Monday, 18 June 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup Match 12: Sweden - South Korea (discussion)

Let's discuss here the performance of Joel Aguilar in Sweden - South Korea. Good luck to the officiating team! 
Match #12
Nizhny Novgorod, 18 June 2018 14:00 CET
Sweden - South Korea
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Fifth Official: Bertrand Brial (NCL)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR1: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
AVAR 2: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
AVAR 3: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

120 comments:

  1. https://youtu.be/hwTBL3NMQ3A

    Nice video about his career so far

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    1. I particularly loved how he looses the YC in the end, continues unfazed and pulls out another. :D

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    2. I will never forget USA - Costa Rica under that snowfall...

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  2. OT
    FIFA has officially removed Eriksson from the international list, very quick process:
    https://www.fifa.com/development/education-and-technical/referees/association=swe/index.html

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    1. Expected after everything he said about both FIFA/UEFA.

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  3. Today the green kit really is a bad choice, considering that Sweden wears dark shorts.
    Blue would have been a better option.

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    1. especially when there is no shade you cant tell the ref from the sweedish player

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    2. You were faster than me ;)

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    3. Yep, not a good choice because under the sunlight it can be confused with Swedish ourfit.

      Better choice to wear the blue one.

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    1. No red in the tournament so far - neither kit nor card :)

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    2. I've always been quite curious about this. Does it really matter what color the keepers wear in reference to the shirt the referee crew wear? I fully understand not wearing a color that clashes with field players. But the keepers, what effect does that have?

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    3. As Mr. Laws of The Game, you should know that the match officials must wear colors that distinguish themsleves from both teams, and their goalkeepers. 😜

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  5. Plenty of free-kicks in the beginning of the game...one correct yellow card for reckless challange...It can be a tough game for Aguilar. But so far good job.

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    1. I don't like such games... only fouls, no football.

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    2. Yeah we cannot see so much football..but Aguilar has to be very alert and he needs to be very focused. I also like his active body language, very clear.

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  6. I like Aguilar's strong body language.

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  7. Aguilar runs forwards sometimes when he should run backwards. In theese situations he has his back to the play

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  8. 25' dangerous challenge from the Korean player into the Swedish player's knee. Shocking that AR2 didn't recommend a yellow card.

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  9. Happy that Aguilar talks to players and not givibg to much YC. Thaught he was a referee who gave a lot of cards

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  10. 31' I think YC for SPA should be mandatory in this situation

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  11. Missed YC for SPA to Granqvist on 31'?

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  12. YC should have been issued in 31', in my opinion...

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  13. 38 missed foul and sure booking.

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  14. Aguilar lost his fifa badge like rocchi.

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    1. Do he still has the green patch on the left arm? The quality dosn’t seem that good

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  15. The worst WC game so far. I can't watch it...

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  16. Only 10min football in this match! More then 20fouls boring game

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  17. 42' I had the perception of a simulation

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  18. One of main goals for refs must be to protect game and players. SWI players commited 10 fouls on Neymar yesterday. Behrami commited 4-5. Obviously that was their tactics. (Neymar was on a 3 months absence cause of injury) Referee must protect game and players. But only good ones can see and manage that.

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    1. Referee's are not worried about protecting those who provide the spectacle. If they truly were, they would clamp down and do away with those who chose to be malicious and soil the match. But referee's are overly worried in doing everything possible to keep their cards tucked away and in keeping all 22 players on the field.

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  19. For me two missed YCs so far (25', 31'). Looked at 38' like a foul, would have been a YC too.

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  20. Very risky chellenge on penalty area, minute 43', Sweden wanted a penalty, but ball was clearly hit. Correct or at least supportable by Aguilar.

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    1. An excellent tackle and no-call in that case.

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    2. Defender managed to play the ball first, good no PK call.

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    3. Ball first, trailing leg after. I don’t think snybody would call it because the media would go insane.

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  21. 24 fouls. Suprised to see that in only one half

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  22. Not very convinced so far. Foul detection had a couple flaws, for my taste too lenient with cards, even ones I'd say are close to mandatory. Let's hope that improves after the break. (The match too.) Good no PK shortly before the break, ball hit and good positioning.

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  23. Iran vs España será dirigido por Andrés Cunha de Uruguay. https://twitter.com/ArbitroInteBlog

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  24. Cunha is the first referee with his second game.

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    1. ... and the first referee during this tournament who breaks the "language neutrality rule".

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    2. There is no such rule

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    3. That's why I used inverted commas ...

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    4. Do you think this is it for Cunha or will he have a third group stage match or KO match?

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    5. Possible but I don't expect a third game!

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    6. In every World Cup, there is always a referee who enters the competition as an unknown commodity. But who ends up being a surprising revelation and goes further and deeper than ever expected. Cunha just might be that referee this year.

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  25. Minute 51', a player stepped on the opponent with studs... but in my opinion not deliberate. So, OK to support the decision by Aguilar.

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  26. 55' nice "play" from Aguilar. Ball bounced of his back. Moving away from the ball and not under would be a better option.

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  27. 61' correct YC by Aguilar. This game is really shocking in terms of spectacle to be watched.

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  28. 62' penalty: this time I had the impression of a clear penalty.
    Aguilar played on.

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    1. Very poor by Aguilar not to detect it. Much space between ball and Swedish player, easy to spot that the defender only hit the attacking player.

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    2. When you have VAR it’s better to be safe and wait for the replay. Same with Gassama.

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  29. We have an on-field review

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    1. Penalty awarded to Sweden after review

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    2. Mauro Vigliano has been very good as a VAR in all his games... Point to be mentioned

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    3. Yes! Very good job to complete the review before South Korea had an attacking opportunity.

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    4. Vigliano = VAR I'd want backing e up
      Any Italian or Geiger = I'd rather go at it alone.

      I'd a millions times prefer to be made to look bad for missing something. Than have my VAR too worried about exposing my failure. In the end, it's about getting it right, isn't it?

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    5. @Sheriff You are usually very quick in discussing potential controversial situations related to some referees like you're still stuck with Irrati and Geiger situations from 2 days ago... On the other hand we had quite an average refereeing display yesterday in Brazil v Switzerland with many potential incorrect and inconsistent calls by the man in the middle, but surprisingly not a single word of wisdom for you! Why so? Italian VARs and Geiger can be criticised 2/3 days later but a Mexican referee doesn't even draw out a single line in spite of one of the underwhelming performances overall in the tournament... Really interesting!

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    6. It would be ilogical of me to comment on a match that I didn't watch live my dear Soham. As I mentioned to you before. My Sunday consisted of me being on the pitch working a few matches.

      However based on the highlight's I've seen and the comments I've read on this blag. Unlike Mexico who excelled, Ramos failed. But for me to truly give a full and detailed analysis of Ramos' performance I'd have to watch the match in full and live. Because watching it now would mean that I'd be watching with the comments and criticism already prominent in my mind.

      The Vigliano and Italian/Geiger comment is certainly relevant to to this thread. As Vigliano has yet again asserted himself and ensured that ultimately the correct decision was made. Something as we all know, the Italians have failed to do.

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    7. Point taken! Although there is still one possibility that the Italian VARs did mention about the situations, but the main referee ignored it as he was sure... In that case VARs can't be blamed!

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    8. Similar to Marciniak's case in ARG vs ISL.

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  30. 62' one more good no PK call. VAR involved. Ball played first.

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    1. Seems a quite clear penalty!

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    2. This is why we have VAR... I was sure that KOR defender managed to play the ball first. Apparently good PK

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  31. Uruguay vs Arabia Saudí será dirigido por Clement Turpin de Francia.

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  32. Good call for the PK but he needs to book at least 1 Swedish player for dissent, u can’t run next to the ref and yelled like this !!!

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  33. After getting the perfect perspective: Clear penalty. SWE player touches the ball shortly before he is tackled. But: Aguilar's view was blocked and it was difficult to see if the touch was by the Swedish player or the Korean player. Excellent video review, I wouldn't blame him to much for not whistling immediately.

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  34. To be honest, I expected this penalty to be called live by Aguilar, the same expectation I had in Gassama game when he missed the incident. Maybe I'm harsh, but let me write, in this way it is too easy for all referees to whistle a WC game. What do you think?
    I mean, some incidents should be immediately assessed. If you have such technological help behind, this doesn't mean you should relax...

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    1. Just like the AR’s got directives to hold the flag the head refs probably got directives to be very careful to call penalties unless there is no doubt in their mind at all.

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    2. Great observation. Ice-hockey has had VAR for quite a number of years and some referees constantly keep their whistle down, as soon as something is questioned they trust VAR completely. We don't want that in football.

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    3. You are 100% right. After situations like this, how can we trust referee when he whistle or not foul all around field? Aguilar is most experience ref here, he must see that and give PK immediately.

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    4. Referees have instructions as Victor said above.

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    5. But I also agree that this must be penalty live.
      Reason for not awarding PK is bad angle Aguilar had, for him it looked like defender played the ball.

      AR could've help him.

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    6. We have different situations. For Gassama it was nearly impossible to see it. The PK situation for Sweden was difficult to recognize for Aguilar cause - again - he had no good position, but the AR had to tell him but failed.
      Aguilar all in all with positive body-language, communication, foul detection and disciplinary control.
      Sometimes bad positioning.
      The missed penalty a crucial mistake. But he should get his 2nd game.

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    7. Missed penalty? He called the PK. If he used VAR as a tool to make a good call that should not be minus and "crucial mistake". VAR is tool for referees not only for assessors.

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    8. Andrasch I disagree. The Gassama situation is very easy and he had a perfect position like here:

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYJ-H9YTNdc&t=0s&index=37&list=PL4OiywE4asScJRxANoDMS_8UkXM0L4VCP

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  35. We must praise again that the VAR intervention and OFR were absolutely quick there. Well done under this aspect, no problems at all for referees using VAR, they have trained in an excellent way.

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    1. Maybe he should have waited a little bit longer with interrupting the game, because Korea was in an attacking situation and there could have been complaints from them if the game would have been restarted with dropped-ball in case of no-PK decision.

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    2. What if South Korea had managed to score a goal prior prior to Aguilar halting the match for an On Filed Review? What do you do then?

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    3. Goal would be not allowed, I think!

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    4. Seems like the logical and correct choice Soham. But can you imagine the level of dissent the referee would face from the team whose goal has just been cancelled out.

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    5. A similar kind of situation did happen in the 2016 Dutch Cup Final which had Danny Makkelie as referee as far as I can remember!

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    6. You're right Sheriff, that would cause more trouble.

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    7. @Soham: In this situationed the goal wouldn't have counted either way because it was offside ;)
      But a almost an identical situation.

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    8. That's how VAR should ALWAYS work! Great decision :)

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    9. My feeling is that Vigilano was 100% convinced it was a penalty, and hence it was imperative that Aguilar whistled before SKR scored.
      It surely isn't usual protocol to whistle at such a moment.

      Overall I saw an okay Aguilar. I suppose always the same points for improvement in his direction since years, that are already mentioned.

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  36. Should be 6 or 7 minutes of added time at least!

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  37. Only 4 minutes, very difficult to understand!

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  38. Korea wanted a penalty in the last minute of the game, but it wasn't a deliberate handball.
    Apart from the penalty assigned with VAR, I'm not impressed by Aguilar, a referee who can't dream more than group stage there IMO.

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    1. It looked like the ball actually hit the face, not the hand/arm? Or am I wrong?

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    2. My impression is that he wasn't well accepted by players.
      If I can say, Aguilar looks like decent referee for me.

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  39. One of the weakest performances so far of the tournament in my opinion, he failed to give some very good advantages and I cannot understand the addition of only 4 minutes!

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    1. Both CONCACAF referees Ramos and Aguilar have been unimpressive!

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    2. Otherwise I have liked AFCON Gassama and Diedhiou!

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    3. Yes Gassama and Diedhiou both have been miles better than Ramos and Aguilar!

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    4. Jordi and Soham; agree with boty of you.

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  40. Weak performance. The first time I am unhappy in this WC, refereeing has been excellent so far. but not today.
    - missed YC for Granqvist
    - missed to detect penalty
    - too many free-kicks which leads to bad flow
    - bad use of communicating with players, failed to create an atmosphere where players want to do the right thing, instead they go on breaking the rules over and over again
    - not enough change of body energy; he stays the same all the time. where is the smile? where is the authority?

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  41. To be fair to the referee, looks like he thought the Korean player got the ball. Both players went for the ball at the same time, and the way it went off to the right would more likely come from the Korean player's touch.

    In one of the initial replays they showed, I couldn't tell who touched the ball first - until they showed an angle from behind the goal after the penalty was awarded.

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    1. "Behind the goal" angle. An angle that Aguilar did not have. Luckily Vigliano and VAR did and it lead to the correct decision ultimately being made.

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  42. About Ramos and Aguilar you judge much too hard in my view. Both good average.
    Gassama indeed did very well. But Diedhiou with a little distance for me bad average - as Rocchi.
    But we can be happy - no catastrophe so far and much better performances than in Brasil.

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    1. Diedhiou was better than both Aguilar and Ramos. Concacaf referees are by far least convincing so far. (With exclusion of Rochhi for who i think had the worst performance of the tournament so far. And ia m not talking about goal situation for which i think was not mistake

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    2. @Filip, I agree with you. CONCACAF has had the poorest showing, but acceptable overall. Ramos showed lower quality yesterday than Aguilar did today IMO though...

      AND I am from CONCACAF!

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  43. Swedish coach Mr Andersson: ”All in all the referee makes a good game. But if we must await VAR all the time.... this penalty should have been taken instantly. If he missad it, it was good he could use VAR, but I think he should have solved it on his own. A very clear penalty”.

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  44. Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal explains why he chased the referee and shouted: ”without VAR I would never do that, because you know that refs don’t change their minds. But now I know they will have a look and I was fully convinced it was a penalty”.

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  45. VIDEOS

    12' - YC for reckless tackle
    https://streamable.com/6nw8a

    15' - mysterious IDFK
    https://streamable.com/o4bvi

    20' - management, warning
    https://streamable.com/yumxk

    25' - missed YC for studs tackle
    https://streamable.com/5peil

    31' - SPA?
    https://streamable.com/3h8a5

    37' - foul or not?
    https://streamable.com/fqxx3

    41' - penalty incident
    https://streamable.com/g3qj2

    43' - penalty incident, trailing leg tackle
    https://streamable.com/9rcwj

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    1. 51' - SPA? stamping on an opponent's leg
      https://streamable.com/m7fr9

      55' - YC for kick in the back
      https://streamable.com/1pej3

      56' - referee avoids being hit by the ball
      https://streamable.com/xsj05

      61' - YC for reckless studs tackle
      https://streamable.com/g73hn

      63' - penalty awarded after an on-field review
      https://streamable.com/9ip7a

      78' - missed advantage
      https://streamable.com/s7rcs

      82' - correct no-penalty call, undeliberate handball
      https://streamable.com/6h05l

      90+3' - correct no-penalty call, undeliberate handball
      https://streamable.com/5t0fn

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    2. @Ray HD, your video additions are great! Thank you for posting them...super helpful!

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  46. Hi guys. Penalty incident from 43.min. Do you really sure about not to whistle these types of tackles?
    I know player played the hall. But he hit the opponent's let (left ankle). This could cause serious ankle injury. According UEFA RAP clips i personally think this should be evaluated as a foul. Just my own view.

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    1. Yeah, it's a trailing leg tackle. By the book, it should have been whistled.

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    3. IMO this was a very clear penalty. Yes the defender touched the ball, but he crushed the offensive player's legs and went right through them to do so. A clear case of a trailing leg tackle. Anytime and ankle ends up beneath the seat of the player going to ground for a tackle it should be called IMO...maybe some exceptions, but this was not one!

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  47. @ryanHD...thank you for your job publishing clips! Very well done!

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