Real Madrid secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League semifinals with a 2-0 triumph over Chelsea (4-0 on aggregate) at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Rodrygo was the hero of the night, netting two goals that secured Real Madrid’s place in the final four for the 10th time in the past 12 seasons.
The contest, which pitted two European powerhouses against one another, was nothing short of a nail-biter. At the start of the second half, it seemed as though the Blues were going to be the dominant side, with the home team pushing forward and creating numerous scoring opportunities. However, it was Real Madrid that broke the deadlock on a swift counter-attack.
Rodrygo found the back of the net in the 58th minute after a melee in the six-yard box. The Brazilian forward added to his tally in the 80th minute when he calmly walked the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0. Despite Chelsea’s valiant efforts to get back in the game, Real Madrid were vastly superior when it mattered most, particularly in the final third.
Real Madrid’s triumph places them among the favourites to win the competition. They are likely to face off against Manchester City, who are expected to win against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie, as they hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team has demonstrated their capability to compete at the highest level of European football, and their resilience and proficiency in front of goal will serve them well as they look to progress further in the competition.
Overall, the match was a thrilling encounter between two of Europe’s top clubs. Real Madrid proved once again why they are considered one of the best teams in Europe, while Chelsea can hold their heads high after putting in a valiant effort against a difficult opponent.