Karim Benzema Scores To Send Chelsea Home In UCL Roller Coaster.
Chelsea’s run as European Champions comes to an end in Madrid.
Los Blancos advance to the semi-finals thanks to Karim Benzema’s headed attempt in extra time.
They have eliminated Chelsea from the Champions League.
In what was a fantastic two legs of Champions League football that swung both ways for the whole 120 minutes, Real Madrid found a way to win.
For 75 minutes, they were second best, but Rodrygo’s goal saved them and sent the game to extra time.
Then there was Karim Benzema. He had a pretty peaceful night.
Chelsea had blocked off his supply line through Vinicius Jr for so long, but Real Madrid’s talisman just needed one run, one cross, and one header to send them through to the semi-finals.
The European champions were behind by two goals after last week’s 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, but Mason Mount’s goal on 15 minutes gave the Blues the ideal start.
After halftime, Antonio Rudiger leveled the tie with a header at the back post, before Timo Werner’s deflected finish startled the hosts, putting Chelsea ahead on aggregate.
Five minutes later, replacement Rodrygo equalized for Real Madrid, forcing extra time, when Karim Benzema put his team ahead with another headed goal in the tie. Real Madrid will now continue to the semi-finals, where they will face either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid.