UCL: referees appointed for Inter and Atalanta games

Bulgarian referee Georgi Kabakov has been appointed for Shakhtar Donetsk-Inter on Tuesday while Damir Skomina will officiate Atalanta-Ajax.

UEFA has released the referees’ appointments for the upcoming Champions League clashes on Tuesday. Inter travel to Kiev after their 2-2 home draw against Borussia Monchengladbach in the opening game of their group stage while Atalanta won 4-0 away at Midtjylland.

Shakhtar Donetsk-Inter (October 27, 5.55pm GMT)

Georgi Kabakov (BUL)

Assistant referees
Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Diyan Valkov (BUL)

Video Assistant Referee
Felix Zwayer (GER)

Assistant Video Assistant Referee
Marco Achmüller (GER)

Fourth official
Volen Chinkov (BUL)


Atalanta-Ajax (October 27, 8pm GMT)

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees
Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Robert Vukan (SVN)

Video Assistant Referee
Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)

Assistant Video Assistant Referee
Roberto del Palomar (ESP)

Fourth official
Dragoslav Peri? (SVN)


Lautaro vents frustration on Inter bench

Inter star striker Lautaro Martinez was frustrated for not being able to score against Genoa yesterday and repeatedly punched the bench once Antonio Conte replaced him in the second half.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Argentinean looked irritable for the whole Marassi clash and complained with Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen in the first half.

The 23-year-old has three goals in six games in all competitions so far this season but wanted to make it into the scoresheet against Genoa yesterday.

Conte replaced him after 72 minutes with Andrea Pinamonti, when Inter were already leading 1-0 thanks to Lukaku’s goal.

The Nerazzurri coach didn’t even notice Lautaro’s reaction.

“Lautaro played for the team as he always does,” Conte said at the end of the game.

“I have a great relationship with him and the post he hits in the Champions League still trembles. I was told about the episode, but it’s nothing against me. Either he was angry for his performance or with a teammate. Anyway, they are professionals and when the game ends they are more friends than before.”

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lautaro was angry with Alessandro Bastoni who failed a long pass who could have allowed him to score.

The Nerazzurri are now due to face Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League on Tuesday with the Argentinean who is expected to start the game.


Lukaku potential penalty: what Italian media say

Inter players complained about a potential penalty kick they were not awarded in the first half of their Genoa clash yesterday. Here’s what Italian media say about the challenge between Mattia Bani and Romelu Lukaku.

None among the three main Italian sports papers claim the challenge of the Italian defender was a ‘clear foul’ but both Il Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport call the decision of the referee Davide Massa ‘doubtful’ despite rating his performance 6, which means a passing grade.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bani’s challenge was not worth a penalty kick.

“The timing of the tackle is right and Bani avoids a contact worth a penalty,” the referee review reads. “Maybe, it was the Belgian who used his arms too much at the beginning of the action.”

Inter, however, did not need a spot kick to beat Genoa as Antonio Conte’s men won 2-0 with goals came courtesy of Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio.


Highlights: Genoa 0-2 Inter

It took a moment of magic from Romelu Lukaku to batter down the Genoa defences, Danilo D’Ambrosio securing the 2-0 Inter victory late on.

Antonio Conte showed patience to find a way through the Grifone, who held out strong for the entire first half.

Lukaku barged his way through the Rossoblu wall to find an opening, then D’Ambrosio got his head to a flicked-on corner.

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Liveblog: Serie A Wk5 Super Saturday

Follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s three Serie A games, as Atalanta host Sampdoria, Inter visit Genoa and Lazio expect goals against Bologna.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT) at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, where Atalanta try to bring more Champions League form to Serie A when they face Sampdoria, a side that is already fresh from surprising Lazio last week.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Inter are feeling the pressure after dropping points in both Europe and Italy, so they travel to a Genoa side getting over the COVID outbreak, just as the Nerazzurri are in the thick of theirs.

The evening concludes with an intriguing Lazio-Bologna at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as the Aquile want to prove they’re the team we saw beat Borussia Dortmund midweek in the Champions League.