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UEFA Champions League Semi Final Review Part One

The first week of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals is now over, and here we will review the action from the last couple of days across Europe.

We have now entered the final stages of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League with the first leg of both of the Semi-Finals taking place this week. The four clubs who currently remain in the running to win club football’s biggest and most prestigious honour are Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain.

Between them, these giants of European Football have won a combined 21 European Cups. 14 of these have been won by Real Madrid, 6 by German heavyweights Bayern Munich, and 1 by Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, PSG are yet to get their hands on the European Glory, the most recent final they took part in came in the 2019/20 season when they lost 1 – 0 to Bayern Munich. Kingsley Coman scored the winning goal that day in the early stages of the second half (59’).

Real Madrid are currently the club who have won the most European Cup/Champions League titles, with their triumphs coming in 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and most recently in 2021/22 when they were 1 – 0 winners against Liverpool. It was Vinicius Junior who scored the winning goal for Los Blancos against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds early on in the first half (59’).

Moving on to Bayern, their six triumphs have come in 1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 2000/01, 2012/13, and of course most recently in 2019/20 in their aforementioned 1 – 0 triumph over Paris Saint Germain in that year’s final. Rivals Borussia Dortmund were 3 – 1 winners against Italian Giants Juventus. Karl-Heinz Riedle (29’, 34’) and Lars Ricken (71’) were the goal scorers for BVB against the Old Lady in that year’s final, whilst it was the legendary Italian forward Alessandro Del Piero who scored the only goal for Juventus that day (65’).

Finally, as mentioned earlier on, PSG has never won the UEFA Champions League but did reach the final a few years ago only to lose out narrowly to Bayern Munich in 2020.

All four of these giant football clubs now have the chance to add to their respective collections of European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles, whilst PSG will be looking to finally win and secure their maiden triumph in this highly prestigious club competition.

Here, we are going to review both of the matches that took place over the course of Tuesday 30th April, and Wednesday 1st May 2024 earlier this week, starting with the titanic clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich (Germany) 2 – 2 Real Madrid (Spain)

We now start with the game that is perhaps the standout tie of this round, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid going toe to toe at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night. It was a four goal thriller in Bavaria with these two teams playing out a tight, tense, and high quality 2 – 2 draw in Germany.

It was Vinicius Junior who gave the visiting Los Blancos the lead early on in the first half when the Brazilian found the back of the Bayern net following an incredible pass into his feet from Toni Kroos (24’). Former Manchester City forward Leroy Sane managed to restore parity for the home team with a goal that came early on in the second half (53’).

Harry Kane did manage to give Bayern the lead for the first time, completing the comeback from a successful and clinical penalty kick in the early stages of the second half (57’). Real Madrid then had a penalty of their own later on in this contest, and it was Vinicius Junior who found the net for the second time, this time from the spot (83’).

Bayern did edge possession with 54% of the ball compared to 46% for Real Madrid. The German hosts did also have the most attempts on goal with 14 compared to 8 for Los Blancos.

The second leg is set to be played at the iconic and historic Santiago Bernabéu in the Spanish Capital of Madrid on Wednesday 8th May 2024 in what is set to be an 8pm Kick-Off.

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 1 – 0 Paris Saint-Germain (France)

The second and final game to be discussed here took place at the Signal Iduna Park between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday 1st May 2024. In the end, following what was an entertaining and enthralling game, Dortmund had successfully come away with a very creditable 1 – 0 win.

The sole goal, which of course turned out to be the winning goal on the night, came courtesy of Niklas Füllkrug. Manchester United loanee Jadon Sancho and Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen both had great games for BVB on the night, in what was a stellar performance from the German outfit.

It was the visiting PSG side, led by former FC Barcelona Boss Luis Enrique who had the most possession with 54% of the ball compared to the 46% that Edin Terzic’s Borussia Dortmund had on the night. The Parisians also had marginally more attempts on goal with 14 compared to 12 for Dortmund.

These two sides will meet in the second leg of this 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Semi Final at the Parc des Princes in the French Capital of Paris on Tuesday 7th May 2024 in what is set to be a 20:00 Kick-Off.

As a consequence of both of the German sides winning in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals this week means that the German Bundesliga has officially secured the fifth Champions League Qualification spot for next season ahead of the likes of the Italian Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and of course the English Premier League.

These means that it is a direct battle between Unai Emery’s Aston Villa (Currently 4th) and Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur (Currently 5th) as to who will be getting the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot come the end of the current Premier League Campaign.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the second legs of these 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final ties, which are set to take place from Tuesday 7th May and Wednesday 8th May 2024.

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