Arsenal Champions League Feb 2024

UCL Round of 16 Week 2 Review

The second round of first-leg action in the Round of 16 in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League is now over; here we review all the matches in this competition from this week.

The second round of Round of 16 First Leg action in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League is now over, and it took place throughout Tuesday, 20th and Wednesday, 21st February 2024. Following two days of enthralling football, we are now closer to finding out who will make it through to the Quarter Finals of this season’s competition.

This week, Italian Giants Inter Milan took on La Liga’s Atletico Madrid at the historic and iconic San Siro Stadium Tuesday – this day also saw runaway Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven welcome German Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund to the Phillips Stadion on Tuesday evening.

Then, on Wednesday, the final two first leg matches were played. Portugal’s FC Porto took on Premier League heavyweights Arsenal at the Estádio do Dragão; meanwhile, Napoli and FC Barcelona met at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples.

Before we review this week’s action, let’s take a quick look back at the first week of first-leg matches in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League. The matches on Tuesday saw RB Leipzig take on Real Madrid in Germany, whilst Danish Champions FC Copenhagen welcomed reigning European and English Champions Manchester City to the Parken Stadium.

15-time Champions Real Madrid were 1 – 0 winners thanks to a Brahim Diaz goal early in the second half (48’), whilst City’s three goals were scored by Kevin De Bruyne (10’), Bernardo Silva (45+1’) and Phil Foden (90+2’).

The following day (Wednesday), Lazio faced German Giants Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, whilst Paris Saint-Germain took on Spain’s Real Sociedad at the Parc des Princes.

Lazio were shock 1 – 0 winners against their Bavarian counterparts thanks to a Ciro Immobile penalty (69’), whilst PSG emerged as 2 – 0 winners on the night after goals from Kylian Mbappe (58’) and Bradley Barcola (70’).

Now we move on to this week’s action, starting with the match contested between Italy’s Inter Milan and Spain’s Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the iconic San Siro.

Inter Milan (Italy) 1 – 0 Atletico Madrid (Spain)

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan welcomed an Atletico Madrid side led by their Argentine Head Coach Diego Simeone to the San Siro on Tuesday night for their 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg tie. Both sides were looking for an edge going into the second leg at Atletico’s Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid.

Ultimately, it was a narrow 1 – 0 win for the Nerazzurri, who scored thanks to a superb goal from former Stoke City and West Ham United forward Marko Arnautović (79’). It is a slender advantage for Inter to take into the second leg, but it is nonetheless one step into the Quarter Final for the Italian Serie A side.

The second leg is set to take place in March 2024 in what will be a 20:00 Kick-Off in the Spanish Capital.

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1 – 1 Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

PSV Eindhoven are leading the race for the Eredivisie title, with the runaway leaders currently no less than 10 points clear at the top, ahead of reigning Dutch Champions Feyenoord in second place. PSV welcomed German Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday evening for their Round of 16 First Leg clash.

In the end, it was to be a 1 – 1 draw in Eindhoven ahead of the second leg that is set to take place at BVB’s Signal Iduna Park in March.

Neither team has put a foot in the Quarter Finals following this draw, so it should be an enthralling and high stakes encounter in Dortmund. Netherlands international forward Donyell Malen gave Eden Terzić’s Borussia Dortmund the lead early on in the first half (24’), before the home side scored the equaliser for PSV to restore parity at 1 – 1 on the night thanks to a Luuk de Jong penalty kick in the very early stages of the second half (56’).

FC Porto (Portugal) 1 – 0 Arsenal (England)

We now move on to all of the action that took place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg matches on Wednesday, 21st February 2024. We will start with a trip to the Estádio do Dragão to face Portuguese Giants FC Porto.

It was late heartbreak for the Gunners, who lost 1 – 0 late on in the second half thanks to a dramatic and crucial goal from the home side’s Brazilian forward, Galeno (90+4’). Porto will be holding onto a narrow advantage going into the second leg in March.

The second leg is taking place at Arsenal’s iconic Emirates Stadium, and it is sure to be an enthralling occasion with a great atmosphere to boot, with the Gunners looking to turn the tie around and get themselves through to the Quarter Finals so that they can keep their Champions League campaign alive.

Napoli (Italy) 1 – 1 FC Barcelona (Spain)

The fourth and final match from the Champions League this week that we are going to look back at and review is the clash between heavyweights of the Italian and Spanish games respectively, Napoli and FC Barcelona, who faced each other at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Napels.

In the end, it was to be a tight and competitive 1 – 1 draw between these two football clubs. Robert Lewandowski gave the Blaugrana the advantage with twenty minutes of the game remaining in Italy that night. However, the home side managed to find that all-important equaliser thanks to Victor Osimhen (75’).

They will be on level terms for March’s second leg back in Spain.

Excitement and anticipation are now building rapidly ahead of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in early March.

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