Chelsea snatched a conceivably fundamental away objective in a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-last first-leg tie.
The setting of Real’s preparation ground might not have shouted ‘Champions League semi-last’ yet the quality on the pitch was up to the typical norm in the primary half with Chelsea starting to lead the pack following 13 minutes when Christian Pulisic adjusted Thibaut Courtois to give Thomas Tuchel’s side the ideal beginning.
Madrid gazed a maturing side upward against the splendid and effervescent Chelsea assault yet figured out how to fire their way back into the game when Karim Benzema hooked several knockdowns in the Chelsea territory to even out the scores in pounding design (29).
The game slipped into a more meek rhythm after the break with the two groups apparently content with their parcel. Previous Chelsea star Eden Hazard was presented with 25 minutes left however he no affected the game as Chelsea glanced in charge in ordinarily guaranteed design under Tuchel.
The pair will meet again next Wednesday (May 5) at Stamford Bridge to choose who arrives at the last in Istanbul on May 29.
Real Madrid: Courtois (8), Marcelo (6), Nacho (6), Militao (7), Varane (7), Carvajal (6), Casemiro (6), Modric (6), Kroos (6), Vinicius (6), Benzema (8)
Subs: Hazard (6), Asensio (6)
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7), Rudiger (7), Silva (8), Chilwell (7), Jorginho (7), Kante (8), Mount (7), Werner (6), Pulisic (8)
Subs: Havertz (7), Ziyech (7), James (7)
Man of the match: Thiago Silva
- Tuchel has faced Real Madrid more often without losing in the UEFA Champions League than against any other opponent (W1 D4) – in the competition’s history, he is the only manager to face Los Blancos as many as five times without ever losing.
- Chelsea have failed to win any of their eight UEFA Champions League semi-final matches played away from home (D5 L3), drawing each of the last five in a row.
- Benzema scored his 71st goal in the UEFA Champions League, making him the joint-fourth top scorer in the competition’s history (along with Raúl). Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski have now scored more than the Frenchman.
- Pulisic became the youngest Chelsea player to score in a semi-final match in UEFA Champions League history (22y 221d).