UEFA Champions League: Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain


GT at 2016-03-09 22:38:49

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GT at 2016-03-09 22:37:39

After a less than convincing opening 45 minutes, referee Brych upped his game in the second half and safely put this tie to bed.

In the first half his foul recognition was poor and he let too much go.

However, in the second half he lived up to his pre-match billing and showed why he is rated so highly in UEFA.

His two assistants were faultless all game and called everything correctly.

Overall, well done to the team of match officials.

By no means a perfect display, but nobody will be talking about you post-match.


GT at 2016-03-09 22:36:34

PSG take the tie 4-2 on aggregate and have now scored in 40 of their last 45 games.

They are a top side, and could push the ‘big two’ Barcelona and Real Madrid for this trophy


GT at 2016-03-09 22:34:10

Full Time

GT at 2016-03-09 22:33:46

Just the 2 minutes of added time to go.

Sensible referee.

No need for 5 or 6 minutes in which you are inviting trouble.

The game is over as a contest, get the teams off…

90 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:32:44

Stupid foul by Ivanovic, who barges into Motta.

Brych correctly issues a yellow card for that Yellow Card

85 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:27:46

Matuidi is correctly shown yellow for a pull back

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-03-09 22:26:48

There are just 5 minutes of the regular 90 to go…

GT at 2016-03-09 22:26:12

…and Cavani’s first contribution is to be signalled offside (correctly) by assistant Lupp

82 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:24:42

Cavani comes on for Di Maria as PSG look to use up the remaining few minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:24:04

Brych is just starting to get caught up in play at the moment.

It is understandable as he is trying to keep close to active play in order to stamp out any fouls, but he has to balance that off against getting in the way of the players

78 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:19:40

Pastore takes over from Lucas as PSG make their first change

77 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:18:44

Chelsea’s problems stack up as they now lose Hazard to injury.

Oscar takes over from him.

GT at 2016-03-09 22:17:46

15 minutes to go…

GT at 2016-03-09 22:17:04

Chelsea will not like the ‘show-boating’ coming from PSG now.

Again, this adds to Brych’s concerns that they may start kicking out at their opponents.

It’s time to take care and no risks referee.

GT at 2016-03-09 22:15:23

Assistant Lupp shows that he is still in the game with a good offside call against PSG.

We have two good assistant referees on show here tonight.

GT at 2016-03-09 22:12:36

Referee Brych needs to be careful now…Chelsea may feel aggrieved at going out and having lost their marksman Costa to injury, they may start hunting down PSG players.

10 minutes of really ‘tight’ refereeing, sitting on the game would be advisable now,

GT at 2016-03-09 22:10:17

With 25 minutes to go, you cannot help feeling that should be game over.

Another low cross results in a side-footed goal for PSG.

With an aggregate score of 2-4, and 2 away goals for PSG that should be end of the tie, and with it the end of Chelsea’s Champions League campaign

GT at 2016-03-09 22:08:36

GOAL! Ibrahimovic

GT at 2016-03-09 22:07:56

For a man who accused Chelsea of being “soft”, Ibrahimovic is hopping around, play acting and looking for non existent fouls!

Referee Brych is doing well in ignoring the big man’s squealing

GT at 2016-03-09 22:05:09

Good refereeing sees a corner kick awarded to PSG after the slightest of touches by Courtois

GT at 2016-03-09 22:03:45

Brych correctly calls no foul as Chelsea play act, hoping for a soft free kick.

This is much better, referee.

Keep it going.

60 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 22:01:58

A huge blow to Chelsea as Costa has to leave the game through injury.

He is replaced by Traore

GT at 2016-03-09 22:00:57

Brych is doing much better now…he makes up a lot of ground to keep up with a quick Chelsea break and is on the spot to judge a foul on Costa.

He needs to be aware of the team-fouling on Costa though as he is being targeted by PSG who feel they can wind up the Chelsea man

56 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:58:51

Excellent work by assistant Borsch who judges a really tight offside correctly and stops Costa from adding to the scoreline.

Top lining

GT at 2016-03-09 21:56:27

Willian attempts to buy a foul by throwing himself to the ground, and Brych does well not to be fooled.

He follows it up with more good work in cautioning Chelsea’s Mikel Yellow Card

GT at 2016-03-09 21:53:37

Poor advantage played by the referee there.

PSG retained the ball following a foul on Ibrahimovic, but they had to go back to their defence.

Why not give the free kick referee, and keep PSG attacking?

Poor refereeing and decision making again.

48 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:51:03

The game bursts into life as Chelsea go close to levelling the aggregate scoreline, but PSG get the ball clear

GT at 2016-03-09 21:49:12

This game usually throws up drama…and the only score which would take us into extra time would be 2-1 on the night.

Are we heading that way?

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GT at 2016-03-09 21:47:15

Time for the second half…and it’s PSG who get us going

GT at 2016-03-09 21:38:52

The game is perfectly set up at 1-1 (2-3 on aggregate) following goals from Rabiot and Costa.

Felix Brych has refereed the tie more like a Premier League official than a top UEFA referee.

Referees are rarely criticised by UEFA for being too strong, but are taken to task over leniency, and Brych is setting himself up for a dressing-down by the Referee Observer.

The German referee has let far too much go unpunished.

It took him 34 minutes to pick up on PSG’s tactic of spoiling play with small but cynical fouls. By that time too many had gone by without a caution.

Then, on 45 minutes, he correctly cautioned Fabregas for challenging with his foot high…but he completely missed the Chelsea man’s opponent putting his studs into Fabregas’ chest. That should have been a second yellow card and therefore red for Motta.

He is a very, very lucky man to still be taking part in this game.

The referee needs to toughen up and improve his foul recognition in the second half.

GT at 2016-03-09 21:32:39

Half time is upon us and it is time to reflect on that opening period…

GT at 2016-03-09 21:32:02

Half Time

45 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:31:37

Fabregas enters the referee’s notebook for a high footed challenge. Yellow Card

that was correct…..BUT the referee completely missed Motta also putting his boot into the Chelsea man’s chest. That should also have resulted in a yellow card, which would have meant red for the PSG player

41 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:26:52

Yet another small but cynical foul…and this time it is rightly met with a caution.

Motta sees yellow…Yellow Card

GT at 2016-03-09 21:25:38

With five minutes of the opening 45 to go the game is opening up.

Chelsea break again at speed but Fabregas cannot finish off the move with a goal

GT at 2016-03-09 21:23:10

There is far too  much of this…

Ibrahimovic is the latest player to commit a ‘small’ but cynical foul.

Chelsea were breaking well and at speed, so the big striker stepped across his opponent, bringing him to the ground.

The referee must start to recognise these fouls as a pattern and tactic, and stamp them out with stronger disciplinary action

34 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:20:38

Rabiot does, at last, see yellow following another cynical foul on Costa

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-03-09 21:19:54

More good work from assistant Borsch who correctly calls not offside against Di Maria

GT at 2016-03-09 21:18:29

Free kick to PSG as Di Maria is fouled by Fabregas.

Correct decision

GT at 2016-03-09 21:16:49

Come on now referee…

Don’t let this game get away from you.

That was a stonewall caution for Rabiot who cynically tripped Hazard.

No action taken by the referee though

GT at 2016-03-09 21:15:02

Brych is unimpressed with Costa’s appeals for an off-the-ball incident with David Luiz…the German referee tells the Chelsea hitman to get up and get on with it

GT at 2016-03-09 21:13:28

Motta is guilty of sloppy work in midfield, Willian robs the ball from him and it ends up with Costa who turns his marker inside out and coolly slots the ball home.

This game is right back on as a contest now…

27 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:12:11

GOAL! Diego Costa

25 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:11:06

The assistants are busier than the referee tonight!

Assistant Borsch makes another correct offside call.

GT at 2016-03-09 21:06:44

Assistant Lupp shows excellent wait-and-see technique before signalling offside against Costa.

Good lining

GT at 2016-03-09 21:03:44

Chelsea just cannot get out of their half of the field of play…

All of the attacking is coming from PSG

GT at 2016-03-09 21:02:44

Chelsea’s left full back Kenedy was nowhere to be seen and an unchallenged cross reaches Rabiot who made no mistake from a couple of yards out.

Game on…

15 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 21:01:30



GT at 2016-03-09 21:01:04

Willian brings down Motta.

I don’t think it will be long until we see a caution

GT at 2016-03-09 20:59:29

Following a foul on Ibrahimovic, Di Maria charges at Brych demanding a caution for Ivanovic.

Come on referee, don’t let the PSG man do that…

12 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 20:57:57

Brych issues a stern warning to Matuidi after he pulled back Pedro.

The PSG man is very lucky to escape without a caution for that.

GT at 2016-03-09 20:55:49

PSG are on top now and Brych has sensibly adjusted his positioning by dropping deeper into the Chelsea half.

5 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 20:52:59

Excellent work by assistant Borsch, who rules offside against Ibrahimovic.

The big centre forward put the ball into the Chelsea net, but he did so from an offside position.

GT at 2016-03-09 20:51:11

…and it almost leads to a goal as Di Maria goes close

4 minutes

GT at 2016-03-09 20:50:47

First foul of the game after four minutes…good spot by Brych.

Free kick to PSG

GT at 2016-03-09 20:49:54

Good to see Felix not charging around like a headless chicken.

He is happy to take up positions in midfield and let the players play around him.

Calm, sensible refereeing from the cool German.

GT at 2016-03-09 20:47:39

Steady start for Brych and his colleagues as both teams are yet to settle

GT at 2016-03-09 20:45:40

Chelsea take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-03-09 20:38:03

It’s almost time for kick-off at Stamford Bridge…

GT at 2016-03-09 20:25:14

As for tonight’s refereeing team…

Big games always call for big names, and this referee is currently one of the very best in the business.

Germany’s Felix Brych leads a team of fellow countrymen into this one, with Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp running the lines, Marco Achmuller fourth official, and Bastian Dankert and Marco Fritz make up the team as additional assistant referees.

40-year-old Brych, a lawyer back home in Munich, began his international career in 2007, and has officiated at some impressive encounters since including the 2012 Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona, along with the 2014 Europa League Final (Sevilla v Benfica).

At this stage of UEFA’s top club competition only the very best officials get the games, so we are all looking forward to seeing Brych perform at the top of his game.

We sincerely hope that he brings the game to a successful conclusion.


GT at 2016-03-09 20:20:52

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary.

It’s another massive game that we have for you…

This is the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, being played at Stamford Bridge, London.

PSG take a one goal lead into this deciding leg having beaten their opponents 2-1 in Paris on 16th February, with goals from Ibrahimovic and Cavani.

However, Mikel scored a vital away goal for Chelsea which makes this such a fascinating encounter tonight, especially when we remember the Blues have scored in their last 22 home legs of the Champions League.

Indeed, the last time they failed to score in a home leg game was back in April 2011.

But…PSG has the best defensive record of the teams still in this year’s competition after conceding just two goals in seven games.

This one is just too close to call, sit back and enjoy our Refcam coverage whilst joining in by letting us know how you think the game will go, and comment on the performances of our referee and his assistants.

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