Champions League: Thanks to Benzema, Real’s insane merit against Chelsea

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Real Madrid qualified for the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, thanks to Karim Benzema scoring the deciding goal in extra time in the second leg of the quarter-finals against Chelsea (3–2 win for the Blues, but a 5–4 win for the Peoples). win) Madrid in the full two meetings).

still. Already author of an extraordinary hat-trick in a 3-1 win in the first leg in London, Karim Benzema sent Real Madrid to the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea. One time virtually ended, as they were 3–0 down on their lawn at Santiago-Bernabeau, the Spanish club taking advantage of their French captain’s goal in extra time to come out and ensure qualification with a one-goal defeat. . Win a double clash with odds (2-3) and an aggregate score of 5-4.

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In the 75th minute, Timo Werner helped Chelsea take a 3–0 lead in front of the Madrid public. Real Madrid, overwhelmed, seemed unable to avoid defeat. On the bench, Carlo Ancelotti seemed too passive.

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was real drowning

For Karim Benzema to wear the savior outfit once again against Paris Saint-Germain, it took a great Chelsea, which was turned in the space of six days. Nothing to do with the team that the international tricolor sank at Stamford Bridge. The blast started in the league with a 6-0 win on the lawns of Southampton. In this meeting, Thomas Tuchel coined a significantly different 3-4-3, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek playing the hybrid right piston for the surprise holder. Generally aligned on the side, Reece James had the mission in the central defense to frame Vinicius Jr. Another strong option: In the middle, Jorginho was left on the bench to make room for Mateo Kovacic’s activity and attacking qualities.

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Facing an almost unchanged Madrid XI, the results of these tactical adjustments are spectacular. The first half of The Blues was particularly impressive: real, repressed and without inspiration, unable to frame a single shot. And this time, Edouard Mendy didn’t weigh down the London team. With such dominance and cumulative scores going up, it was necessary for Chelsea not to delay against Thibaut Courtois. “Everybody wants an opening goal in every game. (…) We’ll try to get into their mind and take advantage of the doubts,” Tuchel said before kick-off. Mason Mount completed the deal in the 15th minute.

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Modric and Rodrigo revive Real Madrid

Chelsea wasted no time moving the nets in the second half, with this header from a corner by Antonio Rudiger (51st). In the process, a disaster scenario for Real is realized when Marcos Alonso looks to take the score to 3-0 (63rd). Video assist relieves Madrid team due to offensive hand. But he had nothing to say about Timo Werner’s goal back in top form in his best time (75th).

But something is irrational in this real team. The same one that was crossed for an hour during the round of 16 return against PSG. Even if Karim Benzema, who had trouble with the crossbar earlier, fulfilled his role of future man by taking advantage of a big mistake from Antonio Rudiger (96th), Real were relieved by two other men. : Rodrigo, the scorers two minutes after coming into the game, but especially Luka Modric, a brilliant writer on the outside of the foot in the form of a decisive pass (80th). It was a 3–1 goal (4–4 total) that revived Real Madrid and caused extra time.

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Many of Tuchel’s changes at the end of the match were in vain: the defending champion was out of the race. La Liga leaders Real Madrid will go side-by-side with Manchester City or Atlético de Madrid for a place in the final at the Stade de France on May 28.

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