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Millonarios - Independiente 1 - 1 Tobar 0
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Definitely different style than UEFA refs

Germany - Mexico 0 - 1 Faghani

Worldcups are invaluable as they open up the view to a worldwide perspective - not only in footballing terms but also in refereeing. Alireza Faghani is not a new man in the center circle as the many reports on this site suggest, but for me it was a first. He has a completely different style than UEFA refs, but we'll come to that a little later.

More generous than at the last three World Cups

2006, 2010 and 2014 - many refs resorted to call every little contact to slow games down and to maintain control after FIFA told them than cards are only to be used in emergency. In this WC, we are back to a more generous approach which I like much better. Match flow seems to be more important than whistling absolutely everything. Faghani applied this rule in a frantic and chaotic beginning of the match where Germany was all over the place and Mexico pressed very hard pushing the limits quite far.

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VAR or own assessment?

Argentina - Iceland 1 - 1 Marciniak

Szymon Marciniak caught my attention first at Euro 2016 in France where his performance in the Iceland versus Austria game didn't impress me at all. In this game (Icelandic Huhhuhuhs again) though, he surprised me with a strong performance and also by showing who is in charge on the pitch when necessary. No cards were needed.

What did he do?

At a WC, it is virtually impossible to watch all the matches. The ones I did see (e.g. IRN versus MAR or FRA versus AUS) had a very slow pace, players entangled in physical duels in midfield and the referees had to stop play very often. A lot of pushing, talking and delaying happened and especially in the Friday game, it was very difficult for the ref to cope with that without looking overwhelmed. Szymon Marciniak had an interesting solution to this: He whistled not for every contact as refs usually do at this occasion, but picked out the big things. He was patient but firm - and surprisingly it worked. Even with Argentina.

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Severe test for Rocchi

Portugal - Spain 3 - 3 Rocchi

Rocchi was severely challenged in this match between the Iberian rivals. He awarded a soft penalty for Ronaldo in the box after four minutes, he allowed the Spanish equaliser despite appeals for a foul on Pepe. He showed only two yellow cards - so we're back at the WC 2014 question whether FIFA asks referees to keep cards in the pocket to avoid bad blood.

Ronaldo Penalty

I personally don't like CR7 due to his overexcessive personal display of his abilities but in this match he was Portugal's man of the match to keep them up against Spain. He ran and acted like a beast but scored three goals. The penalty is a courageous call: Ronaldo enters the box with swift pace pushing the ball forward, the defender misjudges his movement and he falls. Rocchi immediately pointed to the spot without the slightest hesitation (5''). Yes, it is a soft call, but in my mind a correct but debatable decision.

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Mazic

Real Madrid - Liverpool 3 - 1 Mazic

Milorad Mazic was an invisible man in this match which was dominated by Real Madrid. Liverpool was only in for about ten minutes after the equalizer.

Ellbow to the head

Goalkeeper Loris Karius got an ellbow to the head by Sergio Ramos and blundered twice in the minutes that followed. The incident was very difficult to spot for the ref team. The rest was not a big deal.

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