Portugal v Wales


at 2016-07-06 22:03:59

So the dream is over, but Wales can hold their heads up high on a wonderful contribution to Euro 2016. Although as a Semi Final it never really took off.

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Tempo management much in evidence from the Referee
  • Two goals in quick succession sealed the game
  • Well timed cautions
  • Good mobility to cover counter attacking
  • Does Wales’s disappointment mean that Mark Clattenburg’s hopes of Refereeing the final could be realised?

Not the game we had hoped for on several fronts but as we often say they won’t be talking about the match officials after this one. I made Reference to the Collins/Ronaldo holding incident in the first half which should not be brushed aside but the main feature of the Referees game tonight was his Tempo Management of the game. We knew that when those two Portuguese goals went in that the tempo would rise and the Referee responded well by tightening his grip on the game in terms of contact tolerance level, cautions issued, squeezing play and closing in on potential flash points, a great learning point for any Referee at any level. This was also a game of counter attacking and other than one embarrassing incident he tracked play well

So what does this result do for Mark Clattenburg’s chances of Refereeing the final, I close tonight’s Refcam with this article from Alan Biggs that was posted on the ‘You Are The Ref’ website today

Mark Clattenburg hot tip for Final

Mark Clattenburg is widely expected to referee the final of Euro 2016 – depending on the outcome of Wales’ attempt to win through.

If Portugal win Wednesday’s semi-final, You Are The Ref experts believe Clattenburg will get the nod.

He has been their tip throughout the tournament.

And UEFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina is thought to share the conviction that the Premier League official is the competition’s finest.

Clattenburg was held back when Collina selected Jonas Eriksson (Portugal-Wales) and Nicola Rizzoli (Germany-France) as his semi-final referees.

There are strong rivals to Clattenburg, however, including Hungary’s Viktor Kassai.

However, YATR’s Keith Hackett said: “I have a feeling Mark will get the vote. I also feel the honour will have been richly deserved if that proves to be the case.”

Naturally, there are mixed feelings over the fate of the Welsh. It is thought Clattenburg’s on-field familiarity with some of their players would rule him out if they win.

“Chris Coleman and his team have done the home nations proud,” said Hackett. “All of us on at You Are The Ref wish them all the very best.

“Whatever the outcome, I think and hope we will have more cause for pride.”




at 2016-07-06 21:49:39

Full Time

Summary to follow

at 2016-07-06 21:48:49

What on earth was Allen doing making a challenge like that? I thought the Referee was going for his card, fortunately for the Welsh player he went for his spray!

at 2016-07-06 21:47:14

A minimum of three minutes additional time

at 2016-07-06 21:46:53

Jonas Erikson closes in on that goal line challenge between Bale and Fonte, good Refereeing

at 2016-07-06 21:45:46

Yellow CardBale foot high on Soares, an obvious caution, don’t be swayed by Bale’s eyes being on the ball not the man


at 2016-07-06 21:44:09

Good to see the Referee still controlling players who attempt to gain distance at throw ins, could this be something that UEFA have tightened up on?

at 2016-07-06 21:42:54

Ronaldo’s break away attack is responded to by referee Erikson with a Dynamic sprint,

at 2016-07-06 21:41:47

Don’t forget to join us on Refcam tomorrow evening for the second Semi –Final, France v Germany at 8.00pm, what more needs to said about this game other than its one not be missed!

We’ve also got MLS action coming your way on Refcam with the Montreal Impact v New York City game on Sunday 17th July kick off 10.00 pm

On Sunday 24th July we’re featuring the Sporting Kansas v Seattle Sounders game again at 10.00pm

at 2016-07-06 21:39:46

Good delayed whistle there as Bale was fouled, the Referee just buying himself some time to check on any advantage opportunities before blowing

at 2016-07-06 21:37:47

A Wales goal would light the blue touch paper and it would be game on again!

at 2016-07-06 21:35:04

Wales keeper Hennessey fields the ball and denies the use of goal line technology!

at 2016-07-06 21:32:56

Gayle Hope @bmb_afcb

@youaretheref I like how Rob sneaks in some good learning stuff

Thanks Gayle its just that the Match Tempo Management point is being so well demonstrated by the Referee in this game!

at 2016-07-06 21:31:08

Clear push by church concedes a free kick!

at 2016-07-06 21:29:59

Yellow CardRonaldo earns a caution for breaking up a promising Wales attack by bringing down Johnny Williams, not too convinced with the Referees body language as the caution appeared to be an after thought

at 2016-07-06 21:27:39

Yellow CardGood Caution as Alves was delaying the restart so that his team mate could get back

at 2016-07-06 21:26:24

Corner given following a delay, looked tight but the Additional Assistant was there!

at 2016-07-06 21:25:17

Notice how the Referee moved off his normal patrol path to squeeze play with his Assistant to monitor that Sanches and Gunter challenge? that didn’t happen earlier in the game when the Referee stayed central

at 2016-07-06 21:22:54

We often talk on Refcam about tempo management, by contrasting the Referees first half performance with the way he is Refereeing at the moment illustrates the point

at 2016-07-06 21:21:08

Hopefully it coming across to you all at the moment that the Referee is keeping things tighter, he’s moving in close after some incidents and lowered his player contact tolerance level, as I said this is an important time in this game Refereeing wise

at 2016-07-06 21:19:00

Yellow CardChester with a robust challenge on Ronaldo, the welsh player had no complaints with that caution


at 2016-07-06 21:18:12

Vokes and Alves go to ground, no free kick but the Referee closed in to snuff out any afters, good Refereeing


RH at 2016-07-06 21:16:30

Bale concedes a free kick for a challenge on Danilo, not the worst challenge tonight but the Referee is rightly keeping it tight at present

RH at 2016-07-06 21:14:18

Taylor carelessly challenges Sanches, easy free kick

RH at 2016-07-06 21:13:47

Well if the tempo is to rise it will be now, this a key phase of the game, the referee has got exert his control

RH at 2016-07-06 21:12:22

good Refereeing as Erikson warns Ronaldo and Ledley before that set piece, just taking the heat out of the occasion, good stuff!

RH at 2016-07-06 21:10:52

Good call from nearside Assistant Mathias Klasenius as Nani was onside when he closed in to score

RH at 2016-07-06 21:09:49

GOAL!Nani makes it 2-0

RH at 2016-07-06 21:09:00

Robson Kanu is carelessly challenged but Bale’s set piece free kick comes to nothing

RH at 2016-07-06 21:07:43

That was a well worked corner, TV replays showing that from a Refereeing angle there was nothing amiss

RH at 2016-07-06 21:06:24

GOAL!Ronaldo breaks the deadlock!

RH at 2016-07-06 21:05:37

Oh dear even the best Referees get in the way, I wonder if that challenge on Bale that went unpunished was influenced by what went on before?

RH at 2016-07-06 21:01:13

The second half is underway!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:56:00

A steady first half from Jonas Erikson and his team, the match tempo has helped and apart from Allens Reckless challenge which was rightly answered with a yellow card the game has yet to ignite on the emotional scale. Wales look well disciplined tactically and have held their shape, if Portugal can’t unlock them it could lead to frustration. The only other incident of note being Collins penalty area challenge on Ronaldo, it was a clear case of holding and if a penalty have been awarded the Wales player could have had no complaint. The TV pundit comment that the ‘Italians do it’ or words to that effect is not the point, its contrary to the laws, whatever the TV experts say. Learning points so far are keeping your powder dry and disciplinary options open during steadier phases of match tempo and using a dynamic sprint to cover counter attacking in such a game as this

RH at 2016-07-06 20:45:33

Half Time

RH at 2016-07-06 20:44:36

Fonte sticks to Robson Kanu and doesn’t concede a free kick, I’m with that, it works both ways!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:43:08

The far side Assistant seems to be operating at a distance behind the touch line, he’s got a rather laid back flagging action also, he would get picked up for that at home

RH at 2016-07-06 20:41:30

Robson Kanu holds an opponent in midfield, obvious free kick

RH at 2016-07-06 20:40:48

Don’t forget to join us on Refcam tomorrow evening for the second Semi –Final, France v Germany at 8.00pm, what more needs to said about this game other than its one not be missed!

We’ve also got MLS action coming your way on Refcam with the Montreal Impact v New York City game on Sunday 17th July kick off 10.00 pm

On Sunday 24th July we’re featuring the Sporting Kansas v Seattle Sounders game again at 10.00pm

RH at 2016-07-06 20:40:25

King fails to keep the ball min play, hopefully the nearside Assistant or Additional Assistant Referee spotted that!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:39:19

Alves all over Robson Kanu, easy free kick

RH at 2016-07-06 20:38:46

Other that the Allen caution the match tempo is allowing the Referee to keep his powder dry

RH at 2016-07-06 20:35:57

obvious midfield free kick in favour of Wales couldn’t spot the offender

RH at 2016-07-06 20:31:34

Half an hour gone a steady match tempo for a semi final with counterattacking proving to be a feature and consideration for the Referees  movement

RH at 2016-07-06 20:29:43

Wales hold their shape as Portugal are forced to shot from long distance

RH at 2016-07-06 20:26:53

Dynamic sprinting could be crucial tonight from the Referee if both teams continue to counter attack like this!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:25:06

I like the Referees management of throw in’s tonight, he’s not allowing players to take liberties gaining unfair yardage!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:23:16

Deceptive sprinting technique from the Referee as he kept pace with that last Bale attack

RH at 2016-07-06 20:20:37

Ronaldo barging into Collins, just giving a bit back, careless no more!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:19:59

Well worked corner saw Bale go close, but Williams was the decoy and took a player with him!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:18:19

In match tempo terms its steady as shoes at the moment but in a semi final it won’t stay this way!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:16:52

Good advantage well signalled as Ronaldo went to ground under pressure from Chester

RH at 2016-07-06 20:11:08

James Collins with an arm on Ronaldo as that cross came in, he’ll need to be careful doing that

RH at 2016-07-06 20:08:15

Yellow CardA poor first touch by Joe Allen then see’s him committing a reckless challenge, no managing that!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:06:25

Good to see the Referee light on his toes and constantly adjusting his position as play develops and changes direction

RH at 2016-07-06 20:03:37

Williams fells Ronaldo but no free kick, TV replay supports the call!

RH at 2016-07-06 20:02:25

Joe Allen upends Guerreiro in a careless manner, first free kick of the game

RH at 2016-07-06 20:01:17

If you are watching the game on TV, Daniel Warnmark is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Mathias Klasenius is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-07-06 20:00:11

Our match Referee Jonas Erikson gets us underway!

RH at 2016-07-06 19:54:57

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play for the pre-match introductions and National Anthems!

RH at 2016-07-06 19:49:58

So following the theme of pre match preparation what should today’s Referee Jonas Eriksson be aware of ahead of tonight’s game?

Here are some pre-match Refereeing talking points

  • Clearly the expectation and pressure on the players will be greater than at any stage of the competition so far, semi-finals are notoriously difficult games to control
  • Tempo management will be crucial tonight, the prevailing mood of the game will fluctuate according to player energy levels, goals scored and stage of the game
  • Some offences which merit a warning during the early stages of the game will result in a caution during the latter phase of the match (see Keith Hackett’s blog today)
  • Wales playing with three at the back and two advancing wing backs will want to get crosses into the middle for Robson Kanu or Vokes (if he comes on) to exploit, so the Referee will need to gain good viewing angles wide left near the goal line as Portugal seek to block those Taylor crosses
  • When Wales attack wide right the focus will be on the Assistant Referee and Additional Assistant Referee as Portugal seek to prevent the other wing back Gunter from crossing
  • How will each team combat the threat of Bale and Ronaldo? Portugal have changed their formation under Fernando Santos where use of a 4-4-2 allows Ronaldo to operate with freedom and not be tied down to a central role, expect Nani to be playing up front also. However the loss of the tough tackling Carvalho will be a blow for Portugal, that’s one fire tonight’s Referee Jonas Erikson will not have to put out! But I’m sure Santos has a plan for Bale, I wonder who will be countering his roving brief up front? Expect one of the Welsh holding midfielders to be paying close attention on Ronaldo, could be one of the Joe’s, Allen or Ledley, Jonas Erikson will no doubt be aware of that as a potential source of friction?
  • Again with crosses being so important will set pieces play a crucial part, we’ve seen already in this tournament that man to man marking leads to more holding and pushing offences as opposed to zonal marking which places the emphasis on pushing offences as the attacking players charge into the penalty area to meet the cross.

RH at 2016-07-06 19:45:00

Keith Hackett has posted the following article in his blog today, his comments have obvious connections with Referees Tempo Management of games at Euro 2016, team selection for tonight’s game underlines the point that Keith has raised here.

Hackett’s Blog: UEFA should revise suspension rules

I fully understand the dilemma facing UEFA with regard to the suspensions imposed on players when they receive two yellow cards.

Sanctions are applied in the Laws of the Game to promote fair play and to protect players. However, four players will sit out the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-finals through suspension.

Wales duo Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey, along with Portugal’s combative midfielder William Carvalho, will miss out when the nations meet on Wednesday night.

Germany centre-back Mats Hummels is also sidelined, while opponents France will go into their last-four fixture unscathed. They will be in a position to select two players who are returning from suspension – N’Golo Kanté and Adil Rami.

In accordance with UEFA Article 48.04 of the official regulations, single cautions from matches in the final tournament expire on completion of the quarter-finals. They are not carried forward to the semi-finals.

I have on several occasions complimented the quality of officiating in this tournament, which I believe has had a positive influence on the behaviour of the players.

Good accurate decision-making has prevented players mobbing the referee to dispute decisions and this has had a positive impact with referees not having to issue cautions for this type of offence.

However, we have witnessed referees in the opening stages of the games – much to their credit – not being fussy or wanting to stop the game to demonstrate that they are in control.

This mature approach I applaud. However, sometimes in the later stages of the games when players are clearly tiring they have applied the sanction.

I do believe that UEFA in their tournaments might consider a change to their regulations by only suspending players after they have received three yellow cards.

This will, I hope, ensure that fewer players are suspended in the tournament and fans will get to see the top class players in action.’

RH at 2016-07-06 19:40:02

Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Fourth official at the 2015 UEFA Champions League final, Eriksson stepped up to referee this year’s UEFA Europa League showpiece between Sevilla and Liverpool, having also officiated at the 2013 UEFA Super Cup. He has taken charge of two games so far in this tournament, the first being Turkey v Croatia on 12th June, the other being Wales win over Russia on 20th June.

RH at 2016-07-06 19:35:04

Today’s Match Referee is Jonas Erikson his Assistant Referees are Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark. The Fourth Official is Szymon Marciniak and the Additional Assistant Referees are Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strombergsson, the Reserve Official is Pawel Sokolnicki, with exception of the Fourth Official and Reserve Official all of the on-field Match Officials are from Sweden, our Fourth Official and Reserve Official are both from Poland

RH at 2016-07-06 19:30:02

Will the dream stay alive! Welcome to our coverage of this 2016 European Championship Semi Final between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique near Lyon. Will the Red Dragon triumph again?