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Benzema stunner for Real frustrates impressive Chelsea

Reuters , Tuesday 27 Apr 2021
Real Madrid v Chelsea
Soccer Football - Champions League - Semi Final First Leg - Real Madrid v Chelsea - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - April 27, 2021 Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger in action with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (Reuters)
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scored an acrobatic goal to cancel out an earlier strike from Chelsea's Christian Pulisic as Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg ended 1-1 to keep the tie delicately balanced.

Chelsea made a bright start in heavy rain at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium and deservedly went ahead when U.S. forward Pulisic rounded Thibaut Courtois to score in the 14th minute.

Thirteen times European Cup winners Real looked ragged and short on ideas but pulled level in the 29th with a moment of true class from the talismanic Benzema, who controlled a knockdown on his chest before volleying into the roof of the net.

Chelsea looked the better side in the second half as well but could not break down Real again and then had to withstand some late pressure from the hosts, who visit Stamford Bridge in the second leg on May 5 looking to reach the final for a fifth time in eight years.

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