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Real Madrid Defeated Chelsea After Extra-Time In Champions League Epic

Chelsea Vs Real Madrid (Champions League)

Real Madrid fought off a stunning Chelsea comeback on Tuesday to win an exciting Champions League quarter-final 5-4 on aggregate as goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema turned the game around.

Chelsea erased Real Madrid’s 3-1 lead from the first leg in spectacular manner at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner combined to put the reigning European champions on the verge of an astonishing comeback. Madrid had led 3-1 after the first game. A sublime ball with the outside of his right foot found Rodrygo, who volleyed home to take a nerve-wracking battle into extra time. But the 36-year-old Modric came to the rescue with yet another moment of brilliance to add to his brilliant career’s finest moments.

At Stamford Bridge, after claiming three goals, Benzema came forward to win it with a header, capitalizing on Rudiger’s error to send Real Madrid into the semi-finals. Madrid defeated Chelsea 3-2, advancing them to the last four. Benzema and Modric fell to the ground as the final whistle blew, despite the fact that they were both 70 years old, a testament to the two legendary performances that have propelled Real Madrid closer to a 14th European Cup title. In the final four, they will play either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid, who are both fierce rivals.

After being beaten by Brentford and then outplayed by Real Madrid in the first leg last week, Chelsea came into the second game with renewed vigor after defeating Southampton 6-1 in the Premier League the previous weekend. Tuchel said on Monday that they would need a “great script” to pull off this comeback, and they definitely delivered on that front, with their main failing being an inability to prevent Modric and Benzema from doing what they have done so many times in the previous seasons.

Chelsea were given early optimism as Mount’s goal in the 15th minute set the tone, with Real Madrid quickly gripped by stress and Chelsea given immediate hope. Mateo Kovacic had played an important role in the build-up, but it was Ruben Loftus-fast Cheek’s pass into Werner that took Madrid off guard, with the German guiding the ball with his knee into the path of Mount, who advanced and shot past Thibaut Courtois to give Manchester United the lead. Chelsea ruled the roost for the first 20 minutes, with Real Madrid trailing behind. Reece James was doing an excellent job of keeping Vinicius Junior under control and preventing Madrid from escaping.

To their credit, Benzema, Modric and Toni Kroos attempted to retake control in the second half, but Chelsea’s dominance became even more apparent early in the period, and they added a second goal minutes later, Rudiger rising high at the back post to head in from close range. Madrid temporarily exerted themselves after their advantage was squandered, as the audience became more involved in the game. Chelsea, on the other hand, were celebrating a third goal when Marcos Alonso spun around Dani Carvajal’s diving tackle and smashed the ball into the upper right corner.

Madrid seemed to be defeated, and the crowd appeared to be deserted, but the referee was waiting. Alonso had been controlling the ball with his hand, and when the verdict was overturned, the Bernabeu exploded in celebration. With 28 minutes remaining on the clock, the tie was once again in doubt. Madrid had regained their composure and came close to scoring when Benzema’s looping header at the back post came back off the crossbar. However, it was only for a short period of time, as Chelsea struck again in the 73rd minute when Kovacic slipped through Werner, who coolly slalomed past two falling Madrid players and sent a deflected finish trickling into the corner.

Unhappy Kroos was forced to leave the field before the action of the frenetic match was turned around by a moment of wizardry from Modric. When Rodrygo came in as a replacement, Modric sent him a 30-yard pass over to the right side of the penalty box. He volleyed the ball in with the outside of his left foot. Chelsea seemed to be the more likely to sneak a late winner, and they came close with Kai Havertz heading over the six-yard box before Christian Pulisic fired wide.

When the game went into extra time, Madrid found another gear, with Vinicius eventually finding some space to rip into. Although Rudiger seemed to be in position to clear his floating cross, the defensive midfielder made a mistake, allowing Benzema just enough room to guide his header in.

Chelsea, who had maintained her composure throughout the evening, suddenly seemed frazzled. Eduardo Camavinga hit the crossbar with a shot. Havertz was turned around by Courtois Cruyff. Courtois saved from Werner before Fede Valverde had to stop a shot from Thiago Silva as the game entered its last few minutes. Edouard Mendy attempted a last-ditch corner kick, but the ball was cleared, and Real Madrid held on.

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