Real Madrid vs. Chelsea – Football match report – 12 April 2022

Karim Benzema stole the show again as Real Madrid did just enough to eliminate Chelsea from the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night with a 5-4 overall victory in their quarter-final.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team came into the game with the upper hand after driving a Benzema hat-trick after a 3-1 victory in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, and despite losing the second leg 3-2. ‘ the Champions League holders, they went ahead on aggregate.

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Mason Mount put Chelsea ahead with 15 minutes played to give them hope of turning the tie around as the visitors dominated the first half. They went up 2-0 – equal to the overall score – after halftime when Antonio Rudiger headed into the corner from Mount.

Marcos Alonso had a goal denied by VAR for handball and Benzema hit the crossbar before defeating Timo Werner Thibaut Courtois to make it 3-0, Chelsea leading 4-3 overall.

Real Madrid returned to business shortly afterwards when substitute Rodrygo Edouard defeated Mendy from a beautiful cross in Luka Modric’s area to force extra time.

Madrid made just one change from the first leg – Nacho replaced the suspended Eder Militao in midfield – while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel brought Alonso, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Werner into his starting spot.

“Another incredible night at the Bernabeu. The draw was very difficult, and another spectacular reaction from the team brings us to the semi-finals,” Nacho told Movistar after the match. “The most important thing is that we are in the next round.

“We have a lot of things to improve, especially at the start of the game, but this is Real Madrid, we are taught here to never give up. The DNA of this club is to fight to the end. Mission accomplished.

“We are ready to fight for everything, in the good and the bad moments, even if we did not go through, we fought to the end.”

The home team made the first chance of the match – Benzema put a free kick over the bar after Vinicius Junior was knocked down by Reece James – but it was Chelsea who looked more dangerous.

Kai Havertz had a shot round and Rudiger headed on the roof of the net before Mount Chelsea took the lead, cutting inside and clinching the ball clinically past Courtois.

The home team seemed to react and Benzema had a shot with the left foot rejected from goal, but Chelsea went ahead and checked at the break.

The European champions increased their lead after 51 minutes, as a result of Reece James’s awkward, but ultimately successful, shot from the right.

Benzema went close again, Mendy saved his free kick before Chelsea thought they were ahead in the draw when Alonso Courtois shot past only for the purpose of being properly ruled out for handball. Benzema headed against the crossbar, but it was Chelsea who scored the next goal in the 75th minute through Werner, sending a shot that Courtois could only parry over the line after the German ran through the area.

Chelsea seemed to have made a dramatic comeback before Rodrygo – just two minutes earlier – dismissed Modric’s delivery past Mendy in the 80th minute to make it 4-4 overall.

Nacho added: “Op [Modric’s] age, every day he is better. He is an example not only for players but for people in general. It’s like he’s the youngest on the team. Let’s hope he’s with us for many years to come. “

Benzema was on hand for more Champions League heroes in extra time as he rode on a pinched cross from Vinicius and hit Mendy with a header to send Real to the Champions League semi-finals.


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