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Daniele Orsato to referee UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid



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Daniele Orsato will take charge of Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the fourth consecutive season, and dump 14-time winners Real Madrid out of the competition for a second successive year in midweek.

Manchester City thumped the La Liga heavyweights at the Etihad Stadium in the semi-final second-leg last season, and will be looking to emulate the performance after a 3-3 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu last Tuesday.

Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol were all on the scoresheet during an enthralling six-goal first-leg quarter-final clash, with Manchester City coming from behind to take a 2-3 second-half lead, only for Federico Valverde to equalise in the 79th minute with a superb volley.

City are unbeaten in their past 27 matches across all competitions, having further extended the streak with a 5-1 Premier League win over Luton Town on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

The Sky Blues are also unbeaten in the Champions League since May 2022, when Manchester City suffered a dramatic defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Ahead of Wednesday’s defining second-leg at the Etihad Stadium, UEFA have announced the Match Officials for the return leg of the quarter-final clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Match Referee

Daniele Orsato has been named as the referee for Manchester City’s clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

The 48-year-old has officiated 24 matches across all competitions so far this season, showing 113 yellow cards and seven red cards.

The Italian, who took charge of Manchester City’s 1-3 loss to Real Madrid in 2022, was also the VAR for last season’s first-leg 1-1 draw against Los Blancos.

Assistant Referees

Orsato will be accompanied at the Santiago Bernabéu by Assistant Referees Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini.

Video Assistant Referees

Overviewing proceedings will be Video Assistant Referee Massimiliano Irrati and Assistant Video Assistant Referee Paolo Valeri.

Fourth Official

Maurizio Mariani 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 Carlo Ancelotti.