Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid (3-1 agg): result, goals, summary: Champions League 2020/21
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: as it happened
Thibaut Courtois post-match: "In the first half we had plenty of the ball but failed to create many chances. They went 1-0 up and it got difficult after that. They were very compact and on the break they hurt us. We have to keep going, sometimes you lose. We've got to look ahead to Sevilla on Sunday. Chelsea are very quick on the break, and they can do damage. It's not easy to get to the Champions League final every year. Today wasn't our day. I wish them all the best in the final." (Movistar)
The first leg had ended 1-1 in Spain, and despite Chelsea taking the lead fairly early in the second, Real Madrid kept themselves - thanks to some good fortune and the goalkeeping skills of Thibaut Courtois at times - in the tie as the game edged closer to its conclusion.
A late goal from Mason Mount made sure of the result, and The Blues would be heading to Istanbul. But how have the two clubs fared in this competition?
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: on the whistle report
Reuters - Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into a Champions League final showdown with Manchester City as they claimed a 2-0 win over Real Madrid for a 3-1 aggregate triumph at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
German striker Werner, who has endured a stuttering first season at Chelsea, put them in control when he nodded in one of the easiest goals of his career in the 28th minute after fellow German Kai Havertz had struck the bar.
Thirteen-times European champions Real, who had come through each of their last three Champions League semi-final ties, had been second best for much last week's first leg which ended 1-1.
Even with talisman Sergio Ramos back after missing the home leg they were outplayed by Thomas Tuchel's side again as the German coach continued his stunning impact in west London.
Chelsea should have killed the game as they created, and wasted, a sackload of chances in a dazzling second-half display.
But Mount's close-range finish in the 86th minute meant the party could start in earnest.
The final in Istanbul will be the second all-English champions League final in three seasons.
Zinedine Zidane reacts to Real Madrid's defeat to Chelsea:
"They deserved the win. We tried but they deserve to advance to the final. We can be very proud of ourselves and I'm very proud of the players. Chelsea played really well and we have to congratulate them. The first changes we made were Mendy and Vinicius because they had to work so hard in that area of the pitch. Chelsea had their chances. We had a couple but you have to take your chances, football is like that. Now, we've to focus on LaLiga. It's tough to take, but we'll prepare tomorrow for the next match."
Casemiro post-match: "We started well and had two good chances through Karim. After that, they were better. We now have to focus on LaLiga, the game against Sevilla. We're all really disappointed but they were better than us. At Madrid, you have to think about the next game. It was an important game for us after everything, no fans, covid-19, injuries etc but there are no excuses now, they were simply better. It's not easy to win the Champions League. We have to congratulate Chelsea."
Mason Mount post-match: "I can’t put it into words at the moment. It was a great performance. We should have had about five, but the most important thing is that we won. To get that goal late on, you could see by the celebrations how massive it was, giving us breathing space in the last five minutes.
"We gave it everything, we had that desire, we wanted to win. I haven’t won anything yet, but we have two massive cup finals, and hopefully we can win. The final is going to be a stunning game." (BT)
Thomas Tuchel becomes the first manager in Champions League history to make it to the final in consecutive seasons with different clubs.
This year's Champions League final will be an all-English affair between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Chelsea were far superior tonight and fully deserve to be heading to Istanbul on May 29.
FT: Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid (Aggregate 3-1)
His effort flies just wide.
Pulisic picks out James 20 yards from goal but Madrid scurry back to clear!
There will be four minutes of added time.
Valverde gets booked for a foul on Pulisic.
Madrid need TWO goals!
Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid (Aggregate 3-1)
Pulisic crosses for Mount, who slams home from inside the 6-yard box! That goal had been coming!
Kanté brilliant once again. Mount is there to score at the back post. Madrid now need two.
Excellent forward play once again by Chelsea. Every time they go forward it becomes a goalscoring opportunity. Kanté slides Pulisic through on the right-hand side of the box, he spins and drags his shot wide. Chelsea still lacking the end product to kill Madrid off. 1-0
Chelsea should be out of sight by now. Zidane has 15 minutes to work his Champions League magic.
Rodrygo gets his first touch, a cross headed away by Silva!
Rodrygo did well coming off the bench against Osasuna on Saturday night. Zidane will be hoping for a similar response.
Here comes Rodrygo!
Silva bursts through once again to head just wide of the far post. He knows it's a good chance as he sprints back to his position.
Toni Kroos is booked for a late challenge on Pulisic.
Madrid haven't been able to get going at all, the clock is against them too, just over 20 minutes left.
Pulisic is in! Thousands of Americans were disappointed he didn't start tonight, having scored in the first leg.
Werner puts on the burners and drives deep into Madrid's half, before slipping in Kanté. Courtois flies out. Madrid get away with it once again. The replay now shows Valverde getting the final touch ahead of Courtois to block Kanté.
COURTOIS COMES TO MADRID'S RESCUE AGAIN!
Werner fouls Hazard! Free-kick to Madrid.
Madrid have just under 30 minutes to score to take the game to extra-time. The worry is allowing more Chelsea chances like the two in the last 10 minutes.
Zidane makes a double change!
OFF Mendy & Vinicius
ON Valverde & Asensio
Nacho picks up a yellow card for a poor challenge on Havertz, who has been involved in everything!
That's another chance that Chelsea may come to regret. Courtois makes himself bigger than he normally is to deny Havertz in a 1 on 1. Brilliant goalkeeping. Madrid breathe slightly easier.
Wonderful save from Courtois to deny Havertz
As we approach the hour-mark, I suspect that Zidane will make a couple of changes. Rodrygo will likely come in. Not sure if Hazard will last the 90 either.
Militao has been moved to central defence. Ramos is playing on the right side now, as Madrid look to cut off that left wing threat.
Mason Mount goes ever so close to doubling Chelsea's lead, he leans back as he sends it over Courtois and the bar. Chelsea dominating and really should be two goals to the good by now.
Seven minutes into the second half and it's all Chelsea. Madrid will need to get a hold of the midfield. Easier said than done when you come up against N'Golo Kanté.
The veteran defender gets in front of Ramos, however his header goes sailing over the bar.
Foul on Chilwell by Vinicius. Poor play from the youngster to give that away. Advantage Chelsea inside their own half.
Havertz has hit the bar twice so far. Tuchel may have been questioned over his decision to start Pulisic on the bench tonight, but his tactics are paying off thus far.
Havertz cracks a header off the bar! Every time he's involved, it's warning signs for Madrid.
HAVERTZ OFF THE BAR!
The next goal in this game is absolutely crucial.
No changes from either side at the break.
Chelsea are playing from left to right in this second half.
Chelsea get us underway!
And here come Madrid!
Chelsea are ready to go! Led out by 'Dave', also known as César Azpilicueta.
Real Madrid in the halcyon days of 1902. A white shirt with a purple stripe and black shorts. The stripe disappeared in 1905 while the black socks were standard until 1954.
Tonight, Madrid are wearing black socks versus Chelsea, just like in 1954.
Madrid just need one to bring it to extra-time but are finding it difficult to handle the marauding runs of Havertz, Werner and Mount.
As things stand, it's an all-English Champions League final!
HT: Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid (aggregate 2-1)
Ramos stops Havertz, who is in on goal on a 4 vs 2. Madrid all over the place. Ramos gets a vital touch. And thats's it!
Madrid have found it difficult to close that left wing threat from Chelsea.
Mount is quick and direct, cutting in from the left again. The ball spills to goalscorer Werner, with his back to goal he loops it over the Madrid defence. Courtois catches with ease.
Jorginho finds Chilwell roaming down the left. He tussles with Vinicius at the corner flag. The Brazilian comes out on top. Goal kick for Madrid.
Back to Benzema - he has 21 goals in LaLiga this season. Messi has 28, which means he'll hardly lift the Pichichi trophy this season, with the Argentine seven goals clear with just four games remaining.
Christensen is booked for stamping on Mendy. Looked very nasty but no malice in it.
Benzema is coming alive. He's just what Madrid need tonight. How many times has he rescued them this season?
Mendy denies Benzema again! Benzema finds a couple of yards, leaps highest, sending a rocket of a header high into the roof of the net. Mendy springs to it, pushing it over the bar. 1-0 to Chelsea.
Spectacular save by Mendy!
Havertz goes down, Casemiro walks away, shaking his head. It did look soft.
Real Madrid needed a goal from the start - this doesn't change things - but Chelsea have the momentum.
Chelsea currently lead 2-1 on aggregate. It has been coming.
Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid
Havertz chips Courtois, it comes off the bar. Werner is waiting for it to fall as he stands on the line and nods home into the empty net.
A fantastic save from Mendy after a wonderful passage of play by Madrid. Benzema spins just outside the box, before smashing a curling effort into the far corner. Mendy gets down really well to deny his compatriot.
MENDY STOPS BENZEMA!
Zidane has never beaten a Tuchel team. The two managers have met on five occasions, with four draws and one win for the Chelsea manager.
Benzema is playing! He's been anonymous thus far. The Frenchman gets sandwiched between two Chelsea players and therefore has no chance of getting up for Vinicius' right wing cross.
All Chelsea's joy is coming down the their left/Madrid's right. I wouldn't be surprised to see Militao and Nacho swap. Militao is currently playing right-back.
Chelsea have really upped the ante here.
Chilwell picks out the German, however he is just offside. Good call!
Modric hits another long-range effort - he makes Mendy work more than Kroos.
Chelsea threaten again! Werner finds half a yard, Nacho gets in ahead of Havertz to clear. More Chelsea pressure down Madrid's right-hand side.
Jorginho collects the first booking of the night, taking out Hazard from behind.
Madrid clear Chilwell's free-kick to the back post.
Great effort from the centre-back. He's at least 30 yards out, catches Courtois by surprise but the Belgian parries it away. 0-0
The German hits an effort low from 25 yards out. It's an easy one for Mendy.
Havertz catches Nacho!
The Spaniard goes down screaming. Free-kick to Madrid. The last thing Zidane needs is more injuries at the back.
Madrid are playing on the front foot in the opening stages - they do need a goal after all. Chelsea soaking up the early pressure. Thiago Silva clears a Hazard run.
Kante takes out Kroos. Free-kick to the away side.
Zidane told his players to be aggressive tonight. Militao shows the first sign of that so far.
Militao is starting at right-back, with Nacho playing alongside Ramos at centre-back.
Vinicius is starting on the right for Madrid, something which has probably taken Tuchel by surprise.
Real Madrid are playing from left to right as we watch it, wearing black socks to avoid clashing with Chelsea's white!
We're underway at Stamford Bridge!
Tonight is Ramos' first game for Madrid since March 16.
And now for the Champions League music!
Sergio Ramos leads Real Madrid out onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge. He's followed by Thibaut Courtois, who know this stadium very well!
Zidane is looking to advance to his fifth final in eight years with Real Madrid.
Real Madrid starting XI
- 1 Courtois
- 23 Ferland Mendy
- 6 Nacho
- 3 Eder Militao
- 4 Sergio Ramos
- 8 Kroos
- 14 Casemiro
- 10 Modric
- 20 Vinicius Junior
- 9 Benzema
- 7 Hazard
Chelsea starting XI vs Real Madrid
- 16 Edouard Mendy
- 2 Rüdiger
- 4 A. Christensen
- 6 Thiago Silva
- 7 Kante
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 5 Jorginho Frello
- 21 Ben Chilwell
- 19 Mason Mount
- 11 Timo Werner
- 29 Kai Havertz
Tuchel vs Zidane
The two managers have met on five previous occasions.
1 win for Tuchel
Zidane has never beaten a Thomas Tuchel team. Will that all change tonight?
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Varane out for Real Madrid
There seems to be no end to Real Madrid's injury problems. This time, Zidane will have to make do without Raphaël Varane who has suffered an injury to his right abductor muscle, Real Madrid confirmed in a medical report on Monday.
It was the reason why the defender asked to be taken off during Saturday's league meeting with Osasuna. Varane faces a minimum of 10 days on the sidelines. Luckily for Zidane, Sergio Ramos is now ready to return while Nacho and Militão have been performing superbly over the past few weeks. Nevertheless, it is still a setback for the coach to lose one of his first-choice centre-backs.
Varane underwent an ultrasound scan on Sunday but it failed to pick up any problem. It was only when medical staff decided to perform an MRI scan on Monday that the injury was detected - a small microtear to the muscule, a minor injury but serious enough for Varane to miss the most important game of the season so far - tonight's Champions League semi-final return leg against Chelsea in London.
Woman steps in to cover for Marcelo's election duties!
Marcelo faithfully observed his call-up as an assistant on one of the electoral tables for yesterday's regional elections in Madrid's autonomous Community. The Brazilian, who has dual nationality and resident in Madrid, was called up to act as an assistant at the Liceo Europeo in La Moraleja. He arrived on time at 8 a.m, and once the electoral council members arrived, he was able to return home.
While he wasn't expected to actively take part in the electoral process, he was expected to be available and remain nearby for the rest of the day. Initially, that meant that he would not be able to join his teammates who are due to travel to London later today for tonight's Champions League semi-final return leg against Chelsea. The Madrid left-back had planned to join them once the elections are over, flying out to London on his own either tonight or tomorrow morning by private jet.
However, a local old lady stepped up to save the day. According to LaSexta, the woman was designated as a second assistant, and offered to act as a substitute for Marcelo, freeing up the Madrid defender from his civic duties and allowing him to travel with the rest of the squad.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also has more or less a full squad to choose from but former Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic will be denied the opportunity to go up against his old teammates and international captain Luka Modric as the Croatian has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Antonio Rüdiger passed a late fitness test and will start in defence after sitting out the victory against Fulham and Tuchel has no other injury concerns for Wednesday’s game.
Chelsea and Real Madrid will seek to join Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul at Stamford Bridge tonight as Thomas Tuchel’s side host Zinedine Zidane and the Liga heavyweights following a 1-1 draw at the Di Stéfano.
City beat PSG 2-0 a day earlier to reach the showpiece game for the first time in the club’s history and will await the winners of this evening’s clash.
After a season when it has often been a struggle for Zidane to fill his bench on match days the Frenchman will have been pretty pleased with what he saw boarding the plane to London. Remaining in Madrid are Raphaël Varane, a significant absence in the heart of defence, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez, who might have been expected to start the game in tandem on the right under normal circumstances. Zidane has recovered Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde to balance things out.
Chelsea & Madrid respective Champions League campaigns
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Champions League 2020/21 record - via SofaScore
In the first leg of the 2021 Champions League semi-final Christian Pulisic became the all-time United States leading goalscorer in UEFA's showpiece competition with his opener for Chelsea against Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano.
It only took him 14 minutes to give the Premier League side a valuable away goal but what has the UCL record for the man from Hershey, Pennsylvania, been like since his debut? We had a look...
Real Madrid starting XI vs Chelsea
Zinedine Zidane names a strong side at Stamford Bridge:
Courtois; Nacho, Ramos, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius.
Tuchel on Real Madrid:
Real Madrid switched shape in the first leg to match Chelsea, and it remains to be seen whether they will do likewise at the Bridge. However, for all Tuchel’s innovation since his arrival, he does not believe the tactical battle will be decisive in the second episode of this much-anticipated semi-final tie.
‘I’m not sure if Real Madrid will play again in a 5-3-2 or if they will switch to their more familiar 4-3-3,’ admitted Tuchel.
‘It depends maybe on the last [fitness] test for Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos. From this decision, things change. Any formation has its strengths and its weaknesses. As I’m not sure what formation they will use, we will fully focus on us and our performance.
‘It’s always a little tactical, but for me in these big games, it’s about the little decisions, the individual tactical behaviour, the tactical behaviour within groups and combinations.
‘Can we maybe isolate Real Madrid in a two against two, a two against one? And how do we solve these situations? And can we avoid being isolated in these little situations?
‘In the end, in a semi-final in the Champions League, it’s not about formation or what we play. It’s about how we play, the intensity we have, the belief we have, are we brave enough and do we play on our top level within the formation.’
AS prediciton: Chelsea 1-1 Real Madrid - Madrid to win on penalties. Courtois to be the hero against his former club!
Thomas Tuchel and Zinedine Zidane will pit their tactical wits against each other this evening at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. The prize for the winner is a match-up in Istanbul against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City after the former Barcelona manager, who led the Azulgrana to two triumphs in Europe’s elite club competition, ended the hopes of PSG in a 4-1 aggregate victory.
The tie is poised at 1-1 after the first leg, when a Karim Benzema goal cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s opener for the visitors. Tuchel said after the game that Chelsea missed an opportunity to score a second and place Madrid on the ropes and the German schemer had a point as the Premier League side were superior in the first half and only Thibaut Courtois prevented a sticky situation this evening for Zidane’s European behemoth. However, the Frenchman will be able to field a more experienced defence in Stamford Bridge.
Zidane rallies squad ahead of Champions League tie
Zidane's motivational team talk to his Real Madrid players was captured by El Chiringuito's television cameras ahead of the Champions League semi-final return leg. Madrid trained at Stamford Bridge, the venue where the game will be played, on Tuesday evening. Madrid and Chelsea go into the game with the score at 1-1 from the first leg.
Prior to the squad's final training session to prepare for the game, Zizou told his players, "Be very aggressive tonight because they are used to that. Very aggressive. And keep the ball. Play the ball around and enjoy yourself when you have the ball at your feet. Because that is what has enabled us to get this far. Real Madrid has always been, and always will be, about that. Ok?!"
Chelsea and Real Madrid both have 90 minutes to win their ticket to the Champions League final in what promises to be a tense and hard-fought game at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City await the victors.
After a 1-1 draw in their first meeting at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano last week, it's anyone's guess who'll go through. Christian Pulisic became the first USMNT player to score in a Champions League semi-final with the opener, but that was cancelled out by Karim Benzema's fine finish.
The Frenchman’s goal is the only one the Blues have conceded in their last five games across all competitions. Zinedine Zidane’s men will need to score again, however, if they want to book a spot in the final and even if Chelsea have improved their game and strengthened their defence with Thomas Tuchel, they are not unbeatable at home, as West Bromwich Albion proved last month.
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