Real Madrid and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Valdebebas on Tuesday evening.
Los Blancos were playing the London Blues for the first time in Europe's top-class tournament, and they were hoping to set themselves up perfectly for the return leg at Stamford Bridge. The visitors bring a valuable away goal back to London, but the tie is still very much in doubt.
Chelsea, who have been rejuvenated since Thomas Tuchel's arrival, took the lead in the 14th minute.
was given space after Antonio Rudiger played a high ball over the top of the Madrid defense. The Chelsea man became the first American to score in the semi-final of theChampions League
, turning Thibaut Courtois before finishing neatly.
The Chelsea midfielder is the first American to score in a Champions League semi-final, flipping Thibaut Courtois and ending neatly.
The Blues' lead was short-lived. In the 29th minute, Madrid leveled the score. Toni Kroos fed Marcelo with a short corner from Luka Modric. Casemiro returned the ball across target after the Brazilian dropped it to the back post. After a scramble,
pounced on an opportunity and smashed a spectacular overhead kick past Edouard Mendy and into the net to give Madrid a crucial point.
"We knew it could happen [that Madrid could fail to win], but there's another game [to be played]," Marcelo said post-game in remarks carried byMarca
. "We're fine and we know what we have to do. The second leg will be different. We don't choose the rhythm of the game, we have to adapt to what it is. We're well and we're calm."
Marcelo appreciates Benzema's contribution but emphasized on the importance of the collective.
"The team is more than 25 players," he said. "We're working hard every day. I'm happy that Karim scored, but above all we came out with our heads up. We're working hard, doing things we think we can do well. Real Madrid will always fight to the end."