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Daniele Orsato appointed referee for Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

Experienced Italian official Daniele Orsato will be the man in the middle on Wednesday for Borussia Dortmund's visit to the Etihad Stadium in matchday two of the Champions League group stage, with both City and Dortmund comfortable winners in their opening games.



Daniele Orsato is no stranger to Manchester City, having taken charge of two significant games in last season's run to the semi-finals, where it ultimately ended under the watch of the Italian. Orsato's first run in with City last season was in the group stage, where the blues confirmed top spot in one of the Etihad's greatest Champions League nights, beating Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 comeback victory. The Italian referee did let off then Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro without a caution at the Bernabue for a number of bookable offences in the semi-final second leg, which no doubt contributed to City's exit, losing 3-1 in extra-time to the eventual competition winners.

Just as last season, Daniele Orsato's name and City have come together under mixed results. Pep Guardiola's first Champions League match in charge of the blues was refereed by Daniele Orsato, where he awarded two penalties to City against Steaua Bucharest, both missed by Sergio Aguero, who actually ended up scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 romp. The 46 year-old was also referee when Mikel Arteta took charge of a 2-1 defeat to Lyon in 2018; he gave a penalty to City (scored by De Bruyne) and sent Sergio Ramos off as City beat Real Madrid in the last 16 first leg in 2019.

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Referee: Daniele Orsato

Assistants: Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini

Fourth Official: Luca Massimi

VAR: Marco Di Bello

Assistant VAR: Paolo Valeri


Written by: @coIgcra

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