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Espen Eskås to referee UEFA Champions League last-16 second-leg clash between Manchester City and FC Copenhagen



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Espen Eskås will take charge of Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with FC Copenhagen on Wednesday evening.

Manchester City are seeking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in midweek, as Pep Guardiola’s side bid to reach a third final in four years, with the 2024 showpiece event staged at London’s Wembley Stadium. 

The Blues take a 3-1 aggregate lead into Wednesday’s second-leg clash with FC Copenhagen, after vital goals from both Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden last month at the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital. 

Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City the lead inside 10 minutes, before Magnus Mattsson equalised for the home side in the 34th minute, capitalising on an Ederson mistake.

City, who remain unbeaten in the Champions League since May 2022, are currently also unbeaten in their last 19 matches across all competitions, having extended the run with a derby day win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Foden scored twice and Erling Haaland sealed the Premier League victory, as three second-half goals secured a vital 3-1 win, after Marcus Rashford gave United the lead inside eight minutes.

Guardiola’s side will be hoping to further extend the unbeaten streak in midweek, and ahead of the last-16 second-leg clash against FC Copenhagen, UEFA have announced the Match Officials for the tie.

Match Referee

Espen Eskås has been named as the referee for Manchester City’s clash with FC Copenhagen on Wednesday evening.

The 35-year-old has officiated five European matches so far this season, showing 19 yellow cards and no red cards.

The Norwegian has never previously taken charge of Manchester City, but was the fourth officials for the Blues’ UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla in August.

Assistant Referees

Eskås will be accompanied at the Etihad Stadium by Assistant Referees Isaak Elias Bashevkin and Anders Olav Dale.

Video Assistant Referees

Overviewing proceedings will be Video Assistant Referee Dennis Higler and Assistant Video Assistant Referee Rob Dieperink.

Fourth Official

Rohit Saggi has been named as the Fourth Official.

The referee will be overseeing conduct within the two dugouts, and the behaviour of managers Pep Guardiola and Jacob Neestrup.