Uruguay v England – Roger Dilkes

RD at 2014-06-19 21:05:21

Full time summary

Thank you for your comments on the second goal, which I felt was correct on first viewing. Gerrard’s head and Suarez gambles to win the game for Uruguay.

The referee remained in control of this important game by keeping calm, cool and collected in a game which reached electric pace at time. Whilst disappointed that a second caution was not shown to Godin in the first half, he man managed challenges that I am sure would have received cautions on another day. He seemed fresh at the end although he was always in the right place when needed, with penetrating runs into both penalty areas to give his decisions. His proximity to play helped to sell his decisions, although I thought his reputation for issuing cards was certainly understood by both camps, as there was little dissent on the night. I have to mention Suarez and Cavani who were thorns in the England defence all night. Both world class players and always a danger. So England are not out just yet but results will have to go for them if they are not to take that early flight home. Thank you for being with us, keep in touch, we enjoy your involvement and interest. Roger Dilkes

RD at 2014-06-19 20:51:48

The referee brings the game to an end

RD at 2014-06-19 20:49:27

I am convinced that FIFA have had a word with referees on cautions due to the fact that although the referee has played some really good advantages, he has not endorsed his action with a later caution when the ball has gone dead.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:46:53

5 minutes of added time –

RD at 2014-06-19 20:46:10

Coates U4 on for Suarez and earlier Lambert came on to try to snatch something in the last few minutes.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:44:56

Referee is managing the free kick as players jostle in the penalty area.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:43:47

Poor challenge on Rooney. No disciplinary action.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:43:11

What is your view about offside on this one?

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RD at 2014-06-19 20:42:28

Suarez does the business again. Uruguay 2 England 1

RD at 2014-06-19 20:40:59

Pleased that the referee has responded well to the increase in the tempo of the game. He has kept calm so far and remained focused,

RD at 2014-06-19 20:39:11

Look how Cavani has moved closer to Suarez now that the score is 1-1

RD at 2014-06-19 20:36:49

Fucile on to add some aggression to the defensive unit as Sturridge already knows.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:35:24

Uruguay make another sub

RD at 2014-06-19 20:34:33

No penalty, again good call from referee but England in the ascendency.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:33:32

The game has now come alive – how will the officials respond? Need to keep the lid on it.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:32:13

Rooney does the business, has that silenced his critics? England equalise. Uruguay 1 England 1. Johnson’s assist brilliant.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:30:26

Sturridge wins a free kick but this comes to nothing, as he scuffs his shot.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:29:29

Lallana now on as sub, can he make the difference as he has done at Southampton this past season?

RD at 2014-06-19 20:28:38

To me England are getting sucked into a battle rather than keeping to their football.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:27:39

Referee plays a really good advantage but what about the disciplinary action for the foul on Barkley which looked reckless.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:24:56

Gerrard receives a caution for his challenge on U7 – no complaints. Referee calls it right. Is frustration now starting to set into the England team?

RD at 2014-06-19 20:23:30

U14 Lodeiro off and No 11 Stuani on as sub.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:22:29

The work rate of Cavani has been impressive, no wonder several Premier League clubs are interested.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:20:58

Barkley 21 on for Sterling

RD at 2014-06-19 20:19:14

What was your view on the Sterling incident with U6?

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RD at 2014-06-19 20:18:01

Referee right on the spot to deny penalty for England. Again deep penetration into penalty area off his diagonal. Well done.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:15:07

Another clumsy challenge by Uruguayan 13, easy spot by referee.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:14:18

Referee speaks to Baines after challenge – was it a foul as both players had their feet high?

RD at 2014-06-19 20:12:31

Welbeck catches goalkeeper and catches him on leg, Uruguayan’s upset by challenge but referee in quickly to diffuse any problems. Well done.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:10:47

Referee indicates no penalty for nudge on Welbeck, after Rooney brings out great save by Muslera

RD at 2014-06-19 20:09:00

Really good delay and then advantage by referee for Cavani through on goal – just wide. England need to step up a gear.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:06:59

Second time a corner has almost sneaked into the near post – basics!

RD at 2014-06-19 20:05:28

The England players need to keep calm as the tricks by the Uruguayan players have already started. The referee is alive to it fortunately.

RD at 2014-06-19 20:01:28

Velasco starts the second half

RD at 2014-06-19 20:00:28


Have FIFA spoken to the referees about issuing yellow/red cards? The deliberate hand ball free kick whilst correct attracted a yellow card, whilst a deliberate pull back in an attacking position did not, both committed by the same Uruguayan player No 3 Godin.

Uruguay for me are sticking to their basic instincts and not being precious about giving free kicks away when England are in the final attacking third. This could be their undoing if Rooney et al have their shooting boots with them.

At the other end Uruguay have shown how to pull defences apart. With two players giving the England defence all kinds of problem, it is not surprising that one of them has scored.

The refereeing team has done well overall, with Velasco keeping close to play and employing a decent sprint when it has been required. Assistants have been focused and supportive with their flags, which have been technically sound.

So what will the second half bring. If it stays 1-0 for the next 30 minutes expect fireworks in the last period, which is where the referee might play a big part. If England equalise then game on and this will also bring problems for the officials. I do not believe tiredness will play as bigger part as in previous games, given the temperature, so no excuses this time.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:46:48

Half time with Uruguay 1 England 0

RD at 2014-06-19 19:45:28

One minute of time added.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:44:43

Foul on Baines in front of technical area. Can England equalise before half time?

RD at 2014-06-19 19:43:16

England maintain the pressure with another corner and now yet another. Uruguay clear their lines.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:41:36

Referee speaks to jostling players at corner, which is followed by another one to England.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:39:51

As I just said watch the two and Cavani assists and Suarez obliges. That is why he has been recalled, fit or not! Uruguay 1 England 0

RD at 2014-06-19 19:38:35

Referee is taking up some really good positions and only using sprints when absolutely necessary

RD at 2014-06-19 19:36:28

Watch the movement, causing England defence all sorts of issues in man marking of Cavani and Suarez

RD at 2014-06-19 19:35:03

Again mystified by free kick against Baines

RD at 2014-06-19 19:33:46

Poor call by referee on alleged foul by Gerrard, was he too close.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:32:08

Another free kick near to goal although wide – Uruguay will give more away as the game develops – Rooney heads against the bar.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:30:30

Godin very lucky not to receive a second yellow. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket. Both technical offences, different penal actions?

RD at 2014-06-19 19:28:48

Look at the referee’s movement and speed to give an excellent goal kick decision – penetration deep into Uruguayan penalty area.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:25:15

Despite the protests an easy free kick given against Sterling.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:24:02

A further offside flag against Suarez – great focus by assistant.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:23:20

What is the pink wrist band on U22? Let us know your views.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:21:51

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Was the offside flag the next phase of play?

RD at 2014-06-19 19:20:44

Really good offside call by far side assistant as Sturridge makes himself active. Good flag technique.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:19:51

Referee staying close to play and penalising Sterling for his trip.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:17:39

England pressing and get a corner. Let’s see how the management of this goes by the referee after his words.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:14:31

offside decision again by nearside assistant who has started well.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:13:46

Early stages suggest that both teams are trying to win this game. Rooney fouled but free kick correctly given.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:10:53

First card for deliberate handball by U3 – good decision – spray can out and position for free kick is central. Rooney just wide. Velasco already started with his yellow cards.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:07:53

Sterling tripped good decision – perhaps he will dribble in final third rather than defensive third and lose ball causing problems for his team.

RD at 2014-06-19 19:06:18

Hair cut sponsorship – there’s a new one!

RD at 2014-06-19 19:05:34

Offside decision sound – good start by officials

RD at 2014-06-19 19:05:06

No one on near post ?

RD at 2014-06-19 19:04:32

Good spot for corner

RD at 2014-06-19 19:03:02

Good co-operation between nearside assistant and referee at throw in

RD at 2014-06-19 19:00:14

Velasco gets the game underway

RD at 2014-06-19 18:52:23

Hopefully, you saw Howard Webb’s superb performance in the earlier kick off between Colombia and Ivory Coast supported by two first class assistants in Mike and Darren. You must have all learned something today from Keith Hackett’s educational report.

Keep you eyes open tonight and apply the learning from this afternoon.


Enjoy this game between Uruguay and England.


RD at 2014-06-19 18:47:44

The Referee in tonight’s game will be Carlos Valesco Carballo and he will be supported by Assistant Referees Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Juan Yuste Jimenez – all from Spain. 4th Official is Alireza Faghani and Reserve Assistant Hassan Kamranifar – both from Iran.

The Referee will be instantly recognisable to many of you in this country, as he refereed all four of the Premier League sides in the Champions League last season, but he has never refereed an England game.

As Keith Hackett reported in his blog yesterday, Valesco comes to the World Cup with quite a reputation for issuing quick yellow and red cards, so the players, from both sides, need to behave if we are going to finish with 11 players on each side at the conclusion of the game.

YATR understands that in addition to his natural tongue, he speaks fluent English and this might have added to his skill base to attract such an important game for both countries.

Let’s hope he can use Law 18 ‘Common sense’ when careless challenges occur and use his language skills to calm players down, rather than resort to cards. We will soon find out!

at 2014-06-19 18:45:55

This Group D encounter between Uruguay and England is a must win for both sides. Although a win or a loss is no guarantee of a place in the next round or ‘going home’, both teams will want to win this one.

Will a ‘fit’ Suarez play for an hour and cause the England defence the same problems as he did last season in the Premier League? Will Rooney be restored to his more favoured role in the ‘hole’, where he can support Sturridge? What would you do if you were the Managers of either team?

The game will be played at the Arena de Sao Paulo and KO is 20.00 hours. The later KO may just suit England after their journey up to the rain forest in Manaus. Who knows, keep in touch for this game that must not be missed, whether you are in South America or the UK.


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