Former Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was once again decisive on Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final second leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid (2-0, on RMC Sport). The proof with two class stops against Karim Benzema in the first period.
Chelsea are in the Champions League final. Because he brought back a good result from Madrid last week in the semi-final first leg (1-1), and because he finished the job this Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge (2-0), with goals of Timo Werner and Mason Mount. But the two forwards weren’t the only decisive Blues players.
At the other end of the field, Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was also invaluable. In particular on two hot situations in the first period.
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A rescue … just before the opening of the scoring
In the 26th minute of play, Karim Benzema was indeed very close to placing Real in a virtual qualified position. After a pass from Casemiro, the French striker recovered the ball in the feet of Toni Kroos just outside the box, and unleashed a sudden strike from the right in pivot. A strike that was heading certainly in the London goal, flush with the post. Except that Mendy relaxed perfectly to take the ball out for a corner. A save all the more remarkable as on the action following the corner, Chelsea opened the scoring and cooled Zizou’s gang …
Same actors, but different situation ten minutes later. On a cross from Modric to the penalty spot in the 35th, Benzema got rid of Rüdiger’s marking to regain the ball with his head. But the former Rennes goalkeeper was still vigilant, to ward off the danger of a tap.