Time Analysis – Hertha vs. Bayern

It was the 18th February 2017, when Bayern Munich scored the latest goal in the history of German Bundesliga at the end of the 96th minute against Hertha BSC Berlin. In the following were players discussing with the referee, a Berlin coach that could not understand the amount of stoppage time given, TV experts analyzing the effective playing time of the match and thousands of spectators were sharing the opinion, that a referee in the Bundesliga won’t end a match until Bayern Munich has scored a goal. Does this game sound delicate enough for you to serve as the first Footballelixir time analysis? Yep, I think so too. In the following, you will see the effective playing time of the match in comparison to the total game time, the total amount of seconds spent by each team and the referee, the longest interruptions and the average amount of seconds wasted by each team in each type of interruption.
of 7:32 minutesstoppage time03:02 minof 90 minutesregulation time59:28 minof 97:32 minutes62:30minEffective playing time
17:5812:1604:48Hertha BSCBayern MunichRefereeTotal amount of minutes spent byteams and referee
Goal celebration Hertha BSC (1-0)66 secondsInjury break Vedad Ibisevic after Bayern Munichkicked the ball out of play70 secondsInjury break Per Skjelbred after a foul byRobert Lewandowski93 secondsLongest interruptions
13.7s15.2sDiscussion with referee13.3s38.8sInjury break15s41.3sSubstitution15.5s32sCorner kick7.7s14.6sFree kick21.8s32sGoal kick5.9s16.5sThrow-inAverage amount of seconds spenton interruption type
Looking at the above shown stats it becomes clear, that interruptions, where we were waiting on Hertha BSC to continue, took longer than interruptions, where we waited on Bayern Munich to continue. In average, Hertha took twice as much time to complete interruptions (22.8 seconds) than Bayern Munich (9.8 seconds). However, 59:28 minutes of effective playing time in regular 90 minutes is not a little amount of actual time played. I do not have statistics about the actual time played other than this match time analysis, but according to Opta the average effective playing time in the Bundesliga season 16/17 was 56 minutes. However, I cannot tell if Opta measures the effective playing time only per 90 minutes or for the whole game including stoppage time. Considering that the actual time played was already 3 minutes higher than the average for the Bundesliga 16/17, a total stoppage time of 07:32 minutes seems huge. However, the FIFA rules say, that a referee should reward time wasting with a higher amount of additional time. Referring to that, only 5 minutes were actually played in the last 11 minutes of the game, with Hertha wasting most of this time. Therefore, it was right to award more stoppage time to punish Hertha’s time consuming, but a total of 6:32 minutes in the second half seems too much, 4 minutes would have probably been fair.

Future perspective
I really hope you liked this first Footballelixir time analysis. I think it is an interesting aspect of the game to analyze interruptions and outline the time spent by each team and thereof calculate the effective playing time. It also took some time to find a presentation form for all the numbers included in a time analysis, but I think that the article now is visually appealing and shows the important numbers. Therefore, I hope that there will be a lot more time analysis on Footballelixir and I hope to see you again soon!