Minnesota United v Atlanta United
Commentary By: Andy Hogg
FINAL SCORE: 1 - 6
AH at 2017-03-13 00:21:28
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AH at 2017-03-13 00:16:31
In summary, the decision by referee Ismail Elfath to play the game in the snowy conditions was totally justified:
- He made allowances for the difficult underfoot conditions by allowing a degree of tolerance when the players challenged for the ball.
- The players should be applauded for taking a sensible approach to proceedings, with one or two exceptions, they remained disciplined and understood that rash challenges could and would be dangerous. I recall officiating a game in Rosenberg in Norway in very similar conditions, and provided the players are sensible, which they were on that evening, then all is well.
- Just one minor criticism of the referee’ positional play, which is not uncommon in the MLS, is that he was too central with his patrol path, but in his defence, he missed very little all game.
AH at 2017-03-13 00:07:21
Summary to follow shortly .....
AH at 2017-03-13 00:06:30
Atlanta rub salt into the Minnesota wounds as substitute Peterson heads home from close range - that really is game, set and match.
AH at 2017-03-13 00:03:30
5 minutes additional time - the home team just want the final whistle to go - the refereeing team would be happy to end the game now as the game has gone well.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:58:08
A lengthy stoppage here as Minnesota keeper Alvbage is replaced by Shuttleworth - the latter will not appreciate being called upon for the final 5 minutes with his side 5-1 down in these conditions.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:53:01
A familiar face to UK viewers as Kenwyne Jones enters the fray - he has 9 minutes to make an impression
AH at 2017-03-12 23:50:41
The referee was once again well placed as English born McCann's first intervention is to concede a free-kick for handball.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:48:40
However, 1 minute later, Martinez breaks clear of a static Minnesota defence to score Atlanta's 5th. If the game wasn't already over, it is now.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:45:56
Atlanta proving that the game can be played on this surface and develop a fast attack, with Martinez shooting narrow wide
AH at 2017-03-12 23:44:00
Just 20 minutes to go and although the pitch is getting heavier, there can be no doubt that the game will conclude - the referee would be unwise to think otherwise.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:36:40
If I do have one criticism of the referee so far, he is too central with his patrol path, but perhaps understandable in these conditions
AH at 2017-03-12 23:32:56
30 minutes to go and the referee's decision to play the game continues to be totally justified - the game is entertaining and the players with speed and balance are flourishing
AH at 2017-03-12 23:28:59
Molino is cautioned, not I suspect for the challenge itself, but for persistent infirnegment - once again good to see the referee asserting his authority
AH at 2017-03-12 23:26:50
More quality refereeing as Ismail Elfath plays a cracking advantage as Almiron fires home his second of the game to re-establish a 3 goal lead for the visitors
AH at 2017-03-12 23:24:04
The referee in close proximity to judge that Mears won the ball, good refereeing.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:21:55
Atlanta's Villalba receives the first yellow card of the second half for failing to retreat 9.15m - Referee Elftah does well to assert his authority following the interval
AH at 2017-03-12 23:18:33
It is interesting to note that American Football has a no poor weather cancellation policy, this should not apply to the MLS, but it's not unusual for the paying public in the USA to watch games in these situations.
AH at 2017-03-12 23:14:57
So far so good for referee Ismail Elfath - just 3 cautions given the playing conditions is about right and wherever possible he has tried to let the game flow - let's see what the second half brings as we get underway here at the bowl at Minnesota
AH at 2017-03-12 23:06:18
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AH at 2017-03-12 23:04:59
If the answer to either of those questions changes, then the match officials can review the situation - the only issue there is that the team who are winning will be upset, and the team losing will be pleased.....
AH at 2017-03-12 23:03:06
Well - we have somehow reached half-time in one piece, but joking apart, in my opinion, the referee's decision to play the game was totally justified. We only have 2 questions which needs to be answered (1) is the game farcical and (2) is the game safe for the players - no issue with either in my opinion.
AH at 2017-03-12 22:59:55
Chaos in the Atlanta penalty area as the ball ricochets off the crossbar and the score remains 3-1
AH at 2017-03-12 22:58:11
Just 2 minutes to add at the end of the first half, that was the time taken to clear the lines half way through
AH at 2017-03-12 22:54:49
Once again, good refereeing, Calbo offends against Villallba and the yellow card is totally justifie, even taking these conditions into account
AH at 2017-03-12 22:50:41
Another correct call by the match officials, this time no penalty
AH at 2017-03-12 22:46:45
Even in these conditions, that was a poor challenge by Gonalez and the referee has no choice but to issue a correct caution for the reckless challenge
AH at 2017-03-12 22:44:26
I would be very interested to know your thought and comment as to if the pitch is playable - highlighted by the poor challenge, which results in the correct penalty award, and a goal back for Minnesota
AH at 2017-03-12 22:40:28
And as soon as the game restarts following the lines being cleared on the pitch, Atlanta take a 3-0 lead
AH at 2017-03-12 22:38:55
Welcome to our coverage of this MLS game - crazy weather conditions confront us as Atalanta already have a 2-0 lead