Watch: Karim Benzema gets Real Madrid back on level terms against Chelsea with stunning strike

Real Madrid welcomed Chelsea to Valdebebas this evening for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. It was the first time they’ve ever faced the London club in Europe’s elite competition, and went into the game keen to set themselves up nicely before the return leg at Stamford Bridge. Los Blancos beat Liverpool in the quarter-final.

Christian Pulisic

Chelsea, revitalised since Thomas Tuchel took over, took the lead in the 14th minute. Antonio Rudiger played a high ball over the top to catch out the Madrid defence and give Christian Pulisic space. The Chelsea man became the first American international to score in the semi-final of Europe’s premier competition, turning Courtois before finishing neatly.

The Londoners’ lead didn’t last long, however. Madrid got back on level terms in the 29th minute. Toni Kroos played a short corner to Luka Modric, who fed Marcelo. The Brazilian dropped the ball to the back post, where Casemiro attacked and sent it back across goal. A scramble ensued, but Karim Benzema seized an opening and directed a stunning overhead kick past Edouard Mendy and into the back of the net.

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