eight yellow and one red!


UEFA has delegated Istvan Kovacs to the duel Valencia – Young Boys 3-1, representing the first match of the Romanian referee in the UEFA Champions League. An easy game for Kovacs was announced, but things did not look like that.

Istvan Kovacs in his debut in the Champions League

After just four minutes, the ball Vasile Marinescu mistakenly lifted the pennant for an internship when Rodrigo de Valencia had escaped in a situation with the goalkeeper. After this stage, the coach of Valencia ironically applauded the decision of the brigade of referees.

Kovacs showed in the game not less than eight yellow cards and a red card, not wanting to get rid of the game. Of these, three were in front of the hosts, and five yellow and the red card in the guests' account.

Removal was correct

The elimination of Sanogo in the 77 minutes, but most of the yellow cards were dictated correctly. Young Boys practiced a difficult game, hoping that he could even get a draw at Mestalla.

It was not so. Valencia opened the scoring 14 minutes through Santi Mina. With 37 minutes played, the visitors could have scored the tying goal after Assale's attack. However, after just five minutes, Valencia scored again through Santi Mina, 2-1 being the score of the interval. In the second half, the Spaniards once again scored Soler in the 56th minute.

At age 34, the Carei – born referee made his debut in the summer of 2007 in a Rapid – Dinamo match in the Romanian Super Cup. The list of FIFA entered in 2011, and until this match, more refereeing at the level of European Cups only in the Europa League. Kovacs can also arbitrate on a professional level until 2029.


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