Real Madrid and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Chelsea, who end a tumultuous week in perfect fashion, made a bright start to the game and should have been in front but Timo Werner failed to convert a glorious opportunity.
All to play for at the bridge! pic.twitter.com/h0YUCEDdGL— Ben Chilwell (@BenChilwell) April 27, 2021
The German star should have scored when Mason Mount’s deflected, looping shot was headed across goal by Pulisic but he missed from six yards, his volley blocked by the right leg of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
However, the lead came soon after as Christian Pulisic went on a fine solo run before showing great composure to find the back of the net in the 14th minute of the game.
Antonio Rudiger was given time to float a delightful ball over the top for the darting USA skipper, whose first touch took him left but he recovered his poise, nipping past ex-Blues stopper Thibaut Courtois and firing between Marcelo and Raphael Varane on the line.
Real Madrid started to look more purposeful after going behind as in-form striker Karim Benzema struck the outside of the post before pulling his team back on level terms with a stunning finish after a well-worked corner from the home team.
A short corner worked its way to Marcelo on the edge of the area and his cross was headed back in via Casemiro and Eder Militao. Benzema, with his back to goal and surrounded by blue shirts, tamed the ball with his forehead before throwing his body into the air and volleying in before his markers could react.
In early of second-half Marcelo and Jorginho were both guilty of sloppy passes but neither Benzema and Werner could capitalize.
100 up! Back to the bridge. pic.twitter.com/2yENBZIKXn— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) April 27, 2021
And for 20 minutes the game drifted, both side nervous of opening up. Four substitutes came on just after hour, in which ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Kai Havertz among them.
Hazard, who made impressive return in Madrid’s goalless draw against Betis at the weekend, face his former side for the first time and despite some twinkling touches, he was unable to add a late twist.
Karim Benzema’s shot was blocked, Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick curled into the hands of Courtois and a late Madrid cross flashed past the far post.
Chelsea will be pleased with the performance and the outcome, given as they have the away-goal advantage. Real Madrid, on the other hand, were well below their best on the night and will need to step it up in the second-leg at Stamford Bridge next week.