UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Result AS ROMA 3 – 1 BRAGA, Thursday 25 February 2021

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44% Ball Possession AS ROMA and 56% Ball Possession BRAGA
AS Roma 3 – 1 Braga
23′ Edin Dzeko                        87′ Bryan Cristante (own goal)
74′ Carles Pérez
91′ Borja Mayoral

Stats:  👉 First Leg,  Braga 0 – 2 AS Roma

AS Roma win the Europa League Round 32, Second Leg game defeating Braga on Thursday 25 February 2021 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy.   Roma advance to the Europa League Round of 16 with an aggregate result of 5-1.

AS Roma opening the score in the 23rd minute. Forward Edin Dzeko defeating Braga goalkeeper with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.


Roma increasing the score for the 2-0 in the 74th minute.

  • Stats before the game:  Roma have won 4 of their last  6 home games against Portuguese sides (1N, 1P), the last of which was a 2-1 win against Porto in February 2019.  Sporting Braga have won 1 of 4 away matches against Italian sides (1N, 2P), beating Parma 1-0 in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup round of 32. An 18-year-old Diego Costa scored the winning goal.  Roma have passed the round on 18 of the previous 20 occasions in which they have won the first leg in a double knockout match of a European competition (excluding the preliminaries): the only exceptions of the run against Manchester United in the quarter-finals in 2006/07 and in the round of 16 against Porto in 2018/19, again in the Champions League.  Braga made it through the round in a double Europa League match in the knockout stage after losing the first leg only once on their last five occasions: against Fenerbahçe in the 2015/16 round of 16.   Roma’s only defeat in their last 18 home games in European competition was against Real Madrid in November 2018 (13W, 4N) – the Giallorossi have won all six knockout stages matches during this series.  Roma have scored at least three goals in each of their last two Europa League matches at the Olimpico: the Giallorossi could record three home games in a row in a European competition with at least three goals to their credit for the first time since October 2018 (against Liverpool , Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow in the Champions League). Sporting Braga have lost all of their last four away matches in the knockout stages of the Europa League, failing to score in three of those games.   Since his first appearance for Roma in the Europa League in 2016, Edin Dzeko has scored 13 of his team’s 53 goals, followed by own goals in the club’s league table this period (five).

Here is AS ROMA official starting lineup – formation by Coach Paulo Fonseca:

🏆👉Lineup ROMA (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Mancini; Veretout, Diawara, Villar, Bruno Peres; El Shaarawy, Pedro; Dzeko

Here is BRAGA official starting lineup – formation by Coach Carlos Carvalhal:

🏆👉Lineup BRAGA (4-3-3): Tiago Sà, Zè Carlos, Tormena, Rolando, Sequeira, Piazon, Novals, Gaitan, Galeno, Sporar, Horta

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Referee Andreas Ekberg from Sweden will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE) and Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE). The Fourth Official will be John Beaton (SCO). The VAR will be Stuart Attwell (ENG). The AVAR will be Paul Tierney (ENG). The Referee Observer will be Frank De Bleeckere (BEL).


2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

AS Roma 3 – 1 Braga
Thursday 25 February 2021
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Rome, Italy

21:00

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Goals:  23′ Edin Dzeko (R), 74′ Carles Pérez (R), 87′ Bryan Cristante (own goal),  91′ Borja Mayoral

Official lineups – formations:

🏆👉Lineup ROMA (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Mancini; Veretout, Diawara, Villar, Bruno Peres; El Shaarawy, Pedro; Dzeko

Subs.: Mirante, Fuzato, Pellegrini, Mayoral, Perez, Spinazzola, Ciervo, Darboe, Tripi, Mkhitaryan

Coach: Paulo Fonseca

🏆👉Lineup BRAGA (4-3-3): Tiago Sà, Zè Carlos, Tormena, Rolando, Sequeira, Piazon, Novals, Gaitan, Galeno, Sporar, Horta

Subs: Matheus, Santos, Al Musrati, Ruiz, Horta, Borja, Fransergio, Infande, Rodrigues, Oliveira

Coach: Carlos Carvalhal

UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Result AC MILAN 1 – 1 CRVENA ZVEZDA, Thursday 25 February 2021

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52% Ball Possession AC MILAN and 48% Ball Possession CRVENA ZVEZDA
AC Milan 1 – 1 Crvena zvezda
9′ Franck Kessié      24′ El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane

👉 Stats: First Leg, Crvena zvezda 2 – 2 AC Milan

 Mission accomplished!  AC Milan advance to  the Europa League Round of 16.   Milan ended with a draw against Crvena Zvezda in the Round of 32, Second Leg game on Thursday 25 February 2021 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy.   AC Milan will then concentrate on the Serie A Week 24 against AS Roma to battle again for the leadership.

AC Milan opening the score in the 9th minute. Referee Jesus Gil Manzano giving a penalty to Milan conceded by Marko Gobeljic after a handball. The penalty is converted by Franck Kessié defeating Crvena Zvezda goalkeeper with a right footed shot in the bottom right corner.

Oh gosh…. Crvena Zvezda equalizing for the 1-1 in the 24th minute with the goal by El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane.

  •   Stats before the game:  AC Milan have always scored in 5 previous games against Red Star, keeping a clean sheet only once, at home in August 2006.  Milan hosted the Red Star twice, drawing 1-1 in the 1988/89 European Cup and winning 1-0 in the 2006/07 Champions League qualifiers, thanks to a goal from Filippo Inzaghi.  The Red Star have only won one of 12 European away matches against Italian sides (3N, 8P), a 2-0 win over Chievo in the first round of the UEFA Cup in October 2002.  Milan have lost three of their last seven home games between the Europa League and the UEFA Cup (4W), as many times as they have in their first 38 home games in these competitions.  AC Milan’s last home draw in European competition dates back to October 2017 (0-0 against AEK Athens) – seven wins and three defeats for the Rossoneri since then.   The Red Star have only scored three times in their seven Europa League away games, failing to score in five of their last six.  AC Milan have been eliminated in each of their last seven home and away matches in major European competitions when they failed to win the first leg, managing to make it through the last time in the 2006/07 Champions League against Manchester United.
    The seven goals scored by Milan at home in this Europa League are signed by six different scorers – the only AC Milan to score two goals in the set is Brahim Díaz, author of the first (v Slavia Prague) and the last (v Celtic ).  Still running dry after three appearances in this Europa League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could become the oldest scorer in the history of AC Milan between the European Cup / Champions League and UEFA Cup / Europa League at the age of 39 years and 118 days.

  Here is AC MILAN official starting lineup – formation by Coach Stefano Pioli:

  Here is CRVENA ZVEZDA official starting lineup – formation by Coach Dejan Stankovic:

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Referee Jesus Gil Manzano from Spain will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP) and Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP). The Fourth Official will be Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP). The VAR will be Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP). The AVAR will be Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP). The Referee Observer will be Francesco Bianchi (SUI).


2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

AC Milan 1 – 0 Crvena zvezda
Thursday 25 February 2021
San Siro Stadium
Milan, Italy

21:00

Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Goals: 9′ Franck Kessié (M), 24′ El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane (C)

Official lineups – formations:

 

 

Happy 22nd Birthday AC Milan Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

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Happy Birthday AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrating his 22nd birthday today February 25, 2021. A great day and the ideal occasion to celebrate playing the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 in San Siro against Crvena Zvezda.  Donnarumma was born on 25 February 1999 in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy.



UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Result NAPOLI 2 – 1 GRANADA, Thursday 25 February 2021

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% Ball Possession NAPOLI and % Ball Possession GRANADA
Napoli 2 – 1 Granada
3′ Piotr Zielinski                  25′ Ángel Montoro
59′ Fabián Ruiz

Stats: First Leg, 👉 Granada 2 – 0 Napoli

Napoli with the mission to overturn the result of the first half.  Napoli must win the game the Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg game against Granada on Thursday 25 February at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Napoli, Italy .  The issue is that Napoli need to win with more than 2 goals without conceding to make it to the Quarterfinals.

A good start for Napoli opening the score in the 3rd minute. It is Piotr Zielinski to defeat Granada goalkeeper with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by forward Lorenzo Insigne.

Granada equalizing for the 1-1 in the 25th minute. Ángel Montoro defeating Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a headed shot in the bottom right corner.

Napoli taking the lead again in the 59th minute. It is Fabián Ruiz to score with a left footed shot in the bottom right corner. Guess, who made the assist???? Yep, Lorenzo Insigne!!!!!

  • Napoli haven’t won in 5 home games against Spanish opponents (4N, 1P), 4 of which ended 1-1.  The only previous encounter between these two teams was Granada’s 2-0 win over Napoli in the first leg. All of the last 26 teams that have won by two goals without conceding at home in the first leg of a double Europa League match then went through – the last one to fail was Basel against Valencia in the 2013 quarter-finals. -14, who won the first leg 3-0 and then lost the return 5-0.  Napoli have only won two of their last seven home games in the knockout stages of the Europa League (3N, 2P), most recently losing to Arsenal in 2018-19, in the quarter-finals.  Napoli are unbeaten in the four home matches in a second leg of the Europa League round of 32: three wins and one draw.

✅ Here is NAPOLI official starting lineup – formation by Coach Gennaro Gattuso:

NAPOLI (3-4-1-2): Meret – Rrahmani, Maksimovic, Koulibaly – Di Lorenzo, Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko, Elmas – Zielinski – Politano, Insigne.

✅ Here is GRANADA official starting lineup – formation by Coach Diego Martinez:

GRANADA (4-3-3): Rui Silva – Foulquier, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva – Montoro, Gonalons, Eteki – Kenedy, Molina, Puertas.

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2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

Napoli 2 – 1 Granada
Thursday 25 February 2021
Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
Napoli, Italy

18:55

Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)

Goals: 3′ Piotr Zielinski (N), 25′ Ángel Montoro (G), 59′ Fabián Ruiz (N)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

NAPOLI (3-4-1-2): Meret – Rrahmani, Maksimovic, Koulibaly – Di Lorenzo, Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko, Elmas – Zielinski – Politano, Insigne.

Subs: Costanzo, Mertens, Idasiak, Cioffi, D’Agostino, Ghoulam, Labriola, Mario Rui, Zedadka, Contini, Lobotka.

Coach: Gennaro Gattuso

GRANADA (4-3-3): Rui Silva – Foulquier, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva – Montoro, Gonalons, Eteki – Kenedy, Molina, Puertas.

Subs: Diaz, Soldado, Escandell, Vallejo, Fabrega, Isma Ruiz, Torrente, Machis, Perez, Herrera, Aranda.

Coach: Diego Martinez Penas

 

Front Pages, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Thursday 25 February 2021

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Good morning, my friends! Here are the front pages from the Italian newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Thursday 25 February 2021.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, Front Page, Thursday 25 February 2021.


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Corriere dello Sport, Front Page, Thursday 25 February 2021.


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Tutto Sport, Front Page, Thursday 25 February 2021.


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UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Napoli vs Granada, Official Called Up Players, Thursday 25 February 2021

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Napoli – Granada

Stats:   First Leg,  👉 Granada 2 – 0 Napoli

✅  Here are NAPOLI official called up players by Coach Gennaro Gattuso for the Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg game, Napoli vs Granada on Thursday 25 February at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Napoli, Italy at 18:55.

Goalkeepers: Meret, Contini, Idasiak (maglia 46)

Defenders: Di Lorenzo, Ghoulam, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Rrahmani, Mario Rui.

Midfielders: Elmas, Lobotka, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Bakayoko

Forwards: Politano, Insigne, Mertens, Cioffi (58), Costanzo ( 38), Zedadka (3), D’Agostino (56), Labriola ( 61).

It is Referee Daniel Siebert from Germany to direct the game.  Referee Siebert will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER) and Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Schlager (GER). The VAR will be Christian Dingert (GER). The AVAR will be Bibiana Steinhaus (GER). The Referee Observer will be Martin Hansson (SWE).


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✅  Here are GRANADA official called up players by Coach Diego Martínez for the game against Napoli:

 


2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

Napoli – Granada
Thursday 25 February 2021
Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
Napoli, Italy

18:55

Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)

UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Napoli vs Granada, Match Officials, Referee Daniel Siebert, Thursday 25 February 2021

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  Napoli – Granada

 

✅ UEFA has designated the match officials for the Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg game, Napoli vs Granada on Thursday 25 February at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Napoli, Italy at 18:55.  It is Referee Daniel Siebert from Germany to direct the game.

Referee Siebert will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER) and Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER).  The Fourth Official will be Daniel Schlager (GER).  The VAR will be Christian Dingert (GER).  The AVAR will be Bibiana Steinhaus (GER).  The Referee Observer will be Martin Hansson (SWE).
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2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

Napoli – Granada
Thursday 25 February 2021
Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
Napoli, Italy

18:55

Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)

UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Result ATALANTA 0 – 1 REAL MADRID, Wednesday 24 February 2021

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31% Ball Possession ATALANTA and 69% Ball Possession REAL MADRID

Atalanta 0 – 1 Real Madrid

.                                                         86′ Ferland Mendy

Atalanta failing to win the Champions League Round of 16, First Leg game against Real Madrid on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy.  However, Atalanta put up a strong battle playing with 10 players since the 17th minute when Referee sent off Remo Freuler with a red card.  Real Madrid took 86 minutes to score the only goal of the match.  The qualification is still open.  The Second Leg will be played on Tuesday 16 March in Madrid.  Forza Atalanta!


Referee Tobias Stieler giving a red card to Remo Freuler in the 17th minute. Freuler with a foul on Ferland Mendy. This is not good for Atalanta remaining now with 10 players.

It took Real Madrid 86 minutes to break Atalanta. It is Ferland Mendy to defeat Atalanta goalkeeper with a right footed shot in the bottom right corner. The assist is by Luka Modric after a corner conceded by Rafael Toloi.

  • Stats before the game:  It is the first official match between Atalanta and Real Madrid.  Atalanta have only one precedent against Spanish team in European competitions; in the round of 16 last season, against Valencia, won by Atalanta with an aggregate result of 8-4.  Real Madrid have won all of their last 5 Champions League away matches against Italian teams (12 goals scored, 1 conceded), while in the previous 16 away games in Italy they had only 3 wins.  Atalanta, who reached the quarter-finals last season, are the first team to reach the Champions League knockout stage in both their first two tournaments since Sevilla did, in 2007/08 and 2009 / 10.  Real Madrid have scored in all of their last 19 games against Italian teams – the last Italian against which they have lost is Juventus, in November 2008 (0-2). Real Madrid have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 24th consecutive season, the longest series in the history of the competition. The last time they failed to reach this stage was in 1996/97 – which was also the last season in which he did not take part in European competition.  Atalanta are the only team among the qualifiers for the round of 16 that have not yet won a home match in this Champions League season (2N, 1L).  None of Atalanta’s 15 Champions League matches ended with a goalless goal. Since the beginning of last season, Atalanta have scored 53 goals (27 in favor, 26 against), an average of 3.5 per game.

✅  Here is ATALANTA official starting lineup – formation by Coach Gian Piero Gasperini:

🏆👉 Lineup ATALANTA (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina; Zapata, Muriel.

🏆👉 Lineup REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Isco, Vinicius Junior.

✅  Here is REAL MADRID official starting lineup – formation by Coach Zinedine Zidane:

🏆👉 Lineup REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Isco, Vinicius Junior.

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Referee Tobias Stieler from Germany will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER) and Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER). The Fourth Official will be Sandro Schärer (SUI). The VAR will be Bastian Dankert (GER) and the AVAR will be Harm Osmers (GER). Referee Observer will be Martin Ingvarsson (SWE).

2020 – 2021 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, First Leg

Atalanta – Real Madrid
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Gewiss Stadium
Bergamo, Italy

21:00

Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Goals:

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

🏆👉 Lineup ATALANTA (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina; Zapata, Muriel.

Subs: Rossi, Sportiello, Šutalo, Palomino, Lammers, Caldara, Malinovskyi, Ruggeri, Miranchuk, Iličić, Pašalić.

Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini

🏆👉 Lineup REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Isco, Vinicius Junior.

Subs: Lunin, Altube, Chust, Miguel, Arribas, Blanco, Diaz, Hugo, Duro

Coach:  Zinedine Zidane

UEFA Europa League Round of 32: AS Roma vs Braga, Match Officials, Referee Andreas Ekberg, Thursday 25 February 2021

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  AS Roma – Braga 
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UEFA designating the match officials for the Europa League Round 32, Second Leg game AS Roma vs Braga on Thursday 25 February 2021 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 21:00. It is Referee Andreas Ekberg from Sweden to direct the game.

Referee Ekbert will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE) and Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE). The Fourth Official will be John Beaton (SCO). The VAR will be Stuart Attwell (ENG). The AVAR will be Paul Tierney (ENG). The Referee Observer will be Frank De Bleeckere (BEL).
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2020 – 2021 UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, Second Leg

AS Roma – Braga
Thursday 25 February 2021
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Rome, Italy

21:00

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Match Officials for Roma, Napoli, and AC Milan in Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg

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  Here are the match officials for the 3 Italian Serie A teams Napoli, AC Milan, and AS Roma, participating in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Second Leg, on Thursday 25 February 2021.

👉  Napoli-Granada
🗓️Thursday 25 February 2021
🏟️ Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
⏲️ 18:55
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)

👉  AS Roma-Braga
🗓️Thursday 25 February 2021
🏟️ Olimpico di Roma Stadium
⏲️ 21:00
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

👉   AC Milan-Crvena Zvezda
🗓️Thursday 25 February 2021
🏟️ San Siro Stadium
⏲️ 21:00
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Atalanta vs Real Madrid, Match Officials, Referee Tobias Stieler, Wednesday 24 February 2021

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Atalanta – Real Madrid

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UEFA announcing the match officials for the Champions League Round of 16, First Leg game Atalanta vs Real Madrid on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy at 21:00.  It is Referee Tobias Stieler from Germany to direct the game.

Referee Stieler will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER) and
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER).  The Fourth Official will be Sandro Schärer (SUI).  The VAR will be Bastian Dankert (GER) and the AVAR will be Harm Osmers (GER).  Referee Observer will be Martin Ingvarsson (SWE).

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2020 – 2021 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, First Leg

Atalanta – Real Madrid
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Gewiss Stadium
Bergamo, Italy

21:00

Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Result LAZIO 1 – 4 BAYERN MUNICH, Tuesday 23 February 2021

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44% Ball Possession LAZIO and 56% Ball Possession BAYERN MUNICH
Lazio 1 – 4 Bayern Munich

49′ Joaquín Correa                                  9′ Robert Lewandowski
.                                                                      24′ Jamal Musiala
.                                                                      42′ Leroy Sané
.                                                                      47′ Francesco Acerbi (own goal)

Lazio failing to win the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, First Leg game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at the Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy. A painful defeat for Lazio conceding three goals in the first half at the Olimpico for the first time in the Champions League.   It’s now an uphill battle for Lazio to overturn this result in the Second Leg.

Not a good start. It is Bayern Munich to open the score in the 9th minute with Robert Lewandowski defeating Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. Bad luck for Lazio because the goal resulted from a short back pass of Musacchio intercepted by Lewandowski then getting rid of Reina in exit to smack the goal!

Not again! Bayern Munich increasing the score for the 2-0 in the 24th minute.

Oh nooooo and another one???????

I am just fainting!!!!! This is not possible! Helloooooo Lazio conceding another goal and helloooooo an OWN GOAL by Francesco Acerbi in the 47th minute!


Phewwwww a sign of relief with Lazio reacting in the 49th minute. Joaquín Correa shortening the distance for the 1-4 defeating Bayern Munich goalkeeper with a right footed shot. That’s it forzaaa Laziooooo

  • It is the first official match between Lazio and Bayern Munich. Lazio have only lost 1 of their 6 Champions League games against German teams (2W, 3N) and have always remained unbeaten at home.  Bayern Munich are unbeaten in 5 Champions League away games against Italian teams (3W, 2N). His two previous visits to the Champions League at the Olympic Stadium have produced 13 goals, including a 7-1 win against Roma in October 2014.  Lazio reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first in 21 years (1999/00), the longest period of absence ever between two appearances at this stage for a single club in the competition.  Bayern Munich have reached the knockout stage for the thirteenth consecutive season, only Real Madrid (24) and Barcelona (17) have a longer open streak. They made it to the quarter-finals in 10 of these 12 previous editions.

Here is LAZIO official starting lineup – formation by Coach Simone Inzaghi:

🏆👉 Lineup LAZIO (3-5-2) – Reina; Patric, Acerbi, Musacchio; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile.

Here is BAYERN MUNICH official starting lineup – formation by Coach Flick:

🏆👉 Lineup BAYERN MONACO (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Süle, Boateng, Musiala, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sané, Goretzka, Coman; Lewandowski.

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It is Referee Orel Grinfeld from Israel to direct the game. Referee Grinfeld will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR) and Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR). The Fourth Official will be Gal Leibovitz (ISR). The VAR will be Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP). The AVAR will be Roi Reinshreiber (ISR). The Referee Observer will be Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) .


2020 – 2021 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, First Leg

Lazio 1 – 4 Bayern Munich
Tuesday 23 February 2021
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Rome, Italy

21:00

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Goals: 9′ Robert Lewandowski (B), 24′ Jamal Musiala (B), 42′ 42′ Leroy Sané (B), 47′ Francesco Acerbi (og), 49′ Joaquín Correa  (L)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

🏆👉 Lineup LAZIO (3-5-2) – Reina; Patric, Acerbi, Musacchio; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile.

Subs: Strakosha, Alia, Hoedt, Parolo, Armini, Fares, Lulic, Akpa Akpro, Escalante, Cataldi, Pereira, Caicedo, Muriqi.

Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

🏆👉 Lineup BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Süle, Boateng, Musiala, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sané, Goretzka, Coman; Lewandowski.

Subs: Hoffmann, Javi Martinez, Choupo-Moting, Sarr, Roca, Hernandez, Zaiser.

Coach:. Flick

Disciplinary Sanctions: 11 Suspended Players after Serie A Week 23 Sporting Authorities on Tuesday 23 February 2021

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👉 Here is the list of suspensions by the Sporting Judge Gerardo Mastrandrea assisted by Stefania Ginesio and the A.I.A Representative Eugenio Tenneriello on Tuesday 23 February 2021 after the Serie A Round 23 concluded on Monday 22 February 2021.

    • One Match Suspension

Kamil Glik (Benevento)
Aaron Hickey (Bologna)
Mattia Bani (Parma)
Gaston Brugman (Parma)
Danilo (Juventus)
Berat Djimsiti (Atalanta)
Gonzalo Escalante (Lazio)
Achraf Hakimi (Inter)
Roberto Pereyra (Udinese)
Adrien Da Silva (Sampdoria)
Romeo Zeegelaar (Udinese).

Note: Atalanta Coach Gianpiero Gasperini one match suspension and a fine of 15 thousand Euro.

Benevento Coach Filippo Inzaghi one match suspension

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2020-2021 Serie A Week 23 RESULTS / Twenty-third Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, and Monday 22 February 2021

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Hello, my friends. Here are the 2020-2021 Serie A Week 23 RESULTS / Twenty-third Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, and Monday 22 February 2021.

👉 Juventus winner of the 2019-2020 Serie A Scudetto

⚽️ Serie A Top Scorer up to Week 23: (Updated on Monday 22 February 2021)
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 18 goals followed by Inter forward Romelu Lukaku with 17 goals

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✅ We have a thriller round!  Yes, my friends, the battle for the leadership gaining momentum with the Milan Derby.   Inter crushed AC Milan with a 0-3 claiming the bragging rights to rule in Milan and reassuring the 1st position reaching 53 points.  It is a painful home defeat for AC Milan remaining with 49 points in the 2nd position after leading the Serie A for 21 rounds.  Inter with a strong statement is now the sole leader having a +4 points over Milan.

Cagliari failing the objective to win the Serie A Week 23 game defeated by Torino on Friday 19 February 2021 at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari, Italy.  The victory  helps Torino to dream with salvation.  It is a precious victory because it is also the first win for Torino Coach Davide Nicola.  Torino reaching 20 points while Cagliari remain in the relegation zone with 15 points.

Fiorentina crushed Spezia with a 3-0 at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.  Spezia forgot the winning mood after defeating last week AC Milan causing them to lose the leadership.   A positive result for Fiorentina after losing last week against Sampdoria.  Fiorentina reaching 25 points and now have a +1 point advantage over Spezia with 24 points.

Chaos for Napoli falling at the Gewiss Stadium.  Atalanta defeating Napoli with a 4-2.   Napoli not only losing the game, but also losing the 6th position stepping down to the 7th.

Benevento and AS Roma ended with a goalless draw.  It is a draw with a sense of victory for Benevento avoiding to fall at home.  Roma failed to win the away game despite having a better team.   Roma with 44 points are -5 points below Milan.

Good news is for Lazio defeating Sampdoria with  a 1-0 at the Olimpico Stadium.   Sampdoria down to the 10th position with 30 points while Lazio reached 43 points in the 6th position same points with Atalanta in the 5th position.  This is a precious home victory for Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi celebrating his 100th win in Serie A. Lazio with this added boost will prepare for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg on Tuesday 23 against Bayern Munich.  Lazio are now in the 6th position with

Parma and Udinese with a 2-2 draw.   The draw not helping much.  Parma remain in the relegation zone with 14 points in the 19th position.  Udinese reaching 25 points in the 13th position.  There are 4 teams in this round with 25 points:  Bologna, Fiorentina, Benevento and Udinese.

Genoa and Hellas Verona ending with a 2-2 draw sharing 1 point each.

Juventus crushed Crotone with a 3 – 0 at the Allianz Stadium.  Forward Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two goals reaching 18 goals to be the sole top scorer of the Serie A.  Juventus reaching 45 points to be in the 3rd position being -4 points below AC Milan and -1 point above Roma with 44 points.  Crotone sinking and sinking not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  The race for salvation to remain in the Serie A is just a cry out loud.

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👉 Results from Serie A Week 23

👉 Top Serie A teams standing AFTER Serie A Week 23 game. First 4 qualifying for Champions League, 5 and 6 for Europa League. (Monday 22 February 2021)

INTER, 1st position with 53 points and a positive goal difference of +33

AC MILAN, 2nd position with 49 points and a positive goal difference of +17

– JUVENTUS, 3rd position with 45 points and a positive goal difference of +25

AS ROMA, 4th positions with 44 points and a positive goal difference of +12

UEFA Europa League ATALANTA, 5th position with 43 points and a positive goal difference of +22

LAZIO,6th position with 43 points and a positive goal difference of +8

Relegation Zone:

– CAGLIARI, 18th position with 15 points and a negative goal difference of -17

– PARMA, 19th position with 14 points and a negative goal difference of -28

– CROTONE, 20th position with 12 points and a negative goal difference of -32

👉 2020 – 2021 Italy Serie A Standing – Serie A Table up to Monday 22 February 2021
Rank TEAM GD

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