Match officials confirmed: Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City (UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg)

City, who suffered a terrible 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final in Portugal last summer, travel to the Portuguese capital to face Sporting Lisbon for the first time in almost a decade .

The two sides last met in the Europa League in 2012, with Lisbon winning on away goals, following a 1-0 loss at the Estadio Jose Alvalade and a 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium a week later.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been unbeaten domestically since October, and their only defeat in the last four months came against RB Leipzig on matchday six of the Champions League group stage.

A Raheem Sterling hat-trick helped Manchester City win 4-0 against Norwich on Saturday night, while Sporting Lisbon were embroiled in a controversial 2-2 draw, their game against Porto seeing five red cards.

Before Manchester City resume their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night, UEFA have announced which referees will be involved in the first leg at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

match referee

Srdjan Jovanovic of Serbia will take charge of Tuesday’s game between Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City, with the 35-year-old refereeing his 15th game of the season.

Jovanovic has never refereed the Blues before but was in charge of Sporting Lisbon’s group stage game against Borussia Dortmund in September.

The Serbian referee has shown 32 yellow cards and no red cards so far this season.

Assistant referees

The 35-year-old will be accompanied by Serbian assistant referees Uros Stojkovic and Milan Mihajlovic at the Jose Alvalade stadium.

Video assistant referees

German referee Marco Fritz has been appointed video assistant referee and he will be alongside the video assistant referee Hurt the Osmer Tuesday night.

Fourth official

Novak Simovic was named the fourth official for Tuesday’s game in Portugal.

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