UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid CF v Club Atlético de Madrid


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GT at 2016-05-28 22:46:56

The final comment has to go to the victors…


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Thank you to everyone for joining us again tonight, but stay with us here on YATR for more live commentary on Refcam, as we have some top quality action coming up for you

Tomorrow we bring further MLS action in New York City v Orlando City.

Following that is a whole host of EURO 2016 fixtures for you, beginning on 10th June with France v Romania.

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GT at 2016-05-28 22:41:07

As for our referees…

In summary, this was an outstanding display of refereeing from Mark Clattenburg.

He was at his very, very best.

His decision making was only surpassed by his positioning and movement…he was everywhere tonight.

If you are going to star, then do it in front of the boss on the highest stage!

And that is exactly what Clatts did tonight under the watchful eye of Pierluigi Collina .

If he has ever refereed better, then I cannot recall when it was.

In the cauldron of a UEFA Champions League Final he was simply magnificent.

Despite extra-time, with tiring legs and mind, Clatts never let his standards drop.

Jake Collin joined the party and assisted his referee well.

Unfortunately, Simon Beck didn’t…

With one major decision to make, he got it horribly wrong.

Of course, anyone can make a bad call, but it is clear to me why Simon keeps making them.

He cannot stay in line with the second rearmost defender, and because of this he keeps making poor offside judgements.

This game went into extra time and then on to penalties, but it shouldn’t have.

Atlético missed a penalty in normal time and the Real opener was clearly offside.

But for that Beck howler Atlético may have won this…and that is something he must reflect upon and ask himself why he gets so many offside calls wrong.

GT at 2016-05-28 22:36:44

What a fabulous final that was.

We had everything.

Goals, missed penalties and controversy.

But ultimately it is Real Madrid who add another European trophy to their magnificent haul.

Congratulations to them and their supporters.


GT at 2016-05-28 22:35:00

Ronaldo scores the decider…

and it’s Real who take the trophy for the 11th time

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Atlético’s Juanfran is the first to miss as he hits the post

Advantage to Real

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Now the goal scorer Ramos for Real

Who scores too


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Saul for Atlético makes it 3-3

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Gareth Bale…



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Now it’s Gabi for Atlético, who scores too


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Marcelo for Real


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Griezmann is the first to take one for Atlético.

He scores too


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First up is Lucas of Real…

who scores.


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Penalty Shoot Out

The order for those taking the penalty kicks has been sorted and we are off…

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…but they cannot capitalise, and we are going to a penalty shoot out to decide the winner of this one

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The last throw of the dice goes to Real…

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Just 3 minutes of playing time left…

Will we get a winner?

116 minutes

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Which leads Atlético to make their final change as Koke has to leave the action.

Pertey takes over

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It’s like a battlefield out there with bodies laying all over the place…the players are suffering badly with cramp

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Good spot referee!

Clatts sees Torres handle the ball and awards a free kick to Real.

This is in striking distance…

111 minutes

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Yellow Cardfor Pepe (Real) and rightly so, following a really poor challenge

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Prevention is better than cure, as Clatts calms everyone down before a corner kick is sent in

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Clatts is right on top of play yet again to see Vazquez fouled.

Good decision for the free kick

109 minutes

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There are a lot of aching limbs out there and Atlético do something about it as they exchange Lucas for Felipe Luis

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…and we’re off, with Real taking the kick-off

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Excellent awareness from Clatts as he clears debris from the playing surface

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This is it…

15 minutes for a winner, or it’s those dreaded penalties

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That is the end of the first half of extra time…

Will we get a winner, or is this heading for penalties?

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Watch Clatts moving early into space as he sees play building up.

Great awraeness

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100 minutes played, and counting…but there is no let-up in Clatts’ performance.

Top drawer.

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Clatts remains in total control and has adjusted his involvement perfectly in balance with the game.

This is a referee with total empathy

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Carrasco is having a great time down the Atlético left wing…he could turn this one in their favour

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The worrying stat is that 11 of the previous extra-time finals have been decided by a penalty shoot out

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We all love a good stat, don’t we?

Could you guess how many of these finals have gone to extra-time?

This is the 17th occasion…which is hardly surprising as the two finalists really should be closely matched.

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Extra Time

You know the best thing about extra time?…

We get to see more of Mark Clattenburg turning in a world class performance.

Here we go, as Atlético get us under way

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We are heading for

Extra Time

Surely not the dreaded penalty shoot-out afterwards?

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Full Time

93 minutes

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Yellow Cardfor Sergio Ramos for a poor challenge as Carrasco breaks

Gabi joins him in the book for his pointless protest at Clatts as her wanted a red card for the Real defender

Yellow Card

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Pepe looks around longing for a free kick, but thinks better of complaining as Clatts is right on the spot yet again.

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That is the end of the regular 90 minutes….3 added minutes to go on

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See how Clatts has adjusted his involvement?

The last thing anyone wants now is a fussy referee.

He is letting the players get on with it as both teams go in search of a winner.

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Real or Atlético?

The only certainty is that Madrid will win this one!

GT at 2016-05-28 21:29:07

Ten minutes of the 90 to go…this could go either way.

Who do you think will win it?

Let us know what you think and give us your views by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at Info@you-are-the-ref

79 minutes

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and it is the substitute Carrasco who slides in to level the scoreline

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76 minutes

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Less than 15 minutes of the regular 90 to go as the youngster Vazquez comes on for Real in place of Benzema

75 minutes

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Felipe Luis knoocks over Pepe and a free kick is correctly awarded.

But the great piece of refereeing came afterwards as Pepe reacted to a friendly pat on his cheek from the Atlético man as if he had been punched by a champion boxer.

Clatts gave him a Collina-type stare and told him not to be so stupid.

Great man-management and awareness

72 minutes

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Tony Kroos leaves the action for Real

Isco takes his place.

70 minutes

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Real counter attack at speed and Benzema wastes a good chance…who was up there with him as he shot on goal?

Clatts, of course, as he bust upfield overtaking several players en route

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Clatts is standing for no nonsense in the penalty area at corner kicks.

He shows strength again as he awards a free kick to Atlético for pulling by Pepe

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But Bale fires the free kick into the wall

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This time Ronaldo is fouled as Godin stands on his foot….free kick in a very dangerous area to Real

63 minutes

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What a superb decision as Ronaldo goes to ground before a challenge comes in on him.

Clatts shakes his head and tells the Real superstar to get to his feet.

Top refereeing.

GT at 2016-05-28 21:09:23

We are into the final third of the regular 90 minutes…

61 minutes

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Yellow Card for Torres (Atlético) and correctly so as he is late into a challenge


59 minutes

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Great advantage played by Clatts….and it almost led to an Atlético equaliser

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…and there was a great example as Clatts correctly awarded a free kick against Casemiro (Real Madrid).

The number 14 got up and was about to send a ‘volley’ of his thoughts towards the referee, then he saw Clatts was right on top of the incident so he turned away in silence.

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Note the lack of player dissent tonight…and ask why that is on such an important occasion?

The answer is…because of Clatts’ positioning and movement.

Irrespective of where fouls are committed, he is right on top of 9 out of 10 of them.

So, when a player looks up after committing a foul and is about to give the referee a mouthful, he sees Clatts right on top of play and turns away instead.

Fantastic, preventative refereeing.

52 minutes

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Real make their first change as Carvajal is replaced by Danilo.

Clatts will be pleased as that is one of the players on a caution who has left the action!

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Foul by Juanfran on Benzema…and who is right on the spot to see it?

That man, Clatts.

Superb movement…

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…but that is the end of the punishment as Griezmann smashes the penalty kick against the cross bar!

It remains 1-0….

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and it is accomopanied by a caution for the Real ‘keeper

Yellow Card

46 minutes

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Clatts opens up where he left off, with excellent foul recognition.

This time he calls one correctly in favour of Atlético as Pepe brings down Torres for a penalty kick…

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Here we go…

The second half is under way and it is Real who get us moving…

Atlético have made a change with Carrasco coming on for Fernandez.

GT at 2016-05-28 20:45:55

Simon Beck needs to park his error and come out and show everyone why he has been handed the ticket to France next month.

As a top referee once said to me…we have all seen you make good decisions Glenn, but you will show me just how good you are AFTER your first major mistake.

Wise words…

GT at 2016-05-28 20:43:40

However, let’s not keep dwelling upon that poor piece of officiating…

We can all take a great deal of pleasure in Clatts’ performance tonight.

He is showing all of his abilities as a top referee who should go far in EURO 2016.

Contrast his performance tonight with that last week in The FA Cup Final.

He looks at ease yet enthusiastic tonight, whereas his bid language was anything but that last week.

Where does the ‘blame’ for that lie? For me…clearly at the feet of The FA and the PGMOL who shoukd take a long, hard look at the way they have treated this referee as opposed to some others.

GT at 2016-05-28 20:39:37

Real deserve their half time lead but that doesn’t make it right.

Sergio Ramos was offside in the build-up to his goal, and should not have stood.

It gives me no pleasure at all to wonder whether Simon Beck could prove to be Clatts’ nemesis at the forthcoming EURO 2016 Championships?

There is an adage that an assistant cannot make a bad referee look good, but he can make a good one look bad.

Simon has made too many high profile, an fairly simple, errors for me to be categorised as a top assistant.

Clatts’ saving grace could be UEFA’s precedent which they set at EURO 2012 when the Committee sent home Peter Kirkup from that tournament but kept on his referee, Howard Webb, and fellow assistant, Darren Cann.

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Half Time

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Gareth Bale is nonplussed at the decision not to award a foul in his favour…and understandably so.

I’m afraid it was poor lining again by Simon Beck though as it was a long ball over the top which Clatts coukd not have caught.

He was reliant upon Beck for assistance as he should have been in line to see the foul…the rest is history.

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Just 5 minutes of the opening half remain, and Real, just like Clatts, continue to be in full control of this one

36 minutes

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Excellent offside call by Jake Collin who IS right in line to judge that one.

Well done, Jake.

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Clatts continues to impress.

Perpetual motion, with ease, sees him cover every blade of The San Siro.

Top refereeing from a top referee

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Training to be a top assistant referee is different to training as a referee.

Assistants need less endurance but better short bursts of speed.

Look at the running statistics for the two different officials…

A referee will run as far, if not further, than any of the players.

Whereas an assistant runs nowhere near that endurance, but (s)he does need to be at least as fast , if not faster, than any of the players over 10 metres.

I wonder if Simon Beck tailors his training for the job-at-hand?

30 minutes

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Excellent positioning and movement by Clatts sees him right on the spot to correctly award a corner against Ramos, rather than the penalty his opponent wished for.


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Take a look at Simon Beck’s positioning at the goal…

Despite play being squeezed tightly in the Atlético penalty area he still managed to be out-of-line with Sergio Ramos, and that is why he made that huge mistake.

Running the line really is not that difficult (no, I mean that…it really isn’t!) so long as you are fast on your feet and can stay in line with the second rearmost defender.

Sadly, Simon Beck isn’t really that quick over those crucial first 5 to 10 metres, hence him making so many incorrect offside calls.

GT at 2016-05-28 20:13:29

A quarter of the game has passed and it remains 1-0.

Simon Beck will be hoping that doesn’t become the match deciding decision.

Real look like they could score again though, as they are playing with a lot of confidence tonight.

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In terms of the match, despite Simon Beck’s error, it is probably the best thing for the game as Atlético will have to come out and attack now.

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Juanfran commits a silly foul and Atlético pay the price as Real score from it..

Sergio Ramos is right on the spot but he looks suspiciously offside.

Simon Beck has missed that one, and I’m afraid he has called a few offsides incorrectly this season (see the pre-match build up in this blog).

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GOAL! Sergio Ramos

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Gabi takes a tumble, but there is no fooling Clatts, who ignores the Atlético man’s appeals for a free kick.

Another good decision.

10 minutes

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…and there it is, as predicted…

Carvajal sees yellow for a late challenge.

Good decision.

Yellow Card

9 minutes

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Clatts needed help from Simon Beck as a long ball was pumped forward…unfortunately the assistant referee failed to see or signal the pull by Benzema.

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Atlético show their intentions early as they commit yet another foul.

This time it is Ronaldo on the receiving end.

It won’t be long until we see Clatts pull out a card…

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Gabi brings down Gareth Bale as the Weslhman was threatening to break away.

From the resulting free kick Oblak makes an incredible save for Atlético

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5 minutes in and it’s a very nervy start by both sides.

Clatts is settling in though, picking out early free kicks in an attempt to calm down the players.

He is right on top of active play too….again, superb early work in letting the players know he is there and he is in view of everything

30 seconds

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First call for Clatts, and it is a good one.

Foul for Real as Koke challenges for the ball with a high foot

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Somewhat belatedly, we’re away (at last!)…

Atlético take the kick-off

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It’s almost time for kick-off at The San Siro…

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As for tonight’s refereeing team…

Even though the English club sides flattered-to-deceive in this season’s competition there is still strong English presence for this clash.

The country’s number one referee, Mark Clattenburg, leads a team of fellow compatriots plus a Hungarian fourth official, Viktor Kassai, into ‘battle’.

Clattenburg, often overlooked by his employers back home for the really top games has no such issues from the Head of Refereeing at UEFA, Pierluigi Collina.

The charismatic Italian sees Clattenburg for what he is…our country’s lead referee, and has rightly rewarded the Geordie whistle-blower with this prestigious tie.

Fresh from last week’s FA Cup Final, Clattenburg, or Clatts as he is known to friends and colleagues, is a referee with whom I have had the pleasure of working since his arrival into the top flight of domestic, European and world football.

From working alongside him at his first Football League game I have had the pleasure of watching and working with Clatts as he flourished from being the then-youngest-official to the status he currently enjoys as our best referee.

Like every top match official there have been bumps in the road along that journey for Clatts, but each and every time this hugely likeable and honest North East lad comes back better and stronger.

Even greater things are expected of Clatts, and rightly so.

He deserves the position he currently holds and is refereeing in an arena for a governing body which he respects and enjoys.

Running the lines for Clatts tonight are Simon Beck and Jake Collin.

Jake has enjoyed another superb season as an assistant referee back home, and simply needs to carry that form into this game.

Simon, on the other hand, has had somewhat of an indifferent season with accurate offside judgment being a particular problem for him. Let’s hope he manages to ‘park’ those errors and turns in a performance worthy of this appointment. The last thing he will want is to have made another game-influencing error, especially on this stage.

Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner are the additional assistant referees with Kassai fourth official.

Expectations are high for this clash, and everyone at YATR offers Clatts and his team our very best wishes.

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

GT at 2016-05-28 19:20:22

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

And what a game we have for you…

This is the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid, being played at the San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy.

I could almost end it there, because this fixture speaks for itself.

For the second time in just three years these two fierce rivals contest the final of the greatest club competition in Europe.

Two years ago the Merengues took the spoils following 4-1 victory (after extra time) and in doing so secured their 10th European Cup success.

The ‘FIFA Club of the 20th Century’ is littered with top name players and superstars, and will fancy their chances of extending that record-making feat of victories.

Standing in their way, however, is a superbly well organised Atlético outfit.

Led by the inspirational Diego Simeone, Atlético will be looking to their own goal machine, Fernando Torres, to upset the history books which see a clean sweep of victories for Real on the three previous occasions these two city rivals have met in this competition.

But history goes out of the window for this tie.

These are two truly world class squads who are each capable of producing something very special indeed.

So don’t go anywhere.

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.

You can contact us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at info@you-are-the-ref.com