Viktor Kassai matches

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Date
2011-05-28
Match
Barcelona-Manchester United
 
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Result
3 - 1
Referee decisions
Yellow
2 - 2
Red
0 - 0
Penalty
0 - 0
Referee assessment
 
this match
overall
Reporters:
8.7
7.3
Members:
9
7.9
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares
9.0
Control: Superb
8.0
Calls: Valdes yellow maybe harsh.
9.0
Neutrality: Consistent and fair with his judgements
9.0
Style: Perfect for this match, helped the game to flow and be very entertaining.
8.8
General assessment
 
Reports for this match (47)
1) report by lorenzosavini
9.0
Control:
8.0
Calls:
9.0
Neutrality:
8.0
Style:
8.5
General assessment
Viktor Kassai matches
'17-10-17 Maribor - Liverpool (0 - 7)'17-10-07 Russia - Korea Republic (4 - 2)'17-09-12 Olympiakos - Sporting (2 - 3)'17-09-05 Turkey - Croatia (1 - 0)'17-08-17 Club Brugge - AEK (0 - 0)'17-05-26 Guinea u20 - Argentina u20 (0 - 5)'17-05-22 Saudi Arabia u20 - Senegal u20 (0 - 2)'17-04-18 Real Madrid - Bayern Munich (4 - 2)'17-03-26 Montenegro - Poland (1 - 2)'17-03-16 AS Roma - Lyon (2 - 1)'16-12-14 Atlético Nacional - Kashima Antlers (0 - 3)'16-12-11 Jeonbuk Hyundai - América (1 - 2)'16-11-24 Athletic Bilbao - Sassuolo (3 - 2)'16-11-01 Manchester City - Barcelona (3 - 1)'16-09-13 PSG - Arsenal (1 - 1)'16-09-05 Serbia - Ireland (2 - 2)'16-08-25 Maribor - Qabala (1 - 0)'16-07-02 Germany - Italy (1 - 1)'16-06-17 Italy - Sweden (1 - 0)'16-06-10 France - Romania (2 - 1)'16-05-05 Liverpool - Villarreal (3 - 0)'16-04-12 Real Madrid - Wolfsburg (3 - 0)'16-03-09 Zenit - Benfica (1 - 2)'15-11-24 Arsenal - Dinamo Zagreb (3 - 0)'15-10-20 Leverkusen - AS Roma (4 - 4)'15-10-08 Scotland - Poland (2 - 2)'15-09-30 Manchester United - Wolfsburg (2 - 1)'15-09-06 Norway - Croatia (2 - 0)'15-08-18 Astana - APOEL (1 - 0)'14-11-26 Arsenal - Dortmund (2 - 0)'14-11-04 Real Madrid - Liverpool (1 - 0)'14-10-11 Albania - Denmark (1 - 1)'14-10-02 Trabzonspor - Legia Warszawa (0 - 1)'14-08-26 Celtic - Maribor (0 - 1)'14-06-07 Belgium - Tunisia (1 - 0)'14-05-30 England - Peru (3 - 0)'14-04-10 Valencia - Basel (5 - 0)'14-03-05 Ireland - Serbia (1 - 2)'14-02-18 Leverkusen - PSG (0 - 4)'13-12-11 Napoli - Arsenal (2 - 0)'13-11-13 Mexico - New Zealand (5 - 1)'13-10-22 Schalke 04 - Chelsea F.C. (0 - 3)'13-10-15 Bulgaria - Czech Republic (0 - 1)'13-10-02 Juventus - Galatasaray (2 - 2)'13-08-29 Nice - Apollon (1 - 0)'13-06-29 Uzbekistan u20 - Uruguay u20 (0 - 4)'13-06-24 Cuba u20 - Nigeria u20 (0 - 3)'13-04-23 Bayern Munich - Barcelona (4 - 0)'13-03-26 France - Spain (0 - 1)'13-03-12 Barcelona - AC Milan (4 - 0)'13-02-21 Plzen - Napoli (2 - 0)'13-01-11 Bahrain - Qatar (1 - 0)'13-01-06 Saudi Arabia - Iraq (0 - 2)'12-11-20 Benfica - Celtic (2 - 1)'12-10-24 Dortmund - Real Madrid (2 - 1)'12-10-12 Russia - Portugal (1 - 0)'12-10-03 Anderlecht - Malaga (0 - 3)'12-08-28 Kiryat Shmona - BATE (1 - 1)'12-08-15 Sweden - Brazil (0 - 3)'12-06-19 England - Ukraine (1 - 0)'12-06-10 Spain - Italy (1 - 1)'12-04-25 Real Madrid - Bayern Munich (2 - 1)'12-03-15 Schalke 04 - Twente (4 - 1)'12-02-29 Romania - Uruguay (1 - 1)'12-02-15 AC Milan - Arsenal (4 - 0)'11-11-23 Leverkusen - Chelsea F.C. (2 - 1)'11-11-11 Estonia - Ireland (0 - 4)'11-10-18 Basel - Benfica (0 - 2)'11-09-27 Bayern Munich - Manchester City (2 - 0)'11-09-02 Belarus - Bosnia-Herzegovina (0 - 2)'11-08-23 APOEL - Wisla Krakow (3 - 1)'11-08-10 Germany - Brazil (3 - 2)• '11-05-28 Barcelona - Manchester United (3 - 1)'11-04-14 Spartak Moskva - Porto (2 - 5)'11-03-25 Spain - Czech Republic (2 - 1)'11-02-23 Internazionale - Bayern Munich (0 - 1)'10-11-23 Braga - Arsenal (2 - 0)'10-11-17 Netherlands - Turkey (1 - 0)'10-11-02 Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale (3 - 1)'10-09-29 Valencia - Manchester United (0 - 1)'10-09-03 England - Bulgaria (4 - 0)'10-08-24 Sampdoria - Werder Bremen (3 - 2)'10-07-07 Germany - Spain (0 - 1)'10-06-26 USA - Ghana (1 - 2)'10-06-22 Mexico - Uruguay (0 - 1)'10-06-15 Brazil - Korea DPR (2 - 1)'10-04-08 Wolfsburg - Fulham (0 - 1)'10-03-16 Sevilla FC - CSKA Moskva (1 - 2)'09-12-09 VfB Stuttgart - Unirea Urziceni (3 - 1)'09-11-08 Switzerland u17 - Italy u17 (2 - 1)'09-10-29 Uruguay u17 - Algeria u17 (2 - 0)'09-10-26 Spain u17 - USA u17 (2 - 1)'09-10-10 Bahrain - New Zealand (0 - 0)'09-10-10 Bahrain - New Zealand (0 - 0)'09-09-30 Manchester United - Wolfsburg (2 - 1)'09-09-16 Olympiakos - AZ (1 - 0)'09-09-09 Belarus - Ukraine (0 - 0)'09-08-18 Sporting - Fiorentina (2 - 2)'09-03-12 Hamburger SV - Galatasaray (1 - 1)'09-02-11 Austria - Sweden (0 - 2)'08-11-25 Fiorentina - Lyon (1 - 2)'08-11-04 Werder Bremen - Panathinaikos (0 - 3)'08-09-30 Villarreal - Celtic (1 - 0)'08-09-10 Finland - Germany (3 - 3)'08-08-23 Nigeria OT - Argentina OT (0 - 1)'08-08-10 Argentina OT - Australia OT (1 - 0)'08-03-12 Getafe - Benfica (1 - 0)'07-12-12 Slavia - Sevilla FC (0 - 3)'07-10-23 Dynamo Kyiv - Manchester United (2 - 4)'07-10-17 France - Lithuania (2 - 0)'07-09-20 Aris Thessaloniki - Real Zaragoza (1 - 0)'07-08-22 Finland - Kazakhstan (2 - 1)'07-08-14 Benfica - Kobenhavn (2 - 1)'07-07-06 Argentina u20 - Korea DPR u20 (1 - 0)'07-07-03 Brazil u20 - Korea Republic u20 (3 - 2)'07-06-12 Mexico u20 - Congo DR u20 (3 - 0)'07-06-02 Estonia - Croatia (0 - 1)'07-03-08 Sevilla FC - Shakhtar (2 - 2)'06-11-30 Wisla Krakow - Basel (3 - 1)'06-10-11 Belarus - Slovenia (4 - 2)
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Other Encounters

All according to plan

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2010-2011 final:
Barcelona - Manchester United, 3 - 1. Wembley (new), London, England, 2011-05-28

This match went pretty much as expected. Barcelona dominated the possession, passed superbly, scored three lovely goals and made a very good Manchester United team look pretty ordinary. And in amongst it all was Viktor Kassai, who did his job with quiet efficiency and was, as expected, excellent.

A feeling for the occasion
Kassai was very impressive at last years World Cup, demonstrating in the semi-final that he knew how to handle a match with compassion and leniency, and I thought that he was the ideal candidate to referee this match. He understood the occasion again tonight, contributing to a game that was free flowing and fairly contested. The players seemed to respond well to his lenient approach and worked with Kassai to ensure there were only 21 fouls in the match.

Decisions
While it was not a dirty match, Kassai did have a few decisions to make. Both sides had appeals for penalties turned down in similar circumstances. In the 10th minute the ball struck Evra's hand in the box, while in the 78th minute Giggs struck the ball against Villa's hand. Neither instance was deliberate handball and Kassai was right to turn down the appeals. In the build up to Manchester United's goal, Giggs may have been offside. The replay tends to suggest his torso was an inch or so ahead of the defencive line, but this was such a tight call that it would be ridiculous to criticise the assistant for missing it.

Card management
Kassai got through the first half without having to show a yellow card, and was satisfied to give the players a public reprimand. But around the hour mark he showed a yellow to Alves for a sliding challenge and a couple of minutes later Carrick made a late and clumsy challenge and was also rightly cautioned. These cards had the desired impact, and there were no more reckless challenges. Valencia was also correctly cautioned for persistent infringement, having committed 4 or 5 careless fouls. However, I think that the yellow for Valdes was harsh. It seemed to me that the Barcelona keeper was anticipating a substitution and was not deliberately wasting time.

Final thoughts
Kassai's performance in this match was very impressive, and as the youngest ever Champions League final referee he certainly proved that if you're good enough then you're old enough. As ever his fitness was superb. But due to the line that UEFA makes the referees run with the AARs, he was a long way from play sometimes. I definitely think it is time UEFA abandoned that silly experiment, which has been almost embarrassingly useless. And while Kassai really was superb in this match, he would have had another 10 chances for the final. Last year Claus Bo Larsen was overlooked, and this year Frank de Bleeckere, who has been one of the best and certainly the most consistent referee for the last 6 years. It's a shame he will never have a final.

From our reporter: padre