UEFA Europa League; semi-final; second leg: Liverpool v CF Villareal


GT at 2016-05-05 22:05:13

Thank you for joining me on Refcam tonight.

I hope you enjoyed that refereeing display as much as I did.

Catch up with you all again soon…

GT at 2016-05-05 22:03:42

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GT at 2016-05-05 22:02:13

Liverpool were outstanding tonight, and thoroughly deserve their place in the Final of this competition.

However, their collective effort was matched by that of referee Kassai and his team, especially assistant Ring.

The officials were superb, keeping their heads when players were losing theirs and going about their duties with calm and dignity.

Very, very well done to the officials, you contributed fully to a great game.

GT at 2016-05-05 21:56:17

And that is the end of a fantastic game of football.

Liverpool go through comfortably in the end by 3-0 (3-1 on aggregate) to ensure at least one of the four finalists places in UEFAs club competitions is not filled by a Spanish side.

Full Time

93 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:55:59

Yellow Card for Suarez

GT at 2016-05-05 21:53:57

Lucas replaces Sturridge for Liverpool.

What a great night the Liverpool number 15 has enjoyed.

GT at 2016-05-05 21:52:53

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes.

Just 3 added minutes to go on.

89 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:51:35

Liverpool bring on Benteke for Firmino.

Presumably the big man’s instructions are along the lines of…have the ball played up to you, and keep possession!

GT at 2016-05-05 21:50:03

More top work by assistant Ring to keep his flag down on Sturridge.

No offside.

The Liverpool man looks tired on his feet though and cannot finish his easiest chance of the game.

GT at 2016-05-05 21:47:19

Just 5 minutes of the regular 90 to play…

GT at 2016-05-05 21:45:11

That should calm the home side nerves as The Reds take a 3-0 lead (3-1 aggregate) with 8 minutes to play.

Excellent work from assistant Ring who correctly kept down his flag despite strong Villarreal appeals for offside.

Great work from the official.

81 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:43:21

GOAL! Lallana

GT at 2016-05-05 21:42:46

We enter the final 10 minutes of this pulsating semi-final.

Can Liverpool hold on to this lead and break the Spanish monopoly on places in UEFA finals?

Tell us what you think.

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78 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:40:39

Kassai is not fooled by Suarez’s dramatic fall in the penalty area, despite a push by Moreno.

Not enough there for me to award a penalty.

76 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:38:52

Excellent refereeing again as Kassai looked for an advantage to the visitors, but nothing came so he brought back play and awarded the free kick

73 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:36:13

Villarreal make their third and final change with Dos Santos making way for Bonera

72 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:35:19

Kassai makes a huge decision…but a correct one.

It is Ruiz who pays the penalty for his opening caution (dissent) as he is correctly shown a second yellow card and subsequent red following a foul

Yellow CardRed Card

68 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:30:27

Villarreal make their second change with Soldado leaving the action for Lopez

GT at 2016-05-05 21:27:33

It looks like the winners of this one will face Sevilla in the Final as the Spaniards have taken a 3-1 (5-3 aggregate lead in the other semi-final.

GT at 2016-05-05 21:25:54

yes…you guessed it.

It’s that man Sturridge with a cool finish into the corner of the goal

63 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:25:07

GOAL! and guess who?!!?

60 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:22:53

First change of personnel and it is Villarreal who exchange Trigueros for Pina

GT at 2016-05-05 21:20:06

Kassai spots a really good throw-in for the home side.

Most people thought that was going to Villarreal but our referee correctly saw a slight touch by the defender

GT at 2016-05-05 21:18:00

Toure is guilty of a silly foul in pushing Soldado.

He should know that the Villarreal number 9 will fall to the ground at the slightest touch.

53 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:15:53

Kassai doing good work off the ball before the corner kick is delivered.

Just letting the players know he is there, so if they were thinking of blocking or holding….think again!

GT at 2016-05-05 21:11:27

…and Viktor Kassai is matching them every step of the way.

GT at 2016-05-05 21:10:37

It is more of the same as far as the home side is concerned.


Swift attack, and pressure on the ball.

46 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 21:08:52

Good work from assistant Ring as he leads his referee into a free kick for Liverpool after Lallana is fouled

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

Time for the second half.

Hold on tightly, this could be a fast ride!

Villarreal get us going…

GT at 2016-05-05 20:53:22

That was a superb first half of football.

It had everything…pace, commitment and a goal to level up the tie.

Our referee, Viktor Kassai, has been equally impressive.

He refereed that opening period with maturity, empathy and used all of his experience to keep the players calm in an intensive atmosphere.

More of the same in the second half please Viktor…

GT at 2016-05-05 20:50:59

Incredibly, that is the end of the first 45 minutes…where has that first half gone?

No added minutes to go on either!

That hasn’t happened for a long time in the professional game.

Half Time

40 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 20:46:34

and, indeed, he is!

Caution Soldado – excellent refereeing

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-05-05 20:46:00

Soldado should be cautioned for a foul on Coutinho, from which Kassai plays advantage

GT at 2016-05-05 20:44:39

Toure hassles the Villarreal keeper before he kicks the ball from his hands, and Kassai wisely awards a free kick to the visitors in an attempt to calm it all down.

What a fantastic game of football this is….very, very well refereed

35 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 20:41:57

Yellow Cardfor Clyne who is guilty of a foul on Soldado, but nowhere near as bad as the Villarreal forward would have us believe.

His play-acting is disgraceful, as it was in the first leg of this clash.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:40:16

Offside correctly given against Liverpool by assistant Ring

GT at 2016-05-05 20:39:09

Soldado and Lovren clash as the game heats up.

But who is there to calm it all down?…the very impressive Kassai.

Top, top refereeing

31 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 20:36:39

In fact it is Ruiz who finds his way into Kassai’s notebook for his comments to the referee.

Villarreal look very rattled!

Yellow Card

30 minutes

GT at 2016-05-05 20:35:25

Excellent advantage played by Kassai as Suarez tripped Milner…I hope Viktor goes back and cautions him when play breaks down.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:33:35

In games such as this, when the pace is so quick, players are rushing into challenges with passes made at speed it is so easy for a referee to be drawn into making quick decisions which can break up the flow of play.

None of that from Viktor though.

He is so calm and collected, and is taking a second to decide whether he needs to stop play or allow it to continue.

That is why this referee is so highly thought of in UEFA and FIFA,

GT at 2016-05-05 20:28:34

A quarter of this game has already passed, and we have only our third foul challenge.

Of course, the impressive Kassai saw it!

GT at 2016-05-05 20:25:01

Look at Viktor’s anticipation of play.

He has recognised that Liverpool are doing most of the attacking, so he often just ahead of play as they build-up in midfield.

Whereas when Villarreal attack he follows their attack from behind play as he is anticipating Liverpool regaining possession and breaking into attack.

That is top class refereeing and recognition.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:21:28

Kassai is possibly the calmest man on the field of play.

The atmosphere is intense and the pace of the game frantic, but our referee is calmly going about his business.

A great lesson for all officials.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:18:09

Kassai makes his first big decision and it is a very good one.

The Villarreal goalkeeper came to catch the ball but dropped it.

However, our referee correctly decided that Firmino had pushed a defender into the keeper, causing him to spill the ball.

Great spot, Mr Kassai

GT at 2016-05-05 20:14:18

Liverpool get off to the dream start, and it’s that man Sturridge who makes the important contact on the ball as it deflects off the Villarreal captain Bruno and into the goal.

That is now all level on aggregate, and we have the game we were hoping for.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:12:37

GOAL! That’s put the cat amongst the pigeons!!

GT at 2016-05-05 20:10:44

Despite the frenetic opening both sides are keeping it clean. Just the one foul in the opening five minutes.

Let us hope that is the theme for tonight.

GT at 2016-05-05 20:08:13

It’s a lively opening, particularly from the home side who are making clear their attacking intentions.

Viktor is keeping close to active play in the opening exchanges…a wise decision

GT at 2016-05-05 20:05:54

Liverpool take the kick-off and get us underway…

Here we go!

GT at 2016-05-05 19:57:23

It’s almost time for kick-off at Anfield…

GT at 2016-05-05 19:42:56

As for tonight’s refereeing team…

It is another case of big names for big games as UEFA have pulled out of the hat one of their star performers.

We have a Hungarian team of officials in Liverpool, led by the impressive Viktor Kassai.

40-year-old Kassai was in charge of the 2011 UEFA Champions League final played at Wembley Stadium and won comfortably by Barcelona, who beat Manchester United 3-1.

A FIFA referee since 2003, and a representative at the 2010 World Cup Finals, the printing sales manager will not be phased by enormity of the challenge ahead tonight.

Running the lines for Kassai are György Ring and Vencel Tóth, whilst the additional assistant referees are fellow-countrymen Tamás Bognar and Ádám Farkas.

Fourth official is Peter Berettyán.

Viktor will be heartened by the impressive disciplinary records of both sides coming into this winner-takes-all clash.

Neither side has seen a red card in the competition, whilst their foul-counts are also low at 174 and 136 respectively.

As we are in the mood for a statistic or two let us finish off that sequence by detailing the caution-counts…20 for Liverpool, 18 for Villareal, which is laudable in a hugely important knock-out cup competition.

This is not a referee to be messed with though, and whilst Kassai will do his utmost to keep all 22 players on the field of play, he will not shirk a red card decision if one comes his way.

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

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

GT at 2016-05-05 19:35:54

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

This one is set-up to be an absolute cracker.

This is the Europa League semi-final, second leg shoot-out between Liverpool and Villareal being played at the famous Anfield Road, Liverpool.

The first leg was a tense and close affair which looked like it was heading for stalemate until Adrian Lopez fired in an injury-time winner for Villareal, which sees them bring a slender one goal advantage into tonight’s game.

Liverpool will be aware they are England’s sole-surviving hope of European club honours following Manchester City’s defeat yesterday to Real Madrid in the Champions League, and therefore carry the hopes of the nation going into this game.

Spanish football is booming once again, though, and there is a chance that the finals of both UEFA club competitions could be played out solely by Spanish clubs.

The Reds will fancy their chances of overturning the deficit in front of their own supporters, yet must remain wary of a Villareal side which has already scored 23 times in this competition.

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

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