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PSG face crucial Champions League Clash: Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs appointed

Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona are set for a thrilling encounter on Tuesday evening, with a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on the line. The tension is palpable among both sets of fans, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Ahead of this highly anticipated clash, UEFA has announced the appointment of Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs to officiate the match. While Kovacs is an experienced official, his presence might not bring fond memories for PSG fans.

Kovacs’ Previous Encounters with PSG:

  • Newcastle Defeat: In October 2023, Kovacs oversaw PSG’s disappointing 4-1 loss to Newcastle at St James’ Park.

  • Galatasaray Draw: During the 2019/2020 Champions League season, Kovacs was in charge of the match between PSG and Galatasaray at the Parc des Princes, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

PSG’s Mission: Secure Victory:

Regardless of the referee or the players on the pitch, PSG’s primary objective is to emerge victorious at the Camp Nou. Having lost the first leg 3-2, the Parisians need to score at least two goals to secure a direct qualification spot. A single goal would force extra time, but the task at hand remains challenging for Luis Enrique’s men.

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