Sunday, July 21, 2024

Champions League: Real Madrid Cruise Into Semifinals After Defeating Chelsea

Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League semifinals with a 2-0 win against Chelsea on Tuesday that wrapped up an emphatic 4-0 aggregate triumph, effectively ending the struggling London club’s season.

The home team, with Frank Lampard back in the dugout for a second spell, came into the match at Stamford Bridge with form and history against them.

They started brightly, playing enterprising football, but rued two huge missed chances in the first half that would have heaped pressure on the defending champions.

The Spanish giants made Chelsea pay for their profligacy when Rodrygo scored in the 58th minute and he doubled his tally with 10 minutes to go.

Chelsea, the 2021 European champions, have now lost all four of their matches since Lampard returned to the club as caretaker boss earlier this month in place of the sacked Graham Potter.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stuck with the same team that won the first leg 2-0 last week while Chelsea caretaker boss Lampard restored Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante to his line-up.

The Spanish side will likely face Manchester City in the semi-final now, a clash that will feel like the final.

Madrid will be going for a 15th European Cup while City will be trying to win it for the first time and if Pep Guardiola’s side will be favourites if they protect their 3-0 lead over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

 

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