Republic of Ireland v Italy, Euro 2016


at 2016-06-22 22:45:15

The Refereeing talking points from this game are

  • Stepped approach to match control not followed through
  • Persistent offenders not punished
  • Valid claim for a penalty not given
  • Half time cooled emotions
  • Final score will deflect the spot light away from the Referee

This was a difficult night for Referee Ovidiu Hategan, it was obvious from the opening moments of this game that the players were going to deliver a physical contest.  A final free kick count of 40 underlines the way this game was played. The signs looked promising early as the Referee issued public warnings but some of the main protagonists namely Ogbonna and Bonucci escaped a caution particularly the later for an arm across Shane Longs face before a corner was taken. Although to be fair Long can have no complains at seeing yellow himself later on. Set pieces became a problem area and neither the Referee or the Additional Assistant Referee at the Italian end seemed to be able to identify offenders and apply sanctions. The players seemed to sense the Referees hesitancy and it was fortunate for the Referee that half time came when it did, however this was not before the Republic had a valid claim for a penalty turned down, I can only think that the Referee was suckered into beliving that because Bernardeschi made contact on the ball that he could ignore the clear shove in McCleans back that saw the Republic player go to ground. Whatever, it should have resulted in a penalty kick. The second half saw yellow cards issued for offences that although understandable would not have merited cautions in the first half, that’s not a good message. However luck was on Ovidiu Hategan’s side as the Republic scored a late winner to send the Irish fans into ecstasy and taking into account Italy passage to the knock out stages, this game will be remembered for many as a great night for the Irish. The Referees performance will be largely forgotten

This tournament has been successful so far in Refereeing terms but as we enter the knock out phases the stakes will rise. This game should serve as a reminder that strong Officiating requires the Referee to follow up on warnings and apply sanctions in a stepped approach, I felt that tonight that wasn’t always the case


RH at 2016-06-22 21:51:10

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2016-06-22 21:50:30

Free kick given its not yet full time!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:49:50

Fortunately this game will be remembered for the Republic getting into the knock out stages, that’s a good thing because it takes the spotlight off the Referee

RH at 2016-06-22 21:47:51

A minimum of Three minutes added time to be played!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:46:10

Its much more open now as Italy concentrate in rescuing the game rather than frustrating it!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:44:56


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RH at 2016-06-22 21:44:15

The Referee will need to be at his most focussed here, he must see this game safely home!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:42:12

GOAL!Brady scores to bring Irish dreams alive!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:40:47

When I reflect on this game I can’t help but feel that half time came as a welcome aid to the Referee, especially when you consider match control

RH at 2016-06-22 21:38:56

The Republic have been on top in the game for long spells in this game, their problem being that they could score during those periods!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:36:46

Yellow CardBarzagli picks up a yellow card for shirt pulling, denying the Republic a promising attack


RH at 2016-06-22 21:34:59

A one handed Advantage signal by the Referee as Hoolahan was fouled

RH at 2016-06-22 21:34:14

Good work by Assistant Sebastian Gheorghe to get into position and flag the fact that Florenzi had taken the ball over the goal line before crossing

RH at 2016-06-22 21:31:57

Yellow CardWard picks up the third caution of the game for reckless challenge


RH at 2016-06-22 21:30:14

Fortunately there doesn’t’ seem to be the same level of player unrest this half, so the Referee’s profile hasn’t been as marked as the first half, just as well as the final minutes of this game will see an increase in intensity!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:26:53

We’re back! sorry about that, severe thunder storms on the South Coast!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:23:57

Apologies for the temporary loss of coverage, this is due to a technical issue caused by local electrical storms and adverse weather!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:19:38

Ogbonna high on Long, a cert free kick!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:18:04

TV pictures confirming that Shane Long did handle the ball as he controlled it in the final third, good decision from the Referee

RH at 2016-06-22 21:16:53

The set pieces this half haven’t drawn the holding offences that there were in the first half, lets hope that continues

RH at 2016-06-22 21:15:17

I thought that McClean might get a warning from the Referee for a robust challenge but the ball stayed in play for so long that it wasn’t worth a word unless it was cautionable, which it was not

RH at 2016-06-22 21:12:38

We had the proverbial two balls on the field at once, a drop ball results and Immobile sensibly kicks the ball out!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:11:08

McClaen does really well to get to the ball in front of Bonucci and draw the foul challenge, correct free kick

RH at 2016-06-22 21:09:47

Great work there by Assistant Octavian Sovre as he delays a flag for a high foot on Shane Long until there is no possible advantage, good stuff!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:07:54

The game is of course fuelled by what is at stake for the Republic!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:06:43

Three free kicks in as many minutes, I feel that the second half is following the pattern of the first, the Referee needs to be strong here!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:05:29

Shane Long concedes a free kick following contact with Bonucci, I would have expected the Referee to blow up for that!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:03:55

Mclean concedes the first free kick of the second half for that late trip

RH at 2016-06-22 21:02:15

The second half has begun!

RH at 2016-06-22 21:00:54

It has been a difficult first half for Referee Ovidiu Hategan with 21 free kicks, a valid case for a penalty turned down two yellow cards and unrest between players of both teams, he’s got his work cut for the second half. It was obvious from the first free kick in the opening moments  of the game that this was going to be a hard fought contest, we’re into elements of knock out competition football here and it certainly shows! It was looking good early on as the Referee adopted a stepped approach to have words with Long and Ogbonna. But an opportunity to follow up was missed when Bonucci placed an arm across Longs face as they prepared for a corner and only another warning was offered.  Both the Referee and Additional Assistant Referee need to control these holding and pulling offences in the penalty area at set pieces. As for the penalty shout, TV Replays do show that Bernardeschi does make contact with the ball but he has clearly shoved McLean in the back, its a difficult call but I still feel that the Republic had a claim for a penalty. I think we’re in for a testing second half!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:47:20

Half Time

RH at 2016-06-22 20:47:01

A penalty shout as McClean gets a shove in the back from Bernardeschi in the penalty area as he’s attempting to play the ball, looked a penalty to me!

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RH at 2016-06-22 20:43:43

Martin O’Neill not happy as Immobile goes to ground as McCarthy appears to win the ball legitimately

RH at 2016-06-22 20:41:53

40 minutes 17 free kicks, its not an open flowing game!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:40:53

Yellow CardYellow CardTwo yellow cards issued one to Shane Long and the other Italian keeper Sirglu for an off the ball confrontation,spot on!


RH at 2016-06-22 20:39:10

Free kick number 16 as Bazargli trips Ward to halt Republic progress!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:36:23

The problem issue for the Referee at the moment centres on the contests of Ogbonna and Long, we’ve already had the public warning to both, but I feel that it hasn’t had the desired effect!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:34:48

Ogbonna holds Ward, but he must be very much on the Referees radar and a yellow card will surely come if he continues in that vein!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:33:32

Before the corner is taken Shane Long is man handled by Bonucci, the Referee closed in but I’m not sure he saw what went on?

RH at 2016-06-22 20:32:06

Smart thinking by Shane who thought he was offside and did not pursue the ball, actually he was onside!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:30:03

Zara with a continental high boot challenge on McCarthy results in a free kick, nailed on offence in Europe!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:28:28

Sloppy defending by the Republic earns Italy a corner!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:27:27

Barzagli careless on Ward for the latest free kick

RH at 2016-06-22 20:26:32

The level of physical contact being allowed so far is consistent with Tournament  Refereeing policy, however that level does fall when attackers pressure defenders in the final third, ask Shane Long!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:24:15

Good midfield advantage well signalled  following holding on Ogbonna

RH at 2016-06-22 20:23:05

Handball in midfield by Forenzi earns a Republic free kick

RH at 2016-06-22 20:22:05

Ogbonna and Long earn words of warning from Referee Ovidiu Hategan following pushing and pulling off the ball, which is proactive stepped management control, good Refereeing

RH at 2016-06-22 20:18:47

Bernardeschi and Ward collide going for a ball, no free kick but the Referee has stopped play for both players to receive treatment,fair enough

RH at 2016-06-22 20:16:36

So what is the Group E qualification position?

Italy have already sealed their place in the last 16 and are guaranteed group winners, while Belgium, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland will contest second and third places.

Having ensured progress, Italy will face Spain.

The Republic will go through if they win, although Martin O’Neill’s team – currently bottom of the table – may have to settle for third place.

Belgium will finish second with a draw against Sweden, who will ensure the runners-up spot themselves with a victory – unless the Republic win as well and, in doing so, also finish with a better goal difference. That is a challenge because Sweden enter the final round of group matches level on points with the Republic, but with a goal difference advantage of two.

There is an outside chance that the Republic and Sweden could finish level for second on points, head-to-head record, goal difference and goals scored if both win. If that happens, fair play records will separate them. Going into the final round of group matches, Sweden have a marginally better fair play record

RH at 2016-06-22 20:16:03

Free kick number seven as Ward pressures a defender carelessly by holding

RH at 2016-06-22 20:15:09

So less than fifteen minutes and six free kicks already, competitive!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:13:39

Brady concedes another free kick as he grounds Bernardeschi

RH at 2016-06-22 20:11:55

Long is pulled up for holding Ogbonna in the final third!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:10:47

Hendrick goes close for Ireland in what would have been a dream start!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:09:40

Its a lively start, but considering what is at stake for Ireland I’m not surprised!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:08:51

Hendrick commits a borderline challenge making contact with ball and Forenzi, words from the Referee, I can’t see him getting away with another like that in this phase of the game without seeing yellow

RH at 2016-06-22 20:07:25

James McCarthy a little fortunate there, he committed a late foul challenge on Florenzi but luckily  offside had already been signalled

RH at 2016-06-22 20:04:23

Motta concedes Italy’s first free kick for that trip on ward

RH at 2016-06-22 20:03:22

Long goes to ground and does not impress the Referee!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:02:17

If you are watching the game on TV, Sebastian Gheorghe is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Octavian Sovre is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-06-22 20:01:40

first free kick and Coleman gets a warning for that careless challenge!

RH at 2016-06-22 20:01:04

Our match Referee Ovidiu Hategan gets us underway!

RH at 2016-06-22 19:55:05

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

RH at 2016-06-22 19:50:04

This is his Ovidiu Hategan’s second game in charge at this tournament, on 12th June he took charge of the game between Northern Ireland and Poland where he showed three second half yellow cards which were all for foul challenges. Craig Cathcart (Watford) being the only Northern Ireland player to be cautioned from his team during that game.

RH at 2016-06-22 19:45:55

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) Hategan trained to be a doctor before becoming an international referee in 2008. He has refereed in the UEFA Champions League proper since 2011/12, handling the Manchester City-Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16 during last season.

RH at 2016-06-22 19:40:50

Today’s Match Referee is Ovidiu Hategan his Assistant Referees are Octavian Sovre and Sebastian Gheorghe. The Fourth Official is Anastasios Sidiropoulos and the Additional Assistant Referees are Alexandru Tudor and Sebastian Coltescu, the Reserve Official is Damianos Efthymiadis, with exception of the Fourth Official and Reserve Official all of the on-field Match Officials are from Romania, our Fourth Official Anastasios Sidiropoulos and Reserve Official Damianos Efthymiadis are both from Greece

RH at 2016-06-22 19:37:19

Welcome to our coverage of this 2016 European Championship Group E game from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille. A game that the Republic of Ireland must win!