Manchester City v Sevilla

Manchester City v Sevilla

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 2 - 1



RH at 2015-10-21 21:50:55

A very entertaining game with a sting in the tail for visitors Sevilla with a late goal from City’s Kevin De Bruyne. No controversy in this game and overall Bas Nijhuis and his team can be well pleased with their nights work. My comments at half time set the tone for the second half, again a strong technical performance from the Referee in this period. His movement and proximity to play were hard to fault, he really does look the part and he has presence. The only observation I make does in part reflects also on his handling of the Arsenal Olympiakos game, he does set the bar low with some of his cautions. Tonight’s caution for Gamerio for a handball offence in a Sevilla attack was harsh, I thought Bony may well have escaped a caution on another day also for his aerial challenge. But other than that a good nights work. Again I repeat my praise of assistant Charles Schaap for not signalling Gamerio offside as he jumped the ball when Sevilla scored, he was just played on by Mangela, a great call! The players provided the talking points in this game, that in itself is a compliment to the Match Officials


RH at 2015-10-21 21:38:58

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2015-10-21 21:38:05

This last few minutes just shows how match tempo can change, the Referee can never relax!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:35:46

GOAL!Has De Bruyne won it for City?


RH at 2015-10-21 21:34:42

4 minutes added time!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:31:55

Classic European free kick conceded there by Fernandinho for raising a boot near an opponent


RH at 2015-10-21 21:29:00

Will City mount more pressure in the final 5 minutes of normal time?


RH at 2015-10-21 21:26:20

This quieter phase of the game will prove less demanding for the Referee than the first 75 minutes or so!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:22:43

The Referee wisely broke his run through midfield to allow Navas a clear path through, he then used a short explosive sprint to regain position, again excellent technical Refereeing!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:19:37

On Saturday we’ve got an attractive Premier League game for you, with Arsenal hosting Everton at 12.45 and then on Sunday we’ve got two cracking derby games! At lunchtime it’s the awesome North East derby game between Sunderland and Newcastle at 12.00 and then at 2.05 the spotlight turns on Manchester for United verses City! We round off a fantastic day of action with the Liverpool Southampton game at 4.15, wow what a Sunday!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:18:45

Looking at a replay of De Bruyne’s shot on goal, we see the Referee adopting a good viewing position but moving in slowly to track play, however as the City player steadies himself to shoot the Referee stops to compose himself to make a potential big call, that’s great Refereeing!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:14:02

Yellow CardGamerio picks up a yellow card, presumably for handball in that last Sevilla attack, looked harsh!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:10:05

The tightest of offside calls against Sevilla’s Iborra, looked level to me


RH at 2015-10-21 21:08:08

The Referee giving Sterling every chance to break free by playing an advantage in that last City attack


RH at 2015-10-21 21:06:53

Yellow CardIborra rightly cautioned for that tactic foul!


RH at 2015-10-21 21:04:24

With a fairly predictable patrol path, the Referee needs to be careful not to get caught up in play when the action is concentrated on the left hand side of the penalty are as was the case in that last City attack


RH at 2015-10-21 20:57:55

Bas Nijhuis moving well through midfield in this game, accelerating well to maintain a good proximity to play


RH at 2015-10-21 20:55:43

Konoplyanka leaves the field of play for treatment, Navas just catching him on the knee earlier, no foul committed though


RH at 2015-10-21 20:52:21

Yellow CardFirst yellow card as Bony hands off Konoplyanka in an aerial challenge, did the Sevilla player reaction influence the Referee?


RH at 2015-10-21 20:49:13

The second half is underway!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:42:51

The main talking point at half time is the entertainment on view from a fast open game where the action has flowed from end to end. All the match officials have been involved and the Referee has read play well to take up good viewing positions when it mattered, No yellow cards so far but Fernandinho needs to be careful that he doesn’t pick up a card should he give away many more free kicks. Two penalty appeals, one at each end, Zabaleta heading the ball and not handling, and Sterling played the ball at the defender who had no chance of getting out of the way, would have been very harsh. Worth also praising Assistant Charles Schaap who refrained from signalling Gamerio offside when Sevilla scored, as Mangela marginally played him on, great work! So no baggage to take into the second half where there is everything to play for!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:32:50

Half Time


RH at 2015-10-21 20:31:35

2 minutes added time


RH at 2015-10-21 20:31:19

Sterling goes to ground under no contact from the defender, Bas Nijhuis well placed to award a goal kick, Sterling could have had no complaints if he had received a yellow card


RH at 2015-10-21 20:29:36

Great delayed offside flag in that last Sevilla attack by Assistant Charles Schaap


RH at 2015-10-21 20:26:02

I saw Bas Nijhuis handle the Arsenal Olympiakos game, which was played at a steady pace for the most part, this game by contrast is open fast paced and end to end!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:23:52

On Saturday we’ve got an attractive Premier League game for you, with Arsenal hosting Everton at 12.45 and then on Sunday we’ve got two cracking derby games! At lunchtime it’s the awesome North East derby game between Sunderland and Newcastle at 12.00 and then at 2.05 the spotlight turns on Manchester for United verses City! We round off a fantastic day of action with the Liverpool Southampton game at 4.15, wow what a Sunday!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:22:49

Replays of the goal suggest that it was an own goal by Rami


RH at 2015-10-21 20:21:54

GOAL!City level through Bony!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:20:26

Just looking at the City penalty shout, to be fair Sterling played the ball from close range with no time for the defender to take any avoiding action, looked ball to hand


RH at 2015-10-21 20:17:19

TV Replays showing that Mangala played Konoplyanka onside despite Joe Harts protests


RH at 2015-10-21 20:16:21

GOAL!Konoplyanka makes it 1-0 Sevilla


RH at 2015-10-21 20:14:52

Sometimes the Referee follows play down the left hand channel, on other occasions he angles his run, but as the attack comes to its fruition he’s always on the left hand side just on the edge or just inside the penalty area


RH at 2015-10-21 20:12:04

Fernandinho giving away another midfield free kick, he needs to be careful


RH at 2015-10-21 20:09:28

Surprising that the Referee didn’t award a free kick against Mangala for being all over Kolodziejczak as her sought to put the ball in the net!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:07:13

A rare foul throw from the Sevilla skipper!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:05:54

Also worth noting that there was a tight offside in that last Sevilla attack, Assistant Charles Schaap may have missed that one, right in front of him too!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:04:22

Fernandinho conceding a free kick right side of the penalty area, as Konoplyanka engineers a body check situation , a similar challenge might earn him a caution later on!


RH at 2015-10-21 20:00:52

The Referee again signalling an advantage in that last City attack, but In fairness the Sevilla player was taking avoiding action on Sterling


RH at 2015-10-21 19:59:31


Bas Nijhuis has maintained his patrol path along the left hand channel to be well placed to award two City goal kicks when Sevilla wanted a corner, good viewing angles!


RH at 2015-10-21 19:55:30

Bas Nijhuis playing a couple of good advantages during that last City attack


RH at 2015-10-21 19:52:55

TV Replays showing that Zabaleta did not handle in a that recent Sevilla attack, the ball making contact with his forehead


RH at 2015-10-21 19:51:19

Will we see the Additional Assistant Referee’s intervening to award ‘goals’ when the ball has crossed the goal line as they have done in Arsenals last  two home games in the Champions league? don’t forget no goal line technology tonight!


RH at 2015-10-21 19:46:37

Bas Nijhuis making a quick return to this country having taken charge of Arsenal’s recent Champions League home game with Olympiakos


RH at 2015-10-21 19:45:42

Our match Referee Bas Nijhuis gets us underway!


RH at 2015-10-21 19:41:12

Tonight’s Match Official team is from the Netherlands, the Match Referee is   Bas Nijhuis   His Assistant Referees are Rob van de Ven and Charles Schaap, the Additional Assistant Referees are Kevin Blom and Peter Janssen, The Fourth Official is Erwin Zeinstra


RH at 2015-10-21 19:35:47

Welcome to our coverage of this key Champions League Match day 3 game as Manchester City host Sevilla in Group D