Real Madrid beat Chelsea 5-four on the combination in a dramatic Champions League quarter-very last on Tuesday, way to Luka Modric and Karim Benzema. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner positioned Europe’s reigning champions on the verge of a tremendous comeback, erasing Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg lead. But Modric, 36, contributed to his illustrious profession with but every other stroke of brilliance, an elegant ball with the out of doors of his proper foot putting in Rodrygo to volley in and ship an anxious suit into greater time.
Following scoring a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, Benzema went up to claim the winner. Capitalizing on a Rudiger slip to head in, a 3-2 loss to put Madrid into the semi-finals. Modric and Benzema dropped to the ground as the final whistle blew. Their combined 70 years of experience belying two more stunning contributions that lifted Real Madrid to their 14th European Cup. They will face either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the final four.
Real Madrid players celebrate a goal
Real Madrid players celebrate a goal against Chelsea in the Champions League. Chelsea came in revitalized after putting six past Southampton in the Premier League. The weekend before thrashed by Brentford and then outplayed by Madrid in the first leg last week.
To pull off this comeback, Thomas Tuchel stated they’d need a “great screenplay,” and they certainly delivered, with their only difficulty being their inability to stop Modric and Benzema from doing what they’ve done so many times before.
Tuchel stated, “We got unlucky, which is why we’re disappointed.” “We were beaten by individual brilliance and our own mistakes, but we deserved to progress.”
Mount’s goal in the 15th minute established the tone for the game, putting Madrid on edge and giving Chelsea optimism early on. In the build-up, Mateo Kovacic was key, but it was Ruben Loftus-quick Cheek’s cross into Werner that took Madrid off guard. The German diverted the ball into Mount’s path with his knee, who advanced and smashed past Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea dominated for 20 minutes, despite Madrid’s best efforts. Reece James was doing a fantastic job of keeping Vinicius Junior in check and preventing Madrid from fleeing.
Chelsea in leadership
Chelsea’s dominance was even more obvious early in the second half. And they had a second goal within minutes, Rudiger leaping high at the back post to head in a corner. With the crowd entering the game, Madrid briefly exerted their advantage squander. As Chelsea celebrated their third goal, Marcos Alonso spun around Dani Carvajal’s sliding tackle and hammered into the top corner.
Madrid appeared beaten, and the stadium is empty, but the referee is ready. When VAR noticed Alonso had control with his hand, the Bernabeu erupted, and the decision reversed. The draw was once again in jeopardy with 28 minutes remaining. When Benzema’s looping header at the back post hit the crossbar, Madrid regained their composure and came close to scoring.
Kovacic slid through Werner in the 73rd minute, who slalomed past two flailing Madrid defenders and dribbled a deflected finish into the corner. An upset Kroos took off before a tumultuous contest turned back on Modric’s moment of magic. Rodrygo, a replacement, volleyed a 30-yard pass from Modric. To the right side of the penalty box with the outside of his foot.
Chelsea thought to have a better chance of winner
After Kai Havertz nodded across the six-yard box, Christian Pulisic’s volley sailed wide. Madrid found another gear in extra time, with Vinicius finally finding space to tear into. Rudiger should have easily cleared his floated cross. But the defender stumbled, allowing Benzema just enough space to guide his header in.
Chelsea, who had been so composed all night, suddenly appeared frazzled. Eduardo Camavinga hit the target. Havertz turning around by Courtois Cruyff. They put everything on the line in the final minutes. With Courtois stopping a shot from Werner and Fede Valverde needing to stop a shot from Thiago Silva. Madrid held on when Edouard Mendy took a late corner, which cleared.