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During The Champions League, Real Madrid Beat Chelsea In Extra Time

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Luka Modric changed the tie and Karim Benzema sealed the victory as Real Madrid fought off a stunning Chelsea comeback to win the Champions League quarter-final 5-4 on aggregate on Tuesday.

Chelsea stunned Madrid by erasing their 3-1 lead from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner putting Europe’s reigning champions on the verge of an extraordinary triumph. Modric, 36, intervened with another flash of brilliance to add to his brilliant career highlights, an exquisite pass with the outside of his right foot setting up Rodrygo to volley home and pushing a nerve-wracking match into extra time.

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After netting a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, Benzema moved forward to collect the winner, capitalising on a Rudiger error to head in, a 3-2 loss sufficient to send Madrid into the semi-finals. Modric and Benzema fell on the floor at the final whistle, their combined 70 years belying another two vintage efforts that have taken Real Madrid closer to a 14th European Cup. In the last four, they will play either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid.

After being beaten by Brentford and then outplayed by Madrid in the first leg last week, Chelsea came into the second leg revitalized after their Premier League victory over Southampton last weekend. Thomas Tuchel said on Monday that they would need a “great script” to pull off this comeback, and they definitely delivered, their only shortcoming being their inability to prevent Modric and Benzema from repeating their heroics.

Mount’s goal in the 15th minute set the tone, engulfing Madrid in suspense and giving Chelsea early hope. Mateo Kovacic was instrumental in the build-up, but Ruben Loftus-fast Cheek’s cross into Werner took Madrid off guard, the German directing the ball with his knee into the path of Mount, who advanced and blasted past Courtois. For the first 20 minutes, Chelsea dictated, while Madrid resisted. Reece James was doing an excellent job of containing Vinicius Junior and impeding Madrid’s escape.

Benzema, Modric, and Toni Kroos attempted to reclaim control, but Chelsea’s influence was even stronger early in the second half, and they added a second minutes later, Rudiger leaping high at the back post to head in a corner. Madrid temporarily exerted themselves after their advantage was squandered, bringing the fans into the action. Chelsea, on the other hand, were celebrating a third goal when Marcos Alonso spun around Dani Carvajal’s sliding tackle and smashed into the top corner.

Madrid seemed defeated, the crowd deserted, but the referee waited. The video assistant showed Alonso controlling the ball with his hand, and when the judgment was overturned, the Bernabeu exploded. With 28 minutes remaining, the draw was once again in doubt. Madrid regained their composure and came close to scoring when Benzema’s looping header at the back post struck the crossbar. However, it was fleeting, as Chelsea came back in the 73rd minute via Kovacic, who coolly slalomed past two falling Madrid players and sent a deflected finish trickling into the corner.

Kroos was substituted before a furious match was re-ignited by Modric’s moment of brilliance. Modric stroked a 30-yard ball across to the right of the penalty box with the outside of his foot, where Rodrygo volleyed in as a replacement. Chelsea seemed to be the more likely to score a late winner and came close with Kai Havertz heading across the six-yard box but Christian Pulisic’s volley went wide.

Madrid found another gear in extra time, Vinicius eventually finding space to rip into. Rudiger should have easily cleared his floating cross, but the defender stumbled, allowing Benzema just enough room to guide his header in.

Chelsea, who had maintained her composure throughout the evening, suddenly seemed ragged. Eduardo Camavinga blasted an over-the-shoulder shot. Havertz was turned around by Courtois Cruyff. However, they pushed everything at Madrid in the closing minutes, with Courtois saving from Werner and Fede Valverde having to stop a Thiago Silva attempt. Edouard Mendy attempted a last corner but it was cleared, with Madrid clinging to their lead.

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