UCL: Man City Vs Real Madrid Game To Be Officiated By Romanian Referee István Kovács

UEFA have appointed Romanian referee István Kovács to take charge of the Champions League semi-final first-leg clash between Manchester City versus Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 26th April 2022.

After being appointed referee for the first leg of City's tie against Atletico Madrid, the 37-year-old UEFA's elite category referee has now made 10 appearances in the Champions League since 2018/19. He has issued 48 yellow cards and one red card in those ten games.

He dished out 5 yellow cards in City's game the previous round which City won 1-0 in the quarterfinal first-leg against another team from Madrid (Atletico).

Prior to the game against Atlético, he had also refereed the Man City's 5-1 group-stage win away to Club Brugge.

This was nothing compared to the 11 yellow cards he had given earlier this season (the joint second-most in a Champions League game ever) in the UCL group stage match between Sevilla vs Lille in November which Sevilla won 2-1.

He was also the referee for Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Europa League knockout round play-offs in February.

It will be the first time that the Romanian official takes charge of a madridista fixture in the competition.

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The game on Tuesday will be a test not only for the referee, but also for Pep Guardiola's team to show that they can truly overcome the 13-time champions Real Madrid. 

Man City emerged 4-2 aggregate winners the last time both side met in the round-of-16 stage of competition in 2019/20 season, City won 2-1 in the both home and away tie respectively.

Los Blancos defeated English opposition Chelsea in the quater-final to set-up a semi-final tie against the Premier League Champions, with Carlo Ancelotti's team winning 5-4 on aggregate against Chelsea, following a thrilling 3-2 defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu a fortnight ago. 

Man City themselves were in the Spanish capital to secure their spot in the semi-finals, as Pep Guardiola's side survived a dreaded  Atletico Madrid side, securing a hard fought 1-0 aggregate win. 

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