Arsenal reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Arsenal reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 14 years. In the first game of the 1/8th final, Arsenal went down 1-0, but a 1-1 draw on penalties on 12 March changed all that. According to the stats, Arsenal had a 59% possession rate, 18% more than their opponents. And their passing accuracy reached 82%. Read on to discover the key moments that influenced the outcome of this match that has already gone down in history.

Martin Ødegaard predicted the win

It is worth noting that shortly before the match, the youngest player in Arsenal and Norway's history gave an interview in which he expressed his optimism. According to a reliable source, UEFA Champions League, the midfielder said the following: "We did not play our best game against Porto last time. We have analysed it and we know what we need to do differently. We are very motivated to come back and show a different side. We want to make our own history and do great things with this team. Our goal and our big dream is to go far in this tournament". Such determination is inspiring and, more importantly, it led to a stunning result. The captain eluded Francisco Conceição and passed to Leandro Trossard, who fired into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Martin Ødegaard

Arsenal – Porto. What was it like?

Arsenal lost 1-0 in the return leg of the 1/8th final, but equalised when Leandro Trossard put them ahead four minutes before the break after captain Martin Ødegaard's 41st-minute strike. In the second half, the initiative was taken by Declan Rice, the English footballer who plays as a supporting midfielder for both club and country. He was aggressive from the penalty area. Arsenal scored a second in the 67th minute, but the goal was disallowed. Gabriel Jesus came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute and also made a good impression. However, a series of corners failed to live up to the fans' expectations and the match went into extra time. In the second extra time, Bukayo Saka was in a great position but failed to convert at the last moment. The match went to penalties.


Reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz and Martin Ødegaard took part in the penalty shootout. The match ended 1-1, with Arsenal winning 4-2 on penalties. Arsenal joined Manchester City, Bayern Munich, PSG, Real and Barcelona in the quarter-finals. The draw for the semi-finals will take place on 15 March. UEFA has also decided to change the format of the draw.

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