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Premium Liiga, Matchday 7: la moviola

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Levadia vs. Infonet 3-0
(match report here)

A lot of work for Kristo Tohver at Sportland Arena. The Estonian international referee showed the yellow card 5 times, well over his 3,6 average.

Before focusing on those bookings, let’s take a look at the foul that compelled the the 32-year-old referee to grant the free-kick transformed by Artjunin with the complicity of Igonen’s blunder.

Melts is too late and fouls Teever with his hip

Melts is too late and fouls Teever with his hip

It’s the 75’ minute of a tight game with Levadia and Infonet nailed on the initial 0-0.

Podholjuzin crosses from the centre line towards Infonet half where Teever is ready to receive and work the long curved ball. Tanel Melts is late in reading what the development of the situation will be and as soon as he realizes where the ball is going, Teever is already in front of him facing the goal direction. The former Kalju’s midfielder tries to put is body between Teever and the ball, however it’s already too late and he has no chance to interject himself and ends up bundling over the Levadia’s nr.11. The free kick assigned is fair.

Let’s check the five bookings.

Isn't this elbow a bit too high?

Isn't this elbow a bit too high?

24’ Jahhimovitś

The Levadia’s central back is the first one to end up in Tohver’s ‘bad guys’ list. Not much to discuss here as he trips Valov in an evident situation where the nr.21 is compelled to stop a promising action with the Infonet winger quickly penetrating the Levadia’s half in a counterattack from the left side. In that situation, Jahhimovitś had to leave his line to cover Podhljuzin. 

What seems to go unpunished instead is Vukobratovic fouling Manucho in the air a minute earlier as the Croatian jumps in the air with his elbow high on the Ivorian’s head. It could have been a free-kick granted to Infonet.
The episode is worth a mention as later on, Manucho will get booked for a similar situation.

55' Antonov

The Levadia nr. 6 earns his third seasonal booking and will be cautioned for next game away to Jõhvi. 
Unfortunately ETV footage indulges in showing us a close-up of Buinickj and the moment when Antonov commits a foul on the edge of the midfield line is lost.

58’ Semakhin

Semakhin's attempt was more worth a basketball court than a football pitch

Semakhin's attempt was more worth a basketball court than a football pitch

Who was already cautioned during this game and earned a suspension for the next one, was the FC Infonet right full-back.
He earns his card in the silly attempt to delay the throw-in with a baskeball-like hand block. He actually doesn’t touch the ball with his hand, however the rules clearly say that it’s enough to try to, let alone delaying a throw back into play is per se enough reason to book a player.

69’ Manucho and 70’ Pikk                    

The elbow is high, but Manucho gets a card for a similar foul Vukobratovic wasn't booked for

The elbow is high, but Manucho gets a card for a similar foul Vukobratovic wasn't booked for

Two yellow cards in one-minute time span.
On Igonen’s long throw back, Manucho tries to reach the ball first in the air fighting with Vukobratovic. Before jumping, the Ivorian elbow is high on the midfielder face.

Tohver not only grants a free-kick to Levadia, but he shows a yellow card to the African striker.

Why a different judgement for a similar situation to the one on 23’ minutes?

Margus Hunt (Estonian American footballer) would approve this.

Margus Hunt (Estonian American footballer) would approve this.

Artur Pikk shows another piece of skills from a different sport one minute later. As the Levadia right full-back loses the ball in the attempt to go one-on-one with FC Infonet defenders, he grows frustration and, once on the floor, trips Harin with his right hand in an American football like tackle. The yellow card is natural. 

Tammeka vs. Lokomotiv 1-1

From Friday night to Saturday night when Tammeka debuted on the grass pitch of Tamme Stadium for their first home game. What was expected as a large win, instead ended up being a tight game with Lokomotiv grabbing their first point ever in Premium Liiga.

Also Miko Pupart had to show more cards (5) than his standard 3,5 per game.

First of all, a couple of situations which apparently went unnoticed by the Saaremaa-born young referee.

The shirt pulling is evident and there is no other Loko man between Śabanov and the goal (click to enlarge)

We’re in the first half’s injury time (45’+1).
After a prolonged action by Lokomotiv, Lorenz restarts with a long ball from Tammeka’s box. The white-blues midfield is reactive in starting a counterattack with Śabanov very quick in penetrating into the Loko’s lines. He’s on the edge of the box after a quick one-two with Laabus. He could basically go on a one-on-one with the upcoming Śmelkov, however his shirt is pulled enough to prevent his run towards the goalie. Quite surprisingly Pupart opts to let play without assigning a free-kick and what would look like a red card for Nesterenko as Tammeka nr.22 was ahead of all the Loko’s defence after the quick one-two.

The only reasonable explanation for Pupart missing the episode it’s his distance from the action (he is left behind by Śabanov sprint) and the fact that his visual might be covered by Loko’s players.

In second half, on 76’ minutes, an offside was flagged when the score was already 1-1. The goal is scored soon after Pupart’s whistle, however Loko’s Andre Jõgi had already dribbled Tammeka goalkeeper on the edge of the box. Was it offside?
Unfortunately, the Postimees footage did not offer a replay of the episode. In the live sequence we can only see the moment the ball is passed deep to Jõgi and when Jõgi receives it. However, in the first situation, Jõgi is not in the visual field of the camera. Once the camera moves to Jõgi about to receive the ball, we can see he is already slightly ahead of the two defenders. How is it possible to judge the episode?
We can rely on the players’ shadows. As the picture shows, Jõgi’s shadow (in betweent the two defenders’ ones) is not in line. 

We can just rely on the shadows to assume that the offside was correctly flagged. It was a matter of centimeters though (click to enlarge)

As far as concerns the yellow cards shown, fair the ones given to Simo Tenno and Valeri Śabanov: the first one trips an opponent from behind, and the second one, once lost the ball, goes on a hard challenge against the goal’s author, Bazjukin. The challenge is so hard even Śabanov is left on the floor aching.

Fair yellow card also for Tammeka’s former player, Maxime Mboungou, kicking Valtna in the stomach in the attempt to win a ball.

Loko earned other two cards in the dying minutes of the game as Kevin Kaivoja (83’) and goalkeeper Valeri Śmelkov (90’) were added to the list. Kaivoja pulled Tiirik shirt and Śmelkov wasted time in the throw back, standard situations that do not even require any further comment.

Flora – Narva Trans 1-0
(match report here)

Just a second before Andrejev's left leg reaches Jürgenson's one as the ball is already past the Narva's defender foot

Just a second before Andrejev's left leg reaches Jürgenson's one as the ball is already past the Narva's defender foot

The record of cards shown goes to the A.LeCoq Arena first clash of the club football season as Juri Frischer had to put his hand in the pocket 6 times, 3 each equally.

The first to end up in Frischer’s notebook is Irakly Logua not respecting the distance on a set-piece assigned to Narva Trans (25’). According to rules, player has to respect the distance (8mt) on all the set-piece situations. Usually, in a way to compel the referee to count the steps and take time, a player places himself in front of the ball to prompt the opposition to ask for the distance to be respected. Logua stands in between respecting the distance and being close to the ball which seems like conceding Plotnikov the opportunity to spot his irregularity as the Narva’s midfielder quickly kicks the ball in his direction. Good reading by Frischer and ingenuous move by the Russian attacking player.

On 44’ minutes Andrejev apologizes for pulling down Jürgenson.
t is too late as Frischer is already running towards his direction to show him his third seasonal yellow card, meaning he is cautioned for next game. It’s a promising situation as Jürgenson has slotted from the right side and looks like he is about to get into the box. Andrejev cannot reach the ball and trips the full-back leg. Fair booking.

Frischer's got his card ready for Irie while Begla shows the Ivorian he tried twice to pull him down.

Frischer's got his card ready for Irie while Begla shows the Ivorian he tried twice to pull him down.

On 50’ minutes it’s Jürgenson’s turn to end up in the referee’s notebook as he pushes Miśins. The push is not that hard, however Miśins is about to turn and run upon receiving the ball. Jürgenson’s intervention seems enough to make the pint-sized midfielder fall.

On 62’ minutes Irie is booked for repeatedly fouling Beglarishvili on the midfield line. Beglarishvili resists to the first attempt, however surrenders on the second. The Georgian player even shows the Ivorian with his fingers that he fouled him twice.

In the dying minutes of the game, Narva is pressuring Flora in their half in the attempt of pulling level.

Even Albert Prosa drops deep to help his side defending the tiny lead. As usual, strikers not accustomed with defending might be liable to get booked easily. Prosa fights for the ball with Irie, however the Ivorian is more keen in defending the ball possession and compels the Premium Liiga topscorer to foul him. The impression is Prosa puts a bit of extra effort in pushing Irie who dramatize the fall to gain referee’s sympathy (you can judge yourself here – minute 1:48:18 of the player)

In the developments of the free-kick, Flora’s clearance starts a quick counterattack with the quick Jürgeson rapidly being in Narva’s half. German-Guri Lvov is on his track however is not able to reach and trips Jürgenson from behind for the very last card of the challenge.