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Sport Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea: Pulisic gives Blues away-goal advantage

00:40  28 april  2021
00:40  28 april  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Christian Pulisic (centre) skips past Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois before shooting to open the scoring for Chelsea . Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA. Chelsea took a step towards the third Champions League final in their history but it could have been more, half way to Istanbul by now. A 1 - 1 draw is a result a manager would normally be happy to take home, an away goal providing a significant advantage , but when Chelsea touched down in London Thomas Tuchel would be entitled to still be wondering how it is that his team still has so much work to be done.

Real Madrid 1 - 1 Chelsea : Benzema rescues Merengues. Tuesday 27 April 2021. The excellent away goal from Pulišić means they have an advantage to bring home to London and it's all set up for a cracking second leg. Christian Pulišić jumps for joy after giving Chelsea the leadGetty Images. Reaction.

Karim Benzema spared Real Madrid but Christian Pulisic's away goal gives Chelsea the advantage after their Champions League semi-final first leg ended 1-1 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta are posing for a picture: Chelsea celebrate Pulisic's goal against Real Madrid © Getty Images Chelsea celebrate Pulisic's goal against Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane's side were guilty of a sluggish start in Valdebebas and, although they managed to restore parity, rarely did Los Blancos look likely to take a win to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were good value for their 14th-minute lead as Pulisic added the finish to fine individual work, though Benzema – arguably Madrid's only threatening player in the match – netted to draw level with Raul as the joint-fourth leading scorer in the Champions League with 71.

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Champions League semi-final: Pulisic gives Chelsea lead over Real Madrid . 102,958102,958. Watch 5 Live Final Score graphics and vidiprinter alongside match commentary. Pulisic dances around Real Madrid box and finishes. First meeting of the sides in 23 years. Winner faces Man City or PSG in final.

Chelsea have done IT! They had a golden chance minutes before which Timo Werner fired right at the goalkeeper, but when this one fell to Christian Pulisic he made no mistake. Picking up a long ball forward from Antonio Rudiger, the American took his time sitting down Courtois before blasting the ball home off a defender on the line. That’s a big lead, a big away goal , and we look by far the better team. Let’s add another! You can see the goal in the clip embedded here, with footage from BT Sport

A significantly cagier second period followed and Madrid were even less of a danger to Edouard Mendy's goal, while Chelsea largely seemed content to settle for their away-goal advantage.


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Madrid looked to be in for a long night amid a rocky start that almost saw them fall behind after just 10 minutes, as Timo Werner inexplicably shot straight at Thibaut Courtois from close range.

The visitors did not have to wait much longer for another chance, however, and Pulisic took full advantage as he raced on to Antonio Rudiger's long pass, coolly evaded Courtois and then shot between two defenders on the line.

But a few moments after hitting the post from distance, Benzema brought Madrid level in the 29th minute with an emphatic volley roughly six yards from goal following a lovely first touch with his head.

The tempo of the match changed considerably in the second period, however, with neither side much of a threat to the opposing goal.

A triple change by Chelsea just past the hour seemed to increase their control over Madrid, who themselves brought on former Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard.

The final chance fell to Madrid in the 89th minute but Varane's deflected header went just wide, meaning Zidane's men will need to score in London next week.

Tipping panel week 11: Finals time and more blues for the Blues .
Yes, finals time has arrived in Australia, but there’s one more chance to see the Blues fall short in New Zealand, which will entertain Brett and anyone else who’s had it in for them for years. The form teams either side of the Tasman might just be the Chiefs and Force, which seems like a crazy thing to be saying after the positions both teams found themselves in just a month ago. But no-one else can match their current three-game winning streaks. The Force have, well… *forced* their way into the AU finals, while the Chiefs are already locked in for the NZ decider.

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