In this match two teams met, who both could not win in the first two matches against Spain and France. So, they both needed a win to have a chance to reach the next round over the third place. Referee Shukralla showed an overall decent performance with two critical situations.
Description of the match
The group constellation led to a fast and open match with many goal scoring opportunities. Ghana had far more and better chance and so their in the end clear win was deserved. Although both teams mostly behaved well, the match was quite intense and it offered some challenges for the referee.
Management of the match (decisions, control)
There were two interesting situations: In the 38th minute, at Ghanaâs first goal, the refereeing team made a wrong onside decision. The ball came to the scorer from a defenderâs leg, but it should nevertheless have been an offside call, because he was already offside, when his teammate touched the ball. It is not clear, whether it was the assistantâs fault, who maybe missed the offside position at all or the refereeâs fault, who maybe did not recognize the attackerâs touch of the ball or was not able to evaluate the situation correctly together with his assistant. In the 85th minute, a yellow card for Lartey is given for a situation in the box, when the match was stopped. His opponent fell down next to him and the reason seemed to be a violent conduct, but we cannot be totally sure. Shukralla must have seen this situation, as he booked Lartey, but probably was also not sure enough to issue a red card. The control of the match was good, he showed no weaknesses and the players always respected his decisions.
Personalty, style, tactical approach
He communicated well, used verbal warnings before cards and sometimes explained his decisions to the players. One could not detect a clear line in his foul detection, because he sometimes was quite strict and whistling for soft fouls, while he allowed heavier tacklings in other situations. The same counts for his card management, the first YC to Yedlin was too harsh, later on, there were situations, where a card would have been adequate. The strict part of his line was too strict for this match. He seemed to be rather stressed than relaxed, however managed to âsellâ his decisions in a convincing manner.