Chelsea 1-2 Real Madrid LIVE: Havertz pulls one back
n Wednesday night, Real Madrid travel to Stamford Bridge to do battle with Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The two teams met in the same competition last season with the Blues emerging victorious before eventually lifting the trophy.
Chelsea go into see game after a humbling defeat to Brentford, as well as the sanctions imposed by the British Government on the club due to Roman Abramovich’s ownership. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti will be on the Real Madrid bench after testing negative for COVID-19. Stay with us here on the live blog for all the pre-match build-up and then minute-by-minute updates from Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Chelsea vs Real Madrid LIVE SCORE: 1-2
This is the very beginning of our Chelsea vs Real Madrid live blog, as we bring you all the updates from this Wednesday evening meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Half time – Chelsea 1-2 Real Madrid
It’s been a frantic first half at Stamford Bridge with Karim Benzema bagging a three minute brace, before Havertz pulled one back just before the break. Vinicius is causing plenty of problems and also hit the bar early in the half.
Minute 42 – Benzema miss!
Vinicius picks up the ball on the left and looks to find Benzema steaming in front he right, a slip from Jorginho puts the ball in a perfect place for the Frenchman, but he puts his shot side from eight yards out.
Minute 40 – Havertz pulls one back
Just before the break, Chelsea are back in the game, as Havertz pulls one back. A lovely floated ball into the area from Jorginho, finds the German and he finishes past Courtois, who got a hand to it.
Minute 30 – Militao chance
A corner swung in from Kroos finds the head of Militao in the penalty area, but his effort is straight at Mendy. Chelsea living on the edge as Real Madrid run riot.
Minute 24 – REAL MADRID GOAL!!
It had to be him AGAIN! Benzema heads home his second goal in three minutes! Luka Modric swings in a ball from the right and this time the French forward gets on the end of it, while moving backwards and the ball floats past Mendy.
Minute 21 – REAL MADRID GOAL!!
It had to be him! Karim Benzema heads home the opener for Real Madrid! A wonderful assist from Vinicius who broke down the left and floated in a wonderful ball for the No.9 and his header beat Mendy and hit the back of the net.
Minute 10 – Vinicius hits the bar
Real Madrid win the ball in their own half and immediately go on the attack. A Benzema back heel finds Valverde and he feeds Vinicius who strikes the crossbar from just inside the box.
Minute 5 – Havertz chance
Havertz gets in behind Alaba and Militao but as he takes the ball into the box, his shot it fired over the bar.
Chelsea get us underway at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – Official line-ups
Carlo Ancelotti has gone with safety in numbers in midfield as he has chosen Fede Valverde alongside legendary trio Kroos, Casemiro and Modric. Benzema will be hoping to add to his Champions League tally as he starts upfront alongside Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Benzema, Vinicius
Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho; Mount, Pulisic, Havertz
Back to the Bridge
Carlo Ancelotti was coach of Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, and won the 2010 Premier League title, as well as the FA Cup. Meanwhile, Courtois was Chelsea goalkeeper between 2014 and 2018, before joining Real Madrid.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups
Chelsea’s predicted line-up (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
When does Chelsea vs Real Madrid start?
This Wednesday’s match between Chelsea and Real Madrid kicks off at 20:00 GMT, the local time in the UK. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Real Madrid
- For those living in the USA, you can watch the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Chelsea and Real Madrid on CBS Sports Network. For those living in the UK the match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.