Manchester City v Glasgow Celtic; UEFA Champions League, Group C


GT at 2016-12-06 22:43:22

Once again, thank you for joining me tonight for this one…and for all of your tweets and comments.

Looking forward to being with you all again soon…

GT at 2016-12-06 22:41:41

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GT at 2016-12-06 22:40:18

It’s honours even in the latest ‘Battle of Britain’.

In a game which set off like a train and offered so much with two goals inside the opening 8 minutes, but then ultimately fell flat in the second half neither side could find a winner.

Both sides huffed and puffed but couldn’t find that killer strike.

As for the refereeing team…

In a game which offered few challenges the team will leave England somewhat disappointed.

Everything was going really well for referee Vin?i? until the end of the first half when he didn’t award a penalty kick top Cel;tic which they deserved.

He was badly let down by his assistant Tomaž Klan?nik and the additional assistant behind the goal who were both perfectly placed to see and give the penalty kick for a clear pull on Roberts.

In a game of few talking points they missed the big decision of the game.

I would question the referee’s positioning too though.

All evening he was reluctant to move into the quadrants in front of his two assistants, despite having the pace and fitness to move around freely.

Had he taken up those better positions he would surely have seen and given that penalty kick.

Both assistant referees made dreadful offside calls (one against each team) although assistant Klan?nik did show he can get them right with a good decision to rule out Nolito’s second half strike.

In summary…a decent game by the referee but he should have shone in a game of so few challenges for him.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:35:04

Full Time


GT at 2016-12-06 22:33:00

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes.

Just two additional minutes to go on.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:32:03

City are squealing for a handball (and a penalty kick) but that is NEVER a deliberate handball. Corner kick is the correct decision.

My question is why the referee was looking at the additional assistant for help on the call as Vin?i? was far better placed to make the decision.

He looked to be passing the book on that one to me.

85 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 22:28:53

Scott Brown gets the caution which has seemed inevitable for a while, following another foul on Iheanacho

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-12-06 22:25:34

Just 8 minutes to go and Caballero stops a certain goal from Mackay-Steven

79 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 22:22:22

Yellow Cardfor ?lkay Gündo?an following a late and clumsy challenge.

Correct decision, referee.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:20:15

The balance of opinion with our Twitter contributors is a City win…

Come on you Celtic fans…you can’t let them get away with that!

GT at 2016-12-06 22:18:59

Nolito is caught by Rogic in a tackle and the referee agrees with the City man’s appeals for a free kick.

Another one very unlikely to have been given in a domestic game, but UEFA referees are much less tolerant.

73 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 22:15:39

Celtic fancy this one and bring on the prolific Leigh Griffiths…a man who notched FORTY goals last season for the Scottish champions.

Moussa Dembélé makes way for him.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:13:35

Just 20 minutes to go.

Will we get a winner in this one?

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GT at 2016-12-06 22:12:00

Small foul on Gündo?an.

Good spot by Vin?i?.

Free kick to City.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:10:37

Big call by assistant Klan?nik…but a CORRECT call.

Nolito was fractionally offside when that ball was played to him so his ‘goal’ was rightly disallowed.

Well done assistant referee.

GT at 2016-12-06 22:07:39

Excellent pace again from Vin?i? as he sprints from the Celtic penalty area deep into City’s half.

This boy is fit and fast!

62 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 22:04:15

City make their first change as Jesús Navas comes on for the youngster Pablo Maffeo

GT at 2016-12-06 22:02:43

A very European free kick given by Vin?i? for a high foot.

Something neither of these two sides will be used to seeing in their domestic games.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:57:38

Good offside call from assistant Klan?nik as ?lkay Gündo?an tried to put the hosts ahead.

He was just offside…good work assistant referee

GT at 2016-12-06 21:55:35

I would like to see referee Vin?i? move further over into the half of the field of play where his assistants operate.

He called a foul correctly there for City but it lacked credibility as he did so from 35 yards away.

Good calls can look like good guesses from that distance, whereas you can ‘sell’ a poor decision even by being in a credible position

50 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 21:53:27

A forced change for the visitors as Forrest has to leave through injury.

Gary Mackay-Steven takes over.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:52:15

Scott Brown needs to take more care…that was a poor attempt at a tackle.

Had he made contact with the City man he would have been the second Celtic player to see a card

GT at 2016-12-06 21:50:07

…and not to be outdone, assistant Bojan Ul calls a good offside this time too

GT at 2016-12-06 21:48:49

Early offside against City.

That one looked a better call by assistant Klan?nik

GT at 2016-12-06 21:47:32

The second half is ready to go…City take the kick

GT at 2016-12-06 21:42:03

What a pity one of YATR regular Twitter contributors isn’t on the line or behind the goal…he would have given it!…

Luke Jack Conlaund @ConlaundLuke
@youaretheref Stonewall penalty to Celtic – foul on Patrick Roberts but the ref bottles it – terrible, Right in front of assistant as well

GT at 2016-12-06 21:38:11

Referee Slavko Vin?i? was having a pretty good game right up until the last minute of that half.

I had remarked earlier in the game how he was nit inclined to move into areas in front of his two assistants, instead trusting their decisions.

How he will rue that decision when he sees the missed penalty call for Celtic.

Patrick Roberts was clearly being pulled and held outside the penalty area and it continued inside, so a penalty kick should have been awarded to Celtic.

Instead, City got away with it and Roberts’ team mate was cautioned for showing his frustration at the man behind the goal who,along with assistant Tomaž Klan?nik was perfectly placed to inform the referee of the infringement.

Poor, poor team work which let down the referee and Celtic.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:33:00

Half Time


GT at 2016-12-06 21:32:34

Lustig sees yellow for Celtic as he protests with the man behind the goal.

Whilst I would never condone dissent from a player, he had a point as his team mate, Patrick Roberts, was pulled back and Celtic should have had a penalty

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-12-06 21:30:11

These two assistants look far from top drawer, I’m afraid.

Having seen his comrade call an offside badly wrong, assistant Bojan Ul does the same and stops City’s Pablo Zabaleta in what would have been a very promising attack.

Come on you two assistants, let’s join in and support your referee.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:27:23

Just five of the regular opening 45 minutes to play.

Where has this half gone?

Good game…

GT at 2016-12-06 21:26:26

Scott Brown, the Celtic captain, wants to thank his lucky stars that Mike Dean isn’t in the middle for this one because is holding, leaning ad blocking his opponent every time City have a corner.

I fancy Deano would (correctly) be blowing up for a penalty.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:22:51

Bacary Sagna gets a stern warning from Vin?i? after he catches Moussa Dembélé.

Good decision not to caution the City defender though as it was merely his momentum going into the tackle which caused the collision

GT at 2016-12-06 21:20:31

Clear free kick for City following a trip.

Good call, referee

30 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 21:17:57

Good advantage applied as Celtic attack once more

GT at 2016-12-06 21:15:48

What referee Vin?i? does have in his locker is an excellent turn of pace, though.

He moves quickly and freely from box-to-box.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:14:04

,,,,he is also often very forwards of play.

That is fine until a team counter-attacks quickly, at which point a referee can find himself stranded

GT at 2016-12-06 21:10:17

Referee Vin?i? obviously has a great deal of trust in his assistants as hew is making no attempt to move into areas in their quadrants of the field of play, preferring instead to take up a position waiting for the crosses coming into the penalty areas

GT at 2016-12-06 21:06:30

How on earth did Moussa Dembélé miss that one? He had an open goal with no one to beat, but blazed his shot wide.

There are more goals to come here tonighjt…

GT at 2016-12-06 21:05:10

Offside given against Moussa Dembélé by assistant Tomaž Klan?nik, but I’m afraid he got that one wrong.

The Celtic man timed his run perfectly and should not have been penalised.

GT at 2016-12-06 21:02:39

Referee Vin?i? is playing this perfectly.

He is well out of the way of the ball but still staying in contact with play, just in case his presence is required.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2016-12-06 20:58:18

Back to our referee…Slavko Vin?i? just needs to stay out of the way in this one, let the players take centre stage and only come in for the obvious ones.

GT at 2016-12-06 20:56:37

What a start.

What a game.

Just under 8 minutes played and two goals in already!

8 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 20:55:46

And here we go!

GOAL! Kelechi Iheanacho

GT at 2016-12-06 20:53:28

…I did say I fancied goals tonight, and Celtic have popped in the first one in under 4 minutes

4 minutes

GT at 2016-12-06 20:52:34

GOAL! and, indeed, there is the goal that Celtic threatened to score. It is scored by the man on loan from Man City!…Patrick Roberts


GT at 2016-12-06 20:51:00

City look at sixes-and-sevens at the back and almost gift an opener to the visitors

GT at 2016-12-06 20:49:38

A steady start for referee Vin?i?.

Celtic beginning the better of the two sides, but both look like they have come to play football.

GT at 2016-12-06 20:47:10

Celtic take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-12-06 20:35:56

It’s almost time for kick-off at The City of Manchester Stadium.

GT at 2016-12-06 20:29:44

As for our officials …

It is an all-Slovenian affair tonight as Slavko Vin?i? takes charge of his 38th game for UEFA, and his 4th in the Champions League.

The 37 year old gained his FIFA Referees’ badge in 2010, and has enjoyed a steady rise through the ranks since.

He was a part of the Slovenian team which went to EURO 2012, where he operated as an additional assistant referee as part of Damir Skomina’s group.

Running the lines for this one are Bojan Ul and Tomaž Klan?nik.

Whilst fourth official duties will be carried out by Jure Praprotnik.

The additional assistant referees behind the goal lines are Mitja Žganec and Roberto Ponis.

Everyone at YATR hopes you are enjoying your stay in England and wishes the team all the very best for a successful game.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

This should be a fascinating clash and I am expecting goals…

GT at 2016-12-06 20:19:02

Hi everyone, and welcome to our live Refcam commentary.

Tonight brings the UEFA Champions League, Group C clash between Manchester City and Glasgow Celtic.

This is Matchday 6 of this season’s competition, and therefore the final group game before we move into the knockout phase.

Tonight’s hosts have already qualified whilst the visitors are guaranteed to finish in last position having failed to win in any of their previous five group games (drawn 2, lost 3).

Don’t be fooled into believing this is a ‘dead rubber’ though as games between clubs from north and south of the border rarely are!

City come into the game with a 100% home record in the Champions League this season, and will not wish to relinquish that to the Scottish champions.

Celtic are themselves on an 18-game unbeaten domestic run. Indeed, their only defeats this campaign have come in this competition.

I’m really looking forward to this one and am sure we shall see goals from two entertaining, attack-minded sides.

But who will be leaving The City of Manchester Stadium with UK bragging rights?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref