Thursday, July 29, 2021

Real Madrid and Chelsea draw 1-1 in Champions League semi-final first leg

Champions League
Christian Pulisic (centre) skips past Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois before shooting to open the scoring for Chelsea. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

MADRID, April 28: Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scored an acrobatic goal to cancel out an earlier strike from Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic as Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg ended 1-1 to keep the tie delicately balanced.

Chelsea made a bright start in heavy rain at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium and deservedly went ahead when U.S. forward Pulisic rounded Thibaut Courtois to score in the 14th minute.
Thirteen times European Cup winners Real looked ragged and short on ideas but pulled level in the 29th with a moment of true class from the talismanic Benzema, who controlled a knockdown on his chest before volleying into the roof of the net.
Chelsea looked the better side in the second half as well but could not break down Real again and then had to withstand some late pressure from the hosts, who visit Stamford Bridge in the second leg on May 5 looking to reach the final for a fifth time in eight years. (Reuters)