Posters for the Champions League semi-finals

17 April 2024 / Thibaud Vézirian

Until the end of the night. We had to wait more than 23:30 p.m. to finally find out the posters for the Champions League semi-finals. A matter of resistance, of character. In Manchester, the duel against Real Madrid looked like a final.

Held to a 2-2 draw in London last week against Arsenal, Thomas Tuchel's Bayern Munich had to win at home to qualify. The task was simple: score.

In the European Cup, the logic of a season is not always respected. The Germans are offering their public one of the worst seasons in years. On the contrary, Arsenal seemed at a peak not reached for ages. And yet, football has this magic of being unpredictable.

Thus, Joshua Kimmich, not always delighted to play under the orders of Thomas Tuchel, delivered the Bavarian people shortly after the hour mark. With an angry header (1-0, 63rd).

The Gunners are stuck, the Allianz-Arena is celebrating. Bayern Munich are in the semi-finals. Thomas Tuchel becomes the first German coach in history to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with three different clubs: PSG, Chelsea and therefore Bayern Munich.

In England, in this clash of the titans between Real Madrid and the defending champion Manchester City, there is an atmosphere of big nights. With two of the best coaches in history face to face: Carlo Ancelotti against Pep Guardiola.

And astonishment in the Mancunian ranks when Rodrygo opens the scoring (0-1, 12th). The Madrilenians, with two French starters (Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga; Aurélien Tchouaméni suspended), curl up in defense and play the counterattacks to the fullest. With their Brazilian rockets, Vinicius and Rodrygo. The “White House” is turning its back.

By trying to break through Madrid's defensive curtain, Manchester City ended up cracking it. The Belgian Kevin De Bruyne deceives the Madrid goalkeeper from close range (1-1, 76th). Deliverance.

Both teams go into overtime. 30 minutes of extra time. A moment in the match where the debates become a little more balanced. A lot of physical fatigue and a penalty shootout to decide between these two huge teams.

From the start of the penalty shootout, Luka Modric sees his shot stopped. But the next shooter, Bernardo Silva, also failed. Andriy Lunin, Madrid's Ukrainian goalkeeper, then made a magnificent save to prevent Matteo Kovacic from scoring (tab 1-2). The German Antonio Rudiger crosses his shot, it goes ! Historic victory for Real Madrid. The reigning European champion is eliminated.

On April 30 and May 1 for the first legs, then on May 7-8, football fans will be able to attend the following semi-finals: Borussia Dortmund-PSG (first leg in Germany) and Bayern Munich-Real Madrid.