Chelsea and Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.
It was the first competitive meeting between the two sides since the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final, and it did not disappoint for the most part as the two tectonic titans tussled in a thrillingly tactical affair.
A storm headed for Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, and that was just the whirlwind of the Blues who were right out of the traps. Antonio Rüdiger pinged a delicious ball over the heads of the unwitting Real Madrid defence for Christian Pulisic in the 14th minute. The American fashioned time and space when bringing it down, danced around the infamously hapless Thibaut Courtois and kept it hard and true for 1-0.
Thiago Silva, between the seasoned Brazilian and his younger Danish partner at the back, sorely at fault for not being ball-side for Benzema’s equaliser. Otherwise as mature and composed as you’d expect from O Monstro, who has plenty of experience in these big clashes.