Thursday, 3 October 2019

Champions League 2019/20 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (II)

Wednesday's appointments for 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Matchday 2. 
18:55CET - Genk (Luminus Arena)
KRC Genk (BEL) - SSC Napoli (ITA) | Group E
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
Video Assistant Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj Nelaj (ESP)

18:55CET - Prague (Sinobo Stadium)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) - Borussia Dortmund (GER) | Group F
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Dennis Johan Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

21:00CET - Liverpool (Anfield)
Liverpool FC (ENG) - FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) | Group E
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

21:00CET - Barcelona (Camp Nou)
FC Barcelona (ESP) - FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) | Group F
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Video Assistant Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Angelo Chetcuti (MLT)

21:00CET - St Petersburg (Gazprom Arena)
FC Zenit (RUS) - SL Benfica (POR) | Group G
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Willem Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

21:00CET - Leipzig (Red Bull Arena)
RB Leipzig (GER) - Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) | Group G
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Luis Munuera Montero (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatovič (SVN)

21:00CET - València (Mestalla, Camp del València)
Valencia CF (ESP) - AFC Ajax (NED) | Group H
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

21:00CET - Villeneuve-d'Ascq (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
Lille OSC (FRA) - Chelsea FC (ENG) | Group H
Referee: Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitryj Žuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Luís Miguel de Branco Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)


  1. Predictable to see Skomina in Barcelona:)
    Vincic as AVAR - something new

  2. Very interesting game for Ekberg in front of Hugh Dallas.

  3. Kralovec, Kassai seem to be the only elite referees not be appointed in these two days neither for Cl nor in UEL
    Do you know if Kassai is still injuried

    1. Kassai had been appointed for MD1 and then he got injured, for sure he couldn't recover before this matchday. So we can expect him for MD3 or 4 if available. Kralovec is injured from a long time (it was reported on the blog, I asked for that). He had a surgery in Germany or something like that.
      About the missing Category 1 referees, first ame coming to my mind is Aghayev, also mentioned on the blog.

  4. It's first game for Istvan Kovacs with VAR in Champions League. I hope that his AR will know the VAR protocols when they raised the flags.

  5. Incidents from the Al-Ittihad Jiddah - At-Ta'awun Buraidah handled by Anastásios Sidirópoulos

  6. At least yellow card missed by Kuipers

    1. yes, missed foul from Slavia to Witsel by Kuipers.

  7. Interesting start for Kovács: the atmosphere is hot, I didn't expect that in this game. He has a very high threshold for foul detection and he is allowing a certain physical play. Already spent a warning for a player from home-team for a late challenge close to sideline.
    So far a very convincing approach. Let's see how the game will turn.

  8. Expected level first half by Kovács. Both teams focused on football, referee was in the "background" ready to intervene. Nice performance so far.

  9. Overall I liked Kovács during 1st half.

  10. 50' - mandatory YC issued to Ito (Genk), three minutes later possible YC for Lozano (Napoli), stopping a quick counterattack, however given that the action was not 100% clearly promising and the holding not that blatant, no card is still supportable.

  11. 65' - correct YC to Milik for a reckless challenge from behind. A few seconds before referee in communication with VAR following a corner kick decision (they checked a possible handball by defender who deflected the ball in corner). So far still a good performance when 25 minutes are still to be played.

  12. 75' - small reaction by a player from Genk against AR2 after a reported foul. However, given that he was rather calm, I can accept play on without booking.

  13. 78' very, very clear YC for SPA. Good decision by Kovács.

  14. Good performance by Kovács, to be honest not a big test in second half, very fair game. I think he can get a second appointment in CL.

    1. Maybe in MD 5 or MD 6, because Kovacs and other four from the first category are going to Brasil, for WC Under 17. Before they go to Brasil, I think that they will be appointed for European qualification.

  15. Two early YC from Skomina. Both very clear.

  16. Skomina showing his first yellow card within the first 6 minutes. Correct decision. Stamp on top of foot.

    1. Second for a reckless tackle by Griezmann.

  17. Incorrect offside decision from AR2 in Barcelona but he followed the protocol and only put the flag up after the attack petered out.

  18. Interesting situation before 1-0 by Zenit. Possible foul, but for sure no VAR stuff. Correct decision to back referee there.

  19. And third to Pique...not an easy beginning

    1. Correct decision. Trailing leg of Pique caught the player. But your right. This could be a really tough game.

  20. Penalty by Orsato to Valencia: correct decision.
    Meanwhile it looks like Skomina is a bit struggling with yellow cards in Barcelona. Challenging beginning of the game.

  21. Orsato with a intense match. Both teams going for the attack. First YC after 10min (correct), penalty (correct) and 2nd YC for AJA in min 21.

    Foul detection is oke. First 20minnlot of advantage and no whistles for small fouls. After min 21 one can see a stricter line and more small fouls being punished.

  22. Good news for Kulbakov with a goal regularly allowed after the issues he had during U21...

  23. Correct offside decision by AR2 in Barcelona to disallow goal.

    1. Given the very clear offside one can still discuss about the opportunity to delay the flag... but better that for sure, than a mistake.

    2. Reminded me of the delays for obvious offsides in the women's world cup.

  24. Fair bit of dissent now starting to come towards Skomina.

    1. If someone gives me the minutes of the interesting scenes from Barcelona - Inter game I can cut video clips now.

    2. 6, 9 and 22 were YC...

    3. => 6' YC for reckless stamp (I started stream record late :-))

      => 9' YC for standing leg tackle

      => 22' YC for reckless tackle

    4. Very risky challenge by Piqué there. Orange card.
      For sure correct by VAR to support this YC, but I think a RC would have been backed as well. Very, very dangerous.

    5. Correct YC for Busquets by Skomina

  25. I believe it will be very intense 2nd half. Good to have experienced referee.

  26. Now a possible penalty for Inter, Skomina had his reasons to play on.
    Of course correct that VAR supported there. In case of penalty, it would have been the same.

  27. We just had a penalty shout in Barcelona. AR flagged for offside, I think incorrectly. VAR appeared to clear it.

  28. 61' Interesting situation.
    It was a foul on Suarez in Inter's penalty area. Robert Vukan signalized offside. Replay show us that wasn't offside.

    1. Skomina didn't saw an accident in penalty area because he was blocked by several players

    2. I watched that situation again. Supportable decision

  29. Some mistakes by Vukan in this game.

  30. Yellow card from Skomina to both Sanchez who had been substituted and now Antonio Conte in the technical area. Would hate to be the 4th official on this game.

  31. Antonio Miguel Lahoz has shown the yellow card for boths coach from Leipzig and Lyon and red card for Leipzigs physiotherapist.

  32. Antonio Conte mentioned after the game that referees had no respect to him and to his team. I am surprised that Inter coach is so unrealistic, since I think that Skomina and his team did a great job. Definitely nothing to blame them.

  33. Anyone else thinking, that Lyon's first goal was offside?

    1. It sure looks like an offside to me. Definitely hard to spot live, 100% VAR stuff.

    2. Watching it again frame by frame, I think, I was wrong: The defender's leg is stretched far enough to make it onside.


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