UEFA Champions League; Group E; matchday 2; Manchester City v AS Roma

UEFA Champions League; Group E; matchday 2; Manchester City v AS Roma

Commentary By: Glenn Turner

FINAL SCORE: 1 - 1



GT at 2014-09-30 21:43:43

I hope you’ve all enjoyed tonight’s game with YATR, and the performance of our referees.

The live action keeps coming on YATR so keep logging in. With features also from our own Alan Biggs, Keith Hackett and former Premier League referee Mark Halsey.

So, keep it here…it’s where it’s happening!


GT at 2014-09-30 21:40:42

An excellent game of football, made even better by a fantastic performance by the Dutch refereeing team.

The best man on the field of play tonight? For me it is clear…Erwin Zeinstra (Assistant Referee) for as good a performance as I’ve seen from even our own Darren Cann. His decision making in the first half was simply outstanding.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:38:06

…and that’s it.

1-1 and it’s all over at The Etihad Stadium


GT at 2014-09-30 21:37:03

We are into the final minute and Roma continue to hold on for the away point.

They will be the happier of the two sides with a share of the spoils


GT at 2014-09-30 21:35:50

Silva misses a great chance for City


GT at 2014-09-30 21:32:48

That’s the end of normal time, and our referee decides up 5 added minutes…


GT at 2014-09-30 21:31:51

Clear handball offence by Milner. Well done Mr Kuipers


GT at 2014-09-30 21:31:04

Maicon stays off and is replaced by Torisidis


GT at 2014-09-30 21:30:18

The referee is unimpressed by Maicon’s appeal for an elbow but correctly allows the player to receive treatment


GT at 2014-09-30 21:27:22

5 minutes of normal time to go – and the ball is correctly called out of play for a throw in to City


GT at 2014-09-30 21:26:36

Now City make a change as Jovetic replaces Aguero


GT at 2014-09-30 21:25:22

Florenzi is replaced by Holibas for Roma


GT at 2014-09-30 21:24:38

It’s all City at the moment but Roma’s defence holds firm.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:23:21

Caution for Nainggolan as he brings down Silva Yellow Card


GT at 2014-09-30 21:20:21

That means they will be relying on the counter-attack so Mr Kuipers needs to keep that in mind when choosing his positioning


GT at 2014-09-30 21:19:22

Not a single player up front for Roma as the ball just keeps going back into their penalty area.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:17:45

We enter the final 15 minutes and a few players look fatigued.

Our referee will be aware of that, and conscious of tired fouls going in.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:14:20

Substitution as Totti is replaced by Iturbe (Roma)


GT at 2014-09-30 21:12:36

Totti fouls now…time to step up Mr Kuipers and re-assert your authority


GT at 2014-09-30 21:11:50

Cole (Roma) gets a stern ticking-off for a foul


GT at 2014-09-30 21:11:02

67 minutes gone and it’s Mr Kuipers first error as he awards a goal kick to Roma when it should have been a corner to City.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:09:17

Roma are playing deeper in their own half now and Mr Kuipers has adjusted his positioning accordingly.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:05:42

Roma will now be eyeing the point and may look to spoil the game in an effort to stop City attacking


GT at 2014-09-30 21:04:53

The foul count rises with another one to City.

Don’t be surprised if Mr Kuipers takes some disciplinary action soon.


GT at 2014-09-30 21:03:49

With two-thirds of the game gone, how do you think this will end?

Let us know what you think by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at info@you-are-the-ref.com


GT at 2014-09-30 21:02:55

Definitely no penalty there as Fernandinho is crowded out in the Roma penalty area


GT at 2014-09-30 21:02:07

Clear foul by Keita but Mr Kuipers is not swayed by the City fans and awards nothing more than the free kick


GT at 2014-09-30 20:59:48

City appeal again for a handball but Mr Kuipers correctly turns down their shouts.

Meanwhile, Dzeko is replaced by Lampard for City.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:57:29

Zabaleta leaves something on his opponent and is correctly cautioned Yellow Card


GT at 2014-09-30 20:56:28

Demichelis fouls Gervinho and a free kick follows


GT at 2014-09-30 20:54:49

An almighty scramble in the City penalty area but it comes to nothing and they clear their ranks


GT at 2014-09-30 20:53:37

Definite foul by Fernandinho and he can consider himself fortunate not to receive a caution as he stopped a promising attack for Roma


GT at 2014-09-30 20:51:34

Unfussy refereeing from Mr Kuipers.

Yes, it is a foul to City but he doesn’t go dashing in throwing cards around.

Lovely to see…


GT at 2014-09-30 20:50:29

Clear foul again on Dzeko.

Everyone accepts it and gets on with the game


GT at 2014-09-30 20:48:35

Our referee shows he has come out of the blocks with a correctly awarded free kick to City in the first minute of this half


GT at 2014-09-30 20:47:30

City will know they need to take all three points in their home games, so we can look forward to more attacking football as they chase that winning goal. Otherwise, Roma take 2nd place in Group E after 2 games with four points – 3 ahead of City.

So, it’s time for the second half.

Just one substitution to report as Milner comes on for Navas (Man City).

More of the same please gentlemen…players and officials.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:34:17

If they are awarding a half-time ‘man-of-the-match’ award there is one clear winner…

Erwin Zeinstra, the far side Assistant Referee.

Take a bow Mr Zeinstra because that was a lesson in how to run a line.

 


GT at 2014-09-30 20:32:10

It’s half time…

…and where did that first half go?

What a superb game, added to by magnificent performances from the refereeing team.

 


GT at 2014-09-30 20:31:06

Definite foul on Dzeko.

Correctly awarded by our referee


GT at 2014-09-30 20:27:59

How many hairline offside calls is that man going to call correctly tonight?

Another one to add to his tally.

Great performance


GT at 2014-09-30 20:26:38

Aguero needs to be a lot stronger there.

He went to ground far too easily – no foul


GT at 2014-09-30 20:24:46

City appeal for another penalty …but not for me.

The defender has his hand on the floor to steady himself, and the ball hits him.

If he had raised his hand then it would have been a different outcome.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:23:31

Definite foul by Fernandinho, correctly awarded


GT at 2014-09-30 20:23:02

This getting to be pleasingly repetitive…the assistant calls yet another tight offside correctly as Roma go too early on to a through ball


GT at 2014-09-30 20:21:09

35 minutes into the game and not a sign of dissent from any of the players.

They are getting on with it, even when things are given against them, because they have both trust and respect for Mr Kuipers and his team


GT at 2014-09-30 20:18:27

And again the assistant calls it spot-on as Cole strays offside for Roma


GT at 2014-09-30 20:16:34

Look how the players readily accept our referee’s decisions and retreat the correct distance at free kicks.

They are in no doubt who is in charge of this one.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:15:06

Any idea who held that record before Totti’s strike?

Let us know by contacting us either on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at info@you-are-the-ref.com


GT at 2014-09-30 20:14:19

A little bit of trivia for you…

….that goal makes Totti the oldest goal scorer in Champions League history!


GT at 2014-09-30 20:13:32

and again the far side Assistant shows his accuracy with another correct, tight, non-offside.

He is a fantastic assistant.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:12:07

and again a superb non-offside call allows Roma to attack once more


GT at 2014-09-30 20:10:46

Credit again to the far side Assistant Referee as he called the non-offside correctly and a goal followed.

Well done this refereeing team – again.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:09:51

Totti beats the offside trap and lifts one over Joe Hart.

Game on…


GT at 2014-09-30 20:09:15

GOAL!!


GT at 2014-09-30 20:08:59

Nothing for Aguero that time, as he falls over from nothing more than a shoulder charge


GT at 2014-09-30 20:07:16

Refreshing to see a referee not charging around the field of play like a headless chicken, but still being in the right place at the right time.

It all adds to the growing confidence the players will have in him.


GT at 2014-09-30 20:05:24

Mr Kuipers has the balance between when to play advantage and when to award a free kick exactly right at the moment.

 


GT at 2014-09-30 20:02:17

Well done Assistant Referee and the Official behind the goal…that went out and was a goal kick to Roma


GT at 2014-09-30 20:00:36

Possible advantage there, but the referee opts for a free kick instead.

Sensible refereeing as he looks to keep the players calm.


GT at 2014-09-30 19:59:33

Superb play again by Mr Kuipers. He looked for an advantage but there was nothing there,, so he correctly awarded a free kick to City for a high-foot


GT at 2014-09-30 19:56:56

Look at the referee and how he commands respect from the players just by the way he holds his posture and moves freely amongst them.

A quiet word here, a little acknowledgement there….this is a top class performer at work tonight


GT at 2014-09-30 19:55:07

This just gets better, as the assistant calls the tightest of offsides correctly as Roma threaten the City goal area


GT at 2014-09-30 19:53:40

Excellent positioning.

Excellent decision.

Definitely not a foul as the Roma player takes a tumble


GT at 2014-09-30 19:52:35

My word….

and now Maicon almost makes amends but smashes the crossbar with his shot.

What a game – and we are only 6 minutes in!!


GT at 2014-09-30 19:51:32

and, of course, a caution for Maicon

Yellow Card


GT at 2014-09-30 19:51:00

GOAL from the penalty…

We said this would be a good one to follow on YATR


GT at 2014-09-30 19:50:16

What a great decision for the penalty.

And not a clear goalscoring chance as there was possibility the defender and/or goalkeeper may make it…


GT at 2014-09-30 19:47:36

Good non-foul by Kuipers as City play on at the halfway line


GT at 2014-09-30 19:46:08

And we are off and running as City take the kick-off…


GT at 2014-09-30 19:40:24

It’s almost time for kick-off.

I don’t know about you, but my nerves are tingling at the prospect of this one!

Two great sides and a top-class refereeing team.

This should be fantastic…


GT at 2014-09-30 19:32:24

How do you think this one will go tonight?

Will City take advantage of playing at home in front of their own supporters or can AS Roma pull off their second win of this campaign?

With Bayern Munich already having beaten CSKA Moscow earlier today to top the group, this one has added importance now. It looks like City and Roma could be battling it out for the second qualifying spot in Group E.

And what about our referee, Mr Kuipers? Are you excited by his appointment?

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.com


GT at 2014-09-30 19:20:54

As for our refereeing team…

The line-up here is no less impressive than those of the two football teams.

Dutchman, Björn Kuipers takes control of tonight’s game.

Kuipers, aged 41, has been a FIFA Referee since 2006. He has deservedly enjoyed many high profile games in his career including the:

He also took control of two matches in this year’s FIFA World Cup Finals (Switzerland v France and Columbia v Uruguay) where YATR Refcam consistently reported upon his outstanding performances.

A very highly rated referee, Kuipers is one of only three Dutchmen currently active on the highest level of European referees.

In 2012, Kuipers achieved notoriety for correctly suspending the UEFA EURO Championship match between France and Ukraine, due to a torrential downpour and electrical storm.

He will be assisted tonight by five of his fellow countrymen:

Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel

Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra

Fourth Official: Charles Schaap
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Janssen

For those eagle-eyed YATR followers, you may recognise Kuipers as the face of ‘The Laws of the Game’, as he appeared on the front cover of FIFAs annual publication for 2014/15.

Let’s hope Mr Kuipers and his team perform as we know they are able, and contribute to a great match.

Really looking forward to watching all three teams tonight. Stay with us as this should be a great game.


GT at 2014-09-30 19:12:50

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

It promises to be a real cracker between Manchester City and AS Roma.

Manchester City will be aiming for their first win of the Champions League group stages when they host AS Roma at The Etihad Stadium tonight.

The City faithful know that anything less than three points will seriously dent their hopes of progressing from the group stage for a second season in succession.

In Matchday 1 (17th September) AS Roma swept aside CSKA Moscow by 5 goals to 1, whereas City lost 1-0 away to the German giants Bayern Munich. That means the pressure to win is much greater for Manuel Pellegrini’s men than it is for the Italians, who are led by Rudi García.

So, with City at home, and their visitors in such free-scoring mode, let’s hope for a hatful of goals and some attractive, open football tonight.