UCL: Madrid eliminate defending champions Chelsea 5-4 on aggregate

UCL: Madrid eliminate defending champions Chelsea 5-4 on aggregate
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the night which puts the home side ahead in the tie. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Madrid have knocked out defending champions, Chelsea, 5-4 on aggregate after a thrilling second leg encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night.

Thomas Tuchel's men fell to a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday thanks to a Karim Benzema hattrick.

However, the Blues drew the first blood in the second leg at the Bernabeau through Mason Mount after just 15 minutes and took the game to the hosts.

Antonio Rudiger made it 2-0 (3-3 on agg.) in the 51st minute before Marco Alonso scored a third only to have his goal disallowed by the VAR for handball(62').

But Chelsea would not give up and their relentlessness paid off eventually when Timo Werner made it 3-0 in the 75th minute and would not be denied.

However, Chelsea were undone five minutes later when Rodrygo fired home a sublime pass from Luka Modric.

Carlo Ancelotti's side desperately sought a winning goal to qualify and eczema rose to the occasion with a header that broke the hearts of their counterparts in the 96th minute.

After winning 5-4 on aggregate, Madrid will join Villareal in the semis with two more quarterfinal matches to go.

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