What a night we have witnessed in the UEFA Champions League! Real Madrid, the 13 times UCL winner, secured a place in the semifinals despite losing the second leg against Chelsea. They have eliminated Chelsea by a 5-4 aggregate. At the same time, Bayern Munich, one of the strongest teams in this tournament, ended their UCL journey after losing against Villarreal. The Spanish side qualified for the semis because of a 2-1 aggregate.
Chelsea VS Real Madrid
Despite scoring three goals first, Chelsea FC couldn’t qualify for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea needed a victory with a minimum of two goals margin as they lost the first leg by 3-1. So, the manager played his best possible XI against Real Madrid in the second leg of the quarterfinal. Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel set the team formation with 3-4-1-2. He used two wing-backs, Marcus Alonso and Loftus-Cheek. On the other side, Carlo Ancelotti played Real Madrid with his classy 4-3-3 formation. Due to Militao’s suspension, the manager replaced him with Nacho in this match.
However, Chelsea started playing very aggressively as they needed two goals early. They pushed the home team highly. As a result, Chelsea couldn’t have to wait much to take the lead. In the 15th minute, the visitors found the net as Mason Mount scored a stunning goal for the Blues. Conceding this goal, Real Madrid desperately tried to equalize before half-time. But both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes of half-time.
Coming back from the break, Chelsea became more dangerous. They were very threatening whenever they got the ball. In the entire match, the Blues took 28 shots, whereas Real Madrid took only 10. Anyway, the visitors hit again at the beginning of the second half. Antonio Rudiger netted the ball with a brilliant header to double the lead in the 51st minute. As a result, the aggregate became level for both teams. But Chelsea had another goal in the 75th minute, which made a great chance to go to the semifinals. Unfortunately, Rodrygo found the net for Real Madrid within five minutes, which leveled the aggregate again. As a result, the match went to the extra-time, where Karim Benzema scored an impressive goal with a header to secure the semifinals. Chelsea tried so hard, but couldn’t score more. In the end, Chelsea won 3-2 but failed to qualify for the semis as Real Madrid advanced to the semis by an aggregate score of 5-4.