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The Matches Refereed by

Ivan Kružliak

*latest first

🟥 18 April 2024, Villa p1-2 Lille, Stade Pierre Mauroy

Scorer(s): Matty Cash | 87’ |

Assist(s): None

Referee: Ivan Kružliak | 🇸🇰 | Bratislava, 2011- 🆘
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 1
🆘 Breathtaking incompetence from the Slovak official in the penalty shoot out that brought shame and embarrassment once again on the standards of refereeing in European competition
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Branislav Hancko | 🇸🇰 | Jan Pozor | 🇸🇰 |
Fourth official: Peter Kralović | 🇸🇰 |
VAR: Pol van Boekel | 🇳🇱 |
Assistant VAR: Michal Ocenáš | 🇸🇰 |

Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Ivan Kružliak | 🇸🇰 | Bratislava, 2011- 🆘
Kick off: 5.45pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
AET Result: 🟥 Lost
AET Score: 🟥 1-2
Aggregate Result: 🟨 Drew
Aggregate Score: 🟨
Penalties: 🟩 4-3
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

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Quarter Final

Europa Conference League

Starting XI:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Pau Torres | 🇪🇸 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
M Youri Tielemans | 🇧🇪 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Nicolò Zaniolo | 🇮🇹 |
W Moussa Diaby | 🇫🇷 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Subs:
M Morgan Rogers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 |

Match Timeline

🥅 | 15’ Goal, 0-1, (LOSC Lille), Yusuf Yazici
🟨 | 21’ Booking, Nicolò Zaniolo
🕒 | 26’ Game paused due to injuries
🚑 | 26’ Injury, Emiliano Martínez, head injury
🚑 | 26’ Injury, Nicolò Zaniolo, hamstring
🔁 | 28’ Sub off, Nicolò Zaniolo, Sub on, Morgan Rogers
🕒 | 29’ Game restarts
🟨 | 39’ Booking, Emiliano Martínez, timewasting
🕒 | 45’+4 HT LOSC Lille 1-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Lucas Digne for a bad foul
🥅 | 68’ Goal, 0-2, (LOSC Lille), Benjamin André
🔁 | 69’ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🟨 | 76’ Booking, Morgan Rogers for a bad foul
🔁 | 80’ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Jhon Durán
⚽ | 87’ Goal, 1-2, Matty Cash
🟨 | 90’ Booking, Jhon Durán for a bad foul
🕒 | 105’ ET HT LOSC Lille 2-1 Aston Villa
🟨 | 109’ Booking, Ollie Watkins for a bad foul
🎥 | 112’ VAR Check for penalty (LOSC Lille), no penalty
🕒 | 120+1’ ET FT LOSC Lille 2-1 Aston Villa

Penalties
🟢 1-0 Youri Tielemans, Scored

**20:25:** Following the first, and successful, spot kick from Tielemans, Martinez moves towards the loose ball as it rolls towards the penalty spot. Lille’s Bentaleb reacts and runs to collect the ball.

Martinez picks up the ball and, as is customary, starts to feel it.

Referee Kružliak and Bentaleb move towards Martinez as if to engage in words but the Villa ‘keeper releases the ball before a conversation can occur and takes his position on the line.

Referee Kružliak in a clearly antagonistic mood follows Martinez and begins to lecture him. Observers are confused as nothing that is not completely normal in a penalty decision, let alone a penalty shoot out in the quarter final of a European competition, has been seen.

🔴 1-0 Nabil Bentaleb (LOSC Lille), Missed, Save by Emiliano Martínez

**20:26:** Martinez shuffles on the line a la Grobbelaar, as the aggressor Bentaleb goes to take Lille’s first kick and despite feigning a move to the right, saves to the left to leave Villa 1-0 ahead in the shoot out.

Bentaleb, already having showed aggressive intent, pointlessly connects with the rebound and attempts to strike the ball. Martinez has to take cover from an expected delivery into the goal mouth. Bentaleb’s shot however is typically comically poor and sails into the Lille fans behind the goal.

Martinez reacts by putting his finger to his lips to shush a crowd who have baited him from the first minute. Martinez remains in control of his area and repeats his gesture to both sides of his goal.

**20:27:** The Neanderthal crowd throw objects at Martinez. Classy.

Referee Kružliak decides Martinez deserves another lecture, and is removed from the goal, before the referee tackles Martinez once again with no further incident seeming to have occurred.

Martinez questions why referee Kružliak was ignoring the provocation and missiles from the stand.

Referee Kružliak walks away.

Meanwhile Referee Kružliak has delayed Ollie Watkins’ penalty for no apparent reason whilst the Lille crowd hold onto the match ball refusing to return it to the field of play.

The opposition ‘keeper, Chevalier, is positioned on the six yard line facing off against Ollie Watkins at twelve yards.

**20:28:** Martinez as is customary walks to take his place on the line to await his next action and gestures to the Lille crowd to stop throwing missiles.

🟨 | Booking, Emiliano Martínez
🟥 | Sending off, Total insanity as the referee sends off Emiliano Martínez for a second yellow card for gesturing to the crowd to stop throwing missiles at him and booing him as they have done from the first whistle. It is unclear what would have happened as no substitutes are permitted once the match had completed its course.

Referee Kružliak has a rush of blood to the head and runs over in an apparently uncontrolled fashion and shows Martinez a yellow card, despite the Villa ‘keeper again being rained on by missiles thrown from the Lille crowd.

Martinez, as confused as those watching, questions the referee as to his actions, before Douglas Luiz, acting as captain since John McGinn’s substitution comes to talk to the referee to try and understand his action.

Referee Kružliak waves his hands like a petulant child refusing to hear Douglas Luiz or Martinez’s questions as to what has just happens and what the consequences are.

It is assumed, without referee Kružliak’s engagement, that Martinez has received a second yellow card and is therefore dismissed and unable to take any further part in the penalty shoot out.

Villa now face the rest of the penalty shoot out with just one kick taken by either side without a goalkeeper.

Luiz continues to try to engage with referee Kružliak whilst Martinez stands on the sidelines in total confusion.

Martinez again appeals to referee Kružliak to take action against the behaviour of the Lille crowd but to no avail.

**20:29:** Ollie Watkins still waits to take his penalty due to the delay caused by referee Kružliak but as he finally gets the chance another ball is thrown from the Lille crowd. Martinez, unbelievably, is called over by referee Kružliak to remove the errant ball with the Villa ‘keeper and all observers totally confused as to whether Martinez can still play a part in the game.

🟢 2-0 Ollie Watkins, Scored

**20:30:** Ollie Watkins meets with Martinez following his successful spot kick and Martinez takes his place in goal in lieu of any confirmation from the referee Kružliak as to whether he can continue or not.

Bizarrely referee Kružliak then helps Lille centre forward Jonathan David place the ball on the spot. Martinez repeats his moves from the Bentaleb save and is foiled by David’s stop start approach.

🟢 2-1 Jonathan David (LOSC Lille), Scored

David celebrates by encouraging the Lille crowd to keep up their behaviour.

**20:31:** Martinez, beaten by David, walks to the customary position in a penalty shootout.

Meanwhile as Matty Cash approaches to take Villa’s third kick, Lille’s ‘keeper Chevalier confronts him before being ordered back by referee Kružliak.

🟢 3-1 Matty Cash, Scored

Cash scores.

Martinez, still with no idea as to whether he is permitted to continue playing, returns to his goal line before once again gesturing to referee Kružliak for clarity. No response, positive or negative is received.

🟢 3-2 Angel Gomés (LOSC Lille), Scored

**20:32:** Martinez takes a more conservative approach to the penalty of Lille’s Angel Gomes, holding his arms wide and above his head.

Gomes takes the legality of a penalty kick to its limits, by shuffling, delaying and stuttering in his run up.

Martinez, justifiably, gestures to the referee Kružliak, to highlight the potential illegality of Gomes’ kick,

Martinez receives no response from referee Kružliak and points to his eyes to question referee Kružliak’s observation and control of the game.

🔴 3-2 Leon Bailey, Missed, Save by Lucas Chevalier

Lille ‘ keeper Chevalier saves Leon Bailey’s spot kick and celebrates by gesturing to the crowd, flexing repeatedly before finally walking away.

Referee Kružliak fails to take any action.

🟢 3-3 Rémy Cabella (LOSC Lille), Scored

**20:33:** Martinez returns to goal, subdued by referee Kružliak and sees Lille’s Cabella score past him to level the scores.

Thereafter Cabella crouches to his knees, adopts an aggressive gesture to the already unruly crowd and then kicks the ball away and runs to Lille’ keeper Chevalier before continuing to urge the missile throwing Lille crowd to more intensity.

Referee Kružliak fails to take any action.

Martinez retrieves the ball before throwing it to the incoming Douglas Luiz and retakes his customary spot.

Sudden Death

**20:34:** Luiz receives a bizarre and unjustified lecture from referee Kružliak prior to his kick for no clear reason.

🟢 4-3 Douglas Luiz, Scored

Despite the interruption Luiz puts Villa in control of the shootout.

🔴 4-3 Benjamin André (LOSC Lille), Missed, Save by Emiliano Martínez

Benjamin André, hardly a shrinking violet over the two legs, hits his kick centrally and Martinez saves to win the shootout for Villa.

**20:35:** Martinez celebrates in his box, facing the Lille crowd - it would have been rather odd to have done otherwise.

Martinez turns towards his team to celebrate before referee Kružliak blows his whistle suggesting the final spot kick needs to be retaken.

Martinez sprints towards his team-mates with referee Kružliak appearing to have blown his whistle in error.

Despite a shocking, embarrassing performance from referee Kružliak in the shoot out Villa win 4-3.

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