The UEFA Champions League defending champion, Chelsea Football Club suffered a heartbreaking exit from the most prestigious European competition after an extra-time strike from Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema projected the Spanish team into the semifinals of the competition over the English club.
It was a thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu as the London based club triggered a comeback by beating Real Madrid 1-3 and sent themselves into the extra time before Benzema’s header put an end to their hope of qualifying to the next round of the competition.
The Blues, having suffered a 1-3 defeat at the Stamford Bridge, trooped to the Real Madrid home, launched an outstanding performance and replicated what the Spanish club did to them in London, scoring three spectacular goals before the Los Blancos managed to pull one back.
In the 15th minute of the game, Mason Mount scored the first goal for the defending champion while Antonio Ruediger doubled it in the 51st minute. It was nearly a dream come true for Chelsea in 62 minutes when Marcos Alonso scored number the third goal for The Blues but was ruled out after VAR noticed the ball has touched the Spaniard in his hand before he fired it inside the net.
German striker, Timo Werner, makes it three in the 75th minute of the game and made it look as if the London club has booked their place in the semi-finals, but a super-sub by the Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, Rodrygo struck one back, in the 80th minute, from an assist provided by One-time Ballon d’Or winner, Luca Modric and dragged the game into the extra time.
Real Madrid’s qualification to the semifinals would later seal in the 96th minute with a fantastic header by French striker, Karim Benzema, who converted a perfect cross from Vinicius Junior, resulting from a counter-attack by the Spanish team.
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