UEFA Champions League

2023-2024 Champions League Finals 

  • Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Semi Finals Aggregate

Bayern vs Real Madrid 3 – 4

Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain 2- 0

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When will the Final Game be played?

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

1st June 2024

10PM EAT

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Semi Finals Second Leg Match by Match Analysis

PSG 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (0-2 agg)

Borussia Dortmund secured a spot in the Champions League final with a crucial 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, culminating in a 2-0 aggregate success. Mats Hummels played the hero, his header in the second half proving the decisive blow. Despite PSG dominating possession and hitting the post four times, Dortmund’s defensive resilience and lethal efficiency on set pieces saw them through. The night was tinged with drama as PSG, despite 30 shots, failed to find the net.

The match also served as a dramatic stage for Jadon Sancho, currently on loan from Manchester United. His participation in securing Dortmund’s final ticket has sent a subtle yet potent message to United’s coach Erik ten Hag. Earlier clashes with Ten Hag led to Sancho’s temporary exile from Manchester United, but his remarkable contribution to Dortmund’s campaign may force a rethink at Old Trafford. His cheeky online comment, “LOL FACTS!” in response to a celebratory post, added a touch of gossip-worthy spice, hinting at unresolved tensions with his current parent club. 

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Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (agg. 4-3)

In a thrilling Champions League semifinal, Real Madrid staged a late, astonishing comeback to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 on the night and edge through with a 4-3 aggregate win. The match seemed destined for a Bayern victory as they led until the 88th minute, courtesy of a stunning strike from Alphonso Davies. However, Real Madrid’s Joselu became the unexpected hero, capitalizing on a rare Manuel Neuer error to equalize late in the game, before adding a dramatic 91st-minute winner.

The game was not without its controversy; in the dying moments, Bayern’s Matthijs de Ligt found the net, potentially forcing extra time. Nevertheless, the goal was disallowed for offside—a decision hotly disputed by Bayern, particularly as replays suggested otherwise. This decision added a layer of drama to an already tense fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu, ultimately sealing Real Madrid’s ticket to face Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final. Amidst the chaos, head coach Thomas Tuchel’s earlier decision to substitute star striker Harry Kane also sparked debates, only adding to the night’s explosive narrative.

Quarter Finals Results

In the event of an aggregate draw in Champions League knockout ties, the match extends into extra-time comprising two 15-minute halves. If the deadlock persists, a penalty shootout determines the winner, with each team having five attempts and sudden death initiating if scores remain tied.

The previous away goals rule, where away team goals counted double in aggregate ties, was abolished by UEFA in 2021. The change was deemed necessary to discourage overly defensive home play and provide fair play standards, even though teams playing the second leg at home still have the benefit of their own crowd in a potential extra-time and penalty shootout.

All the Eliminated Teams

TeamDate EliminatedRound Eliminated
Red Star Belgrade (SER)Nov. 8Group stage
Young Boys (SWI)Nov. 8Group stage
Royal Antwerp (BEL)Nov. 8Group stage
Union Berlin (GER)Nov. 9Group stage
Braga (POR)Dec. 12Group stage
Benfica (POR)Nov. 9Group stage
RB Salzburg (AUS)Nov. 9Group stage
Feyenoord (NED)Nov. 28Group stage
Celtic (SCO)Nov. 28Group stage
Lens (FRA)Nov. 29Group stage
Sevilla (SPA)Nov. 29Group stage
Galatasaray (TUR)Dec. 12Group stage
Man United (ENG)Dec. 12Group stage
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Dec. 13Group stage
Milan (ITA)Dec. 13Group stage
Newcastle United (ENG)Dec. 13Group stage
Lazio (ITA)Mar. 5Round of 16
Real Sociedad (SPA)Mar. 5Round of 16
FC Copenhagen (DEN)Mar. 6Round of 16
RB Leipzig (GER)Mar. 6Round of 16
Inter (ITA)Mar. 13Round of 16
PSV (NED)Mar. 13Round of 16
Porto (POR)Mar. 12Round of 16
Napoli (ITA)Mar. 12Round of 16

The dates

StageDates
SemifinalsApril 30/May 1 (first legs); May 7/8 (second legs)
FinalJune 1

Talking Points

  1. Martinelli’s Night to Forget

Gabriel Martinelli experienced a challenging evening during Arsenal’s match against Bayern Munich, missing a crucial chance to score by shooting directly at Neuer. This lapse was compounded by his defensive oversight, which contributed to Bayern taking the lead through Kimmich’s goal. 

Despite his efforts to get into scoring position, Martinelli, who hadn’t scored in over a month, was eventually substituted for Leandro Trossard before he could rectify his earlier mistakes. His performance this night highlighted a lapse in both his offensive precision and defensive responsibilities.

  1. Exit Silver Linings: Club World Cup Spot Secured

Despite being knocked out of the Champions League, there’s a silver lining for Atletico Madrid. The elimination of Barcelona by Paris Saint-Germain has secured Atletico’s qualification for the revamped FIFA Club World Cup in 2025. Although the sting of the defeat lingers for the fans, this result holds significant financial implications for the club. Participating in the tournament, set to take place in the United States, guarantees Atletico at least €50 million, plus potential added income through sponsorships and related activities.

  1. The Death of the Double Treble

As the dust settles, Manchester City might still be pondering their loss as they dominated yet failed to capitalize against a persistent Real Madrid, who relied on resilience rather than flair to progress to another European final. This result was not the outcome of a Madrid tactical masterclass, but rather City’s inability to convert superiority into success, leaving them to contend for only the Premier League and FA Cup.

  1. Arsenal Overwhelmed at the Allianz?

Arsenal’s hopeful start quickly dissolved at the Allianz Arena, where they seemed simply overmatched rather than just fatigued. After a resilient 2-2 draw in London, the Gunners appeared to lose their grip in Munich. Dominated in the second half by a relentless Bayern team

  1. Controversial Offside Call Sparks Tuchel’s Ire in Champions League Drama

As the dust settles on Real Madrid’s heart-stopping 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich, the spotlight remains fiercely on the contentious decision to disallow Matthijs de Ligt’s late equalizer, perceived by many, particularly Thomas Tuchel, as a grave error by the officiating team. Tuchel’s post-match outburst underscored the depth of Bayern’s frustration, feeling robbed of a fair chance to extend the match into extra time. The premature offside call, followed by a controversial VAR non-intervention, has ignited debates about the effectiveness of current officiating protocols in critical game moments.

Manchester City Ties Champions League Record 

In a UEFA Champions League round 16 match against Copenhagen, Manchester City equaled a record for the quickest two goals. Just nine minutes into the match, Manchester City was already leading 2-0, a feat last accomplished by Juventus in the 2017-18 season. This notable performance included Juan Alvarez scoring again, making it his fifth goal in this Champions League competition, joining the ranks of other top players this season like Galen, Haaland, Griezmann, and Morata.

Manuel Neuer Matches Iker Casillas’ Champions League Record

Yesterday’s 3-0 victory of Bayern Munich over Lazio in Munich allowed them to clinch their spot in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, despite their previous 1-0 defeat in Rome. Bayern’s outstanding goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, kept yet another clean sheet under the guidance of coach Thomas Tuchel. 

This brought his total clean sheets in the Champions League to 57, equalling the legendary goalkeeper, Iker Casillas. Neuer is one clean sheet away from becoming the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the history of the Champions League. Bayern will discover their opponent for the quarterfinal on March 15th.

UCL Clean Sheets

Goalkeeper NameClean Sheets
Manuel Neuer57
Iker Casillas57
Gianluigi Buffon52
Edwin van der Sar50
Petr Cech49

Champions League top scorers table 2023/24

PosPlayerTeamGoals
1Kylian MbappéParis Saint-Germain8
2Harry KaneBayern Munich7
3Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid6
3Erling HaalandManchester City6
5Phil FodenManchester City5
5Rasmus HöjlundManchester United5
5Álvaro MorataAtletico Madrid5
5GalenoFC Porto5
5RodrygoReal Madrid5
5Julián ÁlvarezManchester City5
11Jude BellinghamReal Madrid4
11Ciro ImmobileSS Lazio4
11Loïs OpendaRB Leipzig4
11Bukayo SakaArsenal4
11Danylo SikanShakhtar Donetsk4
11Leandro TrossardArsenal4
11G JesusArsenal4
11EvanilsonFC Porto4
19RaphinhaBarcelona3
19Samuel LinoAtletico Madrid3
19Mohamed ElyounoussiFC Copenhagen3
19João FélixBarcelona3
19Lukas LeragerFC Copenhagen3
19LewandowskiBarcelona3
19Brais MéndezReal Sociedad3
19João MárioSL Benfica3
19Vinicius JuniorReal Madrid3
19JoseluReal Madrid3
19Ferran TorresBarcelona3
19Luuk De JongPSV Eindhoven3

Champions League Golden Boot winners

YearPlayerTeamGoals
2022-23Erling HaalandManchester City12
2021-22Karim BenzemaReal Madrid15
2020-21Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund10
2019-20Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich15
2018-19Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2016-17Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2014-15NeymarBarcelona10
 Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid10
 Lionel MessiBarcelona10
2013-14Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
2012-13Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2011-12Lionel MessiBarcelona14
2010-11Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2009-10Lionel MessiBarcelona8
2008-09Lionel MessiBarcelona9
2007-08Cristiano RonaldoManchester United8
2006-07KakaAC Milan10
2005-06Andriy ShevchenkoAC Milan9
2004-05Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United8
2003-04Fernando MorientesAS Monaco9
2002-03Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United12
2001-02Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United10
2000-01RaulReal Madrid7
1999-00RaulReal Madrid10
 Mario JardelPorto10
 RivaldoBarcelona10
1998-99Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv8
 Dwight YorkeManchester United8
1997-98Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1996-97Milinko Pantić Atletico Madrid5
1995-96Jari LitmanenAjax9
1994-95George WeahPSG7
1993-94Ronald KoemanBarcelona8
 Wynton RuferWerder Bremen8
1992-93RomarioPSV Eindhoven7

Champions League all-time top scorers

PlayerTeam(s)UCL goalsUCL games
1.Cristiano RonaldoMan United, Real Madrid, Juventus140183
2.Lionel MessiBarcelona, PSG129163
3.Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Barcelona93117
4.Karim BenzemaLyon, Real Madrid90152
5.RaulReal Madrid, Schalke71142
6.Ruud van NistelrooyPSV Eindhoven, Man United, Real Madrid5673
7.Thomas MullerBayern Munich53142
8.Thierry HenryAS Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona50112
9.Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea48100
=Zlatan IbrahimovicAjax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Man United48124

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For argument’s sake, we’ll assume that the odds imply the likelihood of each team lifting the Champions League trophy

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The article was last updated on Thursday 9th May 2024

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