MADRID, 12/04/2022.- El delantero del Real Madrid Karim Benzemá celebra tras marcar el segundo gol ante el Chelsea, durante el partido de vuelta de cuartos de final de Liga de Campeones que disputan hoy martes en el estadio Santiago Bernabéu, en Madrid. EFE/Juanjo Martín

Chelsea’s victory against Real Madrid on a night of high drama at the Bernabeu Stadium was not enough to sustain their hopes of retaining their reign as European champions.

In a Champions League epic, Mason Mount’s finish and Antonio Rudiger’s header wiped out Real’s 3-1 first-leg advantage and brought the quarter-final tie level in Spain’s capital.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were outstanding throughout and Timo Werner’s clever finish from an angle put them ahead for the first time on aggregate and within sight of a place in the semi-finals.

Benzema, who had earlier headed against the bar on a rollercoaster night, was unmarked when he scored to break Chelsea’s hearts after Rudiger slipped inside the box.

In the end, Chelsea, who played superbly, were made to pay for their first-leg performance as Tuchel’s side just fell short of producing one of the great comebacks in the competition.

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