Skomina imposed his rules to game in early minutes. He was quite tolerant to physical contacts and that approach has costed him missing some brutal fouls in midfield duels. He tried to increase the pace of game while maintaining control in his hands. Actually, that worked, because players had no time to challenge with the referee. Then, he was good?, I dont think so. He missed at least one penalty. Referees should not think causes and results of decisions given. They have to take the picture of position and quickly decide. There is no need to think whether it is soft or not. Has the ball hit the player's arm in the box?Yes, Has it prevented another player to have that shot?Yes. The arms were clinging/moving to/with players's body?No. Then, Ref shouldnt have hesitated.
There were some critical decision given by Skomina. Both teams could have a penalty shot due to handballs in box. Ref. ignored both of situations, although he has seen them. Yes, neither of them were delibrate in action handplays. (Min13 for OM, Min21 for ARS) But, players have changed the direction of ball with their hands/arms by enlarging boundries of their body and control area. They were both penalty for my side. Another critical min was 69. When Wallcott was clipped down in the box by OM defender. I detected no contact to ball by defender which led Wallcott down. But, skomina as being not a fussy one, has waved his hand as saying No again.
Although, he was tolerant to contacts, he managed his card policy quite good. He first used his YC in Min3 which should have meant something to players.But, players have ignored the message. Santos was on the edge of dismission all match long. He made some tactical fouls which required YCs. But,ref has overlooked.
Where are the fans?
The athmosphere was hot as far as I have heard the noises. But, stadium seem to be empty, at least the West Stand.