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Which records will be broken tonight during Dortmund vs Real Madrid in Champions League final?

Published at :June 1, 2024 at 9:29 PM
Modified at :June 1, 2024 at 9:29 PM
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This will be the third UCL final at the Wembley Stadium

The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League is right upon us. Borussia Dortmund from Germany will be taking on the mighty Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Dortmund’s journey included winning the group of death. They progressed from Group F which had Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Newcastle United. Then in the Round of 16 Dutch opposition PSV hosted the first leg. After a 1-1 draw, the German side earned a 2-0 victory at home to move into the quarter-finals.

The first leg of the quarter-finals saw Atletico Madrid of Spain earn a 2-1 advantage ahead of the second leg. The reverse fixture at the Signal Iduna Park saw a six-goal thriller. Dortmund thrashed Diego Simeone’s Madrid by 4-2 to move further with 5-4 on aggregate.

In the semi-finals, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain didn’t trouble them based on the scoreline as expected. In the 180 minutes of football over two legs, they failed to find the back of the net even once. Die Schwarzgelben scored a goal a piece in each to win 2-0 on aggregate and finally reach the 2023-24 UCL finals after last achieving this feat in 2013.

Real Madrid were in Group C to start things off. After six group games, winning each, they moved to the Round of 16. There Bundesliga side RB Leipzig came into the picture. An away win in the first leg helped get past the German side as the second leg at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was a 1-1 draw.

The quarter-final was a mouth-watering clash. They met defending champions and 2022-23 treble winners Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side were having none of it as they recorded a 3-3 draw even in the away fixture. Then both sides couldn’t be separated even in the second leg in England.

After a penalty shootout, Carlo Ancelotti’s men secured the semi-final spot. Bayern Munich came along to try their luck against the 14-time record champions. Madrid prevailed over them thanks to a 2-1 win at home in the second leg. The first one at Allianz Arena was a 2-2 draw.

The 2023-24 Champions League final at the Wembley Stadium will be the 32nd season of the competition after it was renamed from European Champion Clubs’ Cup. Under the watchful eyes of Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic, the final will be played in the 90,000-seater venue.

This will be the third time Wembley Stadium is about to host a UCL final (2011 and 2013 editions previously). There are certain records that can be brought to the light before this game kicks off. 

Mats Hummels playing every single minute for Dortmund

In this impressive run of the German side under Edin Terzić, Mats Hummels happens to have played every single minute of their run. The defender may have been left out of the German national football team for the upcoming Euro 2024 by Julian Nagelsmann but Terzić’s confidence in the 35-year-old is on a different level.

The centre-back scored the winning goal at the Parc des Princes in the semi-final second leg against PSG and is likely to feature in this final for the whole game for Dortmund. In doing so, he will equal Cristiano Ronaldo‘s record set in the 2017-18 season for playing every minute in Real Madrid’s UCL final run.

Football Association to break Wembley Stadium’s stewards appointment record

This 2023-24 Champions League final will be a massive one. Toni Kroos is about to leave Real Madrid on the other hand, Marco Reus is set to leave Dortmund. Around this many emotions, managing fans comes at a big price.

Given the enormous size of the event, the Football Association, governing body of association football in England will be spending £5 million alone on safety and infrastructure. This third UCL-ever final showdown in Wembley Stadium’s history will have more than 2,500 stewards trying to keep everything calm as the match progresses and culminates thereafter.

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