Karim Benzema scored in extra time to help Real Madrid produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the midweek action in the Champions League. Mason Mount cut the deficit in half when he opened the scoring in the 15th minute before Rudiger equalized the aggregate score when he headed home in the 51st minute. Timo Werner put Chelsea up 4-3 on aggregate in the 75th minute before Rodrygo equalized yet again in the 80th minute. It was Benzema who scored his fourth of the tie to send Real Madrid into the semi-finals.
Real Madrid: Courtois 5; Carvajal 5, Nacho 6 (sub Vazquez 88 6), Alaba 6, Mendy 5 (Marcelo 78 6) ; Kroos 6 (Camavinga, 73), Casemiro 6 (sub Rodrygo 78 7), Modric 7, Valverde 6; Benzema 8, Vinicius 7 (Ceballos 115 n/a)
Chelsea: Mendy 6; James 9, Thiago Silva 7, Rudiger 7, Alonso 7; Loftus-Cheek 7 (sub Saul 106 6), Kante 8 (sub Ziyech 100 6), Kovacic 8 (sub Jorginho 106 5), Mount 7; Havertz 6, Werner 8 (Pulisic, 83 5)
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “I was disappointed that the referee had a good time with Carlo. When I wanted to go and say thank you, he was smiling and laughing with the opponent’s coach. I think this is the very wrong time to do this after the final whistle, 126 minutes of a team giving their heart. When you go and see a referee smiling and laughing with the other coach, it’s bad timing. I told him this.”
“[It’s] not only today. When you play against Real Madrid, maybe you don’t expect everyone has the courage. I felt the little decisions in the first leg and today as well. I didn’t see the goal but I am super disappointed he didn’t come out and check it on its own. You should stay the boss and not give the decisions to someone in a chair who is isolated. These are the kind of defeats we can digest and swallow”
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