Real Madrid, the giant and pride of Spanish football, defeated Chelsea (England) to advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid, which is aiming for a second consecutive Champions League title following last season, has solidified its position as the ‘King of the Champions League’, the stage of dreams.
Real Madrid won 2-0 with Rodrigo’s multi-goal performance in the second leg of the 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals held at Stamford Bridge in London, England on the 19th. Real Madrid, who won 2-0 in the first leg held at home earlier, succeeded in advancing to the semifinals with a total score of 4-0 in the first and second leg.
It is the 32nd time Real Madrid has reached the semifinals in the Champions League, including the European Cup, the predecessor of the Champions League. He won 14 of them. It is also twice as different from AC Milan (Italy), who won the most titles after Real Madrid. The 2022-2023 Champions League is the 68th competition, including the European Cup, and Real Madrid has reached the semifinals in nearly half of them. They have reached the semifinals in 11 of the last 13 Champions League matches, and have won a total of five times, including three consecutive losses in that period.
Real Madrid’s majesty stands out even more when compared to other Spanish teams. Among Spanish teams, the team that has been most successful in advancing to the semi-finals after Real Madrid is rivals Barcelona 16 times. Real Madrid is exactly twice as many. Not only this, but all other Spanish teams, including Barcelona, have reached the semifinals 28 times, falling short of Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae’s team, Napoli (Italy), drew 1-1 in their home match against AC Milan in the second leg of the quarterfinals. Napoli, who lost 0-1 in the first leg, failed to advance to the semi-finals as they were 1-2 on aggregate. 안전놀이터
Kim Min-jae, who received one warning in the first game and was unable to play on the day due to accumulated warnings, watched the game from the stands. The Korea Football Association said that Min-jae Kim watched the game and had time to communicate with Korean national soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann and coach Paolo Stringara, who were visiting Italy that day.
Napoli took the lead in the 43rd minute with Rafael Leão’s pass to Olivier Giroud. Napoli, which started a counterattack in the second half, won a penalty kick in the 36th minute due to an opponent’s handball foul, but kicker Hvica Kvarachhelia missed and blew a chance.
In the second half of extra time, Victor Osimen’s goal was balanced, but there was not enough time left to overturn the game.
Napoli played a one-sided game, leading by 23-6 in the number of shots, but failed to advance to the semifinals, revealing a lack of experience in big games. On the other hand, AC Milan enjoyed the thrill of advancing to the semifinals 16 years after the 2006-2007 season when they won the championship.