Champions League: Woman Makes Refereeing History As Juve Beat Dynamo Kiev

French referee Stephanie Frappart gives a yellow card to Dynamo Kiev’s Ukrainian midfielder Nicholas Shaparenko (C) during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match Juventus vs Dynamo Kiev on December 2, 2020 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.  AFP

 

Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League game on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal in a 3-0 win for Juventus over Dynamo Kiev.

The 36-year-old Frappart has already made history as the first woman to referee in Ligue 1, and took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea. She also made her Europa League debut in October.

“Another barrier has been broken down, we know that she is very good, which is the most important and fundamental thing,” Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici said before the game of Frappart.

The Italian champions were already through to the last 16, along with Group G leaders Barcelona, but can still pip the Spaniards to the top spot, sitting three points behind them ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou next Tuesday.

“We’re ready for Barcelona,” said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo, whose side lost 2-0 to Barca in Turin, a game Ronaldo missed with coronavirus.

“These are games that change the season in terms of self-esteem and we will go there to win.

“But first there’s the (Turin) derby and we need to focus on the league. Even if we are qualified, it’s important not only for the classification but for our progress.

“But I’m satisfied with the game and the approach of the guys. I’m young and I know I have to improve like my players, but I go on with my work.”

Chiesa breakthrough

Juventus had few problems on the pitch against the Ukrainians who they had also beaten 2-0 in Kiev on October 20.

Federico Chiesa inspired the victory, scoring the opening goal on 21 minutes before helping Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata add two more in the second half.

Dynamo goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan kept out a Weston McKennie header on 17 minutes.

But five minutes later, ex-Fiorentina midfielder Chiesa got his head to an Alex Sandro cross to beat Bushchan for his first goal since joining Juventus two months ago.

Ronaldo hit the woodwork after half an hour, with Buschan also denying the Portuguese star early in the second half.

The visitors had few chances but Wojciech Szczesny did well to prevent Viktor Tsygankov from scoring an equaliser before the break.

Just before the hour mark, Italy’s Chiesa powered down the right-wing before sending in a low cross for Morata which Bushchan pushed into the path of Ronaldo to tap in from close range.

The 35-year-old extended his Champions League record to 132 goals in the competition and brought his tally for club and country to 750 goals.

Chiesa was again involved in the third goal with 25 minutes remaining, picking out the run of Morata, who took three touches before firing in his sixth Champions League goal of the season, having also scored a brace in Ukraine.

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France’s Frappart To Become First Woman To Referee Men’s Champions League Game

n this file photo taken on October 31, 2020 French referee Stephanie Frappart looks on during the French L1 football match behind closed doors, between Stade Rennais Football Club and Stade Brestois 29 at The Roazhon Park, in Rennes, western France. Jean-Francois MONIER / AFP

 

France’s Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League match on Wednesday when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev in Turin, European football’s governing body UEFA confirmed.

The 36-year-old has already made history as the first woman to referee in the French top flight, and took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea. She also made her Europa League debut in October.

It is the first time that a woman has been assigned to referee a game in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

Italian giants Juventus host Ukrainian side Dynamo in Group G at the Allianz Stadium.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve, second in the group, are already through to the last 16 along with leaders Barcelona with two games to play.

Frappart, who started refereeing at the age of 13, was the first woman referee in the French second division in 2014, moving up to the men’s Ligue 1 five years later.

In Europe, she was also the first woman to referee a men’s international when she took charge of September’s Nations League match between Malta and Latvia, and she recently refereed her first two Europa League matches — Leicester v Zorya Luhansk on October 22 and Granada v Omonia Nicosia last Thursday.

Frappart follows in the footsteps of two trailblazers in Nicole Petignat, the first woman to officiate in the UEFA Cup in 2003, and Bibiana Steinhaus, who became the first woman referee in a major European league when she arrived in Germany’s Bundesliga.

“It is at the same time a privilege, an honour and a responsibility,” Frappart said before her first full season at the top in 2019/2020 which was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I hope that my career will encourage young girls to become involved in refereeing.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Frappart and her assistants’ handling of the 2019 Super Cup final.

“There was so much pressure for an historic moment. They remained calm and did what they had to do. I couldn’t have more respect for Stephanie Frappart,” said the German.

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