!

GT at 2015-05-05 21:35:26

…and a big chance goes begging from the resulting free kick

GT at 2015-05-05 21:34:56

Out comes the vanishing spray as Atko realises the importance of this Juve free kick and insists on getting the wall back 9.15 metres

GT at 2015-05-05 21:34:05

That’s the end of the normal 90 minutes.

3 extra to go on…

GT at 2015-05-05 21:33:16

Thoughtful repositioning by Atko as he checks his run during a quick Juve break, and runs behind the attacking players.

Good awareness

GT at 2015-05-05 21:31:07

Juve have a golden chance to take a two goal advantage into the second leg but no one gets up in support of Llorente

GT at 2015-05-05 21:30:06

Tevez goes off and is replaced by Pereyra (Juve)

Whilst Bale makes way for Jese (Madrid)

GT at 2015-05-05 21:29:05

Yellow Card  for James Rodriguez (Madrid)

GT at 2015-05-05 21:27:44

Martin’s body language and demeanour have been so different to that he regularly shows when refereeing back home.

For starters he looks interested!

He is right on top of all incidents yet appears calm and collected.

GT at 2015-05-05 21:25:22

With only 10 minutes to go Atko can only lose this game through complacency.

He has the game totally under control and has all of the major decisions in his locker.

Just keep the concentration until he end now, boys.

GT at 2015-05-05 21:22:54

Foul by Ramos correctly spotted by Atko.

Good call.

Keep this going through until the end, Martin

GT at 2015-05-05 21:21:30

Llorente replaces the opening goalscorer Morata for Juve

GT at 2015-05-05 21:19:04

Carvajal (Madrid) receives a caution for persistent infringement Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-05 21:16:36

Ronaldo leaves a bit on Chiellini and could have seen yellow for that late one.

The forward only concedes the free kick though

GT at 2015-05-05 21:14:48

20 minutes to go and despite their slender one goal lead, this could still go either way as both teams look for another goal

GT at 2015-05-05 21:10:02

Chiellini must leave the field of play as he has blood flowing from a head inhjury

GT at 2015-05-05 21:07:46

Now Juve change Barzagli for Sturaro

GT at 2015-05-05 21:07:07

Hernandez replaces Isco for Real.

GT at 2015-05-05 21:03:56

and excellent refereeing of the whole incident by Atko as he cautioned both Marcello (Real Madrid) for a cynical challenge off the ball during the build up to the penalty and Vidal (Juve) for dissent as the midfielder screamed at Atko for a red card for a Real man.

Top drawer refereeing

GT at 2015-05-05 21:00:50



GT at 2015-05-05 21:00:39

Tevez takes the penalty

GT at 2015-05-05 21:00:18

Definite penalty.

And definitely NOT  a red card challenge.

Well done, Atko

GT at 2015-05-05 20:59:16


GT at 2015-05-05 20:58:59

If players feel a sense of injustice they are more likely to take the law into their own hands

GT at 2015-05-05 20:57:53

I would suggest that Martin should deal with the next Real foul more strictly – it’s a matter of working the players and keeping them onside. Sometimes you need to award a team caution to keep the game under control

GT at 2015-05-05 20:56:18

The crowd is unhappy that another Real foul challenge escapes a caution.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:55:02

Ronaldo is brought to ground again by the already-cautioned Bonucci

GT at 2015-05-05 20:53:21

Foul after foul follows and Atko needs to take charge of this one again…no time to let the standards drop Martin

GT at 2015-05-05 20:51:39

Atko shows no favour to the hosts as that is (rightly) the second Juve player to see a yellow card.

Real are yet to receive a card, although Isco should have had one in the first half

GT at 2015-05-05 20:50:10

That is a very poor challenge by Tevez and he is correctly cautioned for it Yellow Card

GT at 2015-05-05 20:48:38

Madrid get us going for the second half.

More of the same please…from all three teams.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:38:12

This is without doubt the best I have seen from Atko all season.

The question has to be asked why he hasn’t been performing at this level during the domestic campaign?

Mind you, he would not be the first referee to turn it on for overseas appointments.

Quite probably the best ever referee I worked with used to ‘wish’ that he could be excused from refereeing in England and just used for European dn worldwide duties.

Is there a risk of complacency at home for our Elite Class referees, or is it just plain boredom and over-familiarity as they see too much of the same teams and players?

What do tyou think?

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GT at 2015-05-05 20:34:14

It’s been a superb opening half.

Both teams have gone for it from the opening minute.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:33:36

Half Time

GT at 2015-05-05 20:32:49

One added minute to go on…

GT at 2015-05-05 20:32:36

Anthony Taylor helps out his referee from behind the goal as he correctly informs the referee that a foul should go against the hosts…much to the annoyance of those in the black and white stripes.

Good teamwork again

GT at 2015-05-05 20:30:14

Frustrations are starting to show now as Marcello cynically brings down his opponent.

Atko immediately has three Juve players around him wanting the Real man to be cautioned.

This is a lively one!

GT at 2015-05-05 20:28:35

How did Rodriguez fail to score?

2 yards out…open goal,,,the ball on to his head, and he hits the cross bar

GT at 2015-05-05 20:27:44

Irrespective of that, Atko cannot and should not allow the Portuguese forward to openly show dissent at his non-award of the free kick.

Things are not helped as Atko’s poor positioning means he intercepts one of the Madrid man’s passes!

GT at 2015-05-05 20:26:09

Here goes Ronaldo and that famous frustration of his…to be fair to him he is correct…Atko missed a blatant push on the Real superstar.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:25:00

…but he escapes with a free kick only.

That was late and deserved a cautioned, really.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:24:05

Isco should be cautioned for that challenge

GT at 2015-05-05 20:22:43

Mullarkey calls another offside correctly.

Well done. This is the best I have seen from that particular assistant this season. and we are only 35 minutes into the first half!

GT at 2015-05-05 20:19:50

Marchisio gives Toni Kroos a crack on the ankle…he’s committed a couple of those now.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:18:40

It’s showtime for Ronaldo now as he dances over and around the ball.

The more often he does that, coupled with Juve’s growing frustrations, the more likely it is that a Juve player may take out their anger on him. Atko will be aware of that and should be ‘working’ the players at every opportunity

GT at 2015-05-05 20:16:37

Juve will be very disappointed to find themselves on level terms after all of their early domination.

Atko will need to manage those frustrations will plenty of off-the-ball chat to keep the players minds on playing rather than venting their frustrations

GT at 2015-05-05 20:14:50

and again the appeals for offside correctly fall on deaf ears.

Ronaldo was nowhere near being offside despite Juve’s appeals.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:13:48

GOAL! it’s that man Ronaldo

GT at 2015-05-05 20:12:00

This time it’s Stephen Child’s turn to make a good non-offside call as Ronaldo beats Juve’s offside trap but wastes the chance to level the score.

This is excellent all round teamwork from the English refereeing team.

Keep this going lads and fly the flag for England…

GT at 2015-05-05 20:09:53

A quarter of the game has already flown by.

This is every bit the type of game all YATR followers want to see

GT at 2015-05-05 20:09:35

Vidal is the latest Juve player to bundle over an opponent.

Atko is again well positioned to see and give it.

Well done

GT at 2015-05-05 20:07:10

Marchisio pushes Marcello to the ground.

Atko is well positioned to see the offence, there is no advantage, and he correctly awards the free kick.

Good refereeing, which highlights the importance of positioning

GT at 2015-05-05 20:05:47

Offside by Mullarkey.

A nice and easy one….just the sort you want to help you settle into the game.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:04:52

Mullarkey bails out his referee there as Atko missed the backing-in offence by Juve.

Luckily for him the assistant saw it and helped him out.

Good teamwork.

GT at 2015-05-05 20:01:29

Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure as another pass intended for him goes astray.

From experience I know how he can become a difficult character to handle once his frustrations grow…even if the referees are not the source of his complaints!

Atko will need to manage him well tonight

GT at 2015-05-05 19:58:57

All of that early Juve pressure we spoke about has paid off and the hosts are deservedly a goal to the good.

Game on now…

GT at 2015-05-05 19:57:02

Definitely not offside despite the Real appeals.

When the shot came in Morata was easily on side.

Keep that standard up Mullarkey…good call

GT at 2015-05-05 19:55:41

GOAL! Morata

GT at 2015-05-05 19:54:34

In the opening six minutes The Old Lady has already been into the Real penalty area five times.

Not just Atko, but the assistant on that side (Mullarkey) need to stay right up with play and never be caught napping

GT at 2015-05-05 19:53:16


Yellow Cardfor Bonucci (Juve).

Good decision Atko.

Strong refereeing. UEFA will like that.

GT at 2015-05-05 19:50:39

It’s a lively start with both sides having early half chances.

Atko needs to stay on his mettle and keep his team doing the same.

GT at 2015-05-05 19:49:15

Early call for Atkinson as Vidal goes down in the Real penalty area.

No penalty…good call.

GT at 2015-05-05 19:47:19

Juventus take the kick-off and get us under way…

GT at 2015-05-05 19:40:07

It’s almost time for kick-off at the Juventus Stadium in Turin…

GT at 2015-05-05 19:27:17

As for our referees today, England provides the team with Martin Atkinson the perhaps surprising choice as man in the middle.

Running the lines will be Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child whilst Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner are the men behind the goals and Peter Kirkup completes the six-strong team as Fourth Official.

After a below-par season many may have thought the European competitions were over this season for PGMOL favourite Atkinson following a poor display last time out (Bayern Munich v Porto) when the 44 year old Englishman was way too lenient and missed at least one red card offence. He should have learned by now that UEFA rarely views a referee as too strong, only too weak.

Let’s hope ‘Atko’ has critically reviewed that performance and referees this one as expected because if he again shows any signs of weakness he will quickly be found out, and no amount of backing from friends at the PGMOL will get him to the EURO Championship Finals in 2016.

Having had the pleasure of officiating at this very stadium on a number of occasions I can assure Refcam followers there is nowhere to hide and this is no place for the feint hearted. I vividly remember the crowd in full voice in Turin as the stadium felt as if it was actually bouncing with the noise they made.

Atko is going to need all of the support his assistants and colleagues can offer tonight, so let us offer them the very best of wishes for a successful outcome on this very important occasion.

The message is a simple one…get in, get the job done, and get out leaving no one talking of refereeing blunders and surprising decisions.

GT at 2015-05-05 19:17:14

Hi everyone and welcome to another massively important game on YATR Refcam.

We are covering Champions League semi-final action tonight as Juventus host Real Madrid CF in Turin.

In just his first campaign in charge of the Old Lady manager Massimilliano Allegri guided Juventus to the Serie A title at the weekend with four games still to go, having lost just three times all season. He will also oversee them in the upcoming final of the Italian Cup against Lazio.

With the ageless Andrea Pirlo pulling the strings in midfield, Carlos Tevez causing chaos for defenders and Gianluigi Buffon continuing to block out the opposition, Juve will be a real challenge for the favourites for this year’s Champions League title, Real Madrid CF.

The Spaniards are looking to retain the crown having won it last season for a record 10th time. Indeed, with 13 final appearances already, no one has made it to the last stage more times than Real.

Steeped in history and bursting at the seams with world-class players throughout the squad Madrid knows exactly what it takes to win every trophy possible. Domestic titles and cups, World Club Championships and awarded the FIFA Club of the Decade title their quality is acknowledged worldwide.

Ronaldo is obviously their talisman, but when backed up by Gareth Bale, Casillas, Ramos, Rodriguez et al YATR followers will understand why they remain the team to beat.

Juventus is not their most successful place though and, as remarkable as it is to believe, Real have lost in their last seven visits to Italy.

So something has to give in this one.

Will The Old Lady conquer the majestic Madrid? Or can Real get the job done before the return leg?

Let us know what you think by contacting us with your predictions either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com