On Tuesday night, Real Madrid welcome Chelsea to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The two teams met at Stamford Bridge one week ago and a brilliant performance from Karim Benzema was the difference between the two sides on the night.
Chelsea go into the game 3-1 behind after a humbling defeat to Real Madrid in London, but did thump Southampton 6-0 at the weekend so will be hopeful they can mount a comeback against Real Madrid. Stay with us here on the live blog for all the pre-match build-up and then minute-by-minute updates from Real Madrid vs Chelsea.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea FINAL SCORE: 2-3 (5-4 agg.)
This is the very beginning of our Real Madrid vs Chelsea live blog, as we bring you all the updates from this Tuesday evening meeting at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Full time – Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea (5-4 agg.)
Karim Benzema is the match winner once again as his extra time goal is enough to see Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals.
Minute 115 – Five to go
Chelsea have just five minutes to find a goal. Courtois is the coolest man in the Bernabeu as he denies Ziyech.
Minute 110 – Chelsea pressure
Real Madrid are camped in their own half as Chelsea look to level the game once again.
Second half of extra time starts
Chelsea have 15 minutes to get a goal. Can they do it?
Half time in extra time
Benzema’s goal has given Real Madrid a real lift, but Chelsea remain dangerous. The Blues only need one goal to force penalties.
Minute 96 – KING KARIM SCORES!
It had to be him! Karim Benzema scores to put Real Madrid ahead. Vinicius gets down the left and dinks a ball to Benzema and he heads home. His 83rd Champions League goal!
The first half of extra time is underway
Full time – Real Madrid 1-3 Chelsea
Timo Werner thought he had scored to take Chelsea into the semi-finals, but just two minutes after coming on Rodrygo levelled the tie on aggregate. Mason Mount and Antonio Rudiger scored Chelsea’s other goals, while Benzema hit the crossbar.
Minute 93 – Pulisic chances
Pulisic has had two chances in injury time to win the tie, and both times the US International can’t find the target from close range.
Minute 90 – Time added on
We have four minutes to play before we go to extra time. Can anyone snatch it at the death?
Minute 86 – What a game!
End to end stuff here in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid looked down and out after a magnificent comeback, but a touch of class from Modric helped Rodrygo level everything. It’s all to play for.
Minute 80 – GOAL REAL MADRID!
With 10 minutes to go Rodrygo levels the tie for Real Madrid. The Brazilian who had just come on and a wonderful ball from Modric with the outside of this boot, finds Rodrygo and he volleys past Mendy. Game on!
Minute 75 – GOAL CHELSEA!
Timo Werner puts Chelsea ahead on aggregate. Werner started the move from right, eventually he is played through o goal and cut back inside, putting Casemiro on his backside in the process, before putting the ball past Courtois who did manage to get a hand on it.
Minute 66 – Real Madrid hit the bar!
End to end stuff here in Madrid as Benzema hits the crossbar with a header, just moments after Chelsea had a goal disallowed.
Minute 62 – Goal disallowed!
Marcos Alonso gets the goal to put Chelsea ahead on aggregate. Kante drives forward with the ball, plays in Alonso, and his initial shot is diverted off Carvajal back into his path and he blasts into the net. But it is ruled out by VAR for handball.
Minute 56 – Kroos freekick
Toni Kroos forces a good save from Mendy from a freekick after Casemiro was fouled by Kante on the edge of the box.
Minute 51 – GOAL CHELSEA!
Antonio Rudiger bags the second of the night and the equaliser on aggregate. The German rises above everyone at a corner and guides the ball home. Real Madrid are furious as they don’t believe the corner should have been awarded in the first place.
Second half starts
We are back underway at the Bernabeu
Half time – Real Madrid 0-1 Chelsea (3-2 agg.)
Mason Mount’s early goal has given Chelsea some hope as they look to overturn the first leg defeat. And the away side have been the better team in the opening 45 minutes, pressing well and not allowing Real Madrid any time to settle on the ball.
Minute 40 – Rare foray forward
Real Madrid having a rare spell of prolonged possession in the Chelsea half, but the Blues are well organised and Los Blancos can’t break the backline.
Minute 33 – Real Madrid pinned back
Chelsea have Real Madrid pinned on the edge of their own area as the away side press well against Los Blancos. Chances though are hard to come by at the moment with Mount’s goal the only real opening so far.
Minute 25 – Chelsea threatening
Life is tough for Real Madrid at the moment as Chelsea are continuing to get players forward. Timo Werner goes down in the box with Havertz and Loftus-Cheek causing real problems.
Minute 15 – GOAL CHELSEA
Mason Mount has given the away side a lifeline as he gets on the end of a Loftus-Cheek through ball and fires it into the corner.
Minute 10 – James foul on Vini
The first real moment of concern for James as he is beaten by Vinicius and resorts to bringing the Brazilian down. Benzema puts the resulting freekick over the bar.
Minute 5 – Chelsea getting forward
Chelsea know they need to score at least two and are going for it, throwing players forward in a bid to get that elusive goal.
The second leg of the Champions League quarter-final is underway
Jorge Valdano to Movistar: Benzema was a great player, who in his recent years has learned to score goals with an absolutely higher frequency than in his previous years. Ancelotti now speaks of Benzema as an indomitable spirit, something that was unimaginable five years ago.
The first goal is key
Joe Cole on BT Sport: Tuchel changed things at half-time last Wednesday, and, if you take away the mistake, were well in the game in the second half – they created chances. There’s a lot to be positive about. The first goal is crucial. From Chelsea’s perspective, the first goal doesn’t need to come in the first half. If they come in level at half-time, it’s still on. It’s the Champions League and we’ve seen games get clawed back from worse than this.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea – Official lineups
Chelsea have made four changes to the team that were beaten by Real Madrid in the first leg, with Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all coming into the team. Andreas Christensen, Jorginho and Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta drop to the bench.
There is one defensive change for Carlo Ancelotti’s men with Eder Militao being replaced by Nacho. Karim Benzema leads the line once again.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Silva, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea predicted line-ups
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Fede Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Chelsea’s predicted line-up (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount.