Karim Benzema’s extra-time goal put Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals despite a 3-2 defeat to holders Chelsea on Tuesday.
Goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner overturned Real Madrid’s 3-1 advantage from the first leg last week, but Rodrygo’s sublime volley forced the tie into extra time.
Benzema, who scored a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, had the final say, though, thundering home a header six minutes into extra time to seal a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will now face either Atletico Madrid or Manchester City.
with Pep Guardiola’s side holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
Mount curled past Courtois from just inside the penalty area after latching onto Werner’s nudged ball.
Madrid struggled to break Chelsea’s stubborn backline down in the first half.
With Ancelotti’s men going in at the break without a shot on target to their name.
Rudiger planted a powerful header past Courtois from Mount’s cross.
Alonso thought he had edged Chelsea in front 11 minutes later when he thumped into the top corner from eight yards, yet his effort was ruled out for handball following a VAR check.
Benzema crashed a header against the crossbar soon after, before Werner put Chelsea ahead on aggregate in the 75th minute with a strike that proved too hot for Courtois to handle.
Madrid clawed their way back into the tie with 10 minutes remaining.
Rodrygo steered a superb volley after a mesmerising trivela pass from Modric.
That set the stage for Benzema’s decisive goal in additional time after an assist by Vinicius Junior.
What does it mean? Madrid draws on experience to fight back:
Madrid’s starting XI was their oldest ever in a Champions League game and it showed for the first 75 minutes.
Karim Benzema popped up to help Ancelotti reach the last four of the UCL for the eighth time.
The joint-most by a coach in the competition’s history, alongside Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
Benzema was once again the star man as Madrid broke Chelsea’s hearts.
The 34-year-old’s header was his 12th Champions League goal of the season – a total only bettered by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski – while he now has seven goals in three games in the competition.
Mount can consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side after a stellar display.
His fine early strike made him just one of two English players to score 20 goals or more and provide at least 20 assists (21 goals, 22 assists) for a Premier League side in all competitions since the start of last season alongside Harry Kane. What’s next? Both sides are next in action on Sunday, with leaders Madrid visiting Sevilla in LaLiga. And Chelsea facing Crystal Palace in an FA Cup semi-final clash. Likewise, for more football news like this, click here.
Both sides are next in action on Sunday, with leaders Madrid visiting Sevilla in LaLiga.
And Chelsea facing Crystal Palace in an FA Cup semi-final clash.
Likewise, for more football news like this, click here.