First match of this yearâs edition of World Cup U20 featuring France and Ghana. The match was played at Ali Sami Yen Arena in Instabul, Turkey. Pitch conditions and the weather were ideal but the attendance was rather low. Only 4.133 spectators created a disappointing view of the stadium.
Description of the match
Match was very fair, without hard tackles and dangerous play. This combined with the defensive strategy Ghana chose to approach the match made the refereeâs work easy since there werenât any crucial decisions to be made and the match ended with only 2 yellow cards. So the difficulty for the referee can be described as âNormalâ.
Management of the match (decisions, control)
Good foul detection and a good Interpretation of the LoTG. He was able to control the match in a good way. He had only 1 difficult situation to evaluate and did it correctly. At min. 55 Bahebeck (FRA) is marked inside the penalty area by Duncan (GHA) and fells. Ball goes out of play for a goal-kick. Even though there might be a contact it is not enough in my opinion for a penalty-kick. There are, however, some areas for improvement. Card management and especially with situations regarding repeatedly holding of an opponent and especially in cases of stopping a promising attack. I felt that in some cases he didnât want to punish such offences but this could backfire in a more challenging match.
Personalty, style, tactical approach
His only minus at this section is positioning. He should adjust his training and try to use more backwards movement especially after awarding a free-kick or a goal-kick. In many situations and in order to take a better position he turned his back at the ball and started running. This potentially can create problems in a match where there is a lot of tension and passion. The referee should always watch the ball.