Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea (AET, 5-4 on agg): Player ratings as Blues denied dream comeback


Chelsea’s hopes of completing a miraculous Champions League comeback fell apart after they could only manage a 3-2 victory at Real Madrid after extra-time.

Los Blancos threw away their two-goal advantage before striking late on to extend the tie for another 30 minutes, during which Karim Benzema stepped up again to send them into the semi-finals at the expense of the holders with a 5-4 aggregate win.

The reigning European champions took the lead on the night after 15 minutes when Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timo Werner combined before slipping through Mason Mount, and the midfielder lashed a fierce effort beyond Courtois to give the visitors some hope.

Real Madrid’s attackers were struggling to get on the same wavelength, with Vinicius Junior getting himself into good positions in the channels before giving the ball away under little pressure on several occasions.

A speculative half-volley from Benzema struck Thiago Silva’s shoulder and looped over the bar before Casemiro fired over as Real’s frustrations continued, heading into the break only one goal ahead on aggregate.



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