Arsenal UEFA Champions League QF

UCL Quarter Final Review Pt. 1

An action packed week of UEFA Champions League football is now at an end, and here we take a look back and review all of the enthralling action that took place across the continent of Europe over the course of the last couple of days.

The first leg of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final is now over, and the two days of action across Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2024 saw enthralling football matches being played across the continent of Europe. All of the clubs were looking to earn an advantage for when they play the second and final leg of this tie next week.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were the hosts against Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, whilst the only other English club still in this season’s competition, Manchester City travelled to Madrid to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos for the second year in succession on Tuesday evening.

As for Wednesday’s matches, this saw Real Madrid’s neighbours and fierce cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid take on German Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund at the Estadio Metropolitano in the Spanish Capital, whilst Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona went toe to toe at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday.

All four of these first leg Quarter Final ties promised to be enthralling and tense ahead of kick-off, and in the end they were all fantastic spectacles for both the fans of the clubs involved and for football fanatics everywhere across the world.

Here, we are going to review all of the matches from this week’s 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg action, starting with Arsenal’s game against Bayern Munich, who are led by former Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel.

Arsenal (England) 2 – 2 Bayern Munich (Germany)

Arsenal had suffered some misfortune the last time that they came up against Bayern Munich in European football’s premier club competition. Now under Mikel Arteta, they were looking to take an advantage to the Allianz Arena in Bavaria in the second leg.

This was an entertaining game that was full of goals – 4 to be exact. It was a 2 – 2 draw in the end, which of course means that it is most certainly all to play for, for both of these European Giants in the second leg in the German Capital City of Munich.

The Gunners took the lead in the early stages of the first half thanks to a wonderful goal from Bukayo Saka, who managed to find the bottom left corner of the Bayern net after receiving a pass into his fee from Ben White (12’). However, their German visitors very quickly equalised through ex-Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion forward Serge Gnabry (18’).

Former Spurs Captain and leading goal scorer Harry Kane then gave Tuchel’s team the lead with just over half an hour gone (32’). This was before the home team found an equalising goal of their own thanks to Leandro Trossard late on in the second half of this match.

Possession was in Arsenal’s favour with 59% to Bayern’s 41%, whilst the Gunners had more shots on target with 4 compared to their visitors’ 2.

The second leg of this Quarter Final tie will be played at the home of Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena, on Wednesday 17th April 2024 in a 20:00 kick-off.

Real Madrid (Spain) 3 – 3 Manchester City (England)

Next up is the second and final 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg tie to have taken place on Tuesday 9th April. This game was even more spectacular, with there being no less than 6 goals over the ninety minutes and stoppage time.

It was to be a 3 – 3 draw in the end. Bernardo Silva gave Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City the lead in just the second minute of the game before an own goal from City central defender Ruben Dias restored parity for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu (12’). Carlo Ancelotti’s hosting Los Blancos side then took the lead almost immediately after scoring their equaliser when Brazilian international forward Rodrygo scored to make it 2 – 1 with not even twenty minutes of the game having gone at that point (14’).

It took until a superb goal with just over twenty minutes of the game for the visiting Cityzens to equalise themselves thanks to academy graduate Phil Foden (66’). Josko Gvardiol then scored his very first goal for the club since joining the club in the summer from RB Leipzig just 5 minutes after parity had finally been restored (71’). Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde then broke City hearts with a superb goal to equalise for Los Blancos with barely more than 10 minutes to go (79’).

Despite being the away side on this occasion, it was actually Manchester City who had the most possession of the ball with a total of 62% in comparison to Real Madrid’s 38%. There were also 6 shots on target for Guardiola’s Cityzens, one more than the 5 that the hosts got in Madrid on Tuesday night.

The second leg of this Quarter Final tie will be played at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 17th April 2024 in a 20:00 kick-off.

Atletico Madrid (Spain) 2 – 1 Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

We will now move onto one of the two 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg ties to have taken place on the evening of Wednesday 10th April 2024 between Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. This game took place at the home of Diego Simeone’s Los Rojiblancos at the Estadio Metropolitano.

In the end, it was to be a dramatic and action packed 2 – 1 win for the hosts, who were able to get the better of their German Bundesliga rivals in the Spanish Capital of Madrid. 2022 World Cup Winner Rodrigo De Paul gave Atleti an early advantage, with the Argentine midfielder scoring within the first five minutes of this contest (4’). Samuel Lino then doubled the lead for Simeone’s side to make it 2 – 0 with barely more than half an hour having elapsed in the first half (32’). Former West Ham United and Ajax forward Sebastien Haller then halved the deficit for Edin Terzic’s BVB late on in the game with a little less than 10 minutes remaining (81’).

It was Borussia Dortmund who was able to dominate possession with them having 67% of the ball compared to Atletico Madrid’s 33% of the ball. It was Simeone’s Los Rojiblancos who had the most shots on target with 9 in comparison to 4 for their German counterparts.

These two teams will face each other again in the second leg of their 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final tie at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Tuesday 16th April 2024 in what is going to be a 20:00pm kick-off.

Paris Saint Germain (France) 2 – 3 FC Barcelona (Spain)

The fourth and final game to review from this week’s 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final action is the game between Paris Saint Germain and FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in Paris. There were 5 goals shared between these two heavyweights of European club football in the French Capital on Wednesday.

This was the only tie this week that ended with one of the teams involved emerging with a win. On this occasion, it was Xavi’s Barca who came away with a 3 – 2 victory following an enthralling game against a side led by one of the club’s former Head Coaches – Luis Enrique. Former Leeds United forward Raphinha who gave the Blaugrana the lead in the latter stages of the first half before former Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele equalised for the Parisian hosts in the very early stages of the second half (48’).

Portugal international Vitinha then gave Enrique’s hosts the 2 – 1 advantage just a couple of moments later in what was an incredible turnaround. It only took just over ten minutes for the equaliser to be scored, with Raphinha scoring again to secure his brace for the night (62’). It was former Chelsea central defender Andreas Christensen who scored the winning goal for FC Barcelona with barely more than 10 minutes left in the second half of this game (77’). 3 – 2. Barca had completed an incredible comeback of their own.

PSG edged possession with 59% of the ball compared to 41% for FC Barcelona. It was Xavi’s visitors who managed more shots on target with 7 compared to the Parisians’ 6.

The second leg of this 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final tie is set to be played at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on Tuesday 16th April 2024 in a 20:00 kick-off.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the second legs of these 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final ties, starting on Tuesday 16th April 2024.

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