Wednesday, April 17

Real Madrid in Champions League semis despite Chelsea fightback

Agencies

Real Madrid saw off a stirring fightback from holders Chelsea to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals following a 3-2 extra-time defeat in a scintillating second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday to go through 5-4 on aggregate.

According to Reuters, Chelsea had looked on course to complete an astonishing comeback after taking a 3-0 lead in their quarter-final second leg with goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and an excellent individual effort from Timo Werner.

But the hosts returned back in contention, with Rodrygo finishing from a superb pass by Luka Modric to level the tie 4-4 on aggregate and force extra time when Karim Benzema headed home to decide a remarkable encounter.

Real Madrid will now face either Manchester City or local rivals Atletico Madrid in the last four, with the English side taking a 1-0 lead into their quarter-final second leg in Spain on Wednesday.

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