An amazing Semi-Final in Madrid Chelsea will reach the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with an away goal after a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Real Madrid and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Valdebebas this evening. They were playing the London club for the first time in Europe’s top competition, and they were hoping to set themselves up perfectly for the return leg at Stamford Bridge. The visitors bring a valuable away goal back to London, but the tie is still very much in doubt.
Chelsea, who have been rejuvenated since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, took the lead in the 14th minute. Antonio Rudiger hit a high ball over the top of the Madrid defense, creating space for Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea midfielder became the first American to score in a Champions League semi-final, turning Thibaut Courtois and finishing neatly.
The Londoners’ lead was short-lived. In the 29th minute, Madrid leveled the score. Toni Kroos fed Marcelo with a short corner from Luka Modric. After a scramble, Karim Benzema pounced on an opening and smashed a spectacular overhead kick past Edouard Mendy and into the net to give Madrid a crucial point.
Christian Pulisic gave the away side the lead before Karim Benzema equalized with a thumping volley.
Scorers: Benzema 29‘; Pulisic 14′.
The visitors should’ve been in front inside the first ten minutes, but somehow Thibaut Courtois denied Timo Werner from six yards out.
Christian Pulisic did draw first blood for Thomas Tuchel’s side moments later when Antonio Rudiger’s long ball found the American inside the area before he waltzed past Courtois and passed the ball into the back of the net.
The Blues seemed to be on the verge of fleeing with tie sent warn sign when out of nothing, Karim Benzema clipped the outside of the post with a driven shot from 25 yards out.
It was a warning that they didn’t heed as Benzema leveled proceedings in the 29th minute.
They are now in the final four. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, they are now in the last four. At Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Karim Benzema saved Real Madrid, but Christian Pulisic’s away goal gives Chelsea the advantage. An amazing Semi-Final in Madrid
In Valdebebas, Zinedine Zidane’s side got off to a slow start, and although they were able to restore parity. Los Blancos never looked like they’d be able to take a victory to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s 14th-minute lead was well deserved. Pulisic completed a fine individual effort, but Benzema – arguably Madrid’s only threat in the match. Scored to tie Raul for the joint-fourth most goals in the Champions League with 71.
The game became much more frantic in the second half. With Madrid posing even less of a challenge to Edouard Mendy’s goal. While Chelsea seemed satisfied with their one-goal advantage.
Madrid appeared to be in for a long night after a shaky start that almost saw them concede after just 10 minutes. When Timo Werner fired a close-range shot straight at Thibaut Courtois.
The tourists didn’t have to wait long for a new opportunity. Pulisic, on the other hand, took full advantage of the situation, racing on to Antonio Rudiger’s long throw. Evading Courtois with ease, and then shooting between two defenders on the line.
Following a lovely first contact with his head, Benzema brought Madrid level in the 29th minute with an emphatic volley approximately six yards from goal.
In the second half, however, the game’s tempo shifted dramatically, with neither team presenting much of a danger to the opposing team’s target, Chelsea’s triple substitution. Just after the hour seemed to improve their leverage over Madrid, who had taken on Eden Hazard, a former Stamford Bridge favorite.
In the 89th minute, Madrid had their final opportunity, but Varane’s deflected header went just wide, ensuring Zidane’s side would have to score in London next week.
A well-worked corner made its way to the far post where Éder Militão flicked it into the path of the Frenchman, who turned and smashed a sensational volley into the back of the net.
In the second half, chances were scarce. With neither side willing to take too much of a risk, but Raphaël Varane came close to strengthening Real’s position with a header in the dying minutes, which flashed just wide.
The teams will meet again on Wednesday, May 5, at Stamford Bridge for the second leg.
Speaking to Movistar after Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League first-leg semi-final, Marcelo gave his thoughts after the final whistle.
“When we got going tonight, it changed the game. We knew a threat. The second leg will be different, but we’ll be prepared. Every time we play a team, we have to adapt to what is in front of us. We’re happy to be heading there [to London] and to still be in the tie. We’re going to rest now and get prepared for what’s to come. The message to the fans is that we’re still going strong and will fight until the end.”
Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in front on 14 minutes. Karim Benzema then hit back for Madrid in 29 minutes with a fine finish from close range. An amazing Semi-Final in Madrid