Karim Benzema was Chelsea’s tormentor once again as his extra-time header earned Real Madrid a spot in the Champions League semi-finals with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
A thrilling evening of football at the iconic Santiago Bernabeu saw the west Londoners overturn their 3-1 deficit to lead 4-3 on aggregate thanks to a stunning comeback before Real levelled through Rodrygo’s late goal to force extra-time.
Mason Mount swept Chelsea in front after 15 minutes to give the Blues a deserved half-time lead, before Antonio Rudiger and a brilliant Timo Werner solo goal gave Thomas Tuchel’s brave side the advantage on aggregate.
Before Werner’s strike to make it 3-0, Chelsea also had a Marcos Alonso goal ruled out by VAR due to a handball in the build-up, but the Blues were pegged back when a stunning Luka Modric pass was met by substitute Rodrygo, who fired in from close range to force extra-time.
It was Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema who linked up again in the additional period – just like they did with devastating effect in the London first leg – with the latter heading home his fourth goal of the tie to earn Carlo Ancelotti’s side a spot in the last four.