Monaco v Manchester City


GT at 2017-03-15 22:45:53

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GT at 2017-03-15 22:43:49

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GT at 2017-03-15 22:41:59

The Italian refereeig team was very good tonight.

Referee Rocchi lead by example and I cannot recall a single error made by him.

His assistants were there when he needed them too, with Meli making several excellent offside calls. The one to disallow a strike in the first half for Monaco was outstanding.

Enjoy your night in Monaco, gents…you’re in for a treat!

GT at 2017-03-15 22:39:17

In terms of the game, no one could ask for more.

4 more goals tonight and heaps of drama followed the 8 goals scored in the first leg.

City manager Pep Guardiola took charge of his 100th game in UEFA tonight but it is one he will wish to forget as he failed to take his side through at this stage of the competition for the first time in his career.

GT at 2017-03-15 22:36:21

…and that is our lot as City are dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by AS Monaco

Full Time

GT at 2017-03-15 22:35:20

Yellow Card for Lemar (27 Monaco) following a foul.

Monaco won’t mind though as it eats up crucial time


GT at 2017-03-15 22:34:35

Just 3 additional minutes to be played.

bear in mind the referee added no time whatsoever at the end of the first half, 3 minutes does seem a little ‘skinny’.

City will not be happy

GT at 2017-03-15 22:33:27

Monaco’s captain Germain is cautioned for a silly foul, and is quickly substituted for Dirar.

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-03-15 22:32:00

Rocchio has impressed again this half.

The tie has been all about the players and they have been allowed to take centre stage by a referee who is happy to stay out of the limelight.

How some of our own home-based referees would do well to follow his example.

People pay to watch footballers play, not referees acting up to the cameras

GT at 2017-03-15 22:28:51

Just 5 minutes to go and Monaco eat up crucial seconds after a small foul on their midfielder

84 minutes

GT at 2017-03-15 22:27:13

Iheanacho takes over from Clichy as City chase that important goal

GT at 2017-03-15 22:26:27

Offside against City’s Sane.

Good call assistant Meli

GT at 2017-03-15 22:25:07

What a tie this has been…can your nerves take any more?

80 minutes

GT at 2017-03-15 22:23:57

Monaco’s Mbappe makes way for Moutinho with 10 minutes to go

GT at 2017-03-15 22:23:03

No we haven’t!!

Bakayoko swings the tie back in Monaco’s favour with a header past the helpless Caballero.

That means the French side lead on away goals again with the tie level at 6-6

GT at 2017-03-15 22:19:33

Just 15 minutes to go…

Have we seen the last of this 11 goal thrilling two-legged clash?

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GT at 2017-03-15 22:18:17

Caution for Sterling following a foul on Monaco’s Silva.

If City do progress to the quarter finals, Raheem will be suspended for that game.

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-03-15 22:16:19

We did question if the first half pace could be sustained, and it looks like Monaco are tiring badly and rapidly.

City are dominant so far in this second half.

GT at 2017-03-15 22:14:52



And City perform another second half turn around.

This time it is Leroy Sane who nudges them back in front, 4-5 on aggregate.

Just under 20 minutes to go…


GT at 2017-03-15 22:13:31

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GT at 2017-03-15 22:09:42

If I have a criticism at all of Rocchi. it is his apparent inability to run backwards at pace.

When a goalkeeper collects the ball Rocchi runs up field in preparation of a long kick, but he sprints forwards, turning his back on the ‘keeper.

He could miss any number of things happening…what if a forward knocks the ball out of the keeper’s hands and pouts the ball into the goal.

Is Rocchi relying on his assistants to give those decisions.

Turn around and run backwards, referee, keeping active play in your view all of the time.

GT at 2017-03-15 22:05:47

It’s only paper, but UEFA’s Match Observer should be interested in the Monaco fans behaviour as they throw rolled up paper at Kevin De Bruyne as he prepares to take a corner kicvk

GT at 2017-03-15 22:03:46

Tiemoué Bakayoko quickly follows De Bruyne into the book as the Monaco man makes a high challenge on Fernandinho

Yellow Card

GT at 2017-03-15 22:02:45

Yellow Cardfor De Bruyne.

He can have no complaints about that as he cynically pulled back Fabinho.

We saw Michael Oliver fail to issue the same mandatory caution on Monday in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Manchester United.

Fortunately, Rocchi shows strength and does as Law dictates he should


GT at 2017-03-15 22:00:23

Meli shows he is back on the ball as he correctly calls Aguero offside as City press for that all important goal.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:55:34

Ridiculous piece of play acting by Monaco’s goalkeeper.

David Silva pulled out of a challenge and made the slightest contact with Subaši?, but he laid on the floor as if the City man had gone straight through him.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:53:06

Fernandinho commits a foul on Fabinho, and Rocchi spots it again.

Good decision.

Free kick for Monaco.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:51:29

More of the same please Mr Rocchi….the first half was excellent.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:48:40

City restart play for the third time in this game as the second half gets underway.

Can they get back in front or will Monaco be in Friday’s quarter final draw?

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GT at 2017-03-15 21:36:44

Referee Rocchi has had an excellent opening half, calling everything spot on.

There was one outstanding offside call from assistant Meli too, who has marginally blotted his copy book with a couple of poor throw in decisions, but nothing too serious.

If that is all the fans have to complain about at the end of the game then the Italians can return home very satisfied indeed tomorrow.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:34:02

We promised you goals, and Monaco have not let us down.

Two strikes in the opening half mean they would go through to the quarter finals if there is no change in the current 5-5 aggregate scoreline as they notched two away goals in Manchester

GT at 2017-03-15 21:32:22

That’s the end of the regular 45…no added time whatsoever to go on, which is a surprise after two goals were scored.

Anyway…half time it is

Half Time

GT at 2017-03-15 21:29:34

Just two minutes of the regular 45 to go.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:28:18

@youaretheref That was an outstanding offside call from Filippo Meli to disallow Monaco a 2nd goal, top work Lino ?? A crucial decision


Deserved praise for assistant Meli coming into us on Twitter, but his work is not over and he will be disappointed that his referee has had to correct him twice on successive throw in decisions.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:26:14

….and again as referee Rocchi has to correct Meli for a second time on a throw in.

Come on Mr Meli…don’t take your eye off the ball now.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:24:08

Rocchi over rules his assistant and correctly gives a throw in to Monaco.

The first shaky moment from any of the officials as assistant Meli looked very unsure of himself

GT at 2017-03-15 21:21:23

Clichy is fortunate to escape without a caution as he cynically brings down Bernardo Silva right in front of assistant Meli

GT at 2017-03-15 21:19:52

John Stones and Raggi exchange words at a corner kick…the referee needs to keep his eye on those two before it boils over.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:16:40


That has put an entirely new perspective on the game.

Mandy fizzes a cross into Fabinho , who coolly side foots the ball past Caballero.

As it stands, Monaco would go through on away goals at 5-5 om aggregate


GT at 2017-03-15 21:14:45

We are a third of the way into this game, but are still no clearer who will be in Friday’s draw for the quarter finals.

Let us know what you think and give us your views on the referee team by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2017-03-15 21:12:54


Sterling strays offside and assistant Tonolinui shows he is fully focused as he raises the flag

GT at 2017-03-15 21:11:49


Fabinho manhandles Silva to the ground and referee Rocchi spots the foul.

Free kick for City

GT at 2017-03-15 21:09:08

Half way into the opening 45 minutes and it is top class refereeing from the Italians so far.

Not a single error, and some excellent calls to boot.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:05:02

Monaco have got City pegged right back in their own half and referee Rocchi has adjusted his positioning to suit.

Very good awareness referee.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:03:24

Big decision from assistant Meli…and what an excellent decision it was as he chalked off a second goal for Monaco for offside.

This look a very good refereeing team, already.

GT at 2017-03-15 21:01:01

Rocchi is right on his game tonight…this time waving away Monaco’s attempts to lure him into giving them a free kick.

No foul took place…good spot referee.

No need for a caution for simulation though, as there was minimal contact in the challenge.

11 minutes

GT at 2017-03-15 20:59:13

Yellow Cardfirst caution of the game, and it goes to Bacary Sagna of Man City.

Correct decision from Rocchi.

The Blues’ defender went into the challenge with excessive force and deserved the caution.


GT at 2017-03-15 20:57:50

Good refereeing as Rocchi waves away David Silva’s attempts to win a foul and shows he is not afraid to make himself even more unpopular by then awarding a free kick to the home side following a foul on Mbappé.

Strong refereeing.

GT at 2017-03-15 20:55:52

As a reminder, that makes the aggregate score 4-5.

Referee Rocchi will need to keep his wits about him now as the game will step up yet another notch.

7 minutes

GT at 2017-03-15 20:54:47

GOAL! but there’s no stopping this one, as Mbappé scores a crucial opener for Monaco.

Game on!


GT at 2017-03-15 20:53:43

Top save by Caballero as Monaco almost scored inside the first seven minutes

GT at 2017-03-15 20:52:12

Offside against Aguero. Good wait-and-see technique from assistant referee Tonolini

GT at 2017-03-15 20:50:27

First decision for referee Rocchi to make, and it’s a good one as he spots a foul by Mendy on Sterling.

Free kick to City

GT at 2017-03-15 20:49:08

Just two minutes in and this is already an end-to-end game.

They surely cannot keep up this pace for 90 minutes.

GT at 2017-03-15 20:46:57

…but not before the ball has to be changed!

Come on referee…preparation is key

GT at 2017-03-15 20:46:10


Monaco take the kick-off and get us underway…

Here we go!

GT at 2017-03-15 20:39:18


It’s almost time for kick-off at the Stade Louis II.

GT at 2017-03-15 20:30:52


My, oh my….how this game brings back some really fond memories.

I was very lucky to run the line on a few occasions at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, and it remains one of my most favourite places in the world.

The stadium is breath taking but Monaco itself is even more stunning.

On a typical Champions League trip match officials travel to the venue the day before the game and leave the day after the game, so there can be ample time to take in some sightseeing.

As a huge fan of F1 I always took time out to walk along the streets on which the Monaco Grand Prix takes place, and was particularly lucky on one of my games there when our refereeing team was based in the iconic Grand Hotel Hairpin which overlooks the circuit.

Of course we also visited the famous Casino de Monte Carlo, where on one particular trip I believe I may have lost my entire match fee!

Happy days indeed, as a privileged member of UEFA’s refereeing family.

GT at 2017-03-15 20:27:28


As for our officials …

Gianluca Rocchi leads a team of fellow Italian officials ‘into battle’ tonight.

The 43 year-old is a veteran of 63 UEFA matches, 32 of which have been in this competition, so we have a referee who has no fears or lack of experience at this level.

Rocchi took up the whistle in 1989 and rose to the international list 19 years later.

Notable games so far include his refereeing at the 2013 FIFA Under-17s World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Running the lines for this one are Mauro Tonolini and Filippo Meli.

Whilst fourth official duties will be carried out by Elenito Di Liberatore..

The additional assistant referees behind the goal lines are Davide Massa and Daniele Doveri..

Everyone at YATR hopes you are enjoying your stay in the fabulous setting of Monaco 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 more goals…

GT at 2017-03-15 20:21:48


Hi everyone, and welcome to our live Refcam commentary.

And what a game we have for you…

I have literally been counting down the days to this as tonight we bring the UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second-leg clash between Monaco and Manchester City.

The first leg of this took place three weeks ago in Manchester and turned out to be one of those unforgettable footballing moments when, for years to come, we shall all be able to remember where we saw that incredible game.

City emerged victorious that night by 5 goals to 3, but not before Monaco had taken a 3-2 lead only for City to come storming back at them with 3 more goals in just 11 minutes.

Truly unforgettable stuff, and if tonight’s game is half as good then we are in for another treat.

The omens are good for the home side who have never lost a two-legged tie against English opponents in their previous six clashes.

And with 123 goals already in their scoring locker this season, who would argue against them staging a dramatic comeback tonight?

Their former Manchester United striker, Radamel Falcao, notched two in that game on 21st February and boasts a proud record of 44 goals in just 48 European competitions, but is out injured tonight…what does that mean for the French side?

City are no strangers to finding the back of the net either though, and in Sergio Aguero have one of the world’s best forwards who has scored six in his last five outings.

The Manchester giants are also in an eleven game unbeaten run which they hope to extend, seeing them through to just their second quarter final appearance in this competition.

We could spend all evening eulogising over these two sides and their flair for attacking football, but let’s just sit back and enjoy what should be another great game….

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