Kovacs’ experience in Champions League
The Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs will be the referee of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid, corresponding to the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League that will be played this Tuesday at the Anfield stadium. Kovacs, international since 2010, will be helped on the wings by his compatriots Vasile Florin Marinescu and Ovidiu Artene, while the fourth official will be Horatiu Fesnic, also a Romanian. The Italians Massimiliano Irrati and Marco Guida will be responsible for the VAR. The Romanian referee already led Real Madrid in the Champions League last season on his visit to Manchester City, on April 26, 2022, with the final result being 4-3 for the English. This season, Kovacs has led the matches Dinamo Zagreb-Chelsea (1-0), Bruges-Atlético de Madrid (2-0) and Bayer Leverkusen-Porto (0-3).