Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid


RH at 2017-11-01 22:49:49

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • The Referee complements Spurs great night with a quality performance of his own
  • All but one key match incident correctly called
  • Calmness personified by Cuneyt Cakir

There was so much to admire in the Referee’s performance tonight, he was calm and composed throughout, he read the game well, was always where he needed to be and other than an offside error by an Assistant in the lead up to Spurs first goal he and his team got everything else correct in my view. The first half penalty call as Casemiro correctly challenged Ali, an excellent advantage played as Ramos held Ali in the build up to Spurs second goal. No handball offence by Modric as Real scored their consolation goal and finally I agreed with the decision to issue a caution for Dembele’s reckless swing of the leg as Ramos closed in, however the absence of any contact with the Real captain proved pivotal in that incident. Overall Cuneyt Cakir always looked in complete control, he never appeared extended and moved around the field of play with ease always ensuring that he achieved that optimum viewing angle, the 45th minute first half penalty appeal being a great example. Not only did we witness a memorable night for Tottenham Hotspur, we also saw a superb Refereeing display!

RH at 2017-11-01 22:34:49

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-11-01 22:33:48

A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played


RH at 2017-11-01 22:33:09

Yellow CardRamos picks up a caution himself for sarcastically applauding the Referee



RH at 2017-11-01 22:32:15

Yellow CardDembele keeps things on the boil with a borderline reckless endangering the safety of an opponent swing of the leg, silly boy!



RH at 2017-11-01 22:30:26

Dembele and Ramos engage in arm to arm combat in order to win the ball, which on another night in a more charged atmosphere might have been settled with cautions, but the Referee chooses to move in and calm things down, and why not!

RH at 2017-11-01 22:26:45

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RH at 2017-11-01 22:25:29

That goal and the substitutions has given the visitors a lift and with it an increase in the match tempo


RH at 2017-11-01 22:23:59

There was a Spurs shout that Modric handled in the build up to that Real goal, would have been a harsh call in the extreme, again in my view the Referee has got that one right


RH at 2017-11-01 22:22:08

GOAL!Ronaldo pulls one back for Real



RH at 2017-11-01 22:21:26

The match tempo is steady at the moment and with the score the way it is this is an important time, the Match Officials team must keep full concentration and not undo any of the good work that they have done so far


RH at 2017-11-01 22:17:16

Mayoral Moya rightly flagged offside there by Assistant  Tarik Ongun


RH at 2017-11-01 22:14:16

Spurs playing exhibition stuff at the moment, the Referee just needs to keep focus


RH at 2017-11-01 22:11:16

Dembele not getting the verdict there in midfield, but in fairness to the Referee he was right on the spot!


RH at 2017-11-01 22:08:35

Great to see the Referee playing that excellent advantage as Ramos tugged at Ali’s shirt as the Spurs man moved forward to set up that goal, superb Refereeing!

RH at 2017-11-01 22:06:50

GOAL!Eriksen makes it 3-0 but what an advantage by the Referee in the build up!



RH at 2017-11-01 22:04:45

Modric goes to ground just outside the Spurs penalty area but the Referee is rightly unimpressed


RH at 2017-11-01 22:02:33

Assistant Bahattin Duran rightly picking up Sissoko’s careless challenge with a strong flag!

RH at 2017-11-01 22:01:14

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RH at 2017-11-01 21:59:23

Although it got a deflection there was no Refereeing issue with that goal!


RH at 2017-11-01 21:57:45

GOAL!Its Ali again as Spurs go two up!



RH at 2017-11-01 21:56:05

Tactically there is width from Real now as they attack wide and keep the Spurs wing backs at bay, potentially the Referee will need to go wide at the end of his patrol path


RH at 2017-11-01 21:53:53

Lloris takes a tumble under pressure from Ramos and the Referee adopts a safety first policy and awards Spurs a free kick


RH at 2017-11-01 21:52:53

A nasty ankle tap by Sissoko on Marcelo, the Referee gestures a warning, he won’t get away with another of those!


RH at 2017-11-01 21:51:27

Casemiro was tugging at Kane’s shirt, presumably the Referee’s one handed salute like gesture meant play on?


RH at 2017-11-01 21:49:00

Ali with a careless challenge on Nacho for the first free kick of the second period

RH at 2017-11-01 21:46:38

The game is back underway!

RH at 2017-11-01 21:41:12

Referee Cuneyt Cakir has looked in complete control during the first half, he has adopted an involvement level that has been ideal given that this has been an open entertaining game where the Referee has been able to keep a low profile. Just two talking points, the first being that Trippier was offside as he received the ball to cross for the Spurs goal, it wasn’t a particularly difficult call for Assistant  Tarik Ongun. The second point being at the end of the half where correctly in my view that Casemiro had won the ball through the legs of Ali which was not a penalty. The Referee has looked comfortable so far, he’s kept all of his options open and looks more than capable of managing anything that comes his way during the second half

RH at 2017-11-01 21:32:41

Half Time



RH at 2017-11-01 21:32:23

Referee Cuneyt Cakir was superbly placed to view Casemiro win the ball through the legs of Ali and rightly decide that no penalty was the correct call


RH at 2017-11-01 21:30:31

A minimum of one  minute additional time to be played


RH at 2017-11-01 21:29:49

A TV replay shows that a recent Spurs attack was not halted by Real keeper Casilla but by the arm of Ramos, no chance of a handball decision though  as the ball spun up off his leg and onto his arm


RH at 2017-11-01 21:27:03

You just can’t help but think that Referee Cuneyt Cakir has much more left in the tank for the second half, he just hasn’t looked extended at any time in this first period


RH at 2017-11-01 21:24:45

Winks lays a hand on Casemiro, the Brazilian makes a meal of it and wins a free kick


RH at 2017-11-01 21:23:13

The match tempo did rise as Real looked to strike back early particularly through Ronaldo, but the tempo has dropped back which has allowed the Referee to resume his game plan

RH at 2017-11-01 21:20:18

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RH at 2017-11-01 21:18:11

Ramos flagged offside and rightly so, but the Referee plays a good advantage


RH at 2017-11-01 21:15:56

To be fair to Spurs though, they are well worth their one goal lead at the moment


RH at 2017-11-01 21:14:29

No doubt however that Trippier was offside in the build up to that goal, it wasn’t a difficult call for Assistant Tarik Ongun, how did he get that wrong?


RH at 2017-11-01 21:12:35

GOAL!Ali puts Spurs ahead! 1-0



RH at 2017-11-01 21:11:29

One of the few problems the Referee has at the moment is the misplaced passing form Real, the ball is not going where it is intended, which is making positioning tricky at times


RH at 2017-11-01 21:09:23

Spurs down to ten men at the moment as Alderweireld has pulled a hamstring and has already left the playing area, Dier drops back in to maintain the home teams three at the back formation


RH at 2017-11-01 21:06:32

The Referee is judging his involvement level well at present, players have gone to ground following contact but given the current match tempo he is allowing play to continue, it may not stay this way of course, but while he can he’s keeping his powder dry!


RH at 2017-11-01 21:04:53

Ramos challenging that corner decision, he felt that it was a goal kick, looked like he had a point, fortunately for the Match Officials nothing came of it


RH at 2017-11-01 21:01:20

Referee Cuneyt Cakir tracking play from end to end through the channels choosing to penetrate the penalty area during any sustained attacking phases of play


RH at 2017-11-01 20:57:44

Benzema getting caught offside whilst looking along the line, the Assistant was spot on


RH at 2017-11-01 20:56:07

The first ten minutes of the game has seen an open end to end encounter with plenty of opportunity for the Referee to move freely around the field of play!


RH at 2017-11-01 20:51:25

The first corner of the game to Real doesn’t result in any pushing and pulling in the penalty area

RH at 2017-11-01 20:48:55

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RH at 2017-11-01 20:47:36

If you are watching the game on TV, Bahattin Duran is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Referee Tarik Ongun is running the nearside touch line.


RH at 2017-11-01 20:47:05

Ali bundles into an opponent and concedes the first free kick of the game

RH at 2017-11-01 20:45:09

Our match Referee Cuneyt Cak?r gets us underway!

RH at 2017-11-01 20:42:41

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-11-01 20:35:32

Cuneyt Cak?r made his UEFA debut as the fourth official in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round game between Skonto FC and Sliema Wanderers F.C. in July 2003.

He took charge of two matches at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Austria and was also the referee for two UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying fixtures.

He made his international refereeing debut in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, taking charge of two games including the group stage fixture between FC Twente and FC Schalke 04 in December 2008.

He oversaw Fulham‘s second-leg win against Hamburger SV in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, one of seven matches he refereed in total in the competition that season

On 29 September 2010, Çak?r made his debut in the Champions League Group Stage when he took charge of group D fixture between Rubin Kazan and Barcelona, ending in a one all draw.He also took charge of the match between Chelsea F.C. and FC Spartak Moscow on 3 November 2010.[5]

He has also refereed the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match Manchester CityDynamo Kyiv on 17 March 2011, which ended in a 1-0 win for City, but Dynamo Kyiv advanced to the next round after winning 2-1 on aggregate. Çak?r sent off Mario Balotelli and dished out eight yellow cards.

In August 2011, he officiated five games including semi-final between Portugal and France 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted in Colombia.

On 24 April 2012, he officiated the Champions League semifinal between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Çak?r sent off John Terry in first half. Finally Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate.

On 11 June 2012, he officiated the Euro 2012 Match between Ukraine and Sweden.

On 18 June, he also officiated the Euro 2012 match between Italy and Ireland where he was very precise when it came to ensuring the correct distance from the ball to the defenders’ wall, though he also angered the Irish by sending off Keith Andrews one minute before the end of the game. He was not selected to referee a quarter-final game but he was 4th referee in the England-Italy quarter-final. Next day, he was selected to referee the Portugal-Spain semi-final match in Euro 2012.

On 27 June 2012, he officiated the Euro 2012 semi-final match between Portugal and Spain. Çak?r showed 9 yellow cards in this match in 120 minutes.

On 1 July 2012, he was appointed as fourth official in the Euro 2012 final, between Spain and Italy, which was played in Kiev.

On 14 December 2012, he was appointed to referee the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final, between Corinthians and Chelsea, which was played in Yokohama. Corinthians won 1-0. Çak?r sent off Gary Cahill in this game.

On 5 March 2013, Çak?r officiated the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and, in a controversial[8] decision, questionably sent off Manchester United player Nani during the second half of the match, a decision that enraged Sir Alex Ferguson in what became his last Champions League game as United manager.

On 9 July 2014, he was appointed to referee the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi final match, between Netherlands and Argentina, which was played in São Paulo.

Çak?r officiated the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final match of Juventus vs. Barcelona at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2015 and used his yellow card three times.[9][10]

In 2016, Çak?r officiated two different semi-final matches in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, the first referee to do so.

In 2017, Çak?r officiated the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League semi final match between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderón in Madrid, Spain on 10 May 2017.

RH at 2017-11-01 20:30:04

Today’s Match Referee is Cuneyt Cak?r, His Assistant Referees are Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, the Additional Assistant Referees are Huseyin Gocek and Bar?s Simsek.  The Fourth Official is Mustafa Eyisoy. All of tonight’s Match Officials are from Turkey

RH at 2017-11-01 20:25:18

Match Comments – Referee

Make no mistake this is a big game! Not just because arguably the most successful club team in the World is in town, but also because of the resurgence of Tottenham Hotspur under leadership of Mauricio Pochettino! The previous Group H encounter on 17th October has resulted in both of tonight’s teams sharing an identical point’s tally and goal difference. Nights like this also represent an opportunity to assess whether or not Spurs can compete with the best in Europe!