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Match report: Real Madrid 2 Chelsea 3 (5-4 on agg)

A classic night of Champions League knockout football did not in the end go the Blues’ way, but we gave Real Madrid a mighty scare.

The home team, going into this tie with a two-goal lead and the competition’s history on their side, needed an extra-time winner having rescued themselves 10 minutes from the end of normal time after Chelsea had taken a 3-0 lead on the night.

We scored the early goal we so needed when Mason Mount fired home his first non-Premier League strike of the season and his third in two games, setting up a first half in which Thomas Tuchel’s men had more of the ball and more shots than Real Madrid, with a greater number of ours on target too.

We survived a couple of Karim Benzema efforts before the interval but looked just as likely to score the next goal as the side from the Spanish capital.

That proved the case when a Toni Rudiger header from a corner, even earlier in the second half than our opener had been in the first, brought the tie level at 3-3, and although Real Madrid upped their attacking game after that and hit the bar, the Blues had the ball in the net from a Marcos Alonso rocket, only for VAR to rule it out for handball.

There was however nothing to stop Timo Werner making it 3-0 on the night and putting his side in a winning position but with time running out, the home side scored a fine goal through Rodrygo.

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