UEFA U21 Final: Sweden v Portugal


GT at 2015-06-30 22:35:58

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GT at 2015-06-30 22:34:59

As Sweden enjoy the celebrations of being U21 Champions, let us remind Refcam followers that there’s lots more Refcam analysis coming up as we continue coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals tournament with England’s semi-final game v Japan on Thursday.

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GT at 2015-06-30 22:33:15

Szymon Marciniak you were simply superb.

Calm under pressure.


But most of all….happy to let the players take centre-stage.

Any chance of you and your assistants moving to England?

GT at 2015-06-30 22:32:06

But let us focus on our refereeing team.

Szymon Marciniak was simply magnificent.

After 120 minutes of play followed by 10 penalties in the shoot-out, all he and his team missed were 2 goal kick/corner decisions and 26 seconds of added time!


GT at 2015-06-30 22:30:32

Sweden are the 2015 U21 Champions!!

What a horrid way to lose a final…

GT at 2015-06-30 22:29:53

Portugal have to score here or they have lost…

and poor Willaim sees his effort saved

Sweden 4-3 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:28:44

Last one each of the first five…

Sweden score

Sweden 4-3 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:28:05

Portugal need to level with this one…

and they do…

Sweden 3-3 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:27:23

But it is saved!!

It stays Sweden 3-2 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:26:57

If Sweden score this one, they have won it…

GT at 2015-06-30 22:26:33

Carlgren saves one from the Portuguese (2)

Sweden 3-2 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:25:45

Sweden 3-2 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:25:28

What drama as Toze’s effort went in off the bar!

GT at 2015-06-30 22:24:57

Toze scores for Portugal

Sweden 2-2 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:23:34

Sweden 2-1 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:23:03

Sweden 1-1 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:22:01

Sweden 1-0 Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 22:21:45

Here we go…

Sweden are to take the first of the opening five penalties each…

Sweden have the advantage as they are to be taken at the end of the ground where the Swedish fans are standing.

GT at 2015-06-30 22:15:35

…and that’s it for action in open play.

The dreaded Penalty Shoot Out

will determine who takes home this trophy.

GT at 2015-06-30 22:14:55

1 added minute to go…

GT at 2015-06-30 22:11:46

A corner kick decision is missed, but let us cut this referee some slack as he has been superb.

His additional assistant Raczkowski was much better placed for that decision but missed it.

GT at 2015-06-30 22:09:44

With 5 minutes to go, it’s looking like penalties will decide this one

GT at 2015-06-30 22:07:40

Lindelof Yellow Card

GT at 2015-06-30 22:07:10

Second caution – this time to the Swedish (2) Lindelof after he pulled back his opponent.

Good work, referee

GT at 2015-06-30 22:06:05

With less than 10 minutes to go our referee continues to impress as he is unmoved by the Swedish ‘keepers dramatics and awards a goal kick

GT at 2015-06-30 22:04:35

First caution of the game to Sweden’s Baffo Yellow Card

But the greater call is the non-penalty award.

The foul started and ended outside of the penalty area.

GT at 2015-06-30 22:03:40

Great foul recognition as the Swede goes down dramatically, but quickly realises his rolling around is not fooling the referee

GT at 2015-06-30 22:01:30

The Swedish keeper takes a small knock under an aerial challenge.

Only a free kick…nothing else deserved.

GT at 2015-06-30 22:00:45

Referee Marciniak sensibly allows players to take on plenty of fluids.

It is still very hot in the Eden Stadium, and the health and well being of the players is paramount.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:59:29

Sweden get us going for the final 15 minutes.

Will we get a goal this game deserves?

GT at 2015-06-30 21:57:47

That’s the end of the first period of

Extra Time

15 minutes to go before the dreaded penalty shoot-out

GT at 2015-06-30 21:56:59

More good work from assistant Sokolnicki as he spots a touch by Guidetti meaning a goal kick is correctly awarded to Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 21:53:47

Guidetti is the guilty man this time and Marciniak spots his push on his Portuguese marker.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:52:27

Excellent wait-and-see technique from Marciniak as Guidetti is clearly fouled, but our referee waited to see if play broke for Sweden, before realising there was no advantage, so he awarded the free kick.

Superb refereeing, again.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:47:11

Medeiros commits a frustrated and tired foul on his Swedish marker after losing the ball in a dangerous area.

Referee Marciniak has empathy with the situation and gives a quiet word to the Portuguese forward

GT at 2015-06-30 21:45:13

Excellent decision for no offside by assistant Sokolnicki early in this period of extra time

GT at 2015-06-30 21:42:41

Marciniak follows correct procedure for added time, and it is Portugal who get us going for the first added 15 minutes.

Fatigue could be a determining factor in this heat and humidity.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:38:09

Strange ending to the game as only 1 minute 34 seconds of the added 2 are played before referee Marciniak calls an end to the second half.

Extra-time and possibly the dreaded penalties await…

GT at 2015-06-30 21:35:45

It was a tight 1-1 draw 6 days ago between these two sides in the Group phase, and little has changed as our referee adds on 2  minutes to the regular 90.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:32:40

A lazy foul by (23) Mario as he blocks off the Swede

GT at 2015-06-30 21:31:39

More excellent refereeing and man-management as referee Marciniak strongly rebukes the Portuguese midfielder for trying to con him into as free kick.

What a superb performance this has been from the Polish official and his team.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:29:24

With 5 minutes of the regular 90 to play both sides look resigned to extra-time.

Nobody is tasking a chance which could cost their team dearly at this stage.

Neither is our referee who remains totally in-tune with the action.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:25:30

A few ‘tired’ challenges are creeping into the game now, and our referee is recognising the lack of malice by simply awarding fouls and nothing else.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:23:45

Never, ever a penalty as the Portuguese front man throws himself to the ground under a challenge from his marker.

Good call referee.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:21:23

Sensible refereeing as a free kick goes to the Portuguese goalkeeper following a strong challenge by Guidetti.

No surprises is the order of the day, and everyone expected that call.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:20:00

It took an hour and fifteen minutes for Marciniak’s first mistake…and it waas a corner/goal kick one.

That is good refereeing.

GT at 2015-06-30 21:18:41

First error by the referee as he awards a corner to Sweden when it should have been a goal kick to Portugal.

It all comes to nothing though…

GT at 2015-06-30 21:15:51

20 minutes to go.

Will this game get the goal it deserves?

GT at 2015-06-30 21:14:58

Another change, this time for Portugal as Pereira makes way for Goncalo Paciencia

GT at 2015-06-30 21:13:31

Still no fooling this referee as Sweden try to steal a throw-in, but our man in the middle saw it well and correctly gave it to Portugal

GT at 2015-06-30 21:12:15

An unfortunate incident as the Swedish front man and assistant Sokolnicki ‘jostle’ for the same space!

GT at 2015-06-30 21:10:05

Sweden’s second change as Quaison replaces Tibbling

GT at 2015-06-30 21:09:09

Magnificent advantage played by referee Marciniak esults in Portugal taking the lead rwhich almosdt

GT at 2015-06-30 21:07:43

It took an hour but we have just seen the first error of the evening as assistant Sokolnicki and additional assistant Raczkowski miss a tug on a Swedish player.

No fault of the referee…it was not his call

GT at 2015-06-30 21:05:33

Portugal make their second change as Iuri Medeiros replaces Cavaleiro


GT at 2015-06-30 21:04:08

Silva is upset at no free-kick being awarded in his favour but referee Marciniak is spot-on yet again.

I can just imagine him telling the Portugal man, “Foul? That’s never been a foul. You should have seen me play!”

GT at 2015-06-30 21:01:15

More superb teamwork between assistant and referee as Listkiewicz continues his excellent work from the first half to lead his referee correctly into awarding a foul to Sweden

GT at 2015-06-30 20:59:07

Portugal make their first change as captain Oliveira makes way for Toze

GT at 2015-06-30 20:57:56

Guidetti fires Sweden’s best chance so far over the bar

GT at 2015-06-30 20:56:03

(2) Esgaio is fouled an more sensible refereeing sees a free-kick only given.

swiftly followed up by a superb advantage as Portugal break quickly.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:52:51

good call for a foul in favour of Portugal.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:50:03

Here we go again.

Sweden get us going.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:36:31

An excellent and faultless performance by referee Marciniak and his team.

They show all watching that it is not necessary to make yourselves the centre of attention. Neither is over-elaborate posturing needed.

Just good, solid refereeing.

Get in. Do the job. Get out unnoticed.

Superb first half gentlemen.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:34:09

Half Time


GT at 2015-06-30 20:34:01

The first disappointment of the game as (8) of Portugal Oliveira throws himself to the floor dramatically after a very small foul.

No fooling this referee though, who gives the foul and nothing else.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:31:29

The Swedish masses scream for handball but that was definitely a case of ball-to-hand.

Another correct decision.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:29:05

5 minutes to go, and this has been a example of how to officiate at the highest level by all concerned.

More of the same please…

GT at 2015-06-30 20:28:11

More excellent teamwork between assistant Sokolnicki and our referee.

Yes, Tibbling of Sweden was impeded but they kept their calm and allowed him to wriggle free of the challenge which resulted in a dangerous attack for Sweden.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:26:12

(3) of Sweden Alexander Milosevic trips his opponent and receives a stern ticking-off from Marciniak.

Sensible refereeing in the context of the game so far.

The foul only stood-out because there has been so little in terms of fouls to this point. But our referee was not taken in by that, and sensibly awarded a foul and no card. Well done.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:19:31

30 minutes gone in a European final.

Only a handful of fouls.

Some excellent offside calls.

Not a sign of any dissent.

Take a bow everyone concerned.

This how football should be.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:17:51

Excellent advantage played by Marciniak as Portugal attack.

Unfortunately for them, assistant Listkiewicz is having a great game, and he spots another offside correctly ass they press forward.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:14:42

Late challenge by (16) Tibbling of Sweden.

Our referee spots it, gives it and doesn’t join the crowd’s excitement over the foul.

Well done again referee.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:12:35

Marciniak is on top of everything as he spots another ‘small’ foul.

Not a hint of dissent as the players display their trust in him.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:09:33

Surely it is only a matter of time before the deadlock is broken.

Portugal are camped inside the Sweden half.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:08:28

Excellent call by the referee and his team as a strong appeal for a penalty to Sweden is waved away.

That was definitely ball to chest and never a deliberate handball offence.

GT at 2015-06-30 20:07:24

Once again assistant Listkiewicz calls a tight offside correctly.

I can think of many assistants in our domestic game would would be well advised to watch this lad in action.

By staying in-line with the second rearmost defender he is making these difficult decisions look easy

GT at 2015-06-30 20:02:53

I like the look of this referee.

This is the final tie in a major European tournament, yet he gives off an air of calm and decisiveness.

Keep it at this level Szymon, you are contributing well to a good game.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:59:14

Good call referee…the Swedes felt their player was being held down but it was 50/50 as he was leaning into his marker

GT at 2015-06-30 19:57:13

…and again, assistant (2) is called into action.

Excellent offside decision.

That was as tight as them come, but Listkiewicz was spot-on yet again.

Good lining.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:56:16

Listkiewicz calls another good one from the far side line…a good offside call in favour of Sweden.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:55:08

…it certainly was dangerous as it rattles the crossbar!

GT at 2015-06-30 19:54:46

Almost six minutes played and referee Marciniak gives his opening free-kick.

A good decision in a dangerous area for the Portuguese to take.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:53:01

Good team work from assistant Tomasz Listkiewicz.

He led his referee into a throw-in decision. A small decision observers may think, but they are the ones which help build players’ trust in a referee early into a game.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:50:37

It’s a lively opening, particularly from Portugal.

Szymon is playing his part by allowing play to develop, staying out of the way, and letting the players get on with it.

Good start, referee.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:48:16

Here we go…

Portugal take the kick-off and get us under way…

GT at 2015-06-30 19:40:29

It is almost time for kick-off at the Eden Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.

Players, club staff, supporters and match officials alike will all have nerves and butterflies in their stomachs at the moment as the opening whistle approaches.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:26:40

Taking the honour of refereeing this huge game is Polish official Szymon Marciniak.

Marciniak will be helped by his usual team of assistant referees Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz.

The additional assistant referees are Pawel Raczkowski and Tomasz Musial, whilst Frenchman Clément Turpin will serve as fourth official.

Making up the seemingly endless cast of officials is Frédéric Cano, also of France, who will be the reserve assistant referee.

The team in full is:

Referee: Szymon Marciniak

Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki

Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz

Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski

Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial

Fourth Official: Clément Turpin

Reserve Assistant Referee: Frédéric Can

UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina

Marciniak has already officiated twice at these finals.

He completes an unusual scenario as he refereed the opening match between hosts Czech Republic and Denmark, and he will now oversee the final tie.

He also took control over the Group tie between Portugal and Italy.

As if the pressure of refereeing the final is not enough to cope with, Marciniak will know that Collina’s presence as Observer should be the last leg in his journey towards promotion to UEFA’s Elite List of Referees.

However, refereeing at this level is all about being able to handle those pressures, so I am certain that Marciniak will have the strength to come through the game with flying colours.

Marciniak is an interesting character, having formerly been an aggressive, young, central midfielder with Polish top-flight club Wisla Plock who was, in his own words, “a difficult player to referee….and crazy”.

The 34 year-old attributes some of his success as a referee to his former playing career, accepting that he benefits now from being a bit of a pain in the neck as a player as he can relate to players who are frustrated and on the edge of ‘losing it’ during play.

He’s certainly not short of confidence this fellow, having already stated that he shall, one day, referee the World Cup Final.

Everyone at YATR and Refcam followers wishes him well with that ambition, and in the meantime hope he comes through tonight’s final with flying colours.

GT at 2015-06-30 19:21:39

Hi everyone and welcome to real treat here on YATR Refcam, as we give coverage of the UEFA U21 Final between Sweden and Portugal.

Neither country has won this competition before, so we shall definitely see a new name appear on the trophy tonight.

Pre-match favourites have to be the Portuguese. They remain unbeaten in this competition, having conceded just one goal so far and after hammering the highly-fancied Germans 5-0 in the semis, Coach Rui Jorge is quick to highlight his young side’s passion, will to win and quality.

Standing in their way though is Håkan Ericson’s Swedish side. They finished second in their qualifying group behind Portugal, but drew 1-1 with them in the group phase just a week ago, leading them into the Final with a tournament record so far of Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 1 and Lost 1. Goals scored 7, goals conceded 4.

This is tournament football though, and with the trophy at stake it is winner-takes-all tonight.

We will bring you live coverage of all the action as it unfolds whilst also analysing the match officials’ performances.

Sit back and enjoy our Refcam coverage…this should be great game to follow.