On Tuesday night, Rodrygo Goes led Real Madrid to a hard-fought victory over Chelsea, netting two goals in the second half. The 4-0 aggregate win secured Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea started the game strong, with N’Golo Kante almost scoring a goal with his low strike that missed Thibaut Courtois’ right post. However, Real Madrid quickly responded, and Rodrygo Goes had a shot hit the post 21 minutes into the first half. Vinicius Junior also had a chance to score after a precise cross from Dani Carvajal, but he failed to hit the target. Karim Benzema also missed an opportunity on a counter-attack before the break.
In the first-half stoppage time, Chelsea had a golden chance to take the lead when an unmarked Marc Cucurella failed to score from a close distance, giving Thibaut Courtois an easy save.
Despite the early pressure from Chelsea, Real Madrid’s persistence paid off in the second half, and Rodrygo Goes’ brace helped them secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Counter-Attacking with Rodrygo: Real Madrid’s Key to Success
Just before the hour mark, N’Golo Kante’s shot was blocked, and Enzo Fernandez sent his strike wide of the left post. Real Madrid capitalized on Chelsea’s missed opportunities and punished them with a counter-attack goal from Rodrygo in the 58th minute. The Brazilian forward completed his brace with ten minutes left, securing Real Madrid’s spot in the semi-finals.
Real Madrid will now wait to face the winners of the clash between Manchester City and Bayern Munich. The Bavarians will host the Sky Blues in Munich on Wednesday night, and Real Madrid will find out their next opponents after the match. Pep Guardiola’s side won the first leg 3-0 on home soil, but Bayern Munich will be looking to mount a comeback on their home turf. Real Madrid will be eagerly awaiting to find out their semi-final opponents.
Missed Opportunities Haunt Chelsea in Defeat Against Real Madrid
After the match, Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher shared his thoughts on the game with BT Sport. He expressed his disappointment in the team’s missed opportunities, stating that they had more and better chances than Real Madrid.
Gallagher acknowledged that football is all about taking chances and that Chelsea failed to do so in this match. Despite the defeat, he remained optimistic about the team’s performance, believing they played well and showed improvement compared to recent games.
The midfielder emphasized the importance of scoring goals to win games and acknowledged that Real Madrid did just that while Chelsea did not. Although gutted by the loss, Gallagher remained optimistic about the team’s future and the potential for improvement in their next match.