Benzema sinks Chelsea, Villarreal stun Bayern

Champions League reaction

We’ve just about caught our breath from a magnificent night in Europe’s premier club competition.

Chelsea produced a fine display away from home but it wasn’t enough for Thomas Tuchel’s side as they bowed out on aggregate to Real Madrid. Not many sides score three goals at the Bernabeu and still lose the tie.

Real Madrid came into the second leg leading 3-1 on aggregate, and Chelsea needed to produce a big performance if they wanted to advance to the semi-finals.

They got off the the perfect start – Mason Mount grabbed a goal back for the Blues in the opening 15 minutes, slotting calmly past Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea were brilliant in the first half and looked threatening every time they attacked. They picked up where they left off just moments after the interval as Antonio Rudiger headed in his first goal in Europe – what a time to score it. That goal meant it was all square on aggregate.

Chelsea then marched up the pitch once again, and Marcos Alonso smashed one into the top corner but it was overturned by VAR due to handball. A huge moment.

The disallowed goal seemed to spur Madrid into life. The Spanish giants then had a huge chance of their own to take the lead on aggregate after Karim Benzema’s header crashed against the crossbar.

But Chelsea struck again, this time through Timo Werner and this one counted. A huge goal, which saw the Bernabeu fall silent.

Remarkably, Madrid hit back through Rodrygo’s volley moments later, after a wonderful pass from Luka Modric. Extra-time was back on.

And it had to be him in extra-time, didn’t it? Karim Benzema made his mark on the game with a brilliant header to put Madrid ahead on aggregate.

Chelsea’s biggest chances in the extra half hour came from Hakim Ziyech, who blasted his effort straight at Courtois, and a free header from Kai Havertz. Los Blancos held on to knock out the current holders.

They’ll face either Manchester City or their Madrid neighbours Atletico.

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Meanwhile, there was a shock in Munich as Villarreal got the result they needed to advance to the semi-finals.

Bayern suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Spain, and Unai Emery’s side made it a frustrating first half for the German giants.

But Robert Lewandowski (who else?!) broke the deadlock and got Bayern back on level terms on aggregate early into the second half.

It looked as though the game was heading to extra-time but Samuel Chukwueze scored with just two minutes to go, to put Villarreal 2-1 up on aggregate and send his side into the last four.

They’ll face either Liverpool or Benfica.

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Author: Lucille White