Ravshan Irmatov matches

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AFC ref of the year
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Date
2010-06-11
Match
South Africa-Mexico
 
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Result
1 - 1
Referee decisions
Yellow
2 - 2
Red
0 - 0
Penalty
0 - 0
Referee assessment
 
this match
overall
Reporters:
7.8
7.9
Members:
8.7
8.7
 
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8.0
Control:
8.0
Calls:
8.0
Neutrality:
7.0
Style:
7.8
General assessment
good, we will see him again 
Reports for this match (34)
1) report by dilmurod89
9.9
Control:
8.0
Calls:
9.0
Neutrality:
9.0
Style:
9.0
General assessment

Opening match

FIFA WC 2010 group stage:
South Africa - Mexico, 1 - 1. Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010-06-11

The opening match had an unexpected choice for a referee. Not a big name at all and very probably not the one who will do the final as well, like Elizondo four years ago. But kudos to FIFA for choosing Irmatov.

calls
It was not a great match, there were many mistakes, many wrong passes, and Mexico must have missed at least four clear chances on goal. Not a hard match for the Uzbek ref. He was close, decisive and very quick with his calls. Maybe a little too many calls, but this could be a FIFA thing, another ukase about dissenting decisions and pushing in the box.
And he didn't seem to be intimidated at all by the billions of eyes in his back.

penalty
There was a penalty moment in the 2nd half. Modise pulled down in the Mexican box. I like Irmatov's decision to not to award it, but you could argue about it.
There were good off-side calls for a change.

match
Mexico started out the better team but in the second half the mistakes took over and they were too slow and too inaccurate to score against a defending team. A counter and a great shot by Tshabalala opened the score. Then the home team started to get tired and this time the mistakes were theirs and finally the Mexicans got one in as well.
The Mexican goalie was a joke.

...
We had to wait four years, but then finally it began. Forget about your job, your family, about whatever is going on in your life, sit down for a month and enjoy! That's the idea, but before the match started we had to look at Zuma and Blatter shaking hands and smiling. Zuma and Blatter, both men accused of corruption - with documented proof - but both way too big to be brought to court. Looking at this pair ruined all the fun for me again. Zuma and Blatter getting all the attention of the world: these two are now our world leaders for a month?

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short