Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic scored the goal after 14 minutes in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals the first leg, jumping from Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hitting the ball between the two defenders at the goal line. With his brilliant goal, Pulisic became the first American player to score in a Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea should have opened up a commanding advantage after dominating the opening exchange, but prostitution in front of goal allowed Real to return to the game. Karim Benzema fired a long shot from far away, but the shot went wide with an amazing touch to the head of the net and then drilled it into the roof of the net.
It was the Frenchman’s 71st goal in the Champions League, reaching fourth on the all-time goals list, along with legendary real striker, Raul. After Bayern Munich’s quarter-final defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, Benzema is unable to bring a plus this season, just two behind third-placed Robert Lewandowski.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel would surely have left Madrid with the feeling that Tuesday night was a missed opportunity. For Neutral, the second leg of next week is intriguing, but the Chelsea German coach will probably feel that his team should set foot in the finals.
Striker Timo Werner’s unfortunate form in front of goal continued – on average, every four matches this season – when the German hit the ball straight on Courtois when he was completely unmarked just six meters away.
Real Madrid finally settled into the game and managed to close out the game, interrupting Tony Kroos’ wide and Raphael Varane’s effort to hit Ben Chilwell’s head and flash it with a goal. Chelsea players will kick, no doubt, knowing that often Zinedine Zidane’s team does not get caught in the Champions League.
After the match, BT Sport said, “I started the game with great courage and quality.” “We deserved to win the first half. We had opportunities. Unfortunately, he scored from the set-piece and he had nothing else, we did not give any chance.”
“The goal was well deserved and we should have scored at least one more. We did not recognize much or at least nothing and it can always be with a personal quality. It was a disappointing score at the break. We had to remain calm and not lose confidence. The second half was very strategic, you can feel that we were a bit tired. We had only a few days to recover from the second game 1-1 to stay “.