Chelsea put up an impressive performance to hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s UCL semi-finals first leg at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Spain.
This was the two sides’ first-ever meeting in the UEFA Champions League. The previous meeting being a Uefa Super Cup tie in 1988 in Monaco which Chelsea won 1-0.
Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a wonderful individual effort after he dribbled past Thibaut Courtois and fired the ball into an empty net. He made U.S history with this strike by becoming the first American to score against Real Madrid and in a Champions League semi-final.
The blues’ lead was short-lived as Karim Benzema pulled the hosts level with a sublime finish in the 29th minute. This was his 71st goal in the champions league, making him joint-fourth top scorer with Madrid legend, Raúl González.
The second half was quite tepid in contrast with the first as both sides seemed content with a draw. Neither side could make a breakthrough and with not much happening, both managers decided to make changes. Former Chelsea star came replaced Vinicius Jr but he didn’t have any impact on the match.
The result is quite encouraging for Thomas Tuchel’s side who have the advantage of a vital away goal. The two sides meet again next Wednesday (May 5) at Stamford Bridge, with the winner advancing to the final in Istanbul where they will meet either Manchester City or Paris Saint Germain.