Real Madrid reached their 10th Champions League semifinal in the last twelve seasons despite losing 2-3 to Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The defeat will forever be with the Chelsea players who gave everything to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg to lead 3-0 at the Bernabeu at a particular point in the game.
Mason Mount gave the visitors a 15th-minute lead with a clinical finish past Thibaut Courtois to become only the third Englishman to score a UCL goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu after Alan Smith (2001) and Danny Welbeck (2013).
Chelsea doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart courtesy of Antonio Rüdiger from Mount’s corner. Things could have gone worse for Madrid when Marcos Alonso thought he had extended Chelsea’s lead with a well-taken goal only for it to be chopped off by VAR.
But the setback didn’t deter them from scoring a third through Timo Werner minutes later. The German put the west Londoners up 4-3 on aggregate after slaloming his way through the Real defense from the left flank and saw his shot take a deflection before beating Courtois in the 75 minutes.
Just as Chelsea was dreaming of a place in the last four, Luka Modrić picked out substitute Rodrygo with a superb assist from the outside of his right foot, and the Brazilian fired an excellent first-time volley to level the aggregate score at 4-4 five minutes later.
The goal forced the game into extra time and captain Karim Benzema rose up again to score the decisive goal when he met Vinícius Júnior’s cross six minutes into extra time.