Real Madrid 5-4 Chelsea: Karim Benzema knocks out the champion

Real Madrid 5-4 Chelsea: Karim Benzema knocks out the champion
Real Madrid 5-4 Chelsea: Karim Benzema knocks out the champion

Despite a 3-2 loss to champions Chelsea on Tuesday, Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League semi-finals thanks to Karim Benzema’s extra-time strike.

Real Madrid’s 3-1 lead from the first leg was overcome thanks to goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner, but Rodrygo’s spectacular volley sent the tie into extra time.

Benzema, who scored a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, had the final word, securing a 5-4 aggregate triumph with a header six minutes into extra time.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team will face either Atletico Madrid or Manchester City in the second leg, with Pep Guardiola’s side leading 1-0 from the first leg.

Mount curled past Thibaut Courtois from just inside the penalty area after latching onto Werner’s pushed pass forward in the 15th minute to reward Chelsea’s solid start.

In the first half, Madrid struggled to break down Chelsea’s tenacious defence, with Ancelotti’s side heading into the interval with no shots on target.

Rudiger’s powerful header past Courtois from Mount’s cross levelled the tie on aggregate six minutes into the second half.

When Alonso hammered into the top corner from eight yards 11 minutes later, he felt he had put Chelsea ahead, but his attempt was ruled out for handball after a VAR assessment.

Soon after, Karim Benzema hit the crossbar with a header, before Werner put Chelsea ahead on aggregate in the 75th minute with a shot that Courtois couldn’t control.

With 10 minutes remained, though, Madrid fought their way back into the tie when Rodrygo, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, drove a magnificent volley past Edouard Mendy from Luka Modric’s spectacular cross.

That created the backdrop for Benzema’s crucial goal in extra time, the France international headed past Mendy from 10 yards out after Vinicius Junior’s excellent effort down the left flank.

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