Case Study: Advantage Leads to World Cup Match Win

While the advantage recognized and played by Referee Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan), was fairly straightforward, it is remarkable for a couple of reasons:

  • It was late in the match, when bodies and minds are tired and mental lapses more common; Irmatov wasn’t distracted by these factors, a testament to the referee’s training regimen
  • Given that the foul was 100% tactical, it would’ve been even more tempting to stop play and issue a caution

Despite these factors, the referee remained focused and allowed play to continue, which led to the winning goal.  Irmatov and his team surely enjoyed a celebratory drink afterwards in recognition of a job well done.