Finland - Italy, Robert Madden

17' - Was a warning enough for this late challenge?
https://streamable.com/dguv4

21' - First YC of the game for a reckless challenge
https://streamable.com/kh2ct

53' - Penalty appeal by Italy
https://streamable.com/xqsk2
https://streamable.com/ag7m6 (replay)
I think supportable decision, not a clear foul, rather attacker going into defender's path, however a whistle wouldn't have been a mistake, but in case a very soft penalty.

57' - YC reckless challenge and SPA
https://streamable.com/p16ap

70' - Penalty to Finland for a challenge from behind
https://streamable.com/8rjxp
I think the contact existed, check from 00:19 in the video, enough for a whistle once a player is touched from behind while running in penalty area.

71' - YC to Italian GK for unsporting behavior against the penalty taker.
https://streamable.com/djnxb
I think referee assessed that keeper took too long time drinking before returning in his position for the penalty.

74' - YC for reckless challenge
https://streamable.com/j8g1h

76' - Missed YC and missed cooperation among the officials, AR1 - FO
https://streamable.com/5k8n6
This was a very blatant reckless challenge resulting in a kick to opponent without any chance to play ball. Mandatory YC. With Madden very far from the scene, I think both AR1 and FO responsible for this mistake.

78' - Penalty for deliberate handball to Italy
https://streamable.com/cldxy
Wrong decision. Whistled without hesitation, replay shows that arm is not in a punishable position, one can't be even sure about the exact point of contact with ball. Referee decided following his perception because from his position it was impossible to assess directly the incident. While I really like the attitude to have an instinct and to make quick decisions, in this case, without VAR, and in a so important game, referee should have waited a bit before whistling. Also, a consultation with AR1 would have been good thing. Of course one must also admit that live it looked like a very clear handball, but we can't stop our analysis here.

90'+1 - Possible YC for reckless challenge, directly on the opponent
https://streamable.com/c6kza

90'+3 - YC for reckless challenge
https://streamable.com/k78j6

Madden was quite lenient in disciplinary control, he issued YC only for very mandatory situations, but also missed a very clear one (76').
However, in an overall context one could have still assessed as quite good referee's performance. The big problem was this penalty and the way he whistled it: too "easily" for a so important decision.
There were quite important offside calls but replays were not shown. One must support ARs work.

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