PLAYER RATINGS: Mason Mount came up with another big goal and Timo Werner worked tirelessly, but Karim Benzema took his chance to deliver a decisive header
Real Madrid saw off a stirring Chelsea fightback to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League following a 3-2 defeat after extra time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday that sent them through 5-4 on aggregate.
Chelsea had looked on course to complete an astonishing comeback after taking a 3-0 lead in their quarter-final second leg with goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and an excellent individual effort from Timo Werner.
Yet the hosts came roaring back, with Rodrygo finishing from a superb pass by Luka Modric to level the tie 4-4 on aggregate and force extra time when Karim Benzema headed home to decide a remarkable encounter.
Sportsmail’s Adrian Kajumba rated the players.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema headed home to decide a thrilling clash with Chelsea
REAL MADRID (4-3-3)
THIBAUT COURTOIS 6
Booed again but stayed focused. A stronger hand might have prevented Werner’s third.
DANI CARVAJAL 6
Might have done more to tuck in and help Nacho and offered little going forward.
Replaced suspended Militao and tough ask with runners around him. Some shaky moments.
DAVID ALABA 6.5
Madrid’s best defender and needed to be at times but misjudged corner for Chelsea’s second.
FERLAND MENDY 5.5
Invited pressure on his own defence too often with how long he took to move the ball on.
TONI KROOS 7
Cool presence in midfield. Kept looking for openings but was hindered by lack of options.
With defence weakened was required to get back and help out centre-backs more than once.
LUKA MODRIC 8
Chelsea squeezed him out after classy start but produced one of assists of competition for Rodrygo goal.
FEDERICO VALVERDE 6
Hard working presence down right but did not offer too much in attack to help teammates.
KARIM BENZEMA 7.5
Showed his quality on rare occasions he received good service. Hit bar and scored decisive header.
VINICIUS JUNIOR 7
Up against far better opponent from start in return but still impacted game for Benzema’s goal.
Carlo Ancelotti 5.5
Team were outclassed for most of game but two moments of quality edged them through.
Camavinga 7 (for Kroos, 73)
Marcelo 6 (for Mendy 78)
Rodrygo 7.5 (for Casemiro 78)
Lucas Vazquez (for Nacho 88)
Ceballos 6 (for Vinicius Jr 115)
EDOUARD MENDY 7
Kept playing out, undeterred by his first leg mistake. Could not have prevented Rodrygo strike.
REECE JAMES 8
Early booking left him on tightrope but didn’t affect him or his approach to battle with Vinicius.
THIAGO SILVA 7.5
Barely put foot wrong for most of game until he gifted Madrid ball before Benzema’s header.
ANTONIO RUDIGER 8.5
Big threat in attack, scoring the crucial second. Cruel how costly his slip was as Benzema struck.
MARCOS ALONSO 7.5
Solid defensively and keen to get forward. So unlucky to have goal chalked off for handball.
N’GOLO KANTE 8
Big game and more like his usual self. Often in perfect place to thwart Madrid when danger loomed.
Was involved in Mount’s goal with important touch but also had some sloppy moments too.
MATEO KOVACIC 7.5
Strutted around his former home and key to Chelsea winning the midfield battle this time.
MASON MOUNT 8.5
Another big goal against Madrid for man in form. Constantly posed problems with movement.
TIMO WERNER 8.5
Rewarded for his Southampton double with start. Worked tirelessly and scored brilliant third.
KAI HAVERTZ 7.5
Became more involved as the game wore on but will be kicking himself for extra-time headed miss.
Thomas Tuchel 8
His bold calls including Werner selection paid off but luck evaded his brave Chelsea side.
Pulisic 6 (for Werner 83)
Ziyech 5 (for Kante 100)
Jorginho 6 (for Kovacic 105)
Saul 6 (for Loftus-Cheek 105)
Szymon Marciniak (POL) 6
A bit fussy at times and instructed to rule out Alonso’s strike by VAR.
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