Real on the way to the semis with an easy win. Before the match, it was thought that Chelsea will not care in Real’s field. Although there was a little surprise in the beginning, after 10 minutes the match progressed as expected.
Real beat Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of the last eight of the Champions League on Wednesday (April 12) night. Marco Asensio doubled the lead for the hosts after Karim Benzema put them ahead. Vinicius Jr. contributed greatly to Real’s victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. Assists on both of the team’s goals came from the feet of the Brazilian star. And by beating Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti’s team put one foot in the semis of the Champions League.
However, the start of the match was good for Chelsea. The Premier League team created a goal chance in the second minute in the opponent’s field. However, Courtois’ interception did not find the net. Chelsea attacked again in the fourth minute, this time Milita was also blocked.
It took Real almost ten minutes to leave the defense and attack. Then began Vinicius-Benzema’s attack. Kepa returned Benzema’s strong shot in the 12th minute.
However, Real did not take too long to take the lead. In the 22nd minute, Benzema’s great goal gave the hosts the lead. The Real captain tapped in a great ball from Vinicius into the net.
Chelsea came on the attack just minutes after the goal. However, this trip was also saved by Courtois. After that, the rest of the first half saw several attacks by both teams, but neither found the back of the net. Real went into the break with a 1-0 goal lead.
Luka Modric failed to capitalize on a great opportunity in the fifth minute of the second half. Chelsea suffered a big blow in the 59th minute. Ben Chilwell saw a straight red card for fouling Rodrigo, Chelsea became a team of 10.
In the 71st minute, Rodrigo was brought on by Real. He doubled the difference with a great goal three minutes after entering the field. Vinicius also assisted in this goal.
In the first minute of added time, Benzema was unable to capitalize on a clear chance. The French forward headed home from eight yards after finding the rebound in space after their first effort was deflected by the goalkeeper.
A two-goal win gives Real a chance to reach the semi-finals, but there is no chance of relief. They will have to play at Chelsea on the return leg next Tuesday.