Real Madrid grinds their way into the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-4 aggregate win over Chelsea.
Despite losing the second leg of the contest 3-2 at the Bernabeu. The Blues almost pulled off a remarkable comeback as goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner put them ahead in the tie.
However, Luka Modric unlocked the visitors’ defence with a moment of magic to allow Rodrygo to level the scores and send the game into extra time.
Karim Benzema then haunted Thomas Tuchel’s men once again, notching his fourth goal to secure Los Blancos’ place in the last four of the competition.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois;
Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy;
Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro;
Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
CHELSEA (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy;
Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso;
Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante;
Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.
1-0. Mount latches on to a flick from Werner and dispatches a firm right-footed strike past Courtois. Werner nudges a flick into the path of the England international on the edge of the box. Mount takes an excellent first touch before burying his effort into the right corner of the net. A clinical finish.
2-0. CHELSEA ON THE NIGHT, 3-3 ON AGGREGATE. Chelsea is back in the tie as Rudiger directs a pinpoint header past Courtois. Mount swings a dangerous cross from the right flank that sails into the middle. Rudiger attacks the delivery and places his effort with precision into the bottom-right corner. A perfect header.
3-0. ON THE NIGHT, 4-3 ON AGGREGATE. The German holds his composure to bury a low strike into the net. Kovacic releases the forward in the inside-left channel, and he cuts back past the challenge of Carvajal. Werner still has work, but his effort clips off Courtois and spins into the bottom-right corner. A massive goal for the Blues.
1-3. ON THE NIGHT, 4-4 ON AGGREGATE. The Brazilian guides a first-time strike past Mendy, but the goal is all about Modric. The veteran midfielder lifts a sublime cross to the back post with the outside of his right foot. Rodrygo only has to connect with the ball to score and not disappoint with a deft touch to find the bottom-right corner.
2-3. ON THE NIGHT, 5-4 ON AGGREGATE. Benzema haunts Chelsea once more by scoring his fourth goal of the tie to put Madrid on course for the semi-finals. Vinicius does well down the left flank and digs out a cross for the Frenchman to attack. He places his effort away from Mendy into the bottom-left corner with precision.
So, what’s next?
The big games keep coming for Madrid as they face Sevilla on the road in LaLiga on Sunday.
Chelsea also faces another massive match against Crystal Palace in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
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