Chelsea FC will meet fellow Premier League rivals Manchester City in this season's Champions League final after beating Real Madrid 2-0 (Agg: 3-1) on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 on aggregate, the onus was upon the two teams to grab the needed opener in the tie. Chelsea had a lot of mistimed tackles in the earlier proceedings but received no cards but that couldn't prevent the combination of Timo Werner and Kai Heverts to thrive.
The duo combined with the former getting the ball at the back of the net but the offside was already up by the second assistant. After escaping, Madrid’s response was almost immediate with striker Karim Benzema forcing Edouardo Mendy to a fine save.
But just as they did in the first leg in Madrid, Chelsea was to take the lead through Werner in the 28th minute. Kante one-twos in a tight spot with Werner, who sprinted and made off down the middle. The ball’s slipped wide to Havertz, who entered the box down the left channel and drew Courtois, before chipping delicately over the keeper. While the ball pinged off the crossbar, Werner, was around to head the ball into an empty net.
Tempers boiled late in the half with Sergio Ramos and Cristtensen being book on their various fouls with the home side heading into the break with the lead. Chelsea came a different team in the second half and was to rue a series of missed chances.
First, it was Haverts who was to see his effort ricochet off the bar just two minutes into the half with Mason Mount, Haverts himself, and Ngolo Kante all spanning chances when they only had keeper Courtois to beat.; Madrid making a few changes in attack to boost their scoring chances.
The home side however was to be rewarded finally for their efforts with Mount doubling their lead in the night with four minutes remaining on the clock.
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