Republic of Ireland v Scotland

Republic of Ireland v Scotland

Commentary By: Rob Harris

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



RH at 2015-06-13 19:12:08

For all Nicola Rizzoli’s superb fitness and movement, his close proximity to play and creation of viewing angles, there were some questionable decisions in this game, not only by the Referee i might add. There was of course so much at stake here and yes the first caution was sound and the late quick fire double yellow for McClean and Naismith was decisive, even though heads clashed, but for me Walters should have been sent off, he lead with an straight arm leaving Scotlands Russell Martin nowhere to go and no choice but to get injured, it was Endangering the Safety of an opponent. The only explanation was that the Referee was not at the best angle, even so his Fourth Official and nearside Assistant were well placed. On that subject the Referee received poor support from his team today, the hesitation at that first half way line throw in the opening minutes set the tone for poor team work. The second half was disappointing for the Referee with sound caution opportunities missed following challenges by Wilson and Hendrick of the Republic and Brown of Scotland. Another disappointing feature of this game was the performances of both Assistants and in particular  Gianluca Cariolato, both looked far too casual in their body language, but Cariolato in particular had a poor game which culminated in a serious error as no offside flag was forthcoming as Murphy opened the scoring.

Not a classic Nicola Rizzoli performance, but he wasn’t the only one to have an off night, the match recording will make tough viewing for Assistant Gianluca Cariolato who seemed to be a Rabbit caught in the headlights!

 


RH at 2015-06-13 18:54:34

It is!

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2015-06-13 18:53:53

Is that goal kick the final act?


RH at 2015-06-13 18:53:05

The Referee still showing great mobility and fitness  even at this stage of the game!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:51:52

Well i don’t think we should still have 22 players on the field of play, but a draw would be a fair result!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:50:29

3 minutes added time!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:49:19

Yellow CardYellows there for McClean and Naismith, heads clashed but the Referee intervening early to nail it, i’ll buy that!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:45:46

Inter sting decision there as Walters is penalised for moving in front of Scotland keeper Marshall,certainly was safety first Refereeing!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:42:55

Was that another caution missed? Brown showing no mercy as he charged Long in the back right under the nose of Assistant Gianluca Cariolato , who didn’t signal an offence, shocking!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:40:23

Stay with us here on Refcam this evening, because at 9.00pm we’re covering the England women’s World Cup match when they take on Mexico. A must win game for the England Ladies! We stick with the England World Cup team for their game with Columbia next Wednesday evening 17th June at 9.00 pm, then on 21st June at 10.00 pm we’re covering the first of two June Major Soccer League (MLS) games when we feature DC United v New England Revolution and we follow this up on 28th June at 10.00 with the Big MLS Big Apple derby game between New York City v New York Red Bulls!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:39:38

Isn’t it noticeable that Scotland are slowing the game down and passing the ball around the Republic half, the Referee is positioning himself accordingly in the centre channel, however when the Republic have the ball he is sprinting down the left channel in full flight! tactics change the game for the Referee!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:36:09

Referee Nicola Rizzoli sticking his tolerance level on careless contact, he seems to be over his ‘testing’ period now!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:33:48

Its end to end at the moment with Scotland playing the Strachan way by attacking with the ball on ground, whilst the Republic are running directly and attacking at set pieces, its going to be passionate right to the final whistle!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:30:21

Referee Nicola Rizzoli demonstrating superb explosive spiriting during that last Republic attack!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:28:39

Don’t forget you can always keep up to speed with the Refereeing topic of the day by following Hackett’s Blog at; http://you-are-the-ref.com/author/keith-hackett/


RH at 2015-06-13 18:27:45

As the ball came into play at that last throw, the grass markings clearly showed that near side Assistant Elenito Di Liberatore was not in position to monitor offside decisions, come on guys raise your game!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:25:40

The Referee is having a difficult spell here at moment, he’s not reading some key challenges well with questions of his reading on legal verses careless and careless verses reckless, not a good place to be in!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:23:48

Its the Republic’s turn to feel hard by as Hoolahan was impeded and no free kick


RH at 2015-06-13 18:22:03

Blatant illegal use of an arm by Hendrick in an aerial challenge on Morrision, that’s another caution not issued, we’re two yellow cards down  this half, the Scots are showing good composure at the moment, one wonders how a less disciplined team would have reacted?


RH at 2015-06-13 18:17:52

Stay with us here on Refcam this evening, because at 9.00pm we’re covering the England women’s World Cup match when they take on Mexico. A must win game for the England Ladies! We stick with the England World Cup team for their game with Columbia next Wednesday evening 17th June at 9.00 pm, then on 21st June at 10.00 pm we’re covering the first of two June Major Soccer League (MLS) games when we feature DC United v New England Revolution and we follow this up on 28th June at 10.00 with the Big MLS Big Apple derby game between New York City v New York Red Bulls!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:17:08

I have to say however that i do like the Referees final third positioning, he uses the channels well and attacks the penalty to gain good angles and proximity for key decision making, we keep banging on about this on Refcam but its a fact that the better Referees like Rizzoli, Clattenburg, Atkinson and Dean do it to great effect!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:13:59

A caution there at this time of the game for a reckless tackle from behind by Wilson would have done the Referees cause no harm there, has he made things difficult for himself?


RH at 2015-06-13 18:12:36

Wilson escapes a caution following a tackle from behind, should have been a caution!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:11:32

So was the Referee swayed by the fact that Walters lead with an arm and didn’t draw his elbow back?


RH at 2015-06-13 18:09:15

So what do you think about that Walters aerial challenge, here’s what Keith Hackett had to say recently about illegal use of the hand and arm in aerial challenges

In his blog recently Keith Hackett talks about referees are failing to detect illegal challenges with hand and arm. He raises some useful tips for recognition of this offence

– Flexible movement to gain good viewing angles is essential.

– When viewing challenges by players, officials must ensure that, in addition to looking at feet and legs, they are taking into account these upper body challenges.

– When a player is in close proximity to an opponent, raise your awareness of the position of the hand arm. If the arm is bent and the hand is in a clenched fist then be aware that this is an indicator to a potential act of violence.

– The backward movement of the hand and arm in a horizontal position is not a natural running style. It is being used to inflict damage on an opponent.

– Another aid to detection is if the arms are outstretched to gain elevation and the elbow is above shoulder level. When the elbow goes above the shoulder level elevation is lost.

– Finally, if a defender moves towards his opponent with his fist at eye level in front of his face and the arm stretched out horizontally then this player has only one intention and that is to foul his opponent.

What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com

 

 


RH at 2015-06-13 18:07:24

GOAL!Maloney levels it 1-1


RH at 2015-06-13 18:05:24

The second half has started!


RH at 2015-06-13 18:04:13

Well there has certainly been some talking points from the first half! Much of it regarding the Assistants and Gianluca Cariolato in particular, neither Assistant has looked comfortable, their body language has not inspired confidence, they both look too casual, one wonders if they are ‘up for it?’ Gianluca Cariolato was initially slow to award a corner kick that was clearly his call, he then missed a nailed on free kick right in front of him choosing instead to casually award a throw in, he then inexcusably failed to signal Walters offside when he scored. Referee  Nicola Rizzoli has had a mixed first half, good positioning, good viewing angles and a solid first caution, but i have to say that Walters is lucky to be still on the field of play, its all about angles and on that particular occasion the referee didn’t see the leading elbow surely? So there is plenty of work to be don in the second half, emotions are high and the Scots will feel hard done by.


RH at 2015-06-13 17:49:50

Half Time

 


RH at 2015-06-13 17:49:06

TV Replays of the goal reinforcing the view that Murphy was in an offside position when he scored


RH at 2015-06-13 17:48:15

Overall the effectiveness of this Match Official team leans towards challenges rather than directional decisions!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:46:39

Scotland’s penalty area defending doesn’t inspire much confidence either does it?


RH at 2015-06-13 17:45:14

In all honesty the body language of both Assistants looks poor! Nicola Rizzoli needs to have stern words at half time!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:43:14

Oh dear, Assistant  Gianluca Cariolato is having a nightmare first half!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:42:04

But was Murphy Murphy offside in that attack as he scored? looked like it!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:40:50

GOAL!Murphy breaks the deadlock, 1-0 to the Republic!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:38:48

Assistant Gianluca Cariolato is not  looking his sharpest at the moment!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:37:43

I can’t believe that Assistant Gianluca Cariolato didn’t signal a  free kick there but instead looking completely confused as he belatedly signaled a Scotland throw in


RH at 2015-06-13 17:35:36

Stay with us here on Refcam this evening, because at 9.00pm we’re covering the England women’s World Cup match when they take on Mexico. A must win game for the England Ladies! We stick with the England World Cup team for their game with Columbia next Wednesday evening 17th June at 9.00 pm, then on 21st June at 10.00 pm we’re covering the first of two June Major Soccer League (MLS) games when we feature DC United v New England Revolution and we follow this up on 28th June at 10.00 with the Big MLS Big Apple derby game between New York City v New York Red Bulls!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:35:15

Russell Martin is now back on!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:34:38

Russell Martin off the field of play receiving treatment for a cut in that aerial challenge by Walters


RH at 2015-06-13 17:33:29

Yellow CardFor Walters leading with an arm during an aerial challenge with Russell Martin, was a yellow card correct? The Scotland players didn’t think so in the altercation after the challenge

What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref.com


RH at 2015-06-13 17:30:38

Assistant Gianluca Cariolato taking ‘an age’ to signal a Republic corner!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:29:43

Great position by the Referee in the left hand channel to wave away Republic appeals for a penalty for an alleged handball offence, good work!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:28:17

Both teams are prepared to use wings back ‘bombing on’ and attacking wide on the flanks, this will have the effect of making the Referee maintain a wide patrol path and bring the Assistants into the game on potential free kick situations within the area that they are monitoring


RH at 2015-06-13 17:24:54

The referee wisely watching O Shea at that last Republic corner, that one will i’m sure run for the rest of the game!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:22:18

Yellow CardWhelan rightly earning himself the first caution of the game  there for a late Reckless challenge on Fletcher

 


RH at 2015-06-13 17:21:03

No back pass during the that last home attack? like the Referee thought, i don’t think so


RH at 2015-06-13 17:20:05

Looks like Scotland Captain Brown has been the target of two robust challenges, the second by Whelan there, the Referee will need keep on top of that!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:18:38

Well with so much at stake, its no surprise that the first fifteen minutes has been full on!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:17:43

Just watching benchside Assistant Elenito Di Liberatore, signalling a throw in, many of our continental colleges don’t use the quality of poise that our Premier League Assistants use do they?


RH at 2015-06-13 17:14:55

The Referee showing his experience in that last Scotland attack as he played an advantage despite some committed tackling, will this tolerance level gain him the control he needs?


RH at 2015-06-13 17:13:25

The Referee got into a good position there positioning himself in the left hand channel behind Fletcher as he shot, he was able to the see the flight of the ball and spot that finger tip save from Given


RH at 2015-06-13 17:11:27

First offside call from Assistant Gianluca Cariolato against Murphy


RH at 2015-06-13 17:10:16

McCarthy clattering into Maloney late, words from the Referee, another one of those would surely earn a yellow card


RH at 2015-06-13 17:08:37

Another tactic is to put Scotland keeper Marshall under pressure, both O Shea and Walters were in close attendance there, the Referee was right to have words


RH at 2015-06-13 17:06:23

If the Republic are using the long ball then hand and arm use will need to be monitored by the Referee!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:05:07

Another long ball to Walters, looks like we will!


RH at 2015-06-13 17:04:32

The ball launched long by Shay Given in that last Republic attack, will we see an aerial bombardment?


RH at 2015-06-13 17:03:24

Early hesitation with that half way line throw, Referee and Assistant getting their eventually


RH at 2015-06-13 17:01:55

Our match Referee Nicola Rizzoli gets us underway!


RH at 2015-06-13 16:55:06

I had the pleasure of covering two Nicola Rizzoli games in last year’s World Cup Finals on Refcam, the first game was his superb handling of that epic Spain v Netherlands encounter, the second occasion was his equally impressive performance in the Argentina v Nigeria game, here’s’ what I had to say in my summary of the match

Well here’s three Italians who won’t be on the next plane home! Nicola Rizzoli delivered a strong performance here laying down a marker for his and his colleagues future inclusion in this tournament, of particular note was his calm approach, excellent judgment of acceptable player contact and consistency of law application, he seemed to perfect the art of raising his profile just when he needed to…………a superb performance, well done Nicola! He of course went onto Referee the World Cup Final no less!


RH at 2015-06-13 16:50:16

Today’s Match Referee Nicola Rizzoli is from Italy as are his team of Match Officials. His Assistant Referees are   Elenito Di Liberatore  and   Gianluca Cariolato,  The Fourth Official is Matteo Passeri,  there are two Additional Assistant Referees who will be operating along the Goal lines, they are Luca Banti and Davide Massa.


RH at 2015-06-13 16:45:08

Welcome to our coverage this vital game as The Republic of Ireland will look to scrap their way back into contention for a top-two finish in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group D as they welcome Scotland to the Aviva Stadium Dublin!