Champions League First Leg Quarter Finals Review

April 1st, 2010

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter finals is over after the last two matches took place on Wednesday, and provided some fantastic soccer – setting standards for the second leg clashes.

Arsenal took on Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium and went into the match as underdogs, although managed to come away with a draw.

The final first legs of the quarter finals took place and saw some fantastic soccer played, setting standards for the second leg clashes.

However the Spaniards – who are favourites to win the entire tournament, managed to secure the crucial away point, setting the bar high for the London side’s visit to Spain.

The Gunners were down by two goals – which could have been more were it not for keeper Manuel Almunia – after Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored within seconds of returning from half-time, succeeding again in the 58th minute.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott scored in the 69th, which was doubled when captain Cesc Fábregas found the back of the net with a penalty after Carles Puyol was sent off.

It was a valiant performance from Arsenal, as the Champion holders attacked the English side with all guns blazing, although Barca will be pleased with the result, taking the pressure off them before next week’s second leg.

The second match on Wednesday resulted in a surprise score line, as Inter Milan managed just one goal against Russian underdogs CSKA Moscow.

Inter’s Diego Milito scored for the Italian’s in the second half, and the experienced European club did not capitalise on a number of opportunities later in the match to secure a more substantial win, leaving the Russians an opportunity to grab a semi final spot.

Moscow stayed in the game with a great performance from goal keeper Igor Akinfeev, who prevented the Italians from finding the back of the net.

The second leg of the quarters will take place next week on the 6th and 7th of April.