MADRID: Karim Benzema was once again Real Madrid’s savior when his acrobatic goal tied Chelsea 1-1 in the first semi-final of the Champions League.
Christian Pulisic opened the scoring to give Chelsea a goal in the opponent’s place which is a supply ahead of the rematch later.
Chelsea should have come home with a win but Timo Werner once again struggled to perfect the chances of scoring.
Eden Hazard was included for 24 minutes against his former club but was unable to add a goal for Real.
“It’s nice to be able to play against friends,” Hazard said after the game.
Benzema’s goal was his 71st in the Champions League, sharing fourth place in the history of the tournament’s top scorers list with Raul, and behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
“We should have won the first half and scored at least one more goal,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, is pleased with a result that is considered to be still balanced ahead of the rematch at Stamford Bridge.
“It was a fair decision. Our first half was not the best, their pressure made it difficult for us but we dealt with it in the second half,” Zidane said.