UEFA confirmed on Monday the name of the referee who will lead the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Bayern Munich and PSG on Wednesday evening. The Spaniard Mateu Lahoz will officiate for this first round.
PSG will tackle a huge challenge on Wednesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich (live from 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). Facing the defending champion, the Ile-de-France club will have to sign a real feat to try to get closer to a place in the last four.
Protected Mauricio Pochettino will also have to keep their calm during this meeting refereed by the picky Mateu Lahoz, used to distributing the boxes.
Two defeats this season for Paris and Marseille
An experienced referee of 44 years, the Spaniard will lead his fifth meeting of the season in the Champions League but has not necessarily left a very good memory for the French clubs. And for good reason, Mateu Lahoz was on the whistle during the inaugural defeat of PSG against Manchester United (1-2) at the Parc des Princes. The Ile-de-France supporters will perhaps still rail on the penalty awarded to Anthony Martial and especially on the transformation in two stages after seeing Keylor Navas stop a first attempt by Bruno Fernandes.
The Spaniard also officiated during the heavy defeat of OM on the pitch of Porto (3-0). If the referee whistled a logical penalty (but missed by Payet) in favor of the Phocéens, that granted to the Portuguese seemed a little more limited.
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Mixed memories for PSG
Going back to the 2019-2020 season, Mateu Lahoz was still present on the lawn during OL’s defeat against Bayern (0-3) in the semi-final of the Champions League during the Final 8 in Lisbon. Above all, the Spaniard refereed in the round of 16 first leg of C1 lost by PSG on the field of Borussia Dortmund (2-1).
Reason for hope for Mauricio Pochettino and his family, it was also he who led the debates during the beautiful victory of the Ile-de-France against Bayern (3-0) during the 2017-2018 season. Certainly the Bavarian players had let go of Carlo Ancelotti that night, but PSG had released a very big collective performance.