Chelsea scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Christian Pulisic rounded Thibaut Courtois and slotted past Raphael Varane on the line to put the visitors ahead. Chelsea dominated the game for the first thirty minutes, especially in midfield. At the half-hour mark, Karim Benzema scored against the run of play with a brilliant volley.
After the break, the tempo reduced considerably in comparison to the first half. Eden Hazard, a former Chelsea star was brought on by Zinedine Zidane with little less than half an hour to go to salvage something for Real Madrid. Chelsea controlled the remainder of the game in typical Tuchel fashion. The second leg at Stamford Bridge will take place on May 5th as both sides look for a spot in the final on May 29th.
Real Madrid: Courtois (8), Marcelo (6), Nacho (6), Militao (7), Varane (7), Carvajal (6), Casemiro (6), Modric (6), Kroos (6), Vinicius (6), Benzema (8)
Subs: Hazard (6), Asensio (6)
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7), Rudiger (7), Silva (8), Chilwell (7), Jorginho (7), Kante (8), Mount (7), Werner (6), Pulisic (8)
Subs: Havertz (7), Ziyech (7), James (7)
Man of the match: Thiago Silva
“We started the game very well, with a lot of courage and quality,” Tuchel said. “We deserved to win the first half, we had chances. Unfortunately, they scored from a set-piece and they had nothing else, we didn’t allow any chances.”
“It was a disappointing score at half-time. We had to stay calm and not lose confidence. The second half was very tactical, you could feel that we are a bit tired. We only had a few days to recover from another tough away game. We have to live with 1-1.” he added. “The goal was well deserved and we should have scored at least one more. We conceded more or less out of nothing and that can always happen against individual quality.”