Real Madrid vs Chelsea is now a veritable evergreen in the UEFA Champions League. For the third time in a row, the two teams meet in the knockout stage. The winner of the duel always won the title – Chelsea 2021, Real 2022.
If this streak continues, Real will stand a good chance of successfully defending their title this year after the first leg of the quarter-finals. The Spaniards, with UEFA star David Alaba at center back, won 2-0 at the Bernabéu and secured a good starting position for the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The winner of the match was again Karim Benzema, who gave the royal family a 1-0 lead from close range with his 90th goal in the first division (23). The Frenchman has held six goals in five matches against Chelsea.
The Londoners were lying in wait for counterattacks, but were unable to complete them. Just like Joao Felix who failed goalkeeper Courtois (2). However, Sterling missed the best chance for the guests, who also found their master in the Real Madrid goalkeeper right after 0: 1 (23).
After the break, Chelsea weakened themselves, and Chilwell saw Rodrigo red after an emergency braking (59). Real coach Carlo Ancelotti once again showed a golden touch, bringing it to Marco Asensio, and the Joker made it 2-0 after a short corner kick (74).
Under caretaker manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea remain winless for the second game and are therefore in crisis. There have been only two draws in their last five matches in all competitions.
A small glimmer of hope: Last year Chelsea nearly turned things around after losing 3-1 in the first leg and only being eliminated in extra time.
In the Italian duel in Milan, only one team played at the start – and that was Napoli. The dominant Serie A leaders were desperate for revenge against AC Milan after their bitter 4-0 defeat in the league a week and a half ago.
Accordingly, the southern Italians appeared. In the absence of injured top scorer Victor Osimhen (adductor muscle issues), the visitors squandered a number of good chances before half-time. Kvaratshelia fired the first shot after only 50 seconds. Milan goalkeeper Minyan saved against Anguisa and Zielinski.
Then, suddenly, Milan’s Portuguese Rafael Leao ignited the turbo, ran into the middle of the road, and missed the goal by a hair’s length.
His teammate Ismael Bennacer should do better a little later. He completed a rigorous counter-attack and gave Milan the lead, turning the game on its head.
Milan were now in the game and Simon Kjaer almost made it 2-0 just before half-time, but hit the crossbar.
After the restart, the next Napoli attack followed. Maignan managed to deflect Elmas’ header onto the crossbar (50′).
The guests, who had been outnumbered until then, had to play the outnumbered final stage, and Anguissa was sent off in a heated yellow-red match. So it remains with Milan narrowly winning, the decision to be taken on Tuesday in Naples.
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