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Date
2010-05-12
Match
Atlético de Madrid-Fulham
 
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Result
2 - 1
Referee decisions
Yellow
3 - 1
Red
0 - 0
Penalty
0 - 0
Referee assessment
 
this match
overall
Reporters:
8.4
7.5
Members:
8.8
7.6
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares
8.0
Control: Never in doubt, but not really challenged
9.9
Calls: Faultless
9.0
Neutrality: Good
9.9
Style: Calm, compassionate, understated
9.3
General assessment
 
Reports for this match (19)
1) report by JHP
9.9
Control:
9.9
Calls:
9.9
Neutrality:
4.0
Style:
8.5
General assessment
Nicola Rizzoli matches
'17-04-12 Bayern Munich - Real Madrid (1 - 2)'17-03-24 Ireland - Wales (0 - 0)'17-02-14 Benfica - Dortmund (1 - 0)'16-12-07 Tottenham Hotspur - CSKA Moskva (3 - 1)'16-10-18 Leicester City - Kobenhavn (1 - 0)'16-10-08 Slovenia - Slovakia (1 - 0)'16-09-28 Celtic - Manchester City (3 - 3)'16-08-16 Young Boys - Borussia Mönchengladbach (1 - 3)'16-07-06 Germany - France (0 - 2)'16-06-26 France - Ireland (2 - 1)'16-06-18 Portugal - Austria (0 - 0)'16-06-11 England - Russia (1 - 1)'16-04-13 Atlético de Madrid - Barcelona (2 - 0)'16-03-17 Tottenham Hotspur - Dortmund (1 - 2)'15-12-09 Olympiakos - Arsenal (0 - 3)'15-11-25 Atlético de Madrid - Galatasaray (2 - 0)'15-11-14 Sweden - Denmark (2 - 1)'15-10-21 PSG - Real Madrid (0 - 0)'15-10-08 Albania - Serbia (0 - 2)'15-09-15 PSV - Manchester United (2 - 1)'15-09-04 Germany - Poland (3 - 1)'15-08-25 Monaco - Valencia (2 - 1)'15-06-13 Ireland - Scotland (1 - 1)'15-05-06 Barcelona - Bayern Munich (3 - 0)'15-04-23 Zenit - Sevilla FC (2 - 2)'15-03-26 France - Brazil (1 - 3)'15-03-17 Atlético de Madrid - Leverkusen (1 - 0)'14-11-26 Zenit - Benfica (1 - 0)'14-11-14 Greece - Faroe Islands (0 - 1)'14-10-22 Liverpool - Real Madrid (0 - 3)'14-10-09 Sweden - Russia (1 - 1)'14-09-30 PSG - Barcelona (3 - 2)'14-08-19 Salzburg - Malmö (2 - 1)'14-07-13 Germany - Argentina (1 - 0)'14-07-05 Argentina - Belgium (1 - 0)'14-06-25 Nigeria - Argentina (2 - 3)'14-06-13 Spain - Netherlands (1 - 5)'14-04-30 Chelsea F.C. - Atlético de Madrid (1 - 3)'14-02-19 Arsenal - Bayern Munich (0 - 2)'13-11-28 Ludogorets Razgrad - PSV (2 - 0)'13-11-15 Portugal - Sweden (1 - 0)'13-11-05 Real Sociedad - Manchester United (0 - 0)'13-10-11 Estonia - Turkey (0 - 2)'13-10-02 PSG - Benfica (3 - 0)'13-09-06 Bosnia-Herzegovina - Slovakia (0 - 1)'13-08-21 Steaua - Legia Warszawa (1 - 1)'13-07-07 Ghana u20 - Chile u20 (4 - 3)'13-06-25 Mexico u20 - Paraguay u20 (0 - 1)'13-05-25 Dortmund - Bayern Munich (1 - 2)'13-03-13 Malaga - Porto (2 - 0)'12-12-05 Braga - Galatasaray (1 - 2)'12-11-14 Russia - USA (2 - 2)'12-11-06 Schalke 04 - Arsenal (2 - 2)'12-10-12 Ireland - Germany (1 - 6)'12-09-19 Celtic - Benfica (0 - 0)'12-08-30 Twente - Bursaspor (4 - 1)'12-06-23 Spain - France (2 - 0)'12-06-17 Portugal - Netherlands (2 - 1)'12-06-11 France - England (1 - 1)'12-04-05 Athletic Bilbao - Schalke 04 (2 - 2)'12-02-22 Basel - Bayern Munich (1 - 0)'11-12-14 Kashiwa Reysol - Santos FC (1 - 3)'11-12-08 Kashiwa Reysol - Auckland City FC (2 - 0)'11-11-23 Marseille - Olympiakos (0 - 1)'11-11-15 Montenegro - Czech Republic (0 - 1)'11-11-02 Lyon - Real Madrid (0 - 2)'11-10-11 Denmark - Portugal (2 - 1)'11-09-28 Valencia - Chelsea F.C. (1 - 1)'11-08-23 Malmö - Dinamo Zagreb (2 - 0)'11-06-03 Belgium - Turkey (1 - 1)'11-04-13 Tottenham Hotspur - Real Madrid (0 - 1)'11-02-16 Arsenal - Barcelona (2 - 1)'10-11-24 Schalke 04 - Lyon (3 - 0)'10-10-20 Glasgow Rangers - Valencia (1 - 1)'10-09-14 Barcelona - Panathinaikos (5 - 1)'10-09-07 Switzerland - England (1 - 3)'10-08-24 Sevilla FC - Braga (3 - 4)'10-06-03 Germany - Bosnia-Herzegovina (3 - 1)• '10-05-12 Atlético de Madrid - Fulham (2 - 1)'10-04-07 Manchester United - Bayern Munich (3 - 2)'10-03-18 Liverpool - Lille OSC (3 - 0)'10-03-10 Real Madrid - Lyon (1 - 1)'10-03-03 Switzerland - Uruguay (1 - 3)'09-12-06 AS Roma - Lazio (1 - 0)'09-11-25 CSKA Moskva - Wolfsburg (2 - 1)'09-11-04 Standard - Olympiakos (2 - 0)'09-10-10 Estonia - Bosnia-Herzegovina (0 - 2)'09-09-30 Porto - Atlético de Madrid (2 - 0)'09-09-15 Besiktas - Manchester United (0 - 1)'09-09-05 Hungary - Sweden (1 - 2)'09-08-25 Anderlecht - Lyon (1 - 3)'09-08-12 Netherlands - England (2 - 2)'09-07-29 Celtic - Dinamo Moskva (1 - 0)'09-04-16 Manchester City - Hamburger SV (2 - 1)'09-03-12 CSKA Moskva - Shakhtar (1 - 0)'08-12-03 Hertha BSC - Galatasaray (0 - 1)'08-11-04 Marseille - PSV (3 - 0)'08-10-10 Norway u19 - Slovenia u19 (4 - 2)'08-10-01 Sporting - Basel (2 - 0)'08-09-06 Ukraine - Belarus (1 - 0)'08-07-19 Rennes - Tavriya (1 - 0)'08-02-13 Glasgow Rangers - Panathinaikos (0 - 0)'07-12-06 AaB - Getafe (1 - 2)'07-10-25 Basel - Rennes (1 - 0)'07-10-17 Netherlands - Slovenia (2 - 0)'07-10-04 Rapid Wien - Anderlecht (0 - 1)'07-09-12 Germany - Romania (3 - 1)'07-08-30 Galatasaray - Slaven (2 - 1)'07-08-07 Beitar Jerusalem - Kobenhavn (1 - 1)'07-07-21 Gloria 1922 Bistrita - Atlético de Madrid (2 - 1)'07-06-02 Switzerland u19 - Serbia u19 (0 - 1)'07-05-31 Romania u19 - Switzerland u19 (4 - 2)
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Outstanding

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE 2009 - 2010 final:
Atlético de Madrid - Fulham, 2 - 1. Arena Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 2010-05-12

There isn't a great deal to say about Rizzoli's performance: he was truly excellent for every minute of the match.

Easy?
The match was not that difficult to control, compared to Barcelona vs. Internazionale a fortnight ago for instance. However, it was the final of a fairly major international club competition, and to make it look as easy as Nicola Rizzoli did is indicative of a brilliant referee.

Decisions
I can't think of many decision that he or his assistants (or the assistant assistants) got wrong. Atletico Madrid were perhaps offside a couple of times, but it never mattered. He wasn't whistle-happy, only awarding 32 free kicks in the 90 + extra time, and all of the free kicks were warranted, along with two excellent advantages.

Cards
As few as four yellows in 120 minutes of football is testament to his match control. He used the "quiet word in the ear" technique very well, and avoided unnecessary bookings. He showed fantastic understanding of the game in the subtle way he booked Forlan (for stupidly removing his shirt after scoring the winner).

Congratulations (& sorry)
Rizzoli deserves the warmest congratulations for his rapid rise to the top, and for his near-perfect handling of this game. I personally owe him an apology; I was critical of him after the Manchester United v Bayern Munich quarter final, but I should have been praising him - he was superb in that match too, and my judgment was far too partisan. It is just a shame that such a fantastic referee won't be at the world cup, but his time will come.

Interview
His pre-match interview is here: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1487423.html He comes across as a very humble man, the sort of guy I would trust to referee a final. I'm glad UEFA had the courage to select him.

From our reporter: padre