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Real Madrid v Chelsea Live Commentary, 12/04/2022

AET
2 - 3
RMA
CHE
Rodrygo (80)
K. Benzema (96)
M. Mount (15)
A. Rüdiger (51)
T. Werner (75)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
(FT 1 - 3)

Commentary

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The big games keep coming for Madrid as they face Sevilla on the road in LaLiga on Sunday. Chelsea also face another massive match against Crystal Palace in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Real Madrid grind their way into the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-4 aggregate win over Chelsea, despite losing the second leg of the contest 3-2 at the Bernabeu. The Blues almost pulled off a remarkable comeback as goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner put them ahead in the tie. However, Luka Modric unlocked the visitors' defence with a moment of magic to allow Rodrygo to level the scores and send the game into extra-time. Karim Benzema then haunted Thomas Tuchel's men once again, notching his fourth goal of the tie to secure Los Blancos' place in the last four of the competition.
120' + 3' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-3 CHELSEA (5-4 AGG)
120' + 2' Saul lifts a cross into the box from deep, but he angles his delivery out of play for a goal-kick.
120' There will be three minutes of added time.
119' CHANCE! Jorginho slashes a strike wide of the right post. The Italy international seizes on Ziyech's scuffed strike and turns to fire at goal, but he skews his effort wide of the target. Chelsea are almost out of time.
Dani Carvajal
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
118' Carvajal goes into the book for a loose challenge on Ziyech.
117' HAVERTZ HAS TO SCORE! The German should bring Chelsea level in the tie, but he places his free header wide of the post. Havertz is left alone in the Madrid box to attack James' cross from the right flank. He has space and time to pick his spot, but he cannot find the target.
116' BLOCK! Rudiger knocks the ball down in the box from a header towards Jorginho, but he sees his low strike repelled by a great block from Valverde.
Dani Ceballos
Vinícius Júnior
Real Madrid
115' Vinicius takes his time to leave the field much to the frustration of the visitors. Ceballos replaces the Brazilian.
114' SAVE! Courtois denies Ziyech with a solid stop down to his right. Pulisic releases the winger in space in the inside-left channel and he powers a drive at goal on his left foot, but the Belgian holds firm at his near post.
César Azpilicueta
Yellow Card
Chelsea
113' Azpilicueta is booked without taking the field as he barges over Vazquez in an attempt to get the ball from the sideline.
113' Mount takes possession on the right flank, but he fails to beat Alaba with his low cross into the middle.
110' Courtois take a chance at the back with a loose touch, but he just manages to avoid Havertz on the slide.
K. Havertz
Yellow Card
Chelsea
109' Havertz goes into the book for clipping Alaba in possession.
108' Madrid are trying to take the pace out of the game with a couple of injury stoppages.
106' We're back under way at the Bernabeu.
Saúl
R. Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea
106' Saul enters the action for the visitors to replace Loftus-Cheek.
Jorginho
M. Kovačić
Chelsea
106' Jorginho replaces Kovacic in the middle of the park for the final 15 minutes.
105' + 1' HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-3 CHELSEA (AGG 5-4)
105' There will be one minute of added time.
104' OVER! Benzema wins the ball from Kovacic and feeds Camavinga on the edge of the Chelsea box, but the midfielder scoops his effort over the bar.
H. Ziyech
Yellow Card
Chelsea
102' Ziyech brings down Vazquez on the charge and goes into the book.
102' SAVE! Havertz attacks a corner from Alonso from the left flank with a firm header, but his effort is straight at Courtois.
101' BLOCK! Loftus-Cheek digs out a cross to the back post for Ziyech to control and shoot, but he sees his effort deflected behind for a corner.
H. Ziyech
N. Kanté
Chelsea
99' Ziyech replaces Kante with Chelsea in need of a goal to level the tie again.
98' Benzema is now the outright second highest goalscorer against English teams in the Champions League (13), one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, and behind only Lionel Messi (27).
Vinícius Júnior
Assist
Real Madrid
96' Vinicius raids down the left flank before picking out Benzema to score with an accurate cross.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
96' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BENZEMA PUTS MADRID BACK IN FRONT IN THE TIE!!!!!!!!!!! 2-3 ON THE NIGHT, 5-4 ON AGGREGATE!!!!! Benzema haunts Chelsea once more by scoring his fourth goal of the tie to put Madrid on course for the semi-finals. Vinicius does well down the left flank and digs out a cross for the Frenchman to attack. He places his effort away from Mendy into the bottom-left corner with precision.
93' OVER! James raids into space in the final third and launches a strike at goal, but he sends his effort over the top.
91' We're back under way at the Bernabeu.
We're heading to extra-time after Rodrygo's goal kept Madrid in the game after a brilliant surge from Chelsea. The Blues must have believed that they were through to the semi-finals, but the Brazilian was on point to steer home Luka Modric's sublime cross. As a result, we're heading for an additional 30 minutes at the Bernabeu.
90' + 5' END OF 90 MINUTES: REAL MADRID 1-3 CHELSEA (4-4 AGG)
90' + 4' CHANCE! Pulisic fires over the bar once again from close range. Havertz wins a header in the Madrid box from an Alonso cross and Pulisic latches on to the knockdown, but steers his strike over the bar under pressure from Carvajal.
90' + 2' OVER! Pulisic latches on to a header from Rudiger in the box, but he can only lift his first-time left footed strike over the bar.
E. Camavinga
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' + 1' Camavinga takes one for the team by fouling Pulisic preventing him from finding Havertz on a counter following a mistake by Carvajal.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
Lucas Vázquez
Nacho
Real Madrid
88' Nacho is replaced by Vazquez after struggling with an apparent injury.
86' BLOCK! Pulisic works the ball inside for Mount to strike at goal from the inside-left channel, but Camavinga repels his effort.
C. Pulišić
T. Werner
Chelsea
83' Pulisic enters the action for Werner in the final third. The German made a telling impact on the game to give Chelsea a chance.
83' WIDE! Mount turns in the inside-right channel and fires at goal, but his effort creeps just wide of the left post.
82' Modric is afforded space in the final third and goes for goal from distance, but Mendy gets down to deny the midfielder with a solid stop.
L. Modrić
Assist
Real Madrid
80' Modric produces a touch of absolute brilliance to bring his team back into the tie. He arcs a sublime cross over Silva with the outside of his right boot to allow Rodrygo to score.
Rodrygo
Goal
Real Madrid
80' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! RODRYGO LEVELS THE TIE!!!!!! 1-3 ON THE NIGHT, 4-4 ON AGGREGATE!!!!!! The Brazilian guides a first-time strike past Mendy, but the goal is all about Modric. The veteran midfielder lifts a sublime cross to the back post with the outside of his right foot. Rodygo only has to connect with the ball to score and does not disappoint with a deft touch to find the bottom-right corner. Game on.
78' SAVE! Havertz rises in the box to attack a cross from Mendy and powers a header towards goal, but Courtois gets down to save his header.
Marcelo
F. Mendy
Real Madrid
78' Marcelo replaces Mendy on the left flank for the home side.
Rodrygo
Casemiro
Real Madrid
78' Casemiro is withdrawn by Ancelotti as Rodrygo is thrown into the action.
M. Kovačić
Assist
Chelsea
75' Kovacic threads a pass through to Werner in the inside-channel before the forward does the rest with a fine effort.
T. Werner
Goal
Chelsea
75' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! WERNER PUTS CHELSEA IN FRONT IN THE TIE!!!!!!!! 3-0 ON THE NIGHT, 4-3 ON AGGREGATE!!!!!!. The German holds his composure to bury a low strike into the net. Kovacic releases the forward in the inside-left channel and he cuts back past the challenge of Carvajal. Werner still has work to do, but his effort clips off Courtois and spins into the bottom-right corner. A huge goal for the Blues.
E. Camavinga
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
73' Kroos is withdrawn for the home side and does not look pleased with the decision. Camavinga replaces the German.
70' Werner collects on the left flank and angles a cross to the back post for Havertz, but he overhits his delivery out for a goal-kick.
F. Valverde
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
68' Valverde wipes out Kovacic on the charge and goes into the book.
66' OFF THE BAR! Mendy collects in space down the left flank and digs out a cross to Benzema at the back post. The Frenchman angles a header back towards the top-left corner, but sees his effort hit the bar.
64' Mendy can breathe a sigh of relief for the home side after he lost possession far too easily in the build-up to Alonso's strike.
63' VAR! A huge moment in the tie as Alonso believes that he has fired Chelsea in front after dispatching a strike past Courtois at the second attempt. However, VAR rules that he handled the ball after seeing his first strike blocked by Carvajal. There was a slight touch and Madrid get a reprieve.
61' OVER! Valverde latches on to a cutback from Modric from the right flank and fires at goal with a first-time strike, but he lifts his effort just over the bar.
60' Mount has both scored and assisted in a single Champions League game for the first time, with three of his seven goal involvements in the competition coming against Real Madrid (two goals goals, one assist).
59' Madrid work the ball well in the final third as Benzema and Modric combine to open up space for Mendy. The full-back places a dangerous low cross into the box, but there's no white shirt there to convert.
58' WIDE! Mount runs at the Madrid defence and has Havertz in support in the inside-left channel, but the German slips as he fires at goal and smashes his effort into the side-netting.
56' SAVE! Kroos goes for goal from 30 yards from the resulting free-kick. The German steers his right-footed strike over the wall, but Mendy gets across to his right to push it away from danger.
55' Casemiro goes down and rolls on the floor after being caught by Kante. Madrid get the free-kick, but there is no further action from the referee.
53' James makes a vital intervention at the back for the visitors to prevent Benzema firing at goal from Valverde's cross to the back post.
M. Mount
Assist
Chelsea
51' Mount adds an assist to his impressive night with a perfect cross for Rudiger to head home.
A. Rüdiger
Goal
Chelsea
51' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! RUDIGER LEVELS THE TIE!!!!!!!!!! 2-0 CHELSEA ON THE NIGHT, 3-3 ON AGGREGATE!!!!!!! Chelsea are back in the tie as Rudiger directs a pinpoint header past Courtois. Mount swings a dangerous cross in from the right flank that sails into the middle. Rudiger attacks the delivery and places his effort with precision into the bottom-right corner. A perfect header.
50' INCHES WIDE! James latches on to a loose ball following the Chelsea corner and fires at goal on his left foot. His effort deflects off Modric's boot and travels just wide of the right post.
49' Loftus-Cheek offers an outlet down the right flank and wins a corner for the visitors.
47' Mount breaks the offside trap and feeds Werner on the edge of the box. The German's deflected strike is stopped from going behind for a corner by Courtois, but he pushes it out into the area. Fortunately for the Belgian, he is able to gather ahead of Havertz.
46' Chelsea press down the right flank as Havertz feeds Loftus-Cheek, but his cutback into the middle is cleared away from Werner by Alaba.
46' We're back under way at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have been a tad cautious in their approach and Karim Benzema has not been as influential as he was in the first leg. Carlo Ancelotti faces a difficult teamtalk as one goal could effectively win the tie for Los Blancos, but a strike at the other end would blow it wide open. It is a critical second half in the campaigns of both teams.
Chelsea hold a 1-0 lead on the night against Real Madrid in the second leg Champions League quarter-final clash, but still trail 3-2 on aggregate. Mason Mount found the net with a clinical strike to bring the Blues back into the contest. The visitors have been the better side this evening, but still need another goal to level the tie.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-1 CHELSEA (3-2 AGG)
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' WIDE! James floats a cross into the box for Rudiger to attack, but the defender can only glance a header wide of the left post.
44' Kroos catches Werner with a nudge in the back and sends the German tumbling to the deck. Chelsea do win a free-kick in a useful position in the final third.
41' Vinicius brings down Loftus-Cheek on the charge down the right flank. Tuchel vents his frustration as the Blues are not awarded a free-kick.
38' Havertz tries to win the ball back on the edge of the Madrid box and brings down Nacho. Madrid want a yellow card for the Chelsea man, but the referee dismisses their appeals.
K. Benzema
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
37' Benzema goes into the book for catching Kante with a stray arm in an aerial duel.
34' WIDE! Rudiger cuts inside from the left flank and lines up a blast from 25 yards that sails just wide of the left post with Courtois scrambling.
33' Chelsea are enjoying a lot of possession in the Madrid half. Ancelotti will be concerned by how much of the ball the visitors are seeing in threatening areas.
31' CHANCE! Casemiro latches on to an offload from Benzema on the edge of the box, but he scuffs his left-footed strike over the bar.
28' OVER! Havertz offloads to Loftus-Cheek in space on the edge of the box. He sees his pass repelled by Alaba, but Kovacic pounces on the rebound and curls a strike over the bar. Chelsea are finding room in the final third.
25' Werner goes down at the back post under pressure from Carvajal, but the referee tells him to get to his feet.
23' OVER! Vinicius loses out to James on the edge of the box, but Benzema gathers and rifles a strike at goal on the half-volley. Silva puts his body on the line to divert his effort over the bar with his head.
22' Werner makes a burst into the inside-left channel and tries to dig out a cross, but Carvajal does well to block his cross before clearing the danger.
21' Chelsea have silenced the home crowd inside the Bernabeu and are doing an effective job of keeping Los Blancos away from the ball.
19' Chelsea have won five out of their six matches in the Champions League this season after scoring the first goal.
18' SAVE! Mount has space 25 yards from goal and launches an ambitious strike towards the net that Courtois saves with ease.
16' Benzema releases Vinicius into space down the left flank and he goes for a cutback, but there's no white shirt waiting at the back post.
T. Werner
Assist
Chelsea
15' Werner works the ball into the path of Mount with a flick on the edge of the box and the midfielder capitalises with a fine strike.
M. Mount
Goal
Chelsea
15' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MOUNT GETS CHELSEA BACK IN THE TIE!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!!!! Mount latches on to a flick from Werner and dispatches a firm right-footed strike past Courtois. Werner nudges a flick into the path of the England international on the edge of the box. Mount takes a good first touch before burying his effort into the right corner of the net. A clinical finish.
13' OVER! Rudiger rises highest in the box from Alonso's corner from the left flank, but he plants his header over the bar.
12' WIDE! Werner makes a break into the box, but sees his effort closed down by Nacho. Havertz lines up a strike at goal, only for Carvajal to deflect his strike wide.
11' OVER! Benzema takes the resulting free-kick and fires at goal on his right foot, but he lifts his attempt harmlessly over the bar.
R. James
Yellow Card
Chelsea
10' James brings down Vinicius on the edge of the box, pulling back the winger as he tries to surge past him. Madrid have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
9' Alonso raids down the left flank and delivers a dangerous low cross into the box that travels behind Werner and Havertz before being cleared by Mendy.
7' Werner makes a strong run into the Madrid box as he surges past Alaba, but Casemiro races back to cover to win back possession for the hosts.
6' Benzema looks for space on the edge of the Chelsea box, but he loses out to Kante before he can threaten.
4' Chelsea probe in the final third as Rudiger gets forward from the back, but Alaba is on hand to clear his low cross into the middle away from Werner.
1' We're under way at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have progressed from nine of their previous 10 ties in the Champions League knockout stages when winning the first leg away from home, with their only elimination in this scenario coming against Ajax in 2018-19 (2-1 away, 1-4 at home).
Chelsea are without Romelu Lukaku this evening due to injury, leaving Tuchel short on options in the final third. He makes one change to his side that thrashed Southampton in their last outing as James slots into the defence to replace Christensen, who drops to the bench. Werner fresh from his two-goal outing starts alongside Mount and Havertz in the final third.
Madrid have made five changes to their side from their win over Getafe last time out. Militao is suspended for the contest and is replaced by Nacho in the heart of the defence. Carvajal and Mendy return in the full-back slots ahead of Vazquez and Marcelo. Modric and Kroos are also back in the fold in place of Camavinga and Rodrygo.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, Marcus Bettinelli, Trevoh Chalobah, Saul Niguez, Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr, Harvey Vale.
CHELSEA (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N'Golo Kante; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Marco Asensio, Marcelo, Andriy Lunin, Luka Jovic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Mariano Diaz, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Fuidias, Rafael Zamora.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Chelsea's defence of their Champions League crown hangs in the balance. Thomas Tuchel knows that his team have to score at least twice tonight to give themselves a chance to advance to the last four. The Blues were exposed by Benzema in the first leg and can ill afford another poor defensive display. Chelsea responded to their defeat with an exceptional performance against Southampton in the Premier League, hammering the Saints 6-0 on the road. The Blues need to display that killer instinct tonight and then some to dispatch the Spanish outfit at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg of the tie and are in a great position to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. Karim Benzema put on a clinic for Los Blancos, displaying a clinical edge in the final third to score all three goals for the visitors at Stamford Bridge. Carlo Ancelotti's men now have the task of managing the second leg to secure their place in the last four. Chelsea will come at them tonight, so the hosts have to be resilient. Madrid put in an efficient performance in LaLiga in their last outing against Getafe, and Ancelotti will be looking for a similar display.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of Champions League quarter-final second leg clash Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Bernabeu.