Confirmed Match Officials: Liverpool vs Real Madrid | UEFA Champions League

Who is the man in the middle for the clash against Real Madrid?
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Fresh off the back of their first home win of 2021, Liverpool host Real Madrid in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The corresponding leg saw Madrid race into a 2-0 lead at half-time after a lacklustre 45 from the Reds.

Mohamed Salah offered a glimmer of hope with his strike, early into the second half, but lapses in Liverpool's defensive shape allowed Vinicius Jnr to waltz in and score his second of the game.

German referee Felix Brych was in charge of the first leg between the two European giants and didn't cover himself in glory for his officiating.

Some 27 seconds after Lucas Vasquez bodychecked the onrushing Sadio Mane, Toni Kroos pinpoint pass allowed the 20-year-old Brazilian to race through and finish beyond the Liverpool goalkeeper. 

This lead to appeals and protests from the Reds with Jurgen Klopp confronting his German compatriot upon the full-time whistle. The Senegal international on a number of occasions went to ground looking for a foul which the 2017 Champions League final referee waved away. 

Liverpool require two unanswered goals in order to set up an all-English semi-final against Chelsea. 

Real Madrid will be looking to hold onto their two-goal advantage as they embark on their bid to win their 14th European crown in their 119-year history.


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Match Officials

Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Pol van Boekel (NED)


The 48-year-old Dutch referee will be in charge of his seventh Liverpool game of his career.

His first came against Debreceni VSC in the Champions League in 2009, most recently he was the man in the middle for the Reds 3-0 semi-final first leg against Barcelona. 

Liverpool went on to beat Los Cules 4-0 in the second leg at Anfield before going on to lift their sixth European Cup.

As for Wednesday nights visitors, it will be the second game of the 2020/21 season that he has refereed a match involving Zinedine Zidane's side, he oversaw their 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

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2020/21 Champions League stats

Matches: 7

Yellow Cards: 20

Second Yellow: 1

Red cards: 0

Penalties: 4